How to Protect Drying Nail Polish While You Sleep

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How to Protect Drying Nail Polish While You Sleep
Let nails dry before retiring to bed. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Manicurists, whether professional or amateur, will tell you that smudged nails are a serious faux pas among women. Fingernail polish is meant to look smooth and shiny with no flaws. Painting nails before bedtime doesn't have to be a "nightmare" if you follow the proper procedures that will help you protect your nail polish while your sleep.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail clippers and/or file
  • Nail buffer
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Nail polish
  • Quick dry top coat
  • Quick dry spray or drops

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  1. 1

    Remove old nail polish with nail polish remover.

  2. 2

    Use a nail file or clipper to trim nails.

    Buff fingernails then rinse residue with a gentle soap.

  3. 3

    Dry hands and nails completely before applying nail polish.

  4. 4

    Brush nail colour over clean, manicured fingernails.

  5. 5

    Allow the first layer of nail polish to dry completely before painting a second layer of nail polish.

    Let your nails dry for 15 to 20 minutes between coats to make sure that each layer has had time to cure.

  6. 6

    Apply a "quick dry" top coat over your final layer of nail polish.

  7. 7

    Apply a "quick dry" spray or liquid drops.

  8. 8

    After five minutes, lightly touch nails to make sure they're dry before you lay down to go to sleep.

  9. 9

    Sleep on your back with your hands down to your sides.

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