Here's my break from a few weeks ago.
First, remove any polish on the nail with the break. Be careful when you remove it so you don't make the tear worse.
Next, gather your tools.
You'll need the Orly Nail Rescue kit, which comes with a tiny buffer, the Nail Repair powder,
and a brush on glue.
My glue glued itself shut, so I purchased this ibd 5 second glue from Sally's for replacement. Try to store your glue right-side up to ensure that it doesn't glue itself together. You'll also probably need another buffer since the one it comes with is flimsy and doesn't have much grit. I use a medium / fine from Sally's.
Brush on one thin coat of glue.
Try to push the split pieces together for just a second so that the two pieces adhere to one another.
Next, while the glue is still wet, dip your nail down into the powder. Press it in to pack the powder onto the nail. Shake off the excess powder into the little tub.
Once it's relatively dry to the touch, wipe off the excess powder from around and on the nail.
Repeat the gluing and powdering steps once more. The break should be repaired at this point, but repeat again if you feel like it's still flimsy.
Next, take your buffer and buff the patch down until it's smooth. Don't over-buff or else the patch will be too thin.
Lastly, swipe a little bit of remover over the nail to remove any access powder and debris.
There you have it! That's how to use the Orly Nail Rescue kit. It's seriously a life saver for me since I tend to have flimsy nails due to my thyroid's never ending revolt against me. I purchased my repair kit from Sally's for about $8, but I'm pretty sure it's also available at Ulta as well as other online retailers.
Do you patch your nails when they break, or do you cut and file them down?