An at-home manicure sounds luxurious until you’re in the middle of it. It always starts out fun until you’re five coats of base, color, and top coat-deep, reach for your phone thinking your nails are dry, and then ruin all your hard work in three seconds with an unsightly smudge. But is there actually a way to dry your nails fast?
If you don’t have the time or budget to invest in a solid base and top coat, lasting your nails with a blow dryer shouldn’t be underestimated for speeding up polish drying time. Set the dryer settings to cool and give each hand a good 2 to 3 minute blow dry. Be sure to get the blow dryer out of your cabinet before you polish, that way you don’t dent or smudge your fresh manicure.
If you don’t have to use frigid water. A couple of ice cubes will do the trick just fine. After you polish, put your fingertips in ice cold water for 1 to 2 minutes. But again make sure you’ve prepared the bowl of water in advance.