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| by Zeina Tawfik

Six Tips to Consider When Filing Your Nails

If you skipped your nail salon appointment this week, don't worry! Here are six tips to consider when filing your nails at home. From choosing the right nail file, to the last step you should do for perfect-looking nails, we've got all the details. There are things to consider when filing your nails for the ultimate nail care, so read up and get to know some tips that will help you get the best nail shape.

1. Choose the right nail file.
The most important tip you should consider before filing your nails, is to choose the right nail file. Avoid using a metal nail file, because it weakens the nails and causes peeling. Your best choice would be a glass nail file or a foam nail file.

2. Prepare your nails.
Before filing your nails, make sure to soak the tips of your fingers in a bowl with warm soapy water for a couple of minutes. Use a nail brush to scrub your fingers, and then dry your hands very well.

3. Clip your nails.
If you want to shorten your nails, then use a nail clipper. A nail file should only be used to shape your nails and not for trimming.

4. File in one direction.
Another important tip you should consider when filing your nails, is to file in one direction. Avoid filing your nails in a back-and-forth sawing motion, this will cause chipping. The best way to file your nails, is to use a side-to-center motion, and shape your nails accordingly.

5. Hold the nail file correctly.
When filing your nails, make sure to hold the nail file flat against the nail tip. Don't angle the nail file while using it, or else your nails will be more prone to thinning and breakage. To get round corners, use the nail file at a very slight angle.

6. Finish off with a nail buffer.
Using a nail buffer is the last step to do after you file your nails. It will help smooth out any rough edges and will help you get shiny nails.

Now that you've read the six tips to consider when filing your nails, you're ready for a flawless manicure and pedicure.

You'll find everything you need to know to make your nails look pretty in our Nails section here.

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