Ask any woman how many bottles of nail polishes she owns and she probably wouldn’t be able to count. Women often have a surplus of bottles in multicolored hues that they use to adorn their nails with chic color and designs. Well-painted nails have long been a fashion statement ever since the first modern nail lacqeur was introduced by Cutex in 1917. Even before then, Cleopatra was said to have adorned her nails with red henna. Nail polish has long been a mainstay in modern fashion, and throughout the years, several other novel uses have been discovered for this versatile varnish. Who would have thought there would have been more uses for polish than just to paint a pretty pedicure?
One novel use for nail polishes is to use them in place of shoe polish. Once a great pair of shoes gets scuffed up, they are often thrown to the back of the closet and forgotten about. But with the multitude of shades that nail polishes come in, one is sure to find a great match. Just make sure to test the color out on a piece of paper before applying to the shoe, as the polish may change shades slightly once it’s out of the bottle.
Protect Jewelry from Tarnish
It can be difficult to find great pieces of costume jewelry, and when one finds that perfect piece of jewelry, it’s always a matter of time before that piece becomes tarnished and unwearable. The reason for tarnish occurring in the first place is due to the air hitting the metal. A great fix for this problem is to apply a coat of clear polish to the jewelry in order to form a protective barrier around the metal. This will keep costume jewelry from tarnishing quickly, thus saving money in the long run.
For individuals who may have a nickel allergy, the backs of buttons on jeans and other items of clothing may cause skin irritation. An easy fix for this problem is to take polish and paint the back of the buttons where they may rub up against the skin (be careful not to get polish on the clothing before it dries). This will create a barrier between the metal and the skin, which will reduce any further skin irritations.
Clear polish is also a great home remedy for curing warts. Warts thrive on oxygen, so by coating a wart with clear polish, this will greatly reduce it’s size within a week. Just be sure to coat the whole wart and to reapply polish if it begins to flake off.
Fix Your Panty Hose
Polish is also a great way to stop a run in one’s panty hose. By dabbing a small drop on either side of a run, it will greatly increase the life of one’s panty hose. Polish is also a wonderful remedy to apply to any other clothes which may have frayed, including hair ribbons and accessories.
Protect Split Fingernail
Splitting a fingernail can be a painful ordeal, especially when one continues to re-injure it while waiting for it to grow out. To cover and protect the injured nail, simply split open a tea bag and cut the paper cloth down to the size of the nail. Place it over the nail and coat it with a layer of clear polish. This will serve as an effective temporary Band Aid until the split is able to grow out.
With the abundance of great alternative uses for nail polish, it is almost easy to forget the main function of this fashion staple. With a multitude of uses and more uses being discovered every day, nail polish serves as a great quick fix to many of life’s little dilemmas.
Tanya Loo is a beauty writer for an online beauty store based in Singapore. She offers advice on everyday beauty products like nail polish, makeup brushes and other popular beauty tools.