The problem with uber-short nails is twofold. First of all, It's impossible to paint really short nails and have them look good. Especially in the fall and winter, when I'm mainly interested in darker colors.
The other issue is that polish (on me, anyway) seems to chip much faster when I have super short nails I am trying to nurse back to health. So I get the polish everywhere and it chips off almost as fast as I can get it on. Blurg.
(I don't like this part of Shooty-Town. I imagine sharks are going to eat him.)
Here is a trick I came up with while waiting for Loxy to finish playing his game of "Shooty-Town" or Call of Duty, whatever you call that "the UAV is online" game in your house. Take a magazine subscription card from whatever magazine you have laying around. Cut a few half circles out of the edge. Don't worry about making them perfect.
Then pick a seriously glitterific polish like the new ones from Nails Inc or China Glaze. I used Cosmic Specialty by China Glaze, with a base and top coat from Essie. Carefully paint your base coat on your well filed nails.
Next get out your glitter polish and your magazine subscription card that you chopped. Place the first finger you are going to polish into half-circle that fits it best, inserting the card just slightly under the edge of your short nail. Even if your nail is shorter than short, you can make this happen painlessly. Now paint the surface of your nail, without getting it all over your skin.Sure, you can just wipe off any mistakes you make with a q-tip dipped in remover, but then your edges are sealed and it's more likely to chip. After you've double coated all nails using the card and glitter method, seal the deal with a shiny top coat.
Voila! Pretty nails that won't budge. You can try the card trick with any polish, but for super short nails that take lots of abuse or picking, glitter is great because it's hard to get off on a good day. Speaking of which, when the time comes, try soaking a little piece of paper towel in remover. Wrap it around your nail and let it sit for a few minutes. Just be sure to really moisturize your tender cuticles afterward!
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