To dry sticky nail polish quickly, stick painted nails in cold water. Leave the painted nails in the cold water for at least 3 seconds.
Cold water causes nail polish to harden very quickly. However, if the nails touch the side or bottom of the container before the polish sets up, it will be necessary to remove the polish and start over.
Two other options for speeding up the drying time for sticky nail polish include using finger and nail polish drying machines, which blow air on wet nail polish, and spraying on a nail polish dryer, which is misted onto wet nail polish using a spray bottle.