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How to Make Your Nail Polish Dry Fast — and for Free

There is absolutely nothing worse than giving yourself a nice ole’ manicure to have the polish get all scuffed up when you’re through.  You know what I’m talking about right?  The tacky polish that never dries.  Well, don’t get too excited but I’ve found a fix for our problems.  I know, I know you love me!  This is just about the easiest and cheapest way to dry that nail polish.

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    You're going to need a bowl of ice water and some of your favorite nail polish.

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    You're going to blow on your wet polish for a few seconds before dunking it in the ice water. The nail polish shouldn't look wet. You also want to make sure not to let any of the ice cubes get too close to your nails or you could risk the ice cubes scuffing up the new paint job. Leave your fingers in the ice water for about 15-30 seconds.

    The cold water will instantly freeze your polish.  It's kind of amazing.

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    Take your nails out of the ice water bath and let them dry off. You can use a towel to speed up the process. Then apply your second coat or clear top coat.

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    Dip dip dip!

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    And you're all done. The cheapest and easiest way to instantly dry your nail polish!

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I also use this technique on my daughter.  She’s 18 months old and has a hard time sitting still while her nails are drying. She loves grabbing at the ice cubes and as long as her polish isn’t super wet I haven’t had any issues with it scuffing.

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