How to Thin Out Nail Polish If Your Favorite Bottle Has Gone Sticky

There are a couple of product-related tragedies that are par for the course when you're a beauty hoarder. For instance, shattered compacts of bronzer and blush immediately come to mind, a discontinued signature lip color you've been wearing for years, or a confiscated *full-size* dry shampoo you were 100% convinced you'd be able to sneak past TSA. RIP. However, there's another major beauty bummer that ceaselessly haunts us: goopy nail polish.

And if you just cringed at the thought, you're not alone. Because absolutely nothing feels more demoralizing than reaching for your go-to bottle only to realize that it's magically turned into a thick and nasty mess practically overnight. And if it was a limited-edition shade or has been sadly discontinued? Well, we can't even talk about it. (Although eBay has proved invaluable where that conundrum is concerned—just saying.)

Since one too many of our favorite nail polishes have kicked the bucket, we've morphed into polish lovers on a mission. The question: What's the trick to thinning out nail polishes à la our favorite nail salons, and what can we do to prevent (or at least postpone) the inevitable demise for as long as humanly possible? Determined to get some answers, we reached out to some of the best nail salons in the business to learn their tips and tricks on the matter. Ahead: How to thin out your nail polish like a pro. Keep reading—your favorite shade of red depends on it!