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Broke My Nail – New Stiletto Nail Shape

February 9, 2014 – I lost another one. At approximately 11:40 a.m. on a Sunday at derby practice, another nail was sacrificed. Okay maybe it wasn’t all that dramatic, but it was to ME! My nails were about three months long and it broke below the top of the nail bed. Luckily it didn’t hurt and there was no blood. Here is what my nails looked like when I got back from practice that sad, sad Sunday (I was in the middle of painting my nails before I had left).

Broke My Nail

Damn, and I was just about to file them into stilettos, which was the whole point of growing them so long again. Bummer. Now I cannot really cut all the others to match, there is no nail there on top.

For fun I decided to go ahead and file the other nails into points, so that I could get some practice for next time. And I fell in love HARD and FAST. Here they are 11 days after the break on February 20, 2014.

Broke My Nail - New Stiletto Shape

For now I am giving full disclosure – I am going to be using a fake press on nail filed to match my other nails so that I can continue to have fun with this new nail shape. I have been applying the fake nail with a mix of clear nail polish and white glue so I don’t hurt my natural nail. It stays on for about 24-48 hours or until I take a shower, which is perfect for me. This will also give the nail underneath time to grow out to a reasonable length before I cut them all again. Which will be another sad day. But for now, I will just enjoy these awesome new nails.

Broke My Nail - New Stiletto Shape Full Set

This new nail shape is totally inspired by Craftynail, who has a different, but equally awesome new nail shape. She directed me to this helpful shaping tutorial which is mostly how I shaped my nails. I obviously skipped step 3 😉 I know they are not perfect, but I don’t think it’s bad at all for my first try.

Broke My Nail - New Stiletto Shape Full Set Blue

The above is a swatch of the beautiful Wet n’ Wild nail polish, “I Need a Refresh-Mint” (Megalast). I used two thin coats here  just so you can see that you really can’t tell my middle finger nail is fake! Sorry, but my new point and shoot camera will NOT photograph this color correctly, it looks more like this.

Since I have shaped my nails into points, I have noticed a few things:

  1. They are BAD ASS – first and foremost I just can’t get enough of how much I love the shape. I was never brave enough and/or had nails long enough to try it before. I will never shape them differently again I bet!
  2. They are sharp – This takes some adjustment. They point out hilariously in cotton gloves and want to gouge at things. However, it is a quick and easy adjustment.
  3. They have a slim profile – I know they are supposed to be weaker since I have thinned out the side wall of the nail, but I find that they catch on things SO much less often that they will probably break less often as well. Before when they were rounded or “squoval” the sides would always be catching on things, which was the cause of more tears and breaks than I can count. With this new shape that doesn’t happen anymore!

What do you think of the new nail shape? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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