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Welcome To Our 6-Part Nail Shaping Guide: part two

Perfectly Squared: A Guide to Filing Square Nails

Achieving the perfect square nail shape is a classic choice that combines elegance with practicality. Square nails are characterized by straight edges and a flat tip, providing a sophisticated and modern look. Here’s a step-by-step guide to filing square nails to perfection.

1. Gather Your Supplies

  • Nail file (preferably 180/240 grit)
  • Buffer
  • Nail clippers
  • Cuticle pusher

2. Start with Clean, Prepped Nails

  • Begin by removing any old polish and washing your hands. Push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher to create a clean base. Trim your nails to the desired length with nail clippers, cutting straight across to establish the initial shape.

3. File the Free Edge

  • Hold the nail file perpendicular to the nail tip. This ensures you maintain a straight edge. File in one direction, from one side to the other, to avoid weakening the nail. Refrain from using a sawing motion, as it can cause splitting and uneven edges.

4. Shape the Corners

  • To create the distinctive square shape, keep the corners sharp. If you prefer a slightly softer look, you can gently round the corners. Hold the file at a slight angle and make small, precise strokes to smooth the corners without rounding them too much.

5. Ensure Symmetry

  • Check your nails from different angles to ensure both sides are symmetrical. The key to perfect square nails is maintaining straight lines and sharp corners, so take your time to refine the shape.

6. Smooth the Surface

  • Once you’re satisfied with the shape, use a buffer to smooth the surface of the nails. This step removes any rough edges and prepares the nails for polish. Buffing also helps to strengthen the nail and prevent chipping.

7. Finishing Touches

  • Clean any nail dust and apply a nourishing cuticle oil. Follow with a base coat, your favorite nail polish, and a top coat to seal and protect your nails.

Square nails are a timeless shape that suits any occasion. By following these steps and focusing on precision and symmetry, you can achieve beautifully filed square nails that are both stylish and durable.


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