This little magic trick works wonders for women who are on the go. If you've just painted four coats of polish (base coat, two colour coats and a top coat, phew!), you're looking at a drying time of approximately 20 minutes, even if you've used a quick-dry coating. Not anymore! Fill a small bowl with cubes of ice and water, let it sit for a minute and then plunge your hands into the bowl.
The icy water snap-freezes nail polish, making it practically impossible to dent or smudge. We've tried and tested it, and no quick-drying product works quite as well as this. Leave your fingertips in for as long as possible (30 seconds should do it), carefully test how dry they are and then be on your way with your day, with those perfectly manicured nails putting a pep in your step.