Nail polish becomes thicker with age due to evaporating solvents, according to Daily Makeover. When these solvents evaporate, the polish gets thick and stringy, resulting in lumpy, uneven results. Thick polish also does not adhere to the nail bed very well, which causes chipping and peeling. For best results, Daily Makeover says never to use polish that is more than 12 months old.Continue Reading
There are many things that can speed along the evaporation process and cause nail polish to become too thick before its time. Leaving the lid off the polish for long periods of time can dry out the polish. For this reason, polish should be closed tightly whenever the brush is not in use. Allowing dried polish to accumulate along the neck of the bottle can allow air to seep into the bottle even when it's closed. It's always a good idea to clean the neck of the bottle after each use.
If polish becomes too thick to work with, a few drops of polish thinner may thin it enough to make it usable once again. Available wherever nail polish is sold, nail polish thinner may lengthen the life of a bottle of polish up to three months or longer, depending on the brand and quality.Learn more about Nail Polish
Nail polish is made up of solvents, film formers, resins, plasticizers and pigments. These ingredients are labeled as butyl acetate, xylene, toluene and formalin. Companies including Essie and Butter London use formulations that are free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde.Full Answer >
Nail polish is made up of four basic ingredients: film forming agents, resins and plasticizers, solvents, and coloring agents. The combination of these ingredients differs, depending on the nail polish brand.Full Answer >
To apply nail polish, file your nails and buff them. Apply a base coat followed by two coats of polish, and then finish off with a top coat.Full Answer >
Make nail polish dry faster by dunking hands into cold water, using a blow dryer or purchasing products designed to dry polish quickly when applied to a fresh manicure. Non-stick cooking spray also speeds the drying process.Full Answer >