Removing gel manicures is #5 on our list of first-world beauty problems.

How To Remove A Gel Manicure Without Destroying Your Nails

The process of getting an actual gel manicure at the salon is super quick. When it’s just us and our grown-out gel nail polish at home, it takes forever to wipe away the lacquer. We then resort to pretty risky measures like digging at the gel with a cuticle pusher tool only to end up with dry, brittle nails. Well, that bad beauty habit ends here.

gel manicureThe editors at have put together this tutorial on how to remove a gel manicure like a pro. Patience is key, as you’ll need to allot enough time to soak the gel nail polish before gently pushing away what’s left.

Study the step-by-step instructions in the video above and pay close attention to the moisturizing tip at the end!