If your salon visit is spent watching your nail technician in awe as they file your nails the way you can only dream of and WISH that you could do that at home, then this list is for you!
A good nail shape is just as important as great nail art AND it helps your nails stay as healthy as possible. Learn how to correctly file your nails with our tips and technique below!
Choose The Correct File
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When filing natural nails, opt for a soft file (that means a higher grit number) to prevent tearing of the nail. A 240-grit is usually good to begin with.
The Importance Of Direction
File in one direction only. Avoid filing in a back-and-forth sawing motion. “Instead, use a side-to-center motion, where you sweep the file over the tip of the nail in one direction, and then shape the nail accordingly,” says celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp.
File Flat Instead Of At An Angel
Hold the file flat against the nail tip while filing. If you angle the file, it will thin the nail tip.
Don’t Be Afraid To Get Your Fingers Wet!
If nails are dry, brittle and tend to break easily, skip soaking fingertips in soapy water before the manicure, which can dehydrate nails even further.
Be Careful Not To Weaken Your Nail
Don’t file too far into the sides of the nails; it will weaken the nail at the stress point, causing breakage.
Filed Too Short? Don’t Panic!
If you accidentally file too short, don’t beat yourself up about it. Nails will grow back, after all. Polish nail plates with a neutral color to lend the illusion of added length until they grow out.
Don’t Forget To Tip!
File the tip of the nail, holding the file precisely perpendicular to the nail.
Watch Out For The Edges!
When filing the sides of the nail, hold the file parallel to the side of the nail. Don’t edge the file into the corner; this can encourage breakage.
Soften Those Corners For The Perfect Finish
Finally, soften or round the corners to create a squoval or oval shape by gently filing edges at a slight angle.
And there you have it. It’s that easy. You can now show off your nails and relish in all those compliments! Don’t forget to join our Nail It Members Group for more tips like these HERE
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