The best DIY remedy for chipped nail polish

Sep 26, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ET
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Chipped your nails, but in a rush to go out? There's no need to spend time to remove all your polish and start from scratch. Instead, build on what you have and turn that chipped mani into a fun geometric nail art pattern. It should take 10 minutes tops and you'll be out the door in a flash!

How to save your chipped manicure: Materials and Tools

Materials and tools:

  • A contrasting nail polish color
  • Top coat
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Nail buffer

Directions:

Step 1: File and buff

 How to save your chipped manicure: Step 1 File and Buff

Start off by buffing your nails around the chipped area. This will even out the chipped surface and help the new polish adhere to the area.

Step 2: Cut tape

How to save your chipped manicure: Step 2: Cut tape

With your scissors, cut 10 small pieces of tape just a little wider than your nail.

Step 3: Apply tape

How to save your chipped manicure: Step 3: Apply tape

Use the tape to mark off the area you want to paint over. Before you put it on your nails, touch the sticky surface with your fingertips so it doesn't end up peeling off any of your polish when you remove it.

Step 4: Paint your tips

How to save your chipped manicure: Step 4: Paint your tips

Paint the tips of your nails with your contrasting polish and peel the tape off while the nail polish is still wet. This will keep the line crisp. If you wait until your nails dry, sometimes the tape will pull off more polish because it has dried in one piece.

Step 5: Top coat

How to save your chipped manicure: Step 5: Top coat

Once you have removed your tape, allow your nails to dry for a few minutes. Then apply your top coat and you have a brand new geometric nail art mani!

How to save your chipped manicure: Finished

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