The best accessories a girl can have are freshly-manicured nails. If you can’t make it to the salon every other week, we suggest taking a few minutes out of your jam-packed schedule to do your own nails. Shaping your nails is a great substitute for a fresh manicure. Read on to find out how to shape nails without having to schedule an appointment.
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Let’s start with the basics. The best way to shape your nails is by using a nail file. Some prefer to do their trimming with clippers, while others contest that filing is a better option. According to Sammy Tremlin, DivineCaroline contributor and nail art bloger at The Nailasaurus, it’s easier to trim long nails with a clipper. “I personally use clippers to shape my nails,” says Tremlin. “If you’re taking off a lot of length, filing alone would take a long time. So, I snip them first—slightly longer than I want—then work on the shape with a file.”
As for the type of file, there are a variety to choose from, including glass files, metal files, and emery boards. Tremlin uses a glass file because of the fine grit of the board. A glass nail file is made from small crystals and this type of file lasts longer than emery files or metal files. The fine grit of a glass nail file allows for more detailed shaping than a coarse file would on your natural nail. To shape a gel nail or an acrylic nail, opt for an emery board or metal file. Their rougher texture will smooth away the thicker nail faster.