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Make Your Nail Polish Dry Faster With Cold Water

Water Works

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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  • michelle June 3, 2011, 12:58 am

    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

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:13 am

      Ah it smudges? So far it works well with me.

  • Bethany June 3, 2011, 1:47 am

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

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:13 am

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you like them, thank you :) xx

  • Suhana June 3, 2011, 2:18 am

    OMG. Genius!

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

    Anyway, I just wanna say/share..
    I’m inspired by your BeautyFool blog logo..
    I know. Its just a font.. Nothing artsy fartsy and all but its simple and I like it… Clean. :D
    So, I did mine … in an Ol’ English font. Hehe.

    Hope you doing great!

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:12 am

      Aw awesome – it looks cool!

  • Sona June 3, 2011, 2:25 am

    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 :)

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:05 am

      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.

      • Sona June 6, 2011, 5:18 am

        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 !

        • Lauren May 28, 2012, 7:36 am

          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.

  • Juvy June 3, 2011, 6:40 am

    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!

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:12 am

      Ooh I have never heard of fast drying oil? But I guess I won’t need to since this works better? Haha xx

  • Eve June 3, 2011, 10:29 am

    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

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:10 am

      It’s ’cause you’re awesome!

  • Nafisa June 3, 2011, 1:53 pm

    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…

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:09 am

      Ah yes, a top coat is very important, I can’t do without it! Sally Hansen’s Super Shiny Top Coat is amazing. :)

  • Leia June 3, 2011, 2:43 pm

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

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:05 am

      Yay to beauty tips from our Moms! My Mom has taught me all sorts of things too xx

  • Michelle June 3, 2011, 6:20 pm

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

  • astrorainfall @ beauty box June 3, 2011, 9:09 pm

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

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:06 am

      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!

  • Viva Leng June 4, 2011, 2:49 am

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    Norway is… boring haha. No, that’s a bit unfair, it’s just a bit uninteresting for me considering I’ve lived here for 20 years already. I suppose you could say it’s a bit similar to Denmark in some ways. But if you ever feel like seeing the rest of Scandinavia, I would recommend you to come on experience the fjords.

    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?

    • Renee June 4, 2011, 3:01 am

      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 renee@beautyfool.com – please send me your details! I would really like to make it up for you for your kindness. :) xoxo

  • Apoo June 4, 2011, 7:02 am

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

    • Deanna April 18, 2012, 12:25 pm

      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

  • Nancy June 4, 2011, 9:30 am

    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.

  • Nichole June 5, 2011, 2:04 am

    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.

  • Kaja June 5, 2011, 6:08 am

    Wow, it really works!

  • Laine June 5, 2011, 5:43 pm

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

  • Suleyma June 14, 2011, 3:10 pm

    Hi!!!!! I’m a new reader to your blog and i am amazed on how many GREAT tips u have!!!! i think i have read all your blogs. I am proud to announce that….. I AM A FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • erlina June 23, 2011, 5:21 pm

    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!

  • Leah June 28, 2011, 10:51 pm

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

  • Jessica July 19, 2011, 11:14 pm

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

  • Christina G. Smith October 21, 2011, 5:33 pm

    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.

  • Ashley July 11, 2012, 3:03 am

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

  • ria November 12, 2013, 6:34 pm

    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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