We’ve all been there: your favorite dress is hanging from the hook, matched with the perfect shoes and jewelry. You have just the nail polish to make this outfit show off your best self – when you find out that your favorite polish is dried out ☹
But don’t worry! Whether you are simply looking for ways to keep your polish good longer, or are trying to save a favorite shade, here are a few magic tricks to keep yourself in style. I’ve used these myself, and they’ve never failed me.
What is the best method for storage?
When you buy a few new bottles of polish, you want to make sure they are good for more than just a few coats. To keep the bottle going for as long as possible, proper storage is essential! Keep these tips in mind as you prepare a place for storing your polish.
According to The Nailasaurus, a UK nail art blog, bottles must be stored out of direct sunlight. Any box will do, but if you want to display your polishes, make sure that your glittering rainbow of polishes is away from any windows. Be careful – make sure the sun doesn’t reflect off any mirrors.
The Nailasaurus also recommends keeping bottles upright. Not only will this make reaching for the bottle you want easier – no rummaging through a messy drawer! – but this ensures that the lid will turn with ease, with no polish sticking it down. Furthermore, keeping all the polish at the bottom of the bottle will help it avoid drying out over the sides.
Bustle, another blog, has many of the same recommendations and vouches for stirring or shaking your polish frequently. This has certainly been my experience – the polishes I use frequently, shaking as I go, are the ones that last the longest. Shaking polishes has many of the benefits of stirring, without the danger of exposure to air.
Another tip from Bustle is to ensure your storage place is cool. Heat will damage the chemicals in your polish, so make sure that your storage place won’t bake your polish into unusable disks. However, this tip leads to one of the most controversial storage techniques of all: the refrigerator.
Should you store your polish in the fridge?
Make-up entrepreneur and beauty blogger Michelle Phan believes there are no two ways about it: the fridge is the proper place for your polish! And writers at Bustle agrees with her – having a section of the fridge just for polish is a perfectly sensible thing to do for anyone serious about their looks, in their opinion. There are many benefits to keeping the bottles in the fridge – not only do they last longer, but they also dry faster, as they are already cool upon application.
However, beware this trick if it will put your polishes out of mind. Some members of Vogue have complained that refrigerating their polishes actually made them spoil faster. But as long as the lids are sealed tight and the polishes are shaken regularly, fridge storage should keep your polishes going for many years.
When good storage is not enough, how do you save your nail polish?
You’ve done everything right – the bottles are upright, shaken frequently, and stored in the fridge. The only sunlight that has touched them is when you take them out to compare colors. But still, your beloved polish is now goopy and ruined – or is it?
If the consistency is just a bit too thick, the Nailasaurus recommends adding a few drops of nail polish thinner. I’ve added just five drops to polishes I was sure were done for good, and the goopy polishes were instantly fixed. Just roll the bottle to stir the thinner in, wait for a moment, and you should be ready to apply once again.
Katelyn Cheek, of MoreBeauty, provides another option for those who don’t have a nail lacquer thinner on hand. Simply run the bottle under hot water for a minute or two to heat up the polish, and roll it between your hands until the bottle has cooled enough for you to check the consistency. A similar trick with boiling water can be watched below – just be sure to tighten the lid carefully.
If neither of these options is possible, a few drops of polish remover should work for a quick fix. But be careful – do this too many times, and your polish will begin to break down. Still, using a tiny amount on some goopy polish has never steered me wrong!
If you follow these tips, you should be able to use your polishes for as long as you want. Have fun painting !!