Monday, 16 June 2014

Teabag Repairs for Nail Breaks! Tutorial

Hello! I've been away on holiday for a couple of weeks (I had a lovely time!) but now I'm back to my usual routine, including nails! But just as I went to paint my nails today, one broke! It's on my left hand too, which is the one that goes on the blog. It's not a big break, but the middle finger nail split about a quarter of the way across right where the nail bed joins the finger. I've done teabag repairs a couple of times, but realised I'd never blogged about them, so it was the perfect opportunity.

Here's the break. As you can see, it's not awful, but it's the kind of break that can't be left alone, because any pressure on the nail tip makes the whole nail bend and the tear gets bigger.

So, step 1, take a teabag and cut it open. Discard the tea, and cut off the edges.  My teabag of choice is a Tetley. 

Then, tear the teabag into small pieces. Tearing is better than cutting, as it makes the edges much softer and less obvious. 

Then on clean, dry nails, paint a coat of your usual basecoat. I use OPI Nail Envy.

While this is wet, place a piece of the teabag over the tear, going as close to the edge of the nail as you can. Press this down and leave to dry.

When the nail is dry, buff the surface with a nail buffer, just to even out the layers and make the surface smooth. 

Then add another layer of basecoat, and another piece of teabag.

Again, press this down, and when dry, buff the surface to a smooth texture. Add one more layer of basecoat. You can now paint your nails!

This is Barry M Pink Punch from the latest Gelly colours. 

A teabag repair isn't perfect, and I've never managed to get one to hold on a completely broken off nail (although I have seen some people online who can do that!) but I find that on tears that don't go more than half way across the nail, they're a great way of stopping the tear from getting worse. They're not visible at all once the nails are painted; there is absolutely no difference in the appearance or feel of the broken nail on my hand. If you change your nail polish colour, then you do need to redo the repair, but it's not too time-consuming once you've done it a few times. The teabag means that you don't have to cut your nails right down to the quick, so it's a winner for me!


  1. Genius. Though I rarely have tea in the house, and I doubt coffee grinds are as good.

  2. Cool and good step by step! I'm such a tea drinker, there is always loads about! I'll know what to do if this happens to me! :-)

    Glad to hear you had a good holiday, will you be posting any photos?

    1. Thank you! I've used this method a few times now, and while it isn't always perfect, for breaks like this it does stop you having to cut the nail right off!

      I do have a few good photos - once I've sorted through them then yes, I'll post a few. :)

  3. Interesting tip, I'll have to try this out next time I get a break in my nails, :)

    Toria (

  4. Try it with nail glue instead of base coat and just one piece of tea bag next time. Then, if you remove your polish with non-acetone remover, it will leave the repair intact. I also use those tea bags that are made of fabric rather than paper - they seem to hold better.

    1. Oooh, that's a great tip, thank you! I'll definitely try that next time.


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