There are two main “How long did it last?” questions in life. One relates to the bedroom, one relates to your nails – and both are often shorter than you’d like.
Unfortunately, when it comes to getting a manicure, ‘going again’ is not a good thing. It’s an expensive thing. And while we would never condone faking things when your body’s naked, semi-naked nails are a whole different story. Consider this your manicure’s CPR, and here’s the cheat’s way to, ahem, nail it.
1. The glitter tip
If you’ve shied away from glitter polish we have two words: get involved. Because when it comes to chip cover-ups, it’s your nail polish paramedic. And you can go subtle. For this, imagine a French manicure – but instead of white tips, paint a thin line of glitter polish (ideally one with lots of fine particles) along the chipped tips. Voila, they’re gone.
2. The glitter dots
Less steady of hand? Great! Simply add little dots of glitter to each nail. Cover the chips, of course, but otherwise keep the pattern as evenly spaced or as random as you like. Our guarantee: no one will ever know that this design wasn’t your original intention. Us: 1, mean nail gods who inflict chips: 0.
3. The ombre glitter
We know what you’re thinking: moooore glitter, broken record or what?! We can confirm that a glitter factory is not sponsoring us – this is just how useful the stuff is. This tip is brilliant if your nail art skill level is -1. (Join the club). It’s a graduated look that’s glitter-heavy on the tips (to cover chips) and then trails off the further down the nail you go. Start by very lightly dabbing glitter-polish on the middle of your nail, then do way more dabbing at the tip. No stroking – your nails aren’t pretty kittens – you must dab to get good coverage.
4. The accent nail
Paint one of your five fingernails a contrasting colour to the others. It says to the world, “I did this deliberately because I’m such a cool nail trendster,” rather than, “I smudged one nail taking the bins out.” Ah, the glamour.