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

Round and Round we go: Crafting the Perfect Round Nail

Round nails are a classic and practical shape that suits all finger types and lengths. This versatile style is easy to maintain and ideal for those seeking a natural and understated look. Here’s how to file round 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 your desired length with nail clippers, cutting straight across to ensure evenness.

3. Create the Basic Shape

  • Use the nail clippers to slightly round the corners of your nails. This step helps set the foundation for the rounded shape and makes filing easier.

4. File the Sides

  • Hold the nail file at a slight angle to the side of the nail. File in one direction, starting from the side and moving towards the center. Avoid using a back-and-forth motion, as this can weaken the nails.
  • Gradually taper the sides to create a subtle curve. The goal is to make the transition from the side of the nail to the tip as smooth as possible.

5. Shape the Tip

  • Once the sides are rounded, focus on the tip of the nail. File in one direction, following the natural curve of your fingertip. The key is to create a gentle, rounded tip that mirrors the shape of your cuticle.

6. Refine the Shape

  • Continue filing and refining until you achieve the desired round shape. Check your nails from different angles to ensure symmetry and smooth curves.

7. Smooth and Buff

  • Use a buffer to smooth out any rough edges and remove nail dust. Buffing also helps to strengthen the nails and give them a polished finish.

8. Finishing Touches

  • Apply a nourishing cuticle oil to keep your cuticles healthy and hydrated. Follow with a base coat, your favorite nail polish, and a top coat to seal and protect your nails.

Round nails are a timeless and easy-to-maintain shape that complements any style. By following these steps and focusing on precision and symmetry, you can achieve beautifully filed round nails that are both elegant and durable.


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