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How to Fix a Broken Nail

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How to Fix a Broken Nail How to Fix a Broken Nail How to Fix a Broken Nail

There are few things worse than having beautiful, long nails coated in a trendsetting nail polish, only for your claws to be ruined by an unsightly broken nail. Broken nails are no fun—they can be painful, make it difficult to go about day-to-day activities, and take a toll on your overall beauty look. Luckily, just because you fall victim to a break, doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with it. Below, we’re sharing how to fix a broken nail five different ways.


Nail glue isn’t just for giving yourself at-home acrylics. A little nail glue can go a long way in a pinch! Don’t have nail glue on hand? A dot of super glue can also do the trick. Here’s what to do.

What you’ll need:

Nail glue or super glue


Nail file

Nail polish

How to do it:

Step #1: Grab your glue. Apply the glue to the broken area of your nail using a toothpick for precise application. Be sure not to move your nail too much to give the glue time to dry.

Step #2: Use a nail file. Once the glue is dried, use a nail file to smooth down any protruding glue.

Step #3: Paint your nails. Polish your nails with a pretty hue to disguise this quick fix.


Who says tea bags are just for drinking? Rather than sipping on a piping hot cup of tea, you can put a tea bag to use to mend a broken nail.

What you’ll need:

Tea bag


Clear nail polish

Colored nail polish

How to do it: 

Step #1: Cut your tea big. Use a pair of scissors to cut a patch out of your tea bag. Make sure it’s big enough to cover the broken area, without being bigger than your nail.

Step #2: Apply your patch. Coat your nail in clear nail polish and allow it to dry until it gets tacky, then press the tea bag patch on top. Give the clear polish time to fully dry.

Step #3: Seal the deal. Cover your patch with one or two additional coats of clear polish. Once the clear nail polish has dried, follow with a coat or two of a colored nail polish to camouflage your patched nail. Easy, right?


The phrase “fake it till you make it” is no stranger to the world of beauty, and it can certainly apply to your nails. If your broken nail seems too far gone, give yourself an at-home manicure by popping on some fake nails that can last you until your real nails (and the break) grow out.

What you’ll need:

Nail glue

Fake nails

How to do it:

Step #1: Grab your nail glue. Put a small amount of glue on your nail and a small amount on the back of the fake nail.

Step #2: Apply the nail. Press the fake nail onto your real nail, holding it in place for about 30 seconds to allow it to adhere to the glue. Give time for the glue to fully dry before doing any demanding activities.

Step #3: Repeat. Apply fake nails to the rest of your fingers!


Have you heard of dip powder nails? Even if you aren’t getting a dip manicure, you can use a nail powder to temporarily fix a broken nail.

What you’ll need:

Clear nail polish or nail glue

Nail powder

Nail file

Top coat

How to do it:

Step #1: Seal and heal. Apply a coat of clear nail polish or nail glue to the broken area.

Step #2: Apply your powder. Brush on nail powder so that it adheres to the glue. You can also dip your nail into the powder.

Step #3: Smooth and seal. File the nail to smooth any bumps. Apply a coat or two of top coat to seal in the powder.

Step #4: Complete your manicure. Don't call it a day just yet. Finish your manicure, either with a colored dip powder or regular polish, so the break is truly undercover.


Sometimes, the best bet is to simply cut your losses. If your broken nail allows it, cut all of your nails short so that they match in length, then file to smooth any rough edges. Your nails may be short now, but they’ll grow back strong! (Plus, short nails have been trending—check out 5 Ways to Rock Short Neon Nails.)

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