This is a smudge-free zone
An at-home manicure sounds like the definition of self-care until you're in the middle of it and you realise its actually just a form of self-torture. It always starts out fun, you pick a colour, feel ambitious about your nail art capability and next of all, you're five coats deep and you reach for your phone thinking your nails are dry, only to watch all your hard work become a smudged mess in the space of a nanosecond.
A lot of how quickly nail polish dries comes down to the application and texture. When applying your selected colour of choice, keep your coats thin. The science behind this is simple; the less product = the less time it takes to dry. When it comes to texture, polishes containing glitter dry faster than your regular formulas due to the extra ingredients used to make those sparkles stick. And if that's not an excuse to have glitter nails all day, every day - we don't know what is.
But is there actually a way to speed up this process? The answer is yes — with the right tools up your sleeve. From top coats to built-in formulas, here are the best fast drying nail polishes the beauty world has to offer.
Insta-Dri Top Coat, €7.99, Sally Hansen
60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish, €4.49, Rimmel
Dry Fast Top Coat, €12.99, Seche
1 Seconde Nail Polish, €7.49, Bourjois
Quick Dry Topcoat, €6.50, Cutex
Quick-E Drying Drops, €10.79, Essie
Your nails can thank us later!