Tip Tuesday: How to Fix a Broken Fingernail

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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I know it's a girly-girl cliche, but is anything more annoying than a broken nail? It seems like I just get them to a respectable length and then BOOM! One breaks. I usually just cut the darn thing off but then the break is below the tip, it can actually be kind of painful. My thumbnail recently suffered such a break to my dismay and I decided to patch it to buy me some growing time before trimming it off. The solution was simple, easy and it held (at least until I had clients!)

For today's quick tip, I'm going to show you how to repair a broken nail using items you probably already have at home. The step-by-step instructions are after the jump.

How to Fix a Broken Fingernail

For this repair job, you will need:

A teabag
Base coat (I used Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat)
Orangewood stick (optional)
Nail Buffer
Nail Polish (optional)

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1. First you'll need to cut open your teabag and empty out the contents.

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2. Cut the teabag open so you have a nice sheet of the fibrous paper.

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3. Snip off a small piece large enough to cover the break in your nail. Save the remainder of the bag for future breaks.

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4. Paint a layer of base coat over the broken nail.

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5. While the base coat is still wet, place the small piece of tea bag over the tear. Use and orangewood stick to help smooth it out, if necessary.

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6. Top with 2 more layers of base coat, waiting for each to dry before adding another.

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7. After the base coat is completely dry, buff out any bumpiness with a nail buffer.

8. Repeat with another layer of base coat and a second round of buffing if necessary. You'll want your nail to feel smooth to the touch.

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9. Polish as usual!

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