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August 5, 2011

How to Fix a Broken Nail

One of my favorite things about summer (besides flirty dresses + glowing skin) is the excuse to get a super indulgent manicure and show off my bold polish. Until, of course, I broke a nail and had to race back to the salon for a redo. Annoying! Then I learned how to fix then by myself using a tea bag and nail glue. Here’s how:

1) Clean and dry nail completely with nail polish remover and rubbing alcohol.

2) Grab a tea bag, cut it open, and discard the loose tea (or save to brew later)

3) Cut a big enough strip from the bag to cover the broken nail completely. Set aside.

4) Squeeze nail glue over the entire nail. I like Kiss Maximum Speed Nail Glue, available at most drugstores.

5) Place the paper strip over the nail, making sure to smooth over the broken area, and any gaps or wrinkles

6) Trim an excess paper around the nail.

7) Add another coat of glue to the entire nail.

8) Once glue is completely dry, take a buffing file and smooth out any bumps along the top of your nail.

9) Add one layer of base coat.

10) Re-paint your nail to match the rest of your pretty fingers.

Ta-da! Good as new. The tea paper will seal your broken nail together and no one will be the wiser. Happy polishing!  –Hannah

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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