Thumbs up to a gorgeous mani, but thumbs down to a chipped nail. Three days after a mani date with my good friend Christine, and I was left with chipped polish and a broken nail. Set with not letting a good, paid-for mani not to go to waste, I grabbed my tools and polish.
I have to admit first that I’m a bit of a nail nerd: I always bring my own lacquer and top coat to my mani appointments. The reason is threefold: 1. I know that I’m the only person to use my polish and, as a health editor, I like that. 2. I like my polish colour collection a lot. I curated it myself. And since I’ve got enough skills to paint my own nails, I leave it to the professionals take my polish to the next level with a bit of nail art. And, 3., if my mani chips, cracks, peels or flakes, I can try to save it.
So, with my Sally Hansen fine nail file, Quo Chip Defense Topcoat, Essie Virgin Snow (this one’s from my archives, but if you like this you’ll also like Cabana Boy), I started with my broken nail on my middle finger. It was heart-breaking. As this accent nail was suddenly the shortest of the bunch. So, I filed it down a bit shorter (*tear*) by narrowing the sides so that the squat nailbed looked more almond-shaped. Then I did a quick file on the other two nails to shorten them just a little bit. I figure this way the broken nail won’t look as short.
Next to tackle the chipped nail on my pointer finger. I used a very fine grit to sand away a the chip. Essentially I buffed away most of the polish, about three millimetres away from the negative polish line. This was to smooth out the crack in the polish, so that when I went over it again, the colour would go on smoothly. I had to do two coats to match the opacity on the other nails. You’ll have to time this right though, and let it dry a bit between coats. You don’t want the polish to be tacky, which will cause ridges, bumps and possibly another chip. After about a minute between coats, I finished with a top coat.
Now, with a negative mani, there is opportunity to make mistakes and get polish on the wrong part of the nail. But don’t stress, as the solution is an easy one. When I got a bit sloppy above the negative mani line, I just grabbed an eyeliner brush, like this one here, dipped it in nail polish remover and dotted the mistake away.
You’d never know that my mani wasn’t flawless or that I had a chipped nail. And I’ve still got at least another week to appreciate it.