Friday, November 16th, 2012

Choose or Lose


When do you apply your nail polish?

  • Evening (56%, 2,015 Votes)
  • No rhyme or reason! (35%, 1,254 Votes)
  • Afternoon (7%, 256 Votes)
  • Morning (2%, 76 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,601

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28 thoughts on “When do you apply your nail polish?

  1. I also try to do it in the bathroom with the fan on! Hate having the smell in my room afterwards ):

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jeney Jennifer

    Usually in the evening at my desk. Sometimes on the couch…which is a bad idea, I know. Sometimes I end up falling asleep before they’re completely dry and waking up with weird marks on my nails.

  3. DJ

    In bed! I don’t move much when I sleep so they get a really solid dry without giving myself the opportunity to ruin ‘em.

  4. Yellowlantern

    Usually at night within two hours or less of bed time with something on TV to entertain me while I wait for them to dry.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    I paint them after I put my daughter to bed, while I’m watching a mundane TV show. I know I’ll still be awake for at least a few hours, and not really doing anything that may smudge my nails. Also, they’ll be completely dry by morning, and if I’ve gotten any polish on my fingers, it’s easily removed with soap & a nail brush, and I don’t risk ruining any of my nails trying to clean it up with polish remover.

  6. I usually do it at night after I shower…sometimes I end up being up until like 2am with all the coats and waiting for it to dry before bed.

    • ZOMG, its the same with me!! I always do my nails at night (dreadful habit) I would usually have bombastic plans on nail arts (check out Robin Moses on yt,she is fabulous) And as the night gets colder, I will switch all my plans and opt for a simple manicure, and will wait for hours to let it dry. On occasions I am just too sleepy, I will lie in my bed like a zombie and move soo slowly as to not get my nails smudged. -___________-

  7. Whenever I have time for it to dry!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    I always paint them at the wrong time, no matter what time of day it is. Maybe it’s the fumes making me sleepy but I always end up with pillow marks on my nails. Like every time! Hopefully it will soon become a new trend, fabric texture.

  9. It’s more often than not in the evening, but I prefer doing it during the day when I can get a good look at what I’m doing under natural light.

  10. I’m getting bat sh*t blind and need the light of day to do a proper mani.

    • Lark

      I’m there too. But my mother is not of the fitness conscious generation though, she can’t reach her toes well enough to do them. Go to the gym ladies… I love my mom, but she calls me to come do her toes if she can’t book her pedicure place. Kind of funny but kind of disturbing.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dominique Dominique

    I’ve just applied Deborah Lippman Mermaid’s dream on my hands, I always apply polishes in the evening and wait around 2 hours till it’s dry except for some nail polishes which dry very fast such as DL Mermaid’s dream for example, it needs half an hour to dry. I applied Carine Roiteld Underfire red on my toes 2 days ago, I really waited for 2 hours !

  12. For some reason, I always seem to get the idea to do a manicure like right before bed. It used to be more of a problem though before I discovered Seche Vite and Essie’s fast-dry top coat (I would ALWAYS wake up with sheet marks on my nails!! :P)

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of sara Sara

    Really depends on the day and what plans I have for that day. Usually I put it on in the afternoon or evening when I can just sit and watch tv and do nothing while it dries

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amber Amber

    Almost always in the evening after I put the kids to bed. I sit up in my bed and polish them (and clean up with a brush and acetone) while watching TV.

  15. Geneva

    I usually paint my nails at bedtime, because I use Seche Vite, I no longer have smudging issues.

  16. redshift87

    I’m lucky enough to have an IT job where I get to work from home one day a week. So, I invariably end up painting my nails on my telecommute days – usually in the morning : -)

  17. Samantha P

    Anytime! I’m in ‘housewife’ status at the moment with no job, so whenever the whim to do my nails takes over, I just do them. x3 Put on some music, and just enjoy myself. I associate polishing my nails with a serene feeling.. :} Works on a stressful day.

  18. sheri

    I apply nail polish usually in the afternoon or early evening. I’ve woken up enough times with weird lines from sheets etc, that I never do it right before bed!
    I am crazy about China Glaze and find that two coats are usually enough to get a good opaque look, and it seems to dry faster than any drug store polishes, I currently am expanding my collection of polishes to include more top dollar polishes, and am pleased to say they all dry quickly and have the best staying power!

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brenda Brenda

    At night after my daughter is in bed (and usually my hubby is too). I use OPI’s fast dry top coat right now to save myself time on drying. It works in about 15 minutes! It’s thick but I love that it gives me the opportunity to be able to paint my nails at all – without it, I would not have the time to wait for them to dry.

    • Hey Brenda, have you ever tried Seche Vite top coat? It dries SO fast, I would say 5 minutes as long as you don’t use globs of color under it. Some people don’t love it because sometimes it shrinks a bit and makes the tips look the teeniest bit worn, but I know for a mom those few extra minutes are usually worth it!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brenda Brenda

        I haven’t tried it – I have looked at the display in Sally’s but just wasn’t sure. I’ve heard of the shrinkage issue and that kinda made me “iffy” about it because I don’t know just how much it does show the tips. But if it’s minimal, they yes, i will definitely give it a try!

        I just did my nails tonight and I’m wondering if the thickness of the OPI topcoat sometimes causes premature chipping…

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

    whenever my nail tech has openings? Usually afternoons or mid-mornings. :) Speaking of, I got mine done today and they are *gorgeous*. Solid gold sparkle, and accent nail of ruby red sparkle. I’m so loving it, although both my husband and my best friend are like “what’s up with that red nail?”

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of _An_ An

    I usually try to do my nails afternoon or a bit later. I try not to do them -too- late at night like after 9 because I feel like my polishes don’t dry well enough. So sometimes they get ruined from my blankets/covers during the night. D:

    But I have been using Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat these past few manicures and I feel like it has sped up the drying time A LOT. *___*♥

  22. fks

    You need to add the option “When I have the time for it.”, because that is when I apply it :-)..