We’ve all been there: You paint. You blow. You wait. You reach for your phone and gahhhhh you went in too soon. Suddenly you’re left with a mangled index nail that you now have to re-paint and re-dry and re-waste your life. Why doesn’t nail polish dry faster? Well, it can. Here’s an easy trick for cutting your drying time in half.
How to dry nail polish fast:
Step 1: Fill a bowl with cool water and some ice cubes (not freezing—hello, frostbite—but slightly chilly).
Step 2: Paint your nails and let them air dry for one minute.
Step 3: Dunk your fingers in the bowl of cold water for two to three minutes. When you remove them, you’ll notice beads of water on top of the polish, meaning it’s firmed up and all done.
Step 4: Enjoy those 15 extra minutes we just saved you.