Monday, March 11, 2013

Manicure for Short or Broken Nails!

Hiding the thumb!

Recently, both of my thumb nails broke off painfully short, and after the initial horror subsided, I thought "not going to be able to do any mani's for a while!". But then I thought, why not? I'll adapt. Besides, I didn't want to have to look at my ugly thumb nails in all their short, broken glory. Best I cover them up.

So I clipped them all off relatively short (about end of finger length), so I didn't have a combination of short and long nails, then filed them straight across in a square shape. I filed the broken thumb nails as best I could to at least get an even shape.

You may want to use a nail strengthener/hardener if your nails take ages to grow, or break a lot.

On to colour choice. This is just personal opinion, but if some of my nails are actually shorter than the end of my finger, I don't really want them screaming "Look at me!" in any of the following colour options: black, red, violet, neons, hot pink, white, pastels or basically anything bright, dark, glittery or overly bold. Now is the time for nudes, earthy shades and light, flesh-coloured tones. You want something that is going to give you a polished (ha!) look that is demure and understated. This kind of manicure is also great if you are short on time, because mistakes will not stand out.

Product Used:
Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy

Missed a bit!

Ultra-conservative!

Ugly thumb alert!

Butter London Yummy Mummy

Disclaimer: I won this nail lacquer as a prize a few years ago.

What do you do when your nails break?





16 comments:

  1. I'm lucky I have fairly good nails and sometimes people even ask if they are fake. but when one breaks off, i tend to cut them all short. love the colour! -aroha #teamIBOT

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    1. Sounds like you have great nails! The colour is way more conservative than I'm used to, but still cool for a neutral :)

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  2. My thumb nail keeps breaking in middle and is painful. I just (bite) cut it off but think I should do a major repair job. Thanks for the suggestion :)

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    1. Yeah, it hurts when they break off too short! Thanks for visiting :)

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  3. I like to keep my nails short, and I hardly ever polish them. If I did, it would be in a similar colour though, yours look great!
    xx

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    1. It's smart to be practical! Thanks for your comment :) x

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  4. My nails are shocking and just break all the time. I need to constantly put strengthener on them.
    This post has reminded me, that I'ma actually overdue for a mani, so thanks for that!

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    1. I like to think our nails break because of all the hard work we do as women! :oD

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  5. I always said that I'd never wear brown nail polish but I got a bottle in a gift pack and gave it a go when I was wearing a beige/black outfit. Now I love it! Simple, matches everything.

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    1. yes, it's conservative and stylish. Great for an office job, I imagine. Perfect for your beige and black outfit :)

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  6. I have always had weak, short nails. I decided recetly that if my nails grew at all long that I would cut them. I have no idea why but since I started cutting them my nails have strengthened. Thanks for the post- us short nailed girls can sometimes be left out! Love the colour too. (tust visitor!)

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    1. Wow. Maybe it's like when you cut the split ends off your hair regularly, it becomes healthier and grows better. Thanks for visiting Nico :)

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  7. My nails are always short because I've broken them. Might have to lash out and buy a nice nude polish.

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  8. I love that colour. I actually just use a clear finish on my finger nails because it never lasts more than a few days. But I like the idea of the nude colour. I'm heading to Perth next week I will add it to the list!!!!

    Annaleis - Blogs and PR Team Member

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  9. my nails grow long, then snap off when I'm out.. I try and keep them semi short.. just over the ends of my fingers...

    I dont wear nail polish though because they chip as soon as I wear it :)

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