We've all had it happen at one time or another, but luckily there are a few ways to fix chipped nail polish. There are methods that will work for almost any circumstance, even for those of us who have our manicures done at the salon. Let's explore some of the options:
Filing down the nail
This is probably the least desirable method to fix or hide chips in nail polish, but it does work. If the chip is fairly small and located along the edge of the nail, you may be able to get rid of the chip by just filing down the nail's edge. This method will not work for larger chips, unless you're willing to lose a lot of the nail's length.
Buffing it down
This method doesn't hide the chip, but it will prevent it from chipping further. To do this, you'll need a buffing block and a good top coat. Start by buffing down the area and work over the chip so that there are no raised edges.
Once this is done, you should seal that part of the nail with the top coat of your choice. This gives the nail a shiny appearance so it matches with the rest of the nail. This technique leaves your nail looking smooth and shiny, but you'll still be able to see the chipped area. It should be a temporary solution until you're able to get back to the nail salon.
This is probably one of the most effective techniques to fix chipped nail polish, but this will only work if you have a bottle of matching polish. If you do your own manicures, this is the perfect solution.
Use a small brush dipped in nail polish remover to smooth out the chipped area. You may have to brush over the chipped polish a few times, but it will eventually dissolve and start to spread out. Once that's done, let the polish dry completely.
Next, add a layer of matching nail polish to make the chipped area match with the rest of the nail. You'll have to work carefully to ensure that there are no visible edges. It may be best to use one or two thin coats of nail polish instead of a single, thicker, layer.
If you prefer sheer colors or very light-colored nail polishes, you may find that it's possible to fill in the chipped area with a different color and still get away with it. Sheer and light-colored polishes are more easily matched with other colors. Darker or brighter colors are the opposite, so you'll need an exact match if you have a very dark or bright nail polish on your nails.
The methods above should help you to either disguise or fix chipped nail polish at home without having to rush back to the nail salon. If you get professional manicures done regularly, it may be worthwhile to invest in a few bottles of matching nail polish for those occasions when you notice a little chipping.