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How To Do Your Nails Fast
When you are in a rush, decisions have
to be made. Prioritize. Do you shape or polish? Do you quick-dry or go
the long, slow route? New formulas allow for snap decisions:
Speed-dry enamels are worthy of their
name (you can open mail, search for keys, or put on your tightest
long-sleeved shirt within seconds), but there's a downside: "As fast as
they dry, that's as fast they chip," insists manicurist Elisa Ferri, so
save them for emergencies. Eke a few extra days out of a fast-dry
manicure by doing a daily touch-up with a quick-drying coat.
In the other corner, there are strong,
chip-resistant formulas - the torttoise of the polish race. To pick up
the pace of these tougher enamels, like L'Oreal Shock Proof, carefully
submerge freshly painted nails in a bowl of ice-cold water for 30
seconds to harden still-groopy polish.
Light or sheer shades are best for
hasty manicures, Ferri says. "You can even get away with just a wide
stripe down the center" rather than painstakingly painting the entire
If a manicure is beyond the repair of a
topcoat or two, face facts and call in the remover. You can keep
single-use packets of nail polish remover (Cutex and Get Fresh make
them) on hand so you can strip away color on the run.
When there is no time for polish, just
clean underneath the nails, rub on a buffing cream, and shine them with
a chamois buffer.