Getting ready for the day but you’re in a huge hurry? You just have to apply a bit of nail polish to complete your look but you don’t have all the time in the world.
You think you have two options. You can either ditch the polish altogether, or you can rush through a quick application that will inevitably end up with smudges on your fingers, clothes, and even purse.
But that isn’t all there is to it! I’m going to discuss a couple of methods on how to make nail polish dry faster.
Whether they’re about drying techniques or specific products, I’ll dish out everything you ever need to know. So if you’ve been wondering about how to dry nails fast, you’ve come to the right place.
Drying Nail Polish Quickly
Here are the best and easiest things you can do to make your nail polish dry much faster.
1. Use Quick-Drying Nail Polish
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it really is the easiest way to get your nail polish to dry faster. There are loads of nail polish brands out there that make quick-drying polishes in a dazzling array of colors.
For instance, take these Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri polishes that come in 7 lovely shades. The brand also has quick drying metallic colors. These nail polishes take just 60 seconds to dry, so you can pop out the door with smudge-free fingers in no time at all.
Prefer vegan beauty products? You’re going to love these Julep nail polishes.
They are vegan, come in loads of dazzling colors, and dry much faster because they let 30% more oxygen permeate the nail bed. Moreover, they contain green coffee extract that makes your nails stronger and healthier.
2. Use a Hair Dryer to Blow-Dry Your Nails
This is a pretty common trick that people have been using for ages to dry their nails more quickly. To start, paint your nails like you normally would. It’s a good idea to apply nail polish on one hand at a time.
For example, paint the nails on your left hand. Then, plug in your hair dryer (you can do this in advance) and set it to the cold air setting. Then blow the cold air onto your nails for 2-3 minutes so they dry more quickly. Use a low setting and hold the dryer around 12 inches away from your nails to prevent it from flaking your nail polish.
Then, repeat the entire process on your right hand. Both your hands will have smooth and smudge-free polish in around 5 minutes!
3. Dunk Your Nails in Ice Water
Sounds pretty unorthodox, right? But this little trick really does work. All you need to do is dip your polished nails into a bowl of ice water and keep them there for half a minute. Afterward, dry your nails. You will notice that your nail polish is smooth, firm, and completely dry.
While I don’t get the science behind it, I can only assume that the cold water will firm up the polish and adheres it to the nails. This method will also ensure that your nail polish won’t chip as easily. Best of all, it takes just a minute to do.
Here’s a great tutorial that shows you exactly how to do this without making a mess:
4. Apply a Fast Drying Top Coat
Maybe you don’t want to buy a whole new set of quick-drying nail polishes. In that case, you can always get a clear top coat polish that dries faster. The INM Out the Door Top Coat dries in just 45 seconds and is great because it won’t give your nails a yellow tint.
Apply a coat of your regular nail polish. Wait a minute or so and when it is mostly dry (about 75%), carefully apply a layer of the topcoat over it. This will dry down quickly, and dry the polish under it faster as well.
5. Use a Setting Spray
Your favorite makeup setting spray won’t just keep your eyeshadow and contour in place. Spritz a bit of setting spray like the Urban All Nighter Setting Spray over your freshly polished nails to help them dry more quickly. Wait a minute and then check your nails. They should be dry and good to go!
6. Grease Them Up
Bet you never thought oil could dry your nail polish faster? Next time you’re in a rush, give this a try. Use baby oil, olive oil, or even something like argan oil in a dropper. If all else fails, you can even give your trusty cooking spray a shot. Just don’t use something like butter or margarine.
All you have to do is add a drop or two of oil on your painted nails and wait for a minute or two. The oil will basically ‘thin out’ your nail polish, making it dry faster. When you see the oil forming tiny beads on top of your nail, wipe it off with a dry paper towel or tissue.
7. Add Drying Drops
You can buy drying drops from any makeup store or counter. These drops are oil-based and work similarly to the previous tip. And unlike using a fast-drying topcoat, this won’t add another layer over your nail polish.
Add a drop or two of the drying solution (I love the OPI Lacquer Drying Drops!) and watch your nails dry in a couple of seconds. However, it is recommended to wait an extra minute or two to let your nails set properly.
8. Apply Thin Coats of Polish
Ever noticed how the nail tech applies nail polish during a salon mani-pedi? They apply several thin coats of polish which dry much faster. Compare this to the usual at-home technique–we tend to apply one or two thick coats that take longer to dry.
Next time you’re applying nail polish, try this method instead and apply a few thin sheets of nail polish. You will notice that they dry more quickly. This also results in a more even and professional-looking finish.
This technique does take some practice to get right so try it out a couple of times on a large surface at first; like your thumbnail or your big toe.
Knowing how to make nail polish dry faster can save you valuable time and prevent smudges the next time you need to hit the road with impeccable nails. After all, who has time to wait 15 minutes for their nails to dry?
So, the next time you’re wondering how to dry nails fast, you won’t have to flap your arms around or blow on them for 5 minutes straight. Try any one of these neat tips and you’ll be out the door with your gorgeous nails in less than 2 minutes!
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