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No Time To Waste: The Fastest Ways To Dry Your Nail Polish Without Smudges

No Time To Waste: The Fastest Ways To Dry Your Nail Polish Without Smudges


Every woman wants to look beautiful and well put together. This for some women means getting a manicure regularly. For some, this involves a visit to the manicurist while for others, they would rather just paint their nails at home by themselves. Painting your nails at home will save you some money and the trip to the salon but waiting for your nail polish to dry can be pretty annoying, especially after one too many smudges.

Before you start coating your nails with your preferred polish, you have to keep in mind that you don’t need to splash a lot of polish on your nails as you only need three strokes to cover your nail. This is one major tip that will ensure that your nail polish dries fast enough without leaving smudges.

It is best to start at the base of your nail, stroke the brush to the left and right before stroking it down the center. If you have followed these steps and still can’t wait for your polish to dry out fast enough for you to attend to other things, then these three tricks will definitely come in handy!

Here are 3 quick ways to dry your nail polish without smudges…

1. Use a blow dryer


After painting your nails, rather than just sit down and wait when you have tons to do, whip out your blow dryer and let it get the work done for you. For this method, be sure to use the cool setting on your blow dryer. Remember to grab the dryer and plug it in close by before you start painting your nails. You wouldn’t want to set up the dryer with wet nails would you?

Swirl the dryer around your nails in small, circular motions making sure not to use too much force or hold it too close to your nails as it will blow ripples into your polish. If you have a nail polish dryer, then that’s perfect! This works faster than having to blow your nails dry with your mouth.

2. Dip your hands into ice cold water

If you don’t own a blow dryer, then water and some ice cubes are sure to rescue you. Grab a bowl with some water in it and add about 2-3 ice cubes. After your nails are painted, wait about two minutes to let the polish set as this will ensure it adheres to your nails fully. Then dip your nails in the cold water and hold them there for about five minutes. When you see that there is water beading on top of the nail surface, then you know that your nail lacquer is completely dry. Repeat the process for each coat.

Watch this video on how to dry your nails with ice water here…

3. Spray it!


This is one method I am yet to try but a lot of beauty enthusiasts out there swear by it. A spritz of non-stick cooking oil has been said to be a great way to cut down on nail polish drying time. Alternatively, a little hairspray can also work the magic if you are out of cooking oil. After painting your nails, spritz a little cooking spray on your yet-to-dry manicure by holding the can about 30 centimeters away from your hand. This ensures that the force of the aerosol does not smudge the wet polish. Wait a few minutes and rinse your hands with cold water.

Wanna see more options? Watch this video to see more of the fastest ways to dry your nail varnish…

Remember that the thinner your coats, the faster your nail polish would dry.

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