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

Creating the Flared Duck Shaped Nail

Achieving the duck-shaped nail design involves meticulous filing and shaping to create a whimsical yet stylish look. Here’s a detailed guide on how to file your nails into the distinctive duck shape:

  1. Preparation
  • Gather your supplies: Nail file (180/240 grit), buffer, nail clippers, and cuticle pusher.
  • Ensure your nails are clean and free from any polish.
  1. Initial Shaping
  • Start by trimming your nails to a moderate length with nail clippers. Leave enough length to work with for creating the duck shape.
  • Shape the free edge into a rounded oval as a base for the duck shape.
  1. Creating the Curve
  • Use the nail file to create a gentle curve along both sides of the nail. This curve will mimic the body of a duck.
  • File in one direction from the sides towards the center to maintain nail strength.
  1. Defining the Head
  • At the tip of the nail, gently file down the center to create a pointed tip. This will form the head of the duck shape.
  • Be careful to maintain symmetry and ensure the head is proportionate to the body curve.
  1. Refining and Smoothing
  • Check for any rough edges and use the buffer to smooth them out. Buffing also helps to enhance shine and strengthen the nail.
  1. Final Touches
  • Apply cuticle oil to nourish the cuticles and moisturize the surrounding skin.
  • Finish with your favorite nail polish or opt for a natural look.
  1. Maintenance
  • Regularly file and shape your nails to maintain the duck shape.
  • Avoid excessive length that can affect daily activities.

Creating duck-shaped nails requires patience and precision. By following these steps, you can achieve nails that are unique and fun, adding a playful touch to your manicure routine.


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