How to Hide a Broken Nail... Sort Of...

I had a pretty bad (and bloody) nail break last week. The good news is I can probably fix it. The bad news is that it broke, and the skin probably needs a couple days of healing before I try repairing it. My poor, poor pointer finger nail. 

This whole ordeal has been making me think about other nail artists breaking their nails. None of us want to stop painting our nails just because we broke one nail, so I came up with some creative ways to hide the broken one in photos.

1. Photoshop

This one is pretty straightforward. If you know how to use Photoshop, simply clone stamp/healing brush/layer mask that nail back to health. 

2. Cover it with a (Cool) Band-Aid

Once again, pretty straightforward. Get a band-aid, preferably a cool one (bonus points if Mickey Mouse is on it), and wrap it around your finger. Bam! No one can see the broken nail now, plus you'll probably get everyone's sympathy, because they're all concerned that you've somehow injured your finger.

3. Steal Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak

Okay, so I couldn't actually find Harry's invisibility cloak... or Harry for that matter, but I did find a black t-shirt, which is kind of the same. I wrapped this around my broken nail, and suddenly the break vanished! Extraordinary!

4. Be One with the Flowers

This is incredibly simple... probably even the simplest method of hiding a broken nail possible. Find some flowers, shove the broken nail in them, et voila, you're done. Everyone will be so distracted by the beautiful flowers that they'll never even notice you broke a nail.

5. Shark Attack

And finally, last, but not least, bend your finger down so that it looks like you only have half a finger. Tell everyone your finger was bitten off by a shark. If you really want to commit to this one, add some fake blood. 10/10, very believable. 

I have one final tip for broken nails though... I might be biased, but dealing with a broken nail is (probably) cooler and more fun when you have some shark teeth nail art, especially when Shark Week is so close. Speaking of shark teeth nail art, here's what I used for it:

My pinkie was a couple layers of a mix of I'm With the Lifeguard from China Glaze and Limelight from Quo by ORLY on top of Sure Thing from Revlon. I also started with a base of Sure Thing on my ring finger, followed by a gradient created with I'm With the Lifeguard, Limelight, Blue-Away from Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, and Guava from Barry M. I painted the shark teeth using black and white acrylic. My middle and pointer finger were both painted with Sure Thing. 

I'm sure you can tell by now that this post was meant to be a joke. I really did break my nail pretty badly the other day, and while this usually really bums me out, I chose to see the humour in it this time. Hopefully, if you recently broke a nail, this will give you a bit of a laugh too.

All kidding aside, what do you do when you break a nail? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll see you guys soon!