When you’re applying multiple coats of polish, the time spent waiting can feel like a lifetime. But rush the process and you risk ruining your whole vibe. 

So instead of applying your second coat too soon and having to start again, we’ve put together a few tips to help you nail it. 

Exactly How Long Do You Need To Wait Between Nail Polish Coats?

You should wait at least two minutes between coats of nail polish. Two full minutes is enough time between applying your base coat and second layer to stick and achieve a smooth finish.

Two minutes is roughly the time it takes to paint all the fingers on a single hand. So once you’re done painting all ten, it should be just about time to start again on the next layer.  

Or here’s a list of things you can do to kill 2 minutes while you’re glowing up: 

  • Meditate 
  • Listen to The Beatles “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road”
  • Tell someone you love them (don’t forget yourself)
  • You get the point 

If you’re applying more than two coats of polish then you’ll likely need to wait longer between each successive coats, as each additional layer can take longer to dry.  

So, why does it matter to give your polish time to settle between each application? 

Why Is It Important To Let Your Polish Dry Between Coats? 

Giving your polish time to dry will help it settle on your nails and reduce the chances of chunks or streaks appearing. The two-minute mark should be just enough for polish not to smudge as you add another layer. 

In general, letting your polish dry properly before starting your next coat will help you get a “manicure-level” look and help prevent your polish smudging and last longer. 

January 26, 2023 — Destiny Flaherty