I have a nasty habit of smudging my nails. It happens all the time. Sometimes I start painting my nails when I’m in bed and fall asleep before they’re completely dry, or, I suddenly have an urge to visit the little girls’ room. Urrgh!
You too? Apparently we should try one – or more – of these:
1. Freeze it
Fill a bowl with ice and add some water. Put your fingers in the bowl for about three minutes and the polish will harden quickly. Or, you could dip your fingers in the water for a minute in-between each coat – just make sure your nails are dry before applying more nail polish.
This one might sound a bit drastic, but it works well.
2. Get cooking
Use a little cooking spray – yes, you read right - on your nails to help them dry a bit faster and moisturise your fingers. Also, there are various types of nail drying spray available at cosmetic stores, but if you’re pressed for time, use the cooking spray.
You might want to wash your hands after though. Unless you like smelling like canola.
3. Use your hairdryer
Now, I’m sure many of you have done this and think it doesn’t work, but the trick is to use the coolest setting possible. High temperatures will actually melt your polish, not harden it.
4. Use a quick drying top coat polish
A great top coat can not only make your nails look as if they’ve been done in the salon, but they can help dry your nails really quickly too.
They also ensure that you get more wear out of your polish, but, if you wear nail polish for more than 3 days in a row, remember to put a base coat on as well – you don’t want to stain those fingers!
5. Fan it out
Apply thin, even coats on your nails. Let the last one dry before you do the next. Once finished, put your hands in front of a fan on a medium setting. Wait about 5 minutes and your nails should be dry.
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