Ok so remember when I broke my nail? At the time, I didn't have much around, so I temporarily saved it with tape. Temporarily, because it lasted for about half a day. Somewhere I heard about these patches (that I didn't have and couldn't find), and how you can mimic them with tea bags! So this is Part Two: Trying The Tea Bag.
I cut out a small rectangle from a teabag. I put a basecoat on my nail and while that was still wet, I placed the tea bag with tweezers on my nail. I pressed it with my finger. Then I added another layer of basecoat.
I waited until it was fully hardened and then I filed off the excess pieces. Here you see my index finger still with the tape, while I'm working on my middle finger.
Afer that I applied 3 coats of my nail polish (Catrice "Vanilla Love"), here you see the difference between the tea bag and the tape:
Unfortunately, later that night, this happened:
So: I cleaned my nail:
I took another piece of tea bag. This time I wanted to try and cover my entire nail, to see if that would be prettier:
Again: basecoat, tea bag, basecoat, let it dry and file:
I started with my nail polish, only to discover that it was really bumpy, the tea bag.
So I decided to apply a ridge filler:
This is the result with 2 more coats of polish and a topcoat.
In the end, I can't decide between a local piece and a nail-covering piece. The nail covering piece may make things smoother, but it requires a lot of ridge filler and it is very tricky to polish neatly around the edges. The local piece leaves a little texture that isn't nice, but perhaps with ridge filler that would be solved. Anyway, this lasted for a whole day. Now mind you, this is my right hand. Had it been my left, I'm sure it would've lasted longer.
Stay tuned for part 3!!!