How To Fix A Broken Nail With A Tea Bag (Really!)

January 3, 2016

Never cry over a ruined mani again.

There are few things more frustrating and insanely painful than breaking a nail.

You can spend weeks meticulously caring for your digits only to have all your effort go to waste in the fleeting slam of a cabinet door on an ill-placed finger. The thought of then having to go and file all your beautifully long talons down because you’ve snapped off a nail is enough to reduce a grown woman to tears (been there, done that.)

Thankfully though, there’s a surprisingly easy solution to save you a world of pain and frustration, and it won’t cost you a cent or take more than a few minutes to pull off. More impressively, it’s done with an item you have sitting in the back of your cupboard and would never have suspected could be so resourceful: the humble teabag. Here’s how it’s done…

How to fix a broken nail 


What you need:

Nail polish remover

A paper teabag

A bottle of base coat


A nail file (ideally fine grit)


How it’s done:


1. Remove all the polish from your broken nail with some nail polish remover.

2. Cut the top off the tea bag and empty out the leaves, then cut a rectangle out of the bag the same length and width as your fingernail. It should be big enough to cover your nail about halfway down from the tip.

3. Apply your base coat and wait for it to dry to a tacky finish before placing the tea bag rectangle over the top, ensuring the break is fully covered, and smoothing down with your finger making sure there are no bubbles or creases. Leave to dry.

4. Apply another layer of base coat over the tea bag (it should turn translucent), then leave to set.

5. File away any tea bag that’s hanging over your nail, filing in one direction only. Then using the finest side of your nail file, file the face of your nail to blend the tea bag into the nail, so you can’t see the edges of the paper. Finish with a final layer of base coat and leave to set before applying your regular shade of polish and top coat on top. Voila, good as new!


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