Picture this, you find five precious minutes of down time and decide to give yourself a treat and paint your nails. You spend those glorious minutes of silence meticulously polishing each nail, knowing these spare moments are few and far between. Just when you finish that right hand pinky the baby wakes up. Shoot! That perfectly polished hand is now covered in smudges, and your favorite receiving blanket has a nice smear of red polish on it.
Thankfully, there are some solutions to avoid that pesky smudge. Here are some tried and true ways to quickly dry nail polish and dodge having to start all over!
Throw some ice cubes in a bowl of water prior to polishing and when you are finished, submerge them in ice cold water for a few minutes, until they are completely dry. It usually takes about three minutes. Now, you are free to go!
Rather than painting a couple thick coats, try painting multiple very thin coats and letting them dry in between. It may take a little patience, but works out so much better in the long run. Simply put on your favorite show while you wait, and you'll be on the road to looking gorgeous!
When you finish that last coat, put your nails in the freezer for a few minutes. Like the ice water, the cold helps set the polish. I am sure there is some scientific reason for this, but I don't know what it is. I do know though, that it works!
Blast those babies with a thin coat of your run of the mill cooking spray. Let them set for a few minutes, then just simply wash the oil off your nails. It's a little weird, but it totally works. Also, because your hands are all greasy, you avoid touching anything and dodge smudges!
Invest in a fast drying top coat. They are popular for a reason, and really do the job! Think of it as icing on the cake...a really really fabulous cake.
First thing is first, use the COOL setting on your hair dryer. The warm or hot setting will only keep your nail polish soft. Just blast them with a bit of cool air after painting, easy peasy.
You know those little cans of air you use to clean your keyboard? It also works great to set your polish. Just be careful not to hold it too close so the pressure of the air doesn't tweak your fresh polish.
Want Your Nails To Come Out EXTRA Perfect?
Before you reach for the nail polish - instead, reach for a bottle of Elmer's Glue. Start by painting the glue closely around the nail. Once it's dried, you can THEN paint your nails (followed by using the above tips, of course). After the polish is dried - peel away the glue, which should have acted as a barrier against smudges. Wow, don't they look beautiful?