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When you're having a bad day, painting your nails in your favorite color can be a quick and easy "pick-me-up." Your "pick-me-up" can turn into a downer, however, if you smudge your nails before they dry and have to start all over again. To get your manicure perfect the first time, you'll need to be patient. Set aside half an hour to make sure that your nails are completely dry before you get back to your regular routine.