Make Your Nail Polish Dry Faster With Cold Water

Uh oh… it’s that time of the week again!

Here’s a tip from my BFF in grade school – yes, grade school! She taught me this when we were about 10 years old and just starting to play around with nail polish. I don’t know where she got this trick from, but it sure does work!

Basically, it’s just putting cold water on your nails after painting them. Once your nail polish is partially dry, run cold water over it for about 30 seconds (or if you prefer, dipping your fingers into a bowl of cold water). The cold temperature will set the nail polish, speeding up the drying time greatly.

Have you ever done this before?

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  1. michelle says:

    to save water, we have a bowl of iced water to leave fingers in to dry.

    it kinda works. still prone to smudges when back to room temp

  2. I love your little tips every week!! I have never tried this one. Next time I paint my nails I will! =)

  3. OMG. Genius!

    Have yet to try it.. But, I shall:)

    Anyway, I just wanna say/share..
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    I know. Its just a font.. Nothing artsy fartsy and all but its simple and I like it… Clean. :D
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    Hope you doing great!

  4. I was never into nail polishes and make up when I was younger (except eyeliner, i’ve loved it since the first time i tried it in Pakistan when i was 8, yes 8 lol, but i didnt start really using it regularly till i was around 13/14) and my nails NEVER used to grow and i have TiNY nails so i always thought nail polish looked funny on my nails, but now that my nails grow very long very fast, i’m obseesed with nail polish!
    I always use a bowl of iced water to dip my fingers in after i’ve applied nail polish, i find it eaiser and quicker because you can dip your fingers straight after applying the polish without smudging, whereas, if you put your hand under a running tap, theres risk of the pressure from the water smudging the polish.

    Also, i’m addicted to the ‘crackle’ nail polishes, especially the Barry M instant effects nail polish in white, looks beautiful over pastel colours .. anyway, the crackle polish dries pretty much as soon as it touches your nails, but i found that diiping my fingers in cold water gives some nice effects, different to what you would get if you just applied and left it to dry normally :)

    Sona xx

    P.S. Love your blog I’ve visited a few beauty blogs, but there’s something about your blog that has checking back every day without fail :)

    • Oh Sona I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you for your readership :)

      I’m obsessed with polish too… I’m like 10 years too late, haha! I haven’t tried the crackle nail polish yet, but I really want to try it, esp the black one from OPI… looks so cool.

      • Your welcome :) Your blog really is amazing :)

        I love OPI nail polishes but here in the UK they cost around £10-12 which is expensive for me, so when i find an OPI colour i like i go on the hunt fo a cheaper version lol.. I’m in love with OPI’s matte polishes but I can’t seem to find an affordable version of them :/ .. the hunt continues !

        • Essie makes a matte top coat. Just pick any color you want, paint your nails, and then put the top coat over. And any color you want can be Matte. :) It’s called Matte About You by Essie.

  5. Yup! at first it was because i want to remove the fast drying oil on my nails, but then i realized it helped my nail polish to dry faster even with out the oil!

  6. I have this habit of running my hands through tap water after painting my nails somehow. For absolutely no reason, just felt this innate need to! Haha that sounds crazy! Never knew that it helps to speed the drying time up though, that’s awesome! x

  7. Yes, I’ve tried this one before…I discovered it by chance when I once took a shower right after painting my nails and realised that the nail polish stuck on quite right well. So the next time, I put nail polish I decided to put my fingers under a running tap. And that was the secret! -though not one anymore :)
    Now I always do it after painting my nails. And thereafter a use a transparent coat over it and I’ve noticed that the polish stays on for a really long time. It’s a cool trick I think…

  8. Yes! My mum taught me this a few years ago. It works really well!

  9. I’m definitely gonna give this a go.
    Thanks Renee! :)

  10. WHAT A GREAT TIP! And your BFF knew this when she was 10? I was a real dork when I was 10….

    • Haha yeah she was very much a girly girl, complete opposite of me, so she would teach me all sorts to things. I was a total dork when I was 10 too!

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    Danish magazines are available in Norway, so I would imagine Norwegian magazines are available in Denmark. But if it’s difficult for you to get your hands on it, I could buy it for you, and send it to you by post if you like?

    • OMG – Viva, this is FANTASTIC!!! Thank you so much for this. It looks amazing, thank you. :) I cannot thank you enough. Don’t worry about getting a copy for me, my friend happened to be in Norway this summer so she said she got me a copy. :) Thank you for the kind offer. May I have your address so I can send you a thank you gift? My email address is – please send me your details! I would really like to make it up for you for your kindness. :) xoxo

  12. My nails go yellow when i paint them too often, any tips on how to get rid of this awful yellow colour??

    • YES although it may seem silly *SOAK YOUR FINGERNAILS in APPLE CIDER…..You will be very happy
      >The YELLOW occurs due to wearing POLISH all the time,it happens to me&always has

  13. Hi! Just discovered your blog & love it. Love orange nail polishes too. May I ask what polish you’re wearing in the picture? So pretty.

  14. Nichole says:

    I have done this before! I have also stuck my hands in the freezer to speed up drying time. Something about the cold just sets it better.

  15. Wow, it really works!

  16. My grandmother taught me this trick when I was in kindergarten and was playing with her nail polishes! Really handy. (:

  17. Suleyma says:

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  18. i know this is pretty late but I just got down to painting my nails yesterday and tried this tip – let’s just say that u have to be patient and make sure ur nails are 80% dry first! I was much too impatient to wait and the water caused my polish to smudge instead lol. Works beautifully once its close to 90% dry though =) thks for the tip!

  19. HAHA! i actually know this trick! :D
    btw, i bought MCC cream like you recommended. going to try it out soon :)

  20. Wow really good advise! I just tried it with 4 coats of polish and it really does work! Thanks!

  21. Yes! I’ve been doing that since I was really young too. I live by that when doing my nails especially if it’s not one of the super fast drying colors. It’s one of those things so basic to me I forgot other people might not actually know about it.

  22. I do this& sumtimes stick my fingers where the freezer air blows out lol! Works!

  23. I was really skeptical when i saw this, but i was massively running out of time and thought it cant get any worse than smudged nails because i was forced to touch stuff, and i’m so glad i took the risk!
    My nails even when theyre dry are always tacky for ages, but they are completely dry! Why have i never heard of this before!
    Thank you!

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