This is one for all those of you who have fingernails that tend to split and peel ( meaning you can peel off the upper layer, dunno how you native guys would call it ;) ).
Please note that this is NOT a SOLUTION to the problem but merely a last minute rescue before having to cut your carefully groomed nails...
Furthermore: This method is NOT invisible! You will have to cover it in a opaque colour.
Gather your material:
- A tea bag ( you can get tea bags for loose tea or just sacrifice a bag of pre-packed tea ;) )
- Your base coat of choice, I'm using Misslyn Repair polish.
- a soft, gentle nail file ( no metal or glass )
- Uhm, your nails, obviously? :D
Rip the tea bag tissue into little pieces. You can do like I do and rip a lot and store some for later use, or you just rip a few.
First of all: you won't neccessarily need 10 of them. If, say, 5 of your nails show splitting symptops, you'll only need 5 little pieces, right?
Try to get the size about right so you're ready to go once you started. Small pieces for your pinkie, bigger pieces for your thumb, you'll get the idea.
I do not recomment cutting the pieces because the define edges might show!
Work slowly and thoroughly: Give your first damaged nail a layer of base coat. after a few seconds - before the polish dries! - pick a piece of tissue and lay it down over the damaged white part of your nail. You don't need to cover more!
gently press down with your finger tips, dab down stubborn edges with the polish brush.
Give it another layer of your basecoat, covering the length of the tissue also. Work from the tip down to smooth down the lower edge of the tissue.
Give your undamaged nails a normal layer of basecoat.
Once everything has dried - this is VERY important!! - get your file and carefully and softly (!) file off the excess tissue in a downward motion ( see picture ). If your nails aren't dry yet, you'll just pull off the tissue again.
The excess tissue will come off by itself once filed down everywhere, don't pull it off.
It's basically the same step you'd do for a nail foil. :)
Here's what you'll end up with.
Continue your usual nailpolish procedure from here. I recommend using opaque polishes that are not too runny but rather thick and gooey as the texture of the fixed nail might snow.
Please note that if you go and take a bath or swim, you will be able to peel the tissue off. You'll have to remove / undo this after a long soaking session.
The tissue comes off easily with nail polish remover.
From here on, it's just nail designs I made. :P
I call this one 'before dawn': Purple gradient on translucent pink base with black design.
Candy shop, my alltime favorite.
The Thing from the Swamp: Steel grey with a sweep of red/green changing pigments, black claw marks.
Water Marble style
Laggon ( on acrylic nails I had last summer ): glittering lilac base with a blue gradient and black swirls.
Most recent design, 'Mermaid': Steel grey to blue gradient, embellished with some glitter particles and a few rhinestones.