Do you have a favorite polish that is too thick or sticky and you’re about the toss it in the trash? Before doing that, check out my steps and video tutorial for easy ways to restore & prevent sticky or thick polish!

  • Clean the brush by adding nail polish thinner to a small glass cup. Swirl the brush around until it is fully cleaned. This removes any dried or clumpy polish stuck in the bristles.
  • Always make sure the neck and cap of your bottle is cleaned. Polish buildup doesn’t allow the cap to close properly and allows air in which is one cause of thick polish. Use acetone or polish remover with nail wipes to wipe away any dried polish. A q-tip works great to clean the cap.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of nail polish thinner to the bottle. Roll the bottle between your hands to mix instead of shaking. This helps prevent bubbles. Viola! Your polish should be back to normal. If you feel it is still too thick after 2 or 3 drops, add one drop at a time until it reaches your preferred consistency.
  • DO NOT use polish remover or acetone to thin the polish. This is a temporary fix and will eventually break down the formula and ruin the polish.
  • Keep the caps to your bottles securely tightened as much as possible. This can be hard if you’re like me and do nail art. I catch myself leaving the caps off all the time. But, just try your best to not leave them off longer than necessary.
  • It’s best to store your polish upright, in a cool dark place, with a consistent temperature. Your bathroom is actually NOT the best place since the temperature is always changing. Try somewhere like a drawer in a closet or bedroom.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite nail polish thinners, plus a few other products I used:

OPI – Nail Lacquer Thinner

Beauty Secrets – Nail Polish Thinner

Orly – Polish Thinner

Lint Free Nail Wipes

Onyx Professional – Acetone

Watch my video:

Hopefully, these tips and tricks have helped you out. Now go restore some of your precious polishes!

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