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How to Fix Chipped Polish

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2003

A chip or smudge in your nail polish doesn't have to send you rushing to the manicurist. Here's how to fix the problem yourself.

1. Dip the pad of your fingertip (not the one with the chip) in an acetone-based nail polish remover, and dab it over the chip to dissolve the polish in that spot only, smoothing the edges of the chipped area. Let dry a few seconds.

2. Fill in the bare patch with matching polish, then apply a fresh coat of color over the entire nail. Finish with a top coat to protect the polish, and let dry for 10 minutes or until the enamel sets thoroughly.