Painting nails and decorating them with art has become much more popular in the last decades. After all, why should all the colors and glitter stay limited to your face? Your nails deserve some love and care, too. Painting them in your favorite shades can be a relaxing and therapeutic process. 

Since colors affect our mood, when we paint our nails in pleasant shades, just looking at them makes us feel warm and happy. Isn’t that why we all loved finger painting as children? In the same way, nail polish is not just a medium for good aesthetics, but excellent inner creativity, too.

However, it can sometimes be a tiresome process, especially if you are in a hurry to go to a party or a date, and the nail polish just won’t seem to dry.

If you have ever been in this situation, you might have decided to just take the risk and go with the still-wet nail polish on, only to have it get smudged, wasting all your efforts. This can make the whole act of it seem annoying and you may decide to skip it if you don’t have enough time, even if you really do want to put it on.

6 ways to Make Your Nail Polish Dry Faster

If you have experienced this before, we sympathize with you. But what if we told you there was a way to dry the nail polish faster? Or rather, what if we said there were actually 6 ways in which you can make the nail polish dry faster? If you are having trouble believing us, keep reading to learn more.

1. Use a Hairdryer 

Yes, your trusted hairdryer can not just dry your hair, but also make the nail polish dry faster. For this one, all you need to do is set the hairdryer on the “cool air” setting and let your nails get hit with the breeze from a distance. This will not only dry the nail polish but will also make your hands feel cool and pleasant.


The best way to do this is to paint the nails of one hand at first and then drying it, followed by repeating the process with the other hand. Your hairdryer must have a cool air mode because that is the safest and most effective way to dry your nails faster.

2. Use Cold Water

Cool temperature seems to be a theme in this list as proved by our next method: a bowl of cool water. For this, all you need to do is fill a bowl with cold water, adding an ice-cube or two, and setting it aside before you start painting your nails. 

After you have finished applying the polish, wait for around 2 minutes for it to stick, and then dip your hands in the cold water. Hold your hands under the water for around 5 minutes, before removing them. When you bring them out, you will see the water from the container beading on top of your nails, which indicates that the polish is dried. 

Thus, with just some water and ice-cubes, you will have figured out how to dry nails fast.

3. Apply Thin Layers 

This next method not only ensures that you dry the nail polish faster but also guarantees a much more neat application of the color on your nails. This is a technique that is often used in manicures.

Apply Thin Layers
Apply Thin Layers 

For this, you simply need to apply several thin coats of the nail polish, instead of a couple of thick coats. In doing so, you would give the nail polish time to dry between the application of each coat, which would ensure that the overall process finished much quicker. This will also make sure that the nail polish is applied much more uniformly, with fewer chances of smudges and messing up.

Thus, you will not only learn how to dry nails fast but to also make them look more beautiful. 

4. Use Baby Oil

For this method to make the nail polish dry faster, you have many options such as baby oil, cooking spray, or even olive oil. These work because the oil sits on the top of your nail bed and seeps into the nail polish, making it dry faster. The thinner the paint, the faster it dries because the oil will make it even thinner.

Take the medium of your choice and pour it inside a medicine dropper so that you have control over the quantity you will be using. Once you are ready to dry your nails, put a drop or two over each nail, carefully. Then, wait for a couple of minutes for the oil to do its work.

When you start to see beading on top of your nails, you will know that the job is done. Now, all you need to do is grab a paper towel and dab the oil away, celebrating your successful attempt to dry the nail polish faster.

5. Use Drying Drops

You can easily find these quick-drying drops at any store near your place and use it to reduce your nail painting time. The drying drops not only help to dry the nail polish faster, but also help in hydrating and conditioning your cuticles.

Drying Drops
 Drying Drops

When you are ready to dry your nails, all you need to do is put a drop or two of the drying drops over each nail and then tip your hands to make sure that the liquid covers the entire nail. Sit for around 5 minutes, making sure that the entire nail is properly dried.

The moment you notice that all the coats have effectively adhered to your nail, know that the task is done and you can now go about your day with the prettiest nails.

6. Buy Quick-Dry Top Coat 

This final method to dry the nail polish faster might just be the simplest. All you need to do is purchase a quick-dry top-coat, which is a clear coat of nail polish that has been specially designed to dry faster. You just apply this top-coat on your nails once you are done painting them and wait for them to dry in a few minutes. 

Quick-Dry Top Coat
Quick-Dry Top Coat

Quick-dry top-coats can also add a layer of shine to your nails and reduce the chances of the polish chipping, effectively working as a protective layer that guards the color underneath.

Show-Off Those Multicolor Nails!

In the end, don’t be afraid of going bold or soft with all those colors, no matter how last-minute your plans are. Now that you know all the secrets about how to dry nails fast, nothing is holding you back from decorating your nails the way you want to. Also, remember to take care of your nails and use safer products.

Multicolor Nails
Multicolor Nails

You deserve to express yourself in all the shades of your heart’s desire and if today your heart calls for your favorite nail polish color, then so be it. Grab that bottle, get those drying supplies, and get to work, because magic is going to happen in your hands within the next few minutes! 

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