Applying a cold flow of air or using certain sprays can help painted nails dry quickly. Alternatively, quick-dry polishes and base coats can reduce the time necessary for drying nails.
Using a fan or blow dryer on a cold setting can assist in drying nails quickly, as it evaporates the paint thinner in a polish. Another method for drying nails faster includes carefully placing each freshly painted nail in an ice cold bowl of water. Many beauty supply stores and drugstores sell quick-dry aerosol sprays that aid in drying nails, though a pinch of cooking spray is considered equally efficient.