How to Fix a Chipped Manicure

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So you’ve gotten your nails done (or did them yourself!) and in a day or two your nails chip. What’s up with that?! You could definitely repaint them if you have the time…but what if you’re in a rush? You’ve got 30 minutes before you need to leave and have to fix those nails!

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Starting from the beginning steps of a manicure lengthens the time needed to dry. If your nails have been painted a few days and are slightly chipped, it definitely is quicker to add something on top of the already dry polish! Below are 3 ways you can cover up those chipped nails, whether you’re in a rush or just want to experiment…

Chipped Nail Fix #1: The Glitter Fade

 

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Step 1: Use a glitter polish (OPI In True   Stefani Fashion) and paint the first layer of your glitter gradient. Wipe off most of the polish and lightly paint it on 3/4 of the nail.

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Step 2: Layer on the glitter to 1/2 of the nail, focusing on covering the chipped portion of the nail.

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Step 3: Add one final dab of glitter polish to the tip of the nail, and add top coat.

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Chipped Nail Fix #2: The Nail Wrap

 

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Step 1: First size the nail wrap and choose the correct fit. I used NCLA nail wraps It Don’t Matter. Use small scissors to diagonally cut nail wrap. FYI: this is a way to get twice the use out of nail wraps!

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Step 2: Apply nail wrap to nail, being sure to cover up any chipped edges and covering side to side. Press down firmly to make sure there are no air bubbles.

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Step 3: File off excess wrap from edge of nail. File in a downward motion (not side to side) which keeps the nail wrap firmly attached to the free edge. Optional: add top coat.

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Quick tip: This is the best option if you’re in a hurry! No drying time, plus…doesn’t it look cool? Such an easy way to customize nail wraps and get more use out of a single pack!

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Chipped Nail Fix #3: The Half & Half

 

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Step 1: Take a piece of tape and apply it to the back of your hand (this removes extra stickiness!). Firmly press it halfway on your nail, being sure there are no air bubbles and it is firmly pinched at the sides.

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Step 2: Use another polish color (China Glaze Out Like a Light) and paint 1 coat of polish on the edge.

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Step 3: Quickly remove tape to reveal a clean line! Since the base color was already dry, this was incredibly easy. If you’re doing this over a fresh mani, make sure the base color is completely dry so the tape won’t mess it up.

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And there you have it…3 ways to repair a chipped manicure. I change my nails so often I don’t think I ever get to see them chip, but if I’m ever in a pinch these are my go-to tips!

If you use any of these I’d love to see, tag me @chelseaqueen and #chelseaqueen on social media!

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  • Jesse January 22, 2015 01.11 pm

    Absolutely exquisite!

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  • Claudia March 06, 2015 02.10 am

    how can i be your surbscriber in your blog?

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