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Looking Good - August 20, 2018

*-- How To Speed Up The Drying Of Nail Polish --*

Is there anything more bothersome than sitting around with a list of chores to do, except you can't do them because you need to wait for your darn nail polish to dry? Nail polish needs a minimum of 45 minutes to dry, and that's after you have spent several minutes cutting, filing, and prepping your fingernails for the nail polish to begin with. Is there any way you can speed up the drying process?

Fortunately, yes! There are a few things you can do to try and cut down on the drying time for your nails. Here are a few of our favorites:

Apply Thin, Even Coats

You may think that applying one giant blob of nail color to your nails is going to help it dry faster, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Applying thin, even coats of nail polish to your finger nails is the best way for it to dry as quickly as possible. To really speed up the nail polish drying process, wait at least a minute between each coat before applying another one. The more dry the coat underneath the following coats are, the faster it will dry.

Use Cold Water

One of the best tricks to speeding up the drying process as well as helping the nail polish keep from chipping is submersing your fingernails in cold water. Once your nail polish has been applied and allowed to dry for a while, place your fingertips in cold water and hold them there for at least a minute or two. You will notice that your nail polish will harden far more quickly than if you were to simply air dry them.

Use Quick-Dry Products

You can either choose nail polish shades that promise to be "quick drying", or you can buy separate products that can be applied overtop of your nail polish color. Generally the separate products work a whole lot better than the nail polish "quick dry" products, so definitely do give these products a try if you find that you are pressed for time.

Buff your Nails Instead

If you really loathe sitting around waiting for your nail polish to dry, then an alternative to wearing nail polish is buffing your nails to a beautiful shine. Not only does the buffing look great, but it can last up to two whole weeks on your fingers and up to one month on your toes! There's no way anyone's nail polish has ever lasted that long.

NOTE: Some women try to use a fan to help dry their nail polish, but this hasn't proven to be any better than simply allowing nails to air dry on their own. As a matter of fact, using a fan can actually cause bubbling under your freshly painted fingernails, or it can cause the polish to "lift" away from the nail so the polish will not adhere properly. This means your nail polish will be more prone to chipping and peeling.


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