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Anyone who has ever gotten a manicure has experienced the frustration that arises when a freshly polished digit gets a chip. Well, fret no more: This ingenious trick will quickly and easily transform a chipped paint job into a trendy look—without making you start from scratch.

So how exactly do you create the sophisticated design? Simply paint a white or bold-colored line of your choice over the tip of the nail where the chip marks reside:

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Opt for the old-school white stripe or go for a more intense look by adding a fun pop of color, but choose a line shade that will create a complementary duo with your nail base. And voilà: You've got a French mani that will never go out of style.

For more beauty stories like this, pick up the September of InStyle, available on newsstands Friday and for digital download now.