Nothing quite beats neat, elegant looking-manicured nails. And while attending a salon every week is great for this, it can be incredibly difficult to find the time in your busy schedule, not to mention how expensive it can be. Thats why knowing exactly how to shape your nails at home is such a great alternative. This article will explain step by step how to shape your nails at home, and the various styles you can go for!
How to Shape Your Nails At Home
First off, lets start right at the very beginning. You need to wash your hands and ensure they are clean before you file your nails. By doing this you will remove any film or oil that could disrupt your filing, or cause jagged edges or unequal sides. It goes without saying that you then need to ensure your hands are competently dry; remember Liquid has a dehydrating effect and can cause your nails to break whilst you file.
File or Clipper to Shape Nails?
The most traditional and effective way to shape nails is using a nail file. This is usually the best method as the standard nail length does not warrant other equipment. If your nails are on the longer side, you can always use a clipper to trim your nails back like Sammy Tremlin (nail art bloger at The Nailasaurus) recommends. This way, you can use the clipper to snip your nails first, and then work on the shape with a file after – saving you a lot of time as filing alone would take forever. But be careful not to trim off too much nail – always trim a small bit at a time so that you can reach your desired length.
When choosing a nail file, you have number of options:
We Recommend a Glass File to Shape Naked Nails
Regarding the type of file that you use, they can all be effective, but we personally use this glass file. We love a glass file because you can nail shape with more detail due to the fine small crystals. They’re incredibly hygienic and this one even travels well. A Glass file is particularity effective for Shaping Almond Nails.
Made from crystals, a glass file is renowned for lasting much longer and prevents the tearing of your natural nails like a metal file has been known to cause.
The extra-fine grit of a glass nail file will also give you more control and make the shaping far easier and consistent.
We Recommend a Metal File/Emery Board for Gel Nails
If you are wearing gel or acrylics and you was looking to shape, we suggest that you use a metal file emery board. As they are rougher, you will be able to remove the thicker nail much faster and more effectively.
Once you’ve filed your nails down to your required length, your next step is to decide what nail shape you’d like.
The Different Types of Nails Shapes
Deciding on your Nail Shapes
If you’re wondering what shape would look best you can always consider the shape of your own cuticles (curved, squared, have rounded edges?) – this is an simple way to discover what nail shape will look best.
The most popular and traditional nail shapes are:
Square Nails – Great shape for longer nails and the most likely you will see on other women. Its functional and shouldn’t break too easily.
To create beautiful square nails, trim your nails to your desired length (if required) and file each nail straight in one direction across your entire nail. To complete the square, file gently around the edges and tidy up and outlying nail.
Oval Nails– Great for growing, most-functional and less likely to break.
For the Oval shape, you will want to file your nails into the shape of an egg. To do this grasp the nail file at an angle and work your way along until you have covered the entire circumference of your nail.
Our favorite Nail shape, and the reason behind the site, is the Almond Nail – these make your fingers look more slim.
Almond Shaped Nails
To shape almond nails, make a mark of a small circle in the middle point of your nail – you will need to file toward that mark. At an angle, file just off the center of your nail and be sure to leave a flat tip to round out. Once you’ve created an angled look by filing each side, file any rough edges to shape the nail into the almond.
Nail Maintence and Treatment
Once you’ve shaped your nails, we recommend that you buffer them to make them glow and look rather crisp. Additionally, you can apply cuticile oil to moisterize them and prevent them from crackign and breaking. This will keep them healthy.
Finally, be sure to file your nails every couple of weeks to keep them at the desired length. No more than this as you will cause damage! This is how to shape your nails at home most effectively.
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