By eDiets Staff
It’s the nail in the coffin…
From breaks to stains, tears to chips, nail nuisances can strike at the most inopportune times whether it’s during a routine work day or on your way to a holiday party. Many women are left feeling helpless, believing their only hope of avoiding embarrassment is keeping their hands hidden at all costs until they can get into a salon. But I ask, “What kind of way is that to live?”
As the author of Bargain Beauty Secrets, I’ve got the “in” on quick repairs that you can do in the nick of time… at minimal costs. Anything they can do at a nail salon, you can do WHEREVER you are. And it only takes minutes to work makeover magic.
With these five tips and a handful of inexpensive supplies (polish remover, bleach, cuticle oil, plastic wrap, nail glue and a tea bag), you’ll have hands that would make Madge proud.
1. Yellow Nails — Soak your nails in one-fourth cup of bleach mixed with one-half cup of water.
2. Not Quite Dry — Coat wet nails with cuticle oil and cover your nails with plastic wrap.
3. Polish Smudge — Moisten the pad of your finger with polish remover and tap lightly to smooth it out.
4. Chipped Polish — Moisten your finger with polish remover and quickly swipe over the chipped area to smooth out the edges.
5. Broken Nail — If the break isn’t too low, carefully cut the nail, file it, and trim the other nails so they’re of equal length. For a big break (one that’s in the nail bed), apply a couple of drops of nail glue to the surface of the nail. Let set and hold the break in place for about a minute. Reapply glue and cover the nail with a piece of tea bag or tissue. Let dry, and then buff excess off.
Diane is author of World’s Best Kept Beauty Secrets and Diane Irons’ 14-Day Beauty Boot Camp: The Crash Course (both SourceBooks). She’s appeared on national radio and TV, including Good Morning America, Sally Jesse Raphael, Maury Povich, Montel Williams, Lifetime Television, CNN, CNBC, and CBS This Morning.