4 Ways to Dry Your Nails Quicker

Dry Nail Polish

Ah, there’s nothing like a fresh coat of nail polish. No chips, all smooth and you’re ready to take on the day.

However, everything comes crashing down the moment they aren’t quite dry and all hell breaks loose. Your fresh coat of wonderfulness suddenly has turned into a terrible disaster. You’ve now smudged your nail polish on your counter, shirt, door handle, or whatever you thought was safe to touch but apparently….not so much.

Here are five different ways you can help your nail polish dry faster and avoid the dreaded smudge!

1. Cold Water or Freezer

These two tips I have tried before–the old cold water or putting your hands in the freezer. I heard about the freezer trick years ago and in general, either help dry you nails quicker. If you go with water, get a bowl of cold water ready ahead of time and stick some ice cubes in there. Put them in immediately after painting and let them sit for a couple minutes.

If you choose the freezer, be sure you have a plan ahead of time as to how you are going to open the freezer door without messing up your newly painted nails. Immediately after you paint your nails, stick them in the freezer. I’ll place my fingers as close as I can to the blower and you have to be very careful that they don’t touch so you don’t smudge them. Do this for a couple minutes and you’re usually good to go!

2. Blow Dry or Fan

Using a blow dryer or a fan can be a quicker way to get your nails dry. I find this to be a lot trickier and creates more opportunities to smudge if you aren’t prepared a head of time, so if you go this route, have everything plugged and ready to go.

If using a blow dryer, turn it to the coolest setting because warm air will make it harder to dry your nails. Using either of these methods will take a little longer but will work.

3. Cooking Spray

Now I’m getting into uncharted territory. I haven’t tried this before and have found mixed reviews in my research. According to many resources, spraying cooking oil on your fingers will make your nails dry quicker. Once they’re dry, wash off the excess and there you go. If you try this and it works, please share in the comments.

4. Air Duster

The air duster can be used to dry nails quicker. According to College Candy, they include endothermic or heat absorbing ingredients. They also release a cooling spray, which as we’ve learned, helps dry nails!

Photo credit: Annkari via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA


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