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Cuticle work is easy!

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by Olena 20 Comments



Way back when I was being trained as a beauty specialist, manicure was one of my favorite subjects. I even excelled in my manicure exam with 100 out of 100 marks! It still puts a proud smile on my face when I recollect about it :) I love a nice manicure because I believe it’s a big part of our feminine identity. Nowadays many women go to the nail bars or beauty salons to get a professional treatment, but if you are on a budget, you can get a polished end result at the comfort of your home, too.

The key to a good manicure is to have the right tools, products and obviously, the understanding of how to use them. In this post I’d like to talk about one of the key manicure products – a cuticle remover. If you still don’t know, this product helps to remove excess cuticle from nails. On the photos below you can see the difference a good cuticle remover can make to the appearance of nails:



(just after removing a nail polish):



After cuticle work:



Here is the product that helps to groom my nails :)


Orly Cutique Cuticle and Stain Remover



The main difference in quality of various cuticle removers is the following:

  • Effectiveness in softening cuticle
  • Gentleness to the nails

I give “Cutique” 10 out of 10 for both points! It’s highly effective and very gentle, but let’s talk about it in more details.


Cuticle Work Step by Step

One of the ways to soften cuticle is to soak the fingertips in a bowl of warm soapy water for about 5-10 minutes and then to push cuticle back with an orange stick. I used this method many years ago and honestly I was not very happy with the result, especially on the nails where cuticle was hard to remove.

Another way to do cuticle work, which I do prefer nowadays, is to use a cuticle remover. Not only does a cuticle remover soften cuticle in the shortest length of time possible (“Cutique” does the job in 30-60 seconds!), but it dissolves overgrown tissue adhering to the nails, too. However, I must warn you not every cuticle remover on the market is effective. It actually took me quite some time to find the one that I really love. Yes, I am talking about my love to “Cutique” by Orly! :)


How to neaten the cuticle:


  1. Shake well the cuticle remover (!) and apply it to cuticle on one hand for 30-60 seconds.

Pro Tip – any cuticle remover is slightly caustic, therefore it should not be left on nails for more than a couple of minutes.


  1. While “Cutique” is still on your nails gently push the cuticle back with an orange stick.

Pro Tip – use a stick in small circular movements, as such motions prevent causing damage to the nail root.


  1. Rinse thoroughly the cuticle remover with warm (!) water.

Pro Tip – push the cuticle back as you dry your nails with a towel.


  1. If necessary, push the cuticle back again and cut back dead tissue build-up (not the cuticle itself but the excess tissue that was adhering to the nails) with cuticle nippers. Remove hangnails.

Pro Tip – cuticle nippers must be held firmly, it will help not to pull and tear the skin as you cut it.


  1. Repeat all the steps on another hand.


Voila! Your cuticle work is done! :)



“Cutique” contains Sesame Seed Oil to counter drying effect of Potassium Hydroxide. This oil is considered to be one of the best for the nails because of its moisturizing properties and ability to penetrate the nails easily.

Although “Cutique” is quite gentle to the nails, I still recommend applying a hand/or cuticle cream as a final step of your manicure. It will replenish the skin’s natural moisture content and will nourish your nails (I like a natural cuticle treatment Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter)


Stain Remover

“Cutique” is also designed to make nails whiter by removing nail stains. Unfortunately, I can’t say anything about this feature from my own experience as my nails are not stained. But frankly speaking, I tend to think that nail buffing is more effective in removing dark stains than a cuticle remover, in spite it can potentially whiten, too. Nonetheless, “Cutique” can be a good alternative for thin and weak nails that can’t be buffed.


Gripper Cap

And the last but not the least is the cap design! The cap itself feels like it’s made out of rubber and it has some grooves on the sides for easier opening of a bottle. I believe it is so nice that “Orly” cares about such details. Isn’t it cute? :)




I strongly believe that Orly Cutique  is worth adding to anyone’s nail care regime! Highly recommend it :)

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2 years 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing such a good post! I have never heard of this product before, but I really want to try it now!

I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other’s blogs and social media?


Deepti xx

Shelly Stuckman
2 years 4 months ago

Olena, this post is excellent. Love the tips on a great manicure!

Xoxo, Shelly


Chic Adventure it
2 years 5 months ago

Thanks for this info Olena!
I tried this or similar form Orly some time ago and it was awesome!
But then just forgot about it… So, I’m going to buy it ASAP!

I really appreciate your lovely comment into my blog ♡


2 years 6 months ago

Your nails look gorgeous after d manicure,..Thanks for sharing this product…xoxo, NEHA

2 years 8 months ago

Great work! Your nails look immaculate!

Laura xo

2 years 8 months ago

Sounds like a great product, and really makes such a difference
The nails look so professionally cared for afterwards, I’ll have to make more of an effort with my cuticles

Thanks for sharing!

What Raj Wants

2 years 8 months ago

What a lovely tutorial.. You certainly know what you are doing and it shows!! I love giving myself manicures as well but I never did master the art of helping the cuticle.. Now it looks like I can ;)

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Zarrah Jane Amagan
2 years 9 months ago

Just passing by dear
Have a great day

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2 years 9 months ago

This is so necessary to have great cuticles !! I am going to spend my Sunday doing this now !!
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2 years 10 months ago

I’ve never removed my cuticles, I just don’t know why people do that ☺
Nati xx

2 years 10 months ago

Recently, my hands are getting so dry even though its almost summer here in California….I have tried Sally Hansen’s cuticle removal. I will definetely give a try to ORLY. Thanks!

2 years 10 months ago

Great tutorial dear! I love this product and now want to get it! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

sonia // daring coco
2 years 10 months ago

Gentle is one thing I am not when working on my nails. I’m so impatient lol. I know I should use a good cuticle remover but I don’t and I do see the damage I do to my nails to. I need to break the bad habit.


Alina Bostan
Alina Bostan
2 years 10 months ago

This sounds fab for cuticles, always looking for products like these as my cuticle get so bad x

Beauty with charm

2 years 10 months ago

Thanks so much for sharing this product with us, I will definitely have to check it out, as I do my own mani and pedi. I love ORLY’s products, I use their base coat, I’ve never seen this product before. I also like that it not only removes cuticles, but also brightens the nails, which is incredibly helpful when removing certain nail colors that really stain! Again, thanks for sharing and I hope you have the best week ahead, gorgeous!



Zarrah Jane Amagan
2 years 10 months ago

That looks nice and healthy on nails
Great product

Have a great day!

2 years 10 months ago

Cuticles need so much maintenance. When I forget to apply hand cream they get worse.
I use oil too and I cut the dry parts.
Stella from a Looks & Travels

2 years 10 months ago

OMG I need this so bad! My hands could totally use a little help!
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