You might want to thick nail polish because your nail polish is too runny and watery, making it harder to apply. Alternatively, if you want to stamp your nails easier, you might like to have a thicker polish. 

A simple step-by-step tutorial on how to thick nail polish:

Nail polish thickens naturally once the nail polish bottle is opened because the solvents in the liquid evaporate. 

In order to speed up the rate of evaporation of the solvents, position the polish bottle next to a warm area with good airflow. It is possible to bring back the nail polish’s normal consistency by using nail thinner after it has been thickened by drying.

  • To begin, you will need to open the nail polish bottle.
  • Ideally, it should be located in a place that has a constant airflow, close to a window.
  • It would be helpful if you placed your nail polish bottle next to a fan to speed things up.
  • To prevent the brush from becoming too hard, soak it in nail polish remover.
  • In order to see whether your polish is consistent, check it every 10 minutes or so.
  • The polish can be inspected with a toothpick.
  • In the end, you should thick nail polish enough to be screwed on.

What are the benefits of thickening your polish for stamping?

Stamping works best with thick nail polish. Their ease of use and their ability to produce precise designs and imprints make them a much better choice.

Therefore, I highly recommend stamping polishes as they tend to be thicker and more pigmented than regular polishes, making them perfect for nail stamping.

diy thicken nail polish for nail stamping on red and black nails

Agent that Thick Nail Polish:

As a result of my research, I discovered that you can thicken your nail polish with Xanthan Gum Powder.

There are some cosmetics that use Xanthan Gum such as shampoos and other cosmetic products such as jams and sauces.

If you are interested in trying it, I would recommend:

Organize your workspace.

It can be very difficult to remove nail polish from wood, marble, or fabric work surfaces.

You should not let your watery nail polish thicken in an area that is dirty, cluttered, or soiled.

It is ideal to cover the workspace with newspaper or paper towels.

And the workspace should be relatively sturdy.

Those who experience headaches or nausea while using nail polish might want to work in an area that has an opening, a door, or a vent that can provide ventilation.

Mix the nail polish with the xanthan gum powder.

Xanthan Gum for thicken nail polish for stamping

When using the powder, scoop out a small amount with a teaspoon to avoid accidentally adding too much. Add it to a recently opened nail polish bottle.

Replace the cap on the nail polish bottle you just opened, and roll it between your hands to spread the xanthan gum powder evenly.

It is important to evaluate nail polish. You should apply the product in a small amount to your fingernail or toenail.

It may be necessary to add more thickening agents if the polish is still too thin. Make sure the polish doesn’t become too thick after adding xanthan gum powder.


Corn, wheat, soy, and other known allergens can be found in xanthan gum powder. Before adding these products to their cosmetics, individuals with severe food allergies should do their research carefully.

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