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:
Base coat (I used Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat)
Orangewood stick (optional)
Nail Polish (optional)
1. First you'll need to cut open your teabag and empty out the contents.
2. Cut the teabag open so you have a nice sheet of the fibrous paper.
3. Snip off a small piece large enough to cover the break in your nail. Save the remainder of the bag for future breaks.
4. Paint a layer of base coat over the broken nail.
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.
6. Top with 2 more layers of base coat, waiting for each to dry before adding another.
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.
9. Polish as usual!by