How To Dry Your Nails In Half The Time

September 8, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

There are few things in life more boring than waiting for your nails to dry… and there’s a good chance a lot more of us would have perfect manicures if the drying process wasn’t such a chore.

While we love nail dry drops as much as the next girl, there are two even cheaper (and quicker!) ways you can dry your nails in half the time. Prepare to have your mind blown…

Ice water. It may sound like the most bizarre trick–one that will never work–but a large bowl of ice water is all you really need to take your nails from wet and slick to dry and gorgeous in no time flat. Fill the bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes before you set out to paint your nails. Paint your nails using three very thin coats of polish, and be sure to wait at least 2-3 minutes between layers. The second after you apply a fast-drying clear top coat, submerge your hands in the ice water (careful not to smudge them on a cube) and let them rest in the water for three minutes. That’s really all it takes to dry your nails completely!

Cooking spray. Olive oil cooking spray isn’t just a great thing to have in your pantry when you want to grill chicken and cut calories. The oil in your cooking spray is just the thing your wet nails need to dry in half the time. After polishing your nails and protecting them with a top coat, spray them with cooking spray and wait about three minutes. Then, be sure to wash the oil off of your hands to keep from making a sticky mess.

For more beauty news, check out are gel manicures really that bad for your nails? and how to paint your nails with your non-dominant hand.

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Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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