Beauty basics: How to make nail varnish dry quicker

Freshly painted nails can be one of life's little joys, but if like me, you have the attention span of a 5 year old, waiting for them to dry can be seriously annoying. I've smudged my newly painted nails far too often through being so impatient waiting for them to dry, so have put together a few of my top tips to help speed up the process.

Seche vite top coat, Essie quick dry drops, Elegant touch rapid dry spray

Quick dry top coats - not only do these usually offer a high gloss finish for nails, but they help polish to dry in record time. My favourite quick dry top coat is the iconic Seche Vite, which will make your nails touch dry in about a minute.

Drying drops - drop a couple of drops onto each wet nail and you'll have touch dry nails in under a minute. These do have a habit of feeling slightly greasy, so you might need to wash your hands after waiting a few minutes, but they really do the trick! I often use these as well as a quick dry top coat for extra speedy drying power.

Quick dry sprays - I hadn't tried a drying spray until recently, but Elegant Touch's has really impressed me. It's an aerosol based spray, which gives touch dry nails in just 60 seconds. Make sure you use this in a room with an open window - it works fantastically, but it's not something you want to breathe in. A can of this is a lot cheaper than a bottle of Seche Vite, but it definitely won't last as long. I like to use this for when i've been creating nail art designs, as you won't smudge the design because it doesn't use a brush.

Cold water - a bit old school, but plunging your fingertips into cold water for a few minutes will really help your nails to dry. A lot of the quick dry products only work on the top level of polish, so you can still smudge the bottom layers. By popping them in cold water for a little while, you'll help speed up the drying process - just make sure you wait until the top layer is touch dry.

What are your favourite tips and products to speed up the drying process?


  1. I actually love the Elegant Touch spray too! So much cheaper than Mavala too x

    and beauty or something.

  2. I have never tried the cold water method. I will give it a try next time!

  3. I'm SO impatient with waiting for nails to dry too. The Bourjois instant dry drops that have just come out are seriously AMAZING.

    Sophie x

  4. OOh I like the sound of the drying drops, what a good idea x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  5. I think this would be the perfect solution for the BarryM high shine jelly finish nail paints because they NEVER dry!! Thankyou for your post, will have a look at some of these products xxx
    Katherine Rosie | UK Beauty Blog

  6. I have all three of these items in my collection and I love them!


  7. I didn't really like the Elegant Touch quick dry spray but I might actually give it another chance as I've been having a problem with my nail art smudging when I apply a top coat. Even if I just use it to set the design before then going in with my choice of top coat x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  8. I use the avon quick dry spray but I'm starting to question whether it really speeds up the drying process so I'll have to try some of these!


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