I've been trying to grow my nails for a while; I don't bite them, they're just incredibly weak and peely. Anyway, 9 of them were a relatively reasonable length...one of them had broken only a few days ago and was looking horrid, but I thought the likelihood of getting them ALL looking okay was pretty impossible, so I went anyway.
I settled on a French manicure, but not the tippex-white kind, a more natural one that just makes your nails look like they're healthy and lovely.
The woman who did them, whilst not being the best filer in the world was incredible at the tip-painting bit; she even managed to make the broken, short nail look much, much longer. I am certain that she called upon Lucifer and his little slaves, but, well, my nails look good, so I don't care.
It was lovely and my nails have about three coats of stuff on, so are quite protected too.
So, my tip is that a decent French manicure can almost totally camouflage a skacky, busted-up nail. And, at under 20 mins, was really worth it. you might all know this already, but I've never been very good with my nails, so the world of manicures is a secret, veiled one.