We use cookies to improve your user experience by showing you relevant content or by remembering your answers in our Beauty Genius diagnostic tool.





Trends & Tutorial

Four Tips For Drying Nail Polish Quickly Four Tips For Drying Nail Polish Quickly
Four Tips For Drying Nail Polish Quickly
Add to favourites


Four Tips
For Drying Nail Polish Quickly

You paint your nails. You marvel at how well you did. You blow on them. You add a second coat. You blow on them again. You gracefully wave your hands back and forth. You check whether they’re dry. You smear all your hard work.

Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. So once you’ve perfected the at-home manicure, how can you keep your nail polish looking perfect?

Here are our four easy tips for how to dry nail polish fast.

1. Chill out To some degree, we all know that the cold helps harden nail polish, otherwise we wouldn’t wave our hands around trying to get cool air on them for faster drying. But there’s a really simple way to take that concept to the next level for even quicker drying: giving your nails a cold water bath. Not only is it super easy, it’s also highly effective.

Step 1 Fill a bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes. You don’t want it to be unbearably cold, but you do want it to be closer to Arctic than lukewarm. Make sure the bowl is big enough to submerge all ten fingertips at once.

Step 2 Paint your nails – with either one or two coats as normal – and let them air dry for about one minute. You want the paint to be set enough so it doesn’t move around when you dunk your nails. You’re just trying to reach that stage where the paint is tacky but secure.

Step 3 Submerge all ten nails in the cold water bath for two to three minutes. When you take them out, you should notice the water bead up on the top of the polish as it runs off your fingers. This is how you know you’re all set. Simply dry off and you’re good to go.

Bonus tip: If you’re having a hard time removing chipped polish, use the opposite method to ease the process. A short dunk in warm water will help to loosen up stubborn polish for a far easier nail polish removal session.

2. Lighten up If cold water submersion techniques aren’t for you, consider the art of layering. People often layer on thick coats of nail polish thinking that they’ll cover more ground, but if you’re looking to shorten your drying time, consider using thinner layers of paint. Choosing a highly pigmented colour, like L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Le Vernis a L’Huile, will help ensure that a thin layer doesn’t mean an uneven application. Simply wipe the applicator brush on the inside of the nail polish bottle to remove excess paint and apply in thin, even coats. Wait a couple of minutes, then apply a final coat if needed. It may feel counterintuitive and as though you’re extending your drying time, however it actually cuts time by half in the long run.

3. Get breezy If you’ve ever had a salon manicure, you’ll know that they often use fans at the end to help speed up the process. The at-home version? Your trusty hair dryer. The key to using a hair dryer to set nail polish is simply to use it on the cool setting. As you will have read above, heat works against you in keeping your freshly painted polish in place.

Simply paint your nails and then, holding the dryer about six inches away from your hand, apply the cool air for about a minute. Gently tap your nail to see if it’s still at all tacky and apply more air as needed. For multiple coats? Use this method between each to really add nail polish staying power.

4. Choose wisely We all have certain nail polish shades we’re attached to, but when looking for new colours, opt for quick drying formulas. Colours like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Nail range offer gel-like finishes (with top coat included!). 

All it takes is a two-coat application and a quick swipe of top coat for a hard, gel-like finish that lasts for up to 12 days without chips or cracks.

Go to the tutorial
Top 7 Beauty Resolutions (That You Will Actually Keep) Top 7 Beauty Resolutions (That You Will Actually Keep)
Add to favourites
How To: Sweat Proof Your Summer Makeup How To: Sweat Proof Your Summer Makeup
Add to favourites
Trends: 6 Makeup Trends to Try in 2019 Trends: 6 Makeup Trends to Try in 2019
Trends: 6 Makeup Trends to Try in 2019
Add to favourites


6 Makeup Trends to Try in 2019

A new year calls for fresh, new makeup looks. We look ahead to next year's beauty trends to keep you ahead of the game.

1. Love Heart Eyes

Ready to commit wholeheartedly to a colour and apply pink all-over? Grab your Cherry My Cheri Eyeshadow Palette and wash a rosy hue across eyes, lips and cheeks - it will keep you bang on trend with barely any effort. 

2. Illegally Long Lashes

Forget big lips, now it's time for eyes to be in the spotlight! And bigger is better this season so look for mascaras with added fibres - proven to actually lengthen your natural lashes by millimetres! 

3. Vibrant Colours

Bright solid colours are one of the most exciting trends to come off the runways this season. Out-there shades are great for nails, eyes and even lips for a fabulous statement look. Ready to experiment? Bright pops of electric colour on eyelids are perfect for the party season. Think rich, metallic hues like our Infallible Eye Paint.

4. Liquid Highlighter

The highlighter trend isn't going anywhere, but it's certainly getting a face-lift! Liquid highlighter will be your must-have product in 2019 for a gloriously dewy complexion. Luckily, we've got you covered with our Glow Mon Amour Glow Drops! You can even add to your moisturiser or foundation for that natural looking glow.

5. Stay-Put Formulas 

Summertime means fun in the sun, as well as extra sweat and oil production. To keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the day, choose a stay-put foundation, which will also help maintain your skin moisture balance. Infallible 24HR Foundation will do exactly as it says, keeping you well-covered all summer long.

6. Technicolor Strands

Move over ombre, the latest hair trend seen on the catwalk is bold colour streaks. Think Marie Antoinette meets punk rock chic. If you only want those streaks to last the weekend, try Colorista Hair Makeup and wash out in seconds! Try combining Hair Makeup Hot Pink and Metallic Blue for a perfect summer festival look.

You May Also Like:

How To: Box Braid

Boost Your Skincare Routine: How To Pure Clay Mask in 5 Easy Steps

Three Easy Hairstyles To Try This Summer

Go to the tutorial
How To: French Girl Beauty How To: French Girl Beauty
Add to favourites
How To: Boxer Braid How To: Boxer Braid
Add to favourites
How To: Find The Perfect Foundation Shade How To: Find The Perfect Foundation Shade
How To: Find The Perfect Foundation Shade
Add to favourites


How To:
Find The Perfect Foundation Shade

Like great buildings, great makeup begins with a solid foundation. So what’s the best way to ensure you’re using the right shade?

The right foundation should match your skin’s undertone. ‘Undertone’ refers to the colours under the surface of your skin and can be warm, cool and neutral.

Warm– think yellow, peachy, and golden.

Cool– think red, pink, and bluish.

Neutral– think olive or a mix of those above.

How to determine your undertone

Take a good look at the veins on your wrist for an easy way to determine your undertone. If your veins look green, it’s likely you have warm undertones; if they’re blue/purple, you have cool undertones. If the veins are colourless or match your skin colour, you most likely have neutral undertones.

How does your skin react to the sun?

First things first, always wear sunscreen. Nevertheless, how your skin reacts to UV can also be a big indicator to your undertone. Those who burn easily likely have cool undertones; those who tan without burning may have warm undertones.

I’ve discovered my undertone, now what?

Once you’ve discovered your undertone, finding your true match foundation shade will get a whole lot easier! Here’s a helpful guide to what to look for when foundation hunting:

Warm shades are often named beige, golden, tan, caramel, and chestnut.

Cool shades are often labelled porcelain, rose, sable, cocoa.

Neutral shades are often referred to as ivory, buff, nude, and praline.

Ready to find your perfect match? Check out our huge range of foundations

You may also like: 

Three Easy Hairstyles to Try This Summer

Six Trends Make Up Artists Loved at Paris Fashion Week

Skincare Secrets: Want to Improve Your Skin Appearance?

Go to the tutorial
Boost Your Skincare Routine:  How to Pure Clay Mask in 5 Easy Steps Boost Your Skincare Routine: How to Pure Clay Mask in 5 Easy Steps
Add to favourites
Casting Creme Gloss Q And A Casting Creme Gloss Q And A
Add to favourites


More details