Are you in serious need of a DIY manicure, but you’ve got SNS on? Don’t stress! Here is a foolproof, safe way to remove SNS at home.


  • Buff off the top layer

    The first step is to remove the shiny top layer of SNS. This is going to make it so much easier to remove the layers of powder underneath. Buff the nail with a nail buffer (no need for any of the expensive tools they use at the salon!) until it’s no longer glossy.


  • Soak a cotton ball or cotton pad in acetone


    Next, soak a cotton ball or cotton pad in pure acetone. You can use nail polish for this step if you don’t have pure acetone—just make sure your nail polish isn’t acetone-free! If you are using nail polish remover, be prepared for the process to take a little longer than it will if you’re using pure acetone.


  • Secure cotton balls on nails with foil and let soak

  • Place the prepared cotton balls/pads on your fingernails and wrap each finger with aluminium foil. Make sure they’re wrapped securely or the cotton will slide off the nail. Let your nails soak for 15-20 minutes if using pure acetone—if using regular nail polish remover, you’ll need to let your nails soak a little bit longer. This will dissolve all the SNS powder.

  • Rub the rest of the SNS off

  • Check each nail one by one—the SNS should now be gooey and malleable. Use the cotton to finish wiping the SNS off each nail. If you’re finding it hard to remove the SNS, let your nails soak for a little longer, then try again.

  • Give your nails some TLC!

  • Your nails tend to take a bit of a hit after being covered in SNS for a while! If possible, use some cuticle oil to help revive your nails before repainting them. If you don’t have any cuticle oil, try soaking your hands in coconut oil or olive oil once a day for a few days to speed up growth and restore strength to your nails.