You’ve successfully applied two coats of Wicked without spilling or turning your cuticles bordeaux. Well done! Now all you’ve got to do is sit still long enough for your handiwork to dry. But when there are emails to write, texts to be sent, and Instas to post, you can’t afford to be digitally sidelined for long. So we tapped N.Y.C. manicurist Liang for his tricks to make polish dry in a matter of seconds.
1. Get a Blowout—for Your Mani
The cool-shot button on your dryer can do more than seal your hair’s cuticles—it can set nail polish, too. “It’s probably the most effective way to dry nails fast,” says Liang, who notes that hot air actually prevents polish from hardening. Blast that chilly air about six inches from your nail beds for about a minute. Then gently tap nails to gauge if they’re still tacky.
2. Take a Dip
Now that we know cold air helps polish harden, employ the same cool principle with water: Dip wet nails into a bowl of cold H2O, says Liang. (Just be sure to wait at least a minute before doing so to allow your polish to set preliminary.) A two-minute dunk should dry nails to the point that you can go about your business as normal.
3. Upgrade Your Lacquers
Trade your usual top coat for a quick-dry version, says Liang, who favors longtime InStyle Best Beauty Buy award winner Seche Vite ($10; ulta.com). For extra insurance, invest in drops, like Liang’s favorite, Essie’s Quick-E Drying Drops ($15; ulta.com), formulated with special resins to speed up dry time. Apply just a droplet to each nail after your top coat for best results.
Are you a nail color addict, who keeps changing her nail paints or love to try attractive nail arts frequently? If yes, then you must have been using regular nail color removers for wiping away your polishes since long? But do you know that most of the commercial nail polish removers contain a harmful chemical called ‘acetone’, which causes several serious risks to our health? Whether you want to avoid acetone-based color removers or are simply running out of one, you have some very cheap, common and risk-free alternatives to it. Check out the easy peasy ways to remove nail color without using a color remover:
Dark Nail Color – Surprised? Well, it is true. If you have a nail paint that is darker in shade than the current one, you can make use of it for removing your nail color. Apply the dark nail color to your already colored nails in thick coats and wipe them off with a cotton ball right away. Be as fast as possible so that the color doesn’t get enough time to dry up.
Toothpaste – A dollop of toothpaste is all you need to remove the nail color. Use a small amount of white toothpaste on each nail then start scrubbing with an old toothbrush.White toothpastes work best as they lift and pull the color off your nail.
Body Spray – If you are running out of nail remover, consider your body spray for getting rid of your nail color. Place the bottle of the spray in such a way that its nozzle remains only a couple of centimeters away from your nail. Now, spritz it on the nail and wipe off the nail color by using a cotton ball. Do the same for all other nails. READ: Fastest ways to dry your nail polish >>
Hair Spray – Just like your body spray, your hair spray can also be a good choice for taking out the old color from your nails. Spritz it on each of your nails and rub gently with a cotton swab. However, hair spray may dry out the nails and cause it to peel. Hence, you should wipe it off the nails as soon as possible.
DIY nail polish remover: Lemon Juice and Vinegar Mix – Replace your acetone-filled, damaging polish remover with a simple, easy and completely safe home remedy. Take 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to it. Blend them well together. Soak your fingers for 5-10 minutes in warm water. Now, dip a cotton ball into this mixture and rub your painted nails with it gently. Spending 10 to 20 seconds for each nail will eliminate all the traces of your old polish efficiently.
Top Nail Coat – A transparent top nail coat comes very handy, when it comes to removing nail color without a remover. The procedure is similar to the previous one. All you need to do is apply a layer of top coat over the old nail paint and wipe it away with a cotton ball before it gets dry. You may have to repeat the procedure, if the old color does not come off easily.
Perfume – Love to use perfume? Now you have another reason to indulge in it. Regular perfume can help you a lot in removing your nail color. Just dip a cotton ball or swab in a little amount of perfume and rub your painted nails with it. This needs very little pressure and you can get paint-free nails instantly.
Warm Water and Dry Cloth – This is another natural way to get rid of nail color that you can easily give a shot. Take some warm water in a bowl and put your fingers in it. Once the old polish becomes soft enough (it should not take more than 20 to 25 minutes), take the fingers out of the water and rub the nails gently with the dry piece of cloth. The nail paints will come off effortlessly. However, be careful about the temperature of the water so that you don’t end up burning your skin.
So, are you ready to skip your regular nail color remover the next time? Which one of these methods are you planning to give a try? Do let us know.
Source: Nail Polish
From left to right, Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad, Gunnery Sgt. Derik R Holley, 1st Lt. Samuel D. Phillips and Capt. Samuel A. Schultz were killed as a result of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crash in the vicinity of El Centro, California, April 3.
Military officials have identified the four Marines killed in Tuesday’s CH-53 crash near El Centro, California.
Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, 1st Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, Gunnery Sgt. Derik R. Holley, Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad, were killed on April 3 when the CH-53 Super Stallion they were operating crashed after leaving the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.
The two pilots, Schultz and Phillips, and aircrew members, Holley and Conrad, were assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based out of the air station in Miramar, California.
“The loss of our Marines weighs heavy on our hearts,” Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, commanding general of 3rd MAW, said in a command release. “Our priority is to provide support for our families and HMH-465 during this critical time.”
Most of the crew was relatively young with few deployments on their belts.
Marines conduct an external lift with a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a weapons and tactics course for instructors near Yuma, Arizona, April 3, 2015. (Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves)
And one of the crew chiefs, 33-year-old Holley of Dayton, Ohio, was a seasoned veteran with two deployments to Iraq, one tour with the 15th MEU, and a stint at Japan. Having joined the Corps in 2003, the gunny had nearly 15 years of service under his belt.
A native of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Phillips joined the Corps in August 2013. He did tours at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Marine air station located in New River, North Carolina. He was 27.
The youngest Marine to lose his life in the April 3 crash was 24-year-old Conrad of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He Joined the Corps May 2016.
The CH-53 the Marines were piloting crashed roughly 15 miles west of El Centro, California, after the aircraft left the Twentynine Palms training base to practice landing on “unimproved landing zones,” according to a command release sent Thursday afternoon.
“The hardest part of being a Marine is the tragic loss of life of a fellow brother-in-arms,” said Col. Craig Leflore, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 16.
Leflore added his “deepest sympathies” were with the families of those lost in the crash.
Marine Corps Capt. John Beattie, an AV-8B Harrier II pilot assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, conducts a flyover above the Coeur d’Alene Airport – Pappy Boyington Field, Idaho, as part of a cross-country flight, Aug. 12, 2017. (Lance Cpl. Christian Cachola/Marine Corps)
The Marines brought “joy and laughter” to others, served honorably and “wore the uniform proudly,” he added. They “were a perfect example of what makes our Marine Corps great ― its people! They will forever be in our hearts and minds.”
The deadly crash on Tuesday was the latest in a string of crashes to plague the Corps. That same day, an AV-8B Harrier crashed in Djibouti after a pilot ejected from his aircraft shortly after take-off.
And a CH-53 Super Stallion received structural damage while landing during a training exercise. Both pilots and crews, belonging to the 26th MEU, were not seriously injured in those incidents.
But military officials have temporarily suspended flight operations in Djibouti and have canceled the remainder of a major military exercise in Djibouti called Alligator Dagger. The air mishaps in Djibouti are currently under a joint investigation.
The crash that took the lives of four Marines Tuesday is also under investigation.