How to Manicure Your Nails

No time for a professional manicure? For easy at-home maintenance, try this video’s tips on how to file and shape your nails.

What You Need

  • nail clippers
    file
    buffer
Follow These Three Easy Steps
  1. Trim nails straight across

    If your nails need a trim, snip them straight across (don’t shape) with a small pair of nail clippers.

  2. File nails into box shape with rounded edges

    For nails, a square shape with rounded edges is practical, classic, and won't catch or tear as easily as oval-shaped nails. <br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> Always file nails in one direction; filing back and forth can cause splits.

  3. Buff and shine your nails

    Gently buff nails for a little shine. This also stimulates circulation beneath the nails, which will help them grow.<br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> A double-sided emery board can perform a multitude of tasks, from filing to shaping and buffing.