9 Surprising New Ways to Use Nail Polish
“Traditional” has never been a word we’ve used to describe our beauty habits. No, we’re more likely to do strange things like use lip balm to tame our brows, or tear toilet seat covers into makeshift blotting papers (it works, we swear!).
With our penchant for the weird and wonderful in mind, today we’re sharing nine new, unexpected ways to use nail polish (aka no actual polishing of nails involved). Be prepared for these hacks to make your life so much easier (but also possibly deplete your entire clear nail polish supply).
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So you have invitations to send, but the thought of licking envelopes fills you with dread (welcome to the club). Enter: clear nail polish. Just paint two lines on the inside of each envelope flap, then press it closed. Voila—no gross glue aftertaste. You can also brush some clear nail polish over the handwritten addresses, so they don’t smudge and smear as they travel to their final destination.
If your key chain is filled with keys of all different shapes and sizes (or worse, all the same shapes and sizes), we’ve got a simple solution. Label what key goes where by painting the tops of them with nail polish—blue for keys to your apartment, green for keys to your office, and so on. Innovative and cute—a win-win in our book.
If you haven’t yet swapped your shaving cream for coconut oil, you might notice your trusty can leaving annoying rust marks all over your shower. Keep the bottoms from rusting but painting over them with nail polish—it’ll create a barrier between the water from your shower and the metal can.
Clear nail polish can prolong the life of your costume jewelry, too. Just paint over your rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces with a thin layer of clear nail polish to slow the rusting process.
Pictured: BaubleBar Contrast Spike Ring ($28)
The ultimate day-ruiner: looking down and realizing you’ve lost a button. Other than being possibly embarrassing, it’s also a huge pain—chances are slim that you’ll find a button that looks exactly like the rest. Avoid this situation by treating the problem right when it starts. If you notice a wobbly button, grab your clear nail polish and paint the fraying thread immediately—it’ll keep it from unraveling further.
Pictured: ASOS Denim Shirt ($42)
If you ever find that the button on your jeans or clasp on your belt buckle leaves your skin feeling itchy and red, you could have a nickel allergy. Because living a jean-free life is simply not an option, trick your skin by painting over the button or buckle with clear polish. The polish will form a barrier between the nickel and you skin and keep any allergic reactions at bay.
Have you tried any of these? Any other ways you use nail polish that don’t involve painting your digits? Sound off below!