Whether you are on a date, giving a presentation at work or typing on your keyboard, your nails always draw a lot of attention. So it pays to keep them healthy and neatly groomed. The first step to keeping them looking great is to clip and file them. If you have been vigorously filing your nails with an emery board (those sand paper-like nail files) in a back and forth motion, we suggest you stop!

Here is all you ever needed to know about filing your nails to take it from amateur to salon level!

Clip, trim and then file
 

Clip, trim and then file

Never use a nail file to shorten the length of your nails. Only use the nail file to get your nails into desired shape and remove the uneven edges. Use a nail clipper to shorten and file to shape.

Choose your file wisely
 

Choose your file wisely

Do not use very rough and gritty emery boards (the sandpaper-like nail files). Instead, use a crystal nail file that is fine enough to file your nails without fraying the edges.

One Direction (Like the band!)
 

One Direction (Like the band!)

The direction you file your nail matters! Never saw in a back and forth motion. This will cause unnecessary breakage and leave your nails frayed. Always file in one direction. Start at the edges and file towards the centre.

How to hold the file
 

How to hold the file

Hold the nail file flat and perpendicular against the edge of your nail. Remove any leftover hanging feathery filings by taking the file underneath the nail and gently filing them away to create a smoother edge. While filing the edge, hold the nail file parallel to the edge and do not file too close to the skin.

Round the edges to get the desired shape
 

Round the edges to get the desired shape

After you have filed the edges (the flat sides) and the top, gently file the edges so that they don’t remain too sharp and accidentally scratch you!

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