Quick & pretty makeover for chipped nail polish


Sometimes painting my nails doesn’t even seem worth the effort because I know I’ll end up chipping the polish within 48 hours. Then I’ll just be the lady walking around with chipped nail polish…because you know that if I put the effort into painting the nails two days earlier, I’m not going to put in more effort just to take that polish off. Oh, yes, I could try and touch-up the paint job. But that never looks good.

One recent morning, I was ruminating over this conundrum (big words for a post about nail polish!) and came up with a fabulous solution: to cover up the chipped tips with decorative nail polish brush.

With a complimentary color, I simply drew vertical lines from different starting places up to the tip. It looked best when the lines had a bit of space between them. The great thing about this technique is that no nail needs to look exactly the same. Plus the small, straight lines made it easy to get the same effect when using my non-dominant hand.

Chips covered in less than 5 minutes!


8 Responses

  1. Sara

    October 19, 2012 12:43 am

    I never paint my nails for this reason. Chipped in minutes. I really love your solution. To me it looks like you’ve painted a city skyline.

    • Linz

      October 19, 2012 8:59 am

      I haven’t thought about the design as a skyline, but I totally see it now! It kind of reminded me of a visual for when music plays, and the sound makes the image go up and down: perhaps it’s called a music wave? I don’t know what to call it. : )

      • Jess

        October 26, 2012 4:42 pm

        Looks like you have more nail painting ideas to try Linz. I bet the same technique would be pretty with an orange, yellow and a bit of purple for a sunset look. Get going lady.

  2. Katie

    March 13, 2013 10:41 am

    I found this post on Craftgawker and I love this idea! Did you use the brush from the polish bottle to get these super skinny lines?

    • Linz

      March 19, 2013 2:20 pm

      Thanks, Katie! I did use the brush right out of the nail polish bottle, but the “Art Deco” polish series happens to have super skinny, long brushes. Not having to use a special brush made the makeover especially quick.


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