As I was sitting down to change my Dashing Diva manicure from my trip to New York City, I thought about how much I labor over filing my nails to get the perfect shape. Filing takes up the majority of my manicure routine. It’s just my nature to be anal about having smooth edges, symmetry and uniform length. So for your Nail Tip Of The Week I thought I’d share my filing techniques.
File Angle: The angle at which you hold your file makes a huge difference in the results you get. I hold my file on a 45 degree tilt under the nail. And even though the old rule is to only file in one direction, I’m not going to be a hypocrite and tell you the same. I file in both directions, I just do. I guess I’m not satisfied doing it the “proper” way. Shaping: I find that shaping is so much easier when you have polish on your nails. It makes your nail edge more visible. An added bonus, when you remove the polish you’re also cleaning away any dust or nail shavings. No need to dry out your nails by cleaning them twice.
As far as actual nail shape/length goes, it’s all a matter of preference. I like to keep my nails short and in a squoval (squared oval) shape. A good rule of thumb is to mimic the shape of your nail bed along the cuticle. Of course if you’re a freak like me and have differently shaped edges (some rounded some flat) I think squoval is your best bet.
Snags: Have you ever finished your manicure to end up discovering snags after the fact. Sucks doesn’t it? I always make sure to run a nail under each edge to check for any cling-ons and I flick them off with my file.
Sealing the edge: When I am completely satisfied with the shape and length and have removed any snags I seal the edge by running the file, at an angle, down the edge of my nail (as pictured). This seals the edge to prevent water from damaging the nail and gives you a soft, clean finish.
FYI: I have Dashing Diva Black Diamond on my tips.