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.
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.