How To File Nails Properly Tips

Well-shaped nails are the basis for a stunning manicure or pedicure.

Even if you are a minimalist when it comes to nail care, regular filing is essential for neat and well groomed hands (and feet). Despite the fact that there are many nails files around, there is only one way to file your nails correctly.

For best results, use our helpful guide.


 Nail Filing Tip 1  -  Dry Your Nails Before You Start

Wet nails are prone to breaking or chipping. Only file nails when they are completely dry to avoid split edges that can lead to further damage.

Nail Filing Tip 2  -  Shorten Your Nails

If you plan to take off a lot of length, it is always better to trim your nails first, using nail scissors, nail clipper or nipper. Use the file with the right grit count for the task.

Glass files or fine emery boards are great for detailed shaping, while coarse files, such as rough emery boards, are best for filing the nail length.

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Nail Filing Tip 3  -  Decide The Shape Of Your Nails

Look at the shape of your cuticle at the nail bed. This is the perfect nail shape that nature has created for you.

Follow the natural form of your cuticle and create the nail edge of a similar shape - just in reverse. Most popular nail shapes are oval, square and sqoval (combination of the two).

Nail Filing Tip 4  -  File Your Nails

Hold the file at a slight angle and lightly stroke it from the corner toward the centre of your nail. Repeat several times with light pressure until you achieve your desired shape.

Always file your nails in one direction only. Sawing back and forth will create splits in your nails and cause them to break – leading to unsightly, unhealthy nails. 

Nail Filing Tip 5  -  Apply Moisturiser Or Cream

To nourish your delicate nail edges and keep them healthy and strong, it is important to use nail or hand cream. Just a dab applied to the tips of your nails – morning and night - will help strengthen and protect.

Extend the cream further along your hands for the ultimate in happy hands (and don’t forget sunscreen in the warmer months).

Enjoy your beautiful nails! 

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