7 Best Ways: How to Dry Nail Polish Fast

Getting your nails dried quickly after putting on coats of nail paints is sometimes a botheration, especially if you are in a hurry.

There are a few tips that can come in handy in such situations like using new paint is the basic rule as older ones are often thicker and harder to dry.

The below-mentioned hacks are effective for regular, gel or acrylic nail polish. If you are running out of time, then choose the UV nail dryer to get your polish to dry really quickly.

Top 7 Tips for Drying Nail Polish Really Fast

1. Apply Light and Thin Layers

Putting on light and thin coats of nail polish are one way to ensure that the paint dries fast. While taking the color from the bottle try to rub off some amount of polish from the applicator brush.

This will make the paint layer thin. Apply 2-3 layers. Allow the polish to dry for 1-3 minutes between each coat.

If applied in thick coats, nail polish takes more time to get dry. However, to follow this process you need to keep some time handy as application time.

Dry Nail polish Fast

2. Use a Blow Dryer 

If you are crunched for time to take help of the blow dryer and blow cool air from it for 2-3 minutes. This is an easy option. Select cold air setting and allow the cold air to run across your fingers for 2-3 minutes. The cold air will dry your nails fast.

There is a precaution: always hold the dryer at least 12 inches or 30 cm above your nails to protect your nails from getting damaged. Don’t use warm or hot air to dry your nail polish as it may cause the nail polish to ripple or bubble.

“It’s probably the most effective way to dry nails fast,” says Liang, who notes that hot air actually prevents polish from hardening.

Dry Nail Polish Quickly
Dry Nail Polish Quickly

3. Ice Water Treatment

Take a bowl and half-fill it with cold water with few cubes of ice in it. After application of the nail paint immerse it in the bowl in the ice water for 1-2 minutes. Then remove fingers from the bowl. The cold will harden the nail polish and turn it dry completely.

But be careful not to put your fingers into the iced water right after applying the paint. It will ruin the polish. For quick results try putting your hands in the deep freezer to dry them fast.

How to Dry Nails Quickly
How to Dry Nails Quickly

4. Air Duster Can Be of Help

Air dusters are easily available at most office supply stores. It can be applied to wet nails for 3-5 seconds.  Remember to hold the air duster about 1–2 ft that are 0.30–0.61 m away from your hands, otherwise it may accidentally damage the surface of the polish. Also, ensure that your nails are mostly dry naturally.

5. The Quick Spray Method

Another unique way of drying nail polish on your finger or toenails is by spraying regular cooking oil or hairspray.

It may sound a bit odd but is a very quick option. All you need to do is to keep the bottle about 12–1 ft or 0.15–0.30 m away from your fingertips, and spray a light, even layer over top of each nail.

Allow the polish to settle and dry naturally to some extent before spraying them with oil. However, do not use the butter flavored spray. In addition to drying your nail paint faster, the oil also moisturizes your cuticles.

6. Top Coat Rescue

Ending your manicure with a fast drying top coat will help to smooth out the finished product, and lock in the base layers to prevent you from smudging your hard work.

Fast Drying Nail Polish
Fast Drying Nail Polish

7. Using Natural & Baby Oils

Dip your nails in a bowl of baby oil or any other pure oil (e.g. olive, coconut,) for around two to three minutes. It will moisturize your skin around the nails, in addition to drying the nail color super fast.


The techniques mentioned here are all DIYs that can be carried out easily at home without any special tools.

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