OPI Teal Shatter over chipped Nfu Oh #61
Hello to my Berry Patch and hello to the readers of Love for Lacquer! I am very excited to be writing my very first guest post 🙂 I want to share a little trick I sometimes use when I have a chipped manicure and I am either feeling too lazy to break out the nail polish remover and start over, or when I am going out and don’t have time to do a new manicure. My secret quick fix is to apply a layer of shatter nail polish right over the old, chipped manicure!
OPI’s Black Shatter started the shatter polish (or crackle polish as it is sometimes called) trend back in 2011 and a lot of the other big brands were quick to follow. It’s basically an extremely quick drying polish that shrinks up as it dries and creates an effect that looks like broken colored glass on top of your nails. You typically wear it over another polish, which allows just a pop of color to show through the cracks. But since only random, small, parts of your base color show through, the chips are likely to be covered by the solid parts of the shatter or disguised amongst the cracks!
So there are two versions of this cover up I use – the lazy version and the really lazy version haha. But for either version you start with an old, chipped, manicure like this:
If you are feeling really lazy, the next step is to just apply a quick layer of top coat over your old manicure (the shatter doesn’t work well on naked nail). If you feel like you can make a little more of an effort – patch some of the chips with the color of your original manicure like this:
Now a patch job like this is definitely not presentable on its own, but when you add a layer of shatter polish over it like this:
(This is the really lazy version, with no patches)
(This is the slightly less lazy version, with the patches)
You have now breathed new life into your manicure in just a few quick minutes! If you look closely at the un-patched picture, you can see some places where naked nail is showing through since this is a close up picture – but to anyone talking to you from a normal distance, this would look like a perfectly good manicure!
I hope you enjoyed this secret tip for quickly extending the life of an old manicure! Thanks for reading, I post on my blog, www.berrypolished.com every Sunday and Wednesday. And please don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page www.facebook.com/BerryPolished for extra news! I also have a “nail ideas” board on Pinterest.com under the user name “berrybear”.
~ A. Berry