Sometimes you realize a nail polish bottle that you just bought recently is just too thin to apply on your nails, and you wonder how you can make this thin, ruuny nail polish thicker.

The only way to make nail polish thicker is to let its liquid solvents evaporate slowly by exposing it to a warm temperature. High temperatures cause these solvents to evaporate so fast that the solid components like color pigments in the nail polish precipitate at the bottom of the bottle and can ruin the nail polish.

What do you do if your nail polish is too thin?

How do you deal with watery nail polish? Relax. It is not as bad as you think. All you need is a little patience because you will have to apply more than two coats of color than you normally do.

If you want to apply thin nail polish on your natural nails, you can do it but you have to apply several coats to get to the desired shade. Otherwise, a couple of coats of thin nail polish will not give you enough color pigment to show the correct color. Here is what you need:

  • Your thin nail polish
  • Patience

Take a deep breath and start putting this thin nail polish on your nails. Since it is watery, make sure you remove the excess polish by scraping the nail brush against the inside of the bottle’s neck, so this thin polish will not drip down on the table or run over your cuticles.

The first few coats only show the very light version of the nail polish color.

Take your time polishing because extra time will allow the nail polish to dry before the next coat.

Apply as many coats as you need until you are happy with the final color. This could take as many as 4 or 5 coats.

Apply the topcoat, and you are done.

To make this nail polish dry quicker, you can use a fan to speed things up. However, I prefer a small heater fan set at low heat and low speed because the heat will dry the nail polish faster. You can use a hairdryer also set at low heat and low speed to dry the nails by laying your hairdryer on top of a folded towel so it will not move. Be careful when you use an electrical appliance, especially if there is water around.

How to make nail polish thicker

As I mentioned above, the only way to make thin nail polish thicker is by exposing it to low temperatures, not hot.

What you need:

  • A plastic container tall enough to fit the nail polish bottle inside, or
  • A small Ziploc bag

Before you proceed, make sure you clean up the inside of the cap and around the polish bottle’s neck with polish remover or acetone. If there is nail polish on them, it will dry out is much harder to clean later.

Put your nail polish inside the container or Ziploc bag.

Loosen the cap so it will just sit on top of the bottleneck.

Carefully put it on top of a cabinet in your bathroom or somewhere that is high and warm. Warm temperature tends to stay higher inside a home. A bathroom is a preferred place because it has an exhaust fan that the chemical vapor can escape.

Make sure it is out of the way, so there is no chance of somebody accidentally knocks it off.

Leave it there for at least 3 to 4 days.

Check on it after a couple of days to see how much the liquid solvent has evaporated.

If you do not have much progress, you can choose another warmer spot. Make sure that it is not close to direct heat.

Remember, these are chemical solvents, so you should leave your nail polish outside of your home if possible.

This way will thicken up nail polish without ruining it with minimal effort and time.

And that is how you make your thin nail polish thicker.

Have fun polishing.

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