17/05/2016 11:42 PM AEST | Updated 03/09/2016 1:59 AM AEST

How To Remove A Gel Manicure Without Destroying Your Nails

The struggle is real.

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Beautiful women's manicure with black, red, gold polish on the nails. Picture taken in the studio. Close-up.

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

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.

The 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!

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