How To Shape Nails At Home With Nail Cutter

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In this how to shape nails at home with nail cutter tutorial, we will be showing you how to get perfect nail shapes without the need to attend a salon. That’s right, with minimal equipment, you will be able to create your beautifully shaped nails quickly and easily. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have with you nails, this tutorial has been designed with all experience levels in mind. So without further ado let’s get started.

Equipment you will need:

  • Sharp Stainless Steel Nail Cutter – Need One? -> Order HERE
  • Nail File – Need One? -> Order HERE

We’re personally using the BlueOrchids Nail Cutter and Nail Files because they’re incredibly affordable and made from Chromium Rust Resistant Stainless Steel. The’re very sharp and the ergonomic design of the handles increases traction and has helped us to avoid finger slippage and thus unsymmetrical nails. Plus we love the fact we can use the nail files to clean up our nails beforehand. Plus they throw in a trimmer and file for free which can be great for shaping nails at home!

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How To Shape Your Nails Using A Nail Cutter

Firstly, you will want to ensure that your nails are clean, and that they do not have any dirt underneath. If they do have any dirt, remove this out using a nail file (like the end of the BlueOrchids Nail File) or using the edge of your nail cutter. Be careful not to split or crack your nail tips; we just want to ensure that they are clean.

You then want to lay your hand flat with your palm facing down and all your finger nails facing towards you.

You will first cut the nails of your middle finger. Take the nail cutter and cut the first side of your middle nail. Once you are finished, move onto the other side of the nail and cut symmetrically. Be careful prior to cutting your nail, and ensure that you are cutting symmetrically and that you are cutting an equal amount off.

Once both side of your middle finger nail have been cut, you then want to cut the top of your middle finger nail.

How to shape nails at home with nail cutter

It is at this stage that you can determine the nail shape that you want to create. If you would like Almond Nails, or even Stiletto Nails, you can angle the cutter to create the following shapes:

If you wanted Oval, or Square, you would adjust the nail cutter accordingly. The more curved you go, the more you will elongate your nails and create the Almond/Stiletto look. The more you ‘round off’ the nails, the more you are heading towards the Oval shape.

At this stage, you want to follow the same technique and steps outlined above to all of your remaining fingers. Be sure to be consistent and create the same effect across your remaining finger nails. You’ll also want to replicate on your other hand!

Once you have finished both of your hands, you can apply your gel nail polish. Our Best Non Chip Nail Polish guide outlines the best and most recommended nail polishes that we have used and are recommended by nail technicians. These are proven to last 14 days are longer so we recommend them here at

Additional Tips

  • Ensure you are using strong, clean nail cutters that you know how to use and has the shape and effect you desire.
  • Ensure that your natural nails are long and strong enough prior to cutting. If you feel they are weak, we recommend instead you use a nail file. We’ve written a full guide to using a nail file to create your nail shapes at home if this is you.
  • Utilize white nail polish to outline the shape you are creating prior to cutting your nails. This way you can use the nail polish as a guide and as a stencil line to cut around and in accordance to. This can help to ensure you do not cut too much nail off.
  • Start by cutting off the least amount of nail as possible. You can always use the nail cutter to cut off more if required. Unfortunately, if you cut off too much of your natural nail you cant go back!

If you wanted to know how to shape your nails at home with a nail cutter, but your natural nails are not quite long enough or do not seem to be growing fast or strong enough, then we have a few tips that can help:

Put on cuticle oil every night

When nails get moisture, they can then grow and strengthen. The Intense Cuticle Repair Balm by QTICA is a tried and tested solution and one we have used many times to strengthen our own nails.

Buy the Cuticle Repair Balm

Or, you could get a full on nail care kit, which many nail technicians recommend, and try the Dead Sea Premier nail kit with cuticle oil, a fantastic nail buffer that creates lasting shine, and a smoothing mineral hand treatment.

Buy the Nail Restoration Kit

Prepare with Manicures

If you decide that you want either the almond or oval nails shape, you can start rounding them through regular manicures done by either yourself or at the salon. This way your nails can grow into the shape.

Get some Nail Gel

It is widely known among professionals that Gel manicures help nails grow.  This is because they give the nail extra strength which stops them from breaking or snapping so easily. If you decide to apply gel, refrain from peeling it off and be sure to change the color every fortnight.

Buy our recommended Nail Gel

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