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

    Tip: 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.

    Tip: A double-sided emery board can perform a multitude of tasks, from filing to shaping and buffing.

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