How to file squoval nails

Nail files are a great way to shorten your nails while getting a clean, precise shape. And though it’s easy to get nail files for cheap, they’re not all created equally. When shopping for the best nail files for natural nails, celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec says to look for files that list their “grit” number on the label.

A file’s grit number is basically how coarse its grain is. The higher the number, the smoother the file and the better it is for natural nails. Using a nail file that’s too coarse can cause serious damage to your nails, explains celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippman. “If you are using a nail file with a very high grit count on natural nails, you can cause damage or tear the nail and damage the pores and the structure within the nail which makes the nail more susceptible to developing a nail fungus,” says Lippman, who is the founder of an eponymous nail-care brand.

Kandalec, author of Nail Art Design Book ($24), says if a file doesn’t list grit at all, “it’s probably a cheapie that is not regulated and therefore is too sharp or coarse.” She says to source files that are 240 grit or higher. “I love a 400 grit file personally—efficient at both shaping the free edge and smoothing the nail plate without causing damage. Anything that is 180 or below should never be used on the natural nail—they are designed for hard gel, gel removal, and acrylic enhancements only.” If you prefer glass files, she says grit will be listed in fine, medium, or coarse. Go for fine.

6 best nail files

How to file squoval nails

“The best nail file for natural nails is a glass nail file, like this one from Germanikure,” says Kandalec. “Glass files are etched instead of glued, so they never dull and can be used for many, many years.” To clean a glass nail file (and keep it fresh for years to come), use a firm toothbrush along with soap and warm water to remove residue, then immerse it in a 91 percent alcohol solution as an antibacterial measure.

How to file squoval nails

This is a 7-inch durable professional nail file with a 240-grit count, making it perfect for natural nails. “I love this because not only is it eco-friendly—it’s made from recycled paper—but it helps shape nails perfectly,” says Lippman.

How to file squoval nails

This glass nail file from Pear Nova is amazing. It’s only $4 and incredibly durable. Use it to gently shape nails to help prevent chipping, cracking, and splitting.

How to file squoval nails

How to file squoval nails

Evelyn Lim is a nail expert with more than 18 years of experience. She currently serves as the chief educator of Paintbox, a top nail studio in NYC.

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If you’re one of those people who easily fall down the Instagram rabbit hole that is nail art, hi, nice to meet you, and you’re not alone. Like us, when scrolling, you might ogle over the perfect blue nail polish or the most intricate floral designs, but what really grabs your attention is the way these manicurists can create such perfectly shaped nails. And no, not just any shape, but the infamous squoval.

“Much like the little black dress, the squoval is a classic nail shape that works with any polish,” says dermatologist and nail specialist Dr. Dana Stern. “it’s also super easy to achieve.” Of course, it won’t be simple until you’ve put in the practice.

There’s no doubt about it, shaping nails evenly and consistently is tricky. According to Sarah Gibson Tuttle of Olive & June nail salon, it’s all about the 90:10 rule: 90 percent of the shaping work is done with your nail clipper and 10 percent is done with the file. “This way, you are defining your nail shape with your clippers—we strongly prefer the flat-edge clippers we created for our Studio Boxes that can create any shape—and just finesse into the final perfect shape with your file,” Gibson Tuttle explains.

While that pro tip alone gives you insight into how to rethink your nail routine, we want to ensure that there’s no confusion whatsoever when it comes to nailing the squoval shape. To help you master the technique, ahead you’ll find an easy-to-follow step-by-step process by Varnish Lane cofounder Lauren Dunne.

Keep reading to learn how to get perfect squoval nails every single time.

“Much like the little black dress, the squoval is a classic nail shape that works with any polish,” says dermatologist and nail specialist Dr. Dana Stern. “it’s also super easy to achieve.” Of course, it won’t be simple until you’ve put in the practice.

While that pro tip alone gives you insight into how to rethink your nail routine, we want to ensure that there’s no confusion whatsoever when it comes to nailing the squoval shape. To help you master the technique, ahead you’ll find an easy-to-follow step-by-step process by Varnish Lane cofounder Lauren Dunne.

Trim Your Nails

How to file squoval nails

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To get started, you’ll need a nail trimmer (if you want to cut length off your nails) and a 240-grit nail file. “If your nails are currently long and you’d like to trim off some length, start the process by cutting your nails into a square shape,” says Dunne. “Do this by using the clippers to cut straight across your nails. If your nails are already short, skip this step and go straight to filing.”

File Your Nail Straight Across

“Once you have your nails at [your] desired length, you can begin to shape the nail,” Dunne says. We suggest a dual-sided file like the Kiss Grit 100 And 240 Green Tea Nail File ($3). You want to use 240 grit for shaping natural nails as it won’t be so coarse that it takes off significant length. “File the top edge of the nail into a straight line.” If your nails are short, Dunne says to make sure that you don’t let the file touch the skin under your nail, as it can A. irritate the skin, and B. cause you to file too close to the quick.

Examine Nail Length

“Hold up your hand to align with your face (palm towards you),” Dunne instructs. “Check your nails to ensure the free edge is straight and your nails are the length you’d like.” If you’d like them to be shorter, either trim a bit more or continue to file straight across.

Round the Corners

“Hold the nail file at a 45-degree angle at the nail’s corner to begin rounding the corner of the free edge,” says Dunne. “Use a smooth rounding motion to pull the file over the corner of the nail to make a rounded shape.” Don’t be afraid to pause a beat between filing. Dunne says it’s a good idea to continuously check the corner of the nail after each stroke to ensure you aren’t over-filing.

Repeat On All Fingers

After you’ve nailed the rounding squoval technique, repeat step four on the remaining nail corners until you have a full set of beautiful squoval nails.

If at the end of the day you find that squoval nails don’t look quite how you’d hoped, don’t fret. According to Stern, often the most flattering nail shape is not necessarily that which is trending but one that mirrors your nail bed. If your nail beds aren’t on the longer side, you might want to consider a different shape: square or round for shorter nails; ballerina, coffin, or stiletto for longer tips.

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If you’ve been dreaming of a more chic, modern nail shape, it’s the perfect time to learn how to shape square nails.

Instead of softly rounded edges like the oval and squoval, square nails feature sharp corners and a flat tip that works best with short or mid-length nails.

Despite their dramatic shape, square nails are incredibly versatile. They can be dressed up for an event or down for everyday wear, depending on your choice of polish.

It’s also one of the most uncomplicated shapes to recreate at home because you don’t have to file rounded edges, making it an excellent option for those who are just starting to do their own manicuring.

Are Square Nails the Right Choice for You?

Square nails are best for those who prefer to keep their nails short but still want them well-manicured and shaped. Unlike the elongated oval and almond nail shape, square nails have blunt edges.

Because of this, they tend to add width and make the fingers appear shorter. That’s why they look most flattering on long, thin fingers and narrow nail beds.

How to Shape Square Nails

It won’t take long to master how to shape square nails. With a bit of practice, your nails will always look fresh from the salon without ever leaving the comfort of home.

Tools of the Trade:

  • Nail clippers
  • 240 grit glass or paper file
  • Buffing block with multiple grits: 400+ for smoothing, 1000+ for buffing, and smooth for polishing

Step 1: Thoroughly Clean Your Hands and Nails

Start by washing your hands and nails with antibacterial soap and warm water. Scrub and clean under your nails with a brush, removing any built-up grime.

Washing removes any bacteria, dirt, and oil and softens the nail to prepare it for trimming.

Once your hands are clean, dry them with a cloth. Never shape wet nails, or you risk creating cracks and splinters.

Step 2: Trim Off the Length with Nail Clippers/Scissors

Use nail scissors/clippers to cut down the length a little longer than you want the outcome to be. You’ll file down the rest of the nail when you start shaping.

When trimming, cut straight across, leaving the free end of the nail flat. This saves you time on filing and creates the basic square shape.

Step 3: Use a 240 Grit File to Shape

A medium grit file is best for shaping the free edge of your nail, so choose a glass or paper option with 240 particles per square inch.

Hold your file at an angle from the corner of the nail, running it in one direction along the clipped edge until you reach the center. Do this 2-3 strokes at a time to avoid filing too low.

Then, move to the opposite corner and repeat the process. Once the edges are well shaped, file straight across, creating your squared tip.

When you’re first learning how to shape nails square, using your cuticle line as a reference is helpful. The free edge of your nail should be parallel to the cuticle for the most flattering result.

Once you’re happy with the length and the shape, flip your hand over and look at the other side to check that the lines are straight.

Continue to shape until your nail has a flat top and 90-degree corners that taper out to the nail bed.

Step 4: Smooth And Buff

Now that you’re happy with the shape, it’s time to perfect the edges with a much finer grit file. Choose one that has at least 400 grit. Gently move the file across the free edge from the front to the back.

This step helps seal the ends of your nails, preventing cracks and breakage.

Then, use a 1000 grit buffing block to remove any pits or nail ridges. Buffing too long or too hard can weaken your nails and remove the protective layers, so do so sparingly.

Finish by using a smooth file to polish your nails. Move the block in a circular motion until the outer surface is glossy.

Step 5: Moisturize And Apply Cuticle Oil

Your nails will need some hydration after you’ve shaped them, so apply a moisturizing product to your hands. Pay special attention to the cuticles and tops of your nails, where most moisture loss happens.

Once your lotion is absorbed, apply a drop of cuticle oil along the bottom of your nail, where it meets the skin. Massage it with your fingers.

How Will You Style Your Square Nails?

After you get the hang of how to shape square nails enough, you’re sure to fall in love with this simple yet stunning style.

Just remember to take your time. With enough practice, you’ll soon have the perfect canvas for showing off all of your favorite nail lacquers and polishes.

How to file squoval nails

W hen it comes to tools of the trade, files are about as basic as you can get. These often taken-for-granted, workhorse implements help techs conquer a variety of tasks—from softening rough edges to rescuing a product application that’s gone awry. Commonly made with a wood, foam or plastic core, all files are lined with an abrasive surface called grit. Lower grit numbers, such as 80, are very coarse and should only be used on artificial nails, while higher numbers (180 and up), are suitable for natural nail shaping and buffing.

Which file you reach for is partly a matter of personal preference. Allie Baker, global brand ambassador for EzFlow, likes curved files for working around the cuticle area and straight edges for shaping tips and perfecting contours. For techs that can be a little heavy-handed when taking down product, Elsa Barbi, brand ambassador for OPI, recommends choosing a file with some flexibility; these files are rigid enough to shape the nail, but will bend with extra pressure, reducing friction on the nail bed and saving skin from cuts.

When filing natural nails, work in a single direction from the outside edge to the center of the nail to help prevent splitting. Artificial nails can be filed in any direction, but Baker prefers short strokes, filing from side to center to achieve a nice, smooth surface and an even barrel shape. As you file, constantly check your work by viewing the nail from all directions. And don’t rely solely on sight, says Barbi. “Run your fingertip over the nail to feel for bumps.”

While the same basic methods are used to achieve most nail shapes, specific shapes require slight tweaks in technique. Here, expert advice for achieving clients’ most-requested nail shapes:

Square

How to file squoval nails

Strong sidewalls and a deeper C-curve make square-shape enhancements a structurally sound choice, says Baker. To create a square nail, file the sidewalls straight out from the nail bed, then turn the file perpendicular to the tip and file the free edge straight across. This shape is a little easier to accomplish on an enhancement because the file can remain in contact with the tip as you move back and forth; just be sure not to round the tip as you blend the profile of the product. If going square with natural nails, focus on keeping the file in the same position as you lift it from the nail after each stroke to file again in the same direction. Always check your progress by holding the client’s hand upright in front of you. The hyponychium is rarely even and the tips could be slanted if you use the quick to guide you.

Squoval

How to file squoval nails

Like their square counterparts, squoval nails have strength in structure, but with the added benefit of no sharp corners, which tend to crack or chip, says Barbi. “It’s also a great shape for clients who normally wear square nails and want to slowly transition to oval,” she says. To create a squoval shape, start with a square nail and slightly round the corners.

Oval

How to file squoval nails

Arguably the most universally flattering nail shape, an oval nail gives fingers the illusion of thinness and length, says Vicki Ornellas, global educator for ibd. Begin by filing the sidewalls from corner to center, gradually curving the file to round the tip. Alternate between sides as you refine the shape to ensure that the rounded shape remains balanced and isn’t too narrow. If working on enhancements, continue shaping the nail by holding the file at a 45-degree angle to the free edge to achieve the right profile.

Stiletto

How to file squoval nails

Stiletto nails make a statement, but they come at a price. “They take some time to adjust to and are very high maintenance and prone to breakage,” says Barbi. Form placement and good product application is key to achieving this look. After building the nail, support the length of the enhancement with your other hand and file the sidewalls straight out from the nail. Then, file the nail up and over from the sidewall to the center on both sides to perfect the shape. It’s important to note that shortening a stiletto nail will cause it to lose structure and shape, says Baker. To maintain this extreme shape, the nails will have to be removed and reapplied every few fills.

Coffin

How to file squoval nails

Sometimes called a ballerina nail because it resembles a pointe shoe, coffin nails are growing in popularity. A true coffin nail starts as a stiletto. Begin by filing straight out from the sidewalls. Then, file the tip straight across into a blunt edge, just as you would a square nail.

Almond

How to file squoval nails

Barbi votes the almond nail as today’s most on-trend look, saying, “It makes fingers look long and slender.” The most important aspect of creating an almond shape is making sure that the narrowest part of the tip lines up with the center of the nail, both from above and when looking down the barrel of the nail. (For beginners, it’s a good idea to mark the center of the tip so you file evenly.) Holding the file at a 45-degree angle, taper the sides of the free edge from corner to center until it comes to a point using caution not to file into the sidewalls. Then, gently file the nail to curve the sides and soften the tip.

-Leslie Henry is a business development executive, licensed nail technician and the blogger behind workplaypolish.com.

Which of these nail shapes is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Squoval nail designs should be your new favorite way of styling nails! The word ‘squoval‘ actually comes from the words ‘oval‘ and ‘square‘, which are two different nail shapes. If you want to achieve this shape, file your nails firstly square. When you notice that your sidewalls are straight tilted your file a little bit underneath the corners and shape them back and forth. That way you will achieve that rounded oval shape. They are a lot like your natural nails and they are really easy to maintain.

What Does Squoval Say About Your Personality?

Believe it or not, every nail shape has a story of its own. So be careful when choosing your nail shape, since it can say more about you than you’d think.

Here is an example for some different nail shapes. As you can see, every nail has a meaning, so the squoval nail means that you are an assertive and an ambitious little lady, so yay for you! Embrace your features and your natural looking nail shape.

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Creative Squoval Nail Designs

As squoval is a mixture of the oval and square nail shapes – after you file the nails square make the edges a bit round. Here are 35 squoval nail design ideas.

#1: Short Squoval Nails

#2: Long Squoval Nail Designs

#3: Medium Length Squoval Nails

#4: Squoval Acrylic Nail Art

#5: Squoval Ombre Nails

#6: Don’t Call Me Plain

If you, my darling, like white nail color, you should know that you’re not plain. White represents purity and if they are in the squoval shape, well, you already know what that means. You are a pure honest telling girl who is ambitious enough to rock these, and you have a pure heart like an angel. So an applause for you!

#7: Tea Lover

Umm, yes, please? Light square oval nail design with a tea sticker just makes me want to throw a tea party and be as wild and ambitious as Alice in Wonderland. You will definitely be unique with these, so give them a green light and start rocking it.

#8: Greenish Silverish

Sometimes colors don’t need to be defined. Have an unidentified base and give your squoval nails a treatment they didn’t expect with a color they didn’t know about. These metallic and duo chrome polishes look really stunning.

#9: Simple Purple

Violet colors are a win when summer days come along. The short squoval shape looks so soft and gentle in total, but with these pastels, they look even softer, and who would think that this is even possible?! Try them out and the compliments are guaranteed.

#10: Ying Yang Yes

The yin which is a dark swirl actually stands for femininity, while the yang which is a white swirl stands for passion and growth. Squoval shapes represent ambitiousness, so getting this design will have such a strong message and symbolism that everyone will want to know about. Slay them, girl, slay!

#11: Simple & Elegant With OPI Nail Polish

OPI is one of the best nail polish brands which are known worldwide. You can’t go wrong with any of their shades, but we recommend their lighter shades, such as ”I am Amethyst” and ”My Very First Knockwurst.”

#12: All White Everything

This soft and gentle squoval nail design looks so dignified and elegant. If you even add this cute ring with a white stone expect people to shower you with compliments.

#13: Black Gloss

Black squoval nail design is elegant and chic. Short black manicure is perfect for business meetings, and sudden dates, since guys really love simplicity, so have that in mind when doing your nails for the next date night or a business opportunity.

#14: Grass Is Green

Green actually stands for balance, spring, and rebirth. When you go to the salon and start figuring out which color is the best for you just know that people will look at you like you are a really down to earth and a balanced person if you go for the green colored nails.

#15: Coffee Time

Cappuccino squoval nail design has that morning coffee vibe. So count me in and pour me one for that extra energy!

#16: Olive Elegant Nails

Olive color represents peace and looks really unusual. These acrylic squoval nails bring out peaceful vibe to people who are around you. For some reason, this color isn’t that popular at the salon’s, so there is your chance to be a trendsetter with these beautiful nails!

#17: Call Me A Cutie

Blue/purplish tones are very cute and mostly worn by the younger audience, and especially for proms. Some sparkles on these nails will be a win when the summer starts.

#18: Pink Nails

Neon pink is poppin’ right now, and probably always will be. Squoval nail design, colored in dramatic pink, makes everything stand out more and is worn mostly by our true Barbie princesses.

#19: Peachy Red Nails

You know that little red dress you’ve been hiding in the back of your closet? This peachy red shade looks very fancy and is perfect for women who are off to some elegant events.

#20: Nude Is My Shade

Essie is well known for their nail lacquers, and we got to admit, they are killing it with the originality and the color shades. Also, did you know that the nude color is the most worn one? Their shade ”Ballet Slippers” was the most sold one in the previous year, so rush to Ulta and buy one before it’s too late and they are completely sold out.

#21: Little Cinderella

Perfect prom squoval nail designs! Blue color stands for loyalty, confidence, faith, truth, and heaven. Pretty much all of the qualities Cinderella had. These middle length nails fit our younger audience better since the color is so light, gentle and has no nail accessories.

#22: Big Cinderella

These are for our all grown up princesses who are allowed to stay past the midnight! This is an improved version of our little Cinderella. As you can see the nails have some mean design that looks like real nail art, therefore these are perfect for your graduation parties, baby showers, or just some cocktail night outs with your girlfriends.

#23: French Is Our Friend

French manicured nails with the squoval nail designs are a must on our list! You can switch the french part based on your color preference, but we do believe that the classic white will just get the job right.

#24: I Like It Green

Dark green, very, very long matte and a squoval nail design; what is this beautiful sorcery? Have a license prepared with you since you can’t go unrecognized and unnoticed by pretty much everyone around you. Work your fabulousness and have the best disco night with your friends while rocking these beauties. Here are some green nail ideas you may like.

#25: Not the Least

Last but not least on our list are these purplish cheetah nails. Squoval makes them look even more attractive than if they were round or oval, don’t you agree? So rush to the salon as fast as the inner cheetah that’s awoken in you by this stunning design and have the cutest print as of today!

That’s all folks (imagine a bunny eating a carrot). There you have original and fun nail designs that will sweep every one of their feet when they look at you, or even when you shake hands since you can’t go low key with our nail creations ever.

How to file squoval nails

Filing is the easiest way to shape your nails neatly without causing splits or cracks on nails, and looks kinda fancy too. Learn how to file nails and enjoy creating various nail shapes!

What you need

How to file squoval nails

  1. 180/240 Grit Emery Board or a Glass Nail File (something like this)
  2. Dust Brush or a piece of cotton

*Please avoid using a metal file as it can damage the nail.

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Oval Nail Shape:

How to File Nails – Technique

  1. Hold the emery board lightly between your thumb and index finger. Don’t grasp it

How to file squoval nails

  1. Keep the emery board at a 45 degree angle at all times

How to file squoval nails

  1. Start filing the Free Edge of the nail in one direction. Do not file backwards and forwards

How to file squoval nails

  1. Remove dust to finish

How to file squoval nails

Various Shapes for Fingernails

There are three common fingernail shapes:

  1. Round Shape – The easiest shape to make and most natural looking shape. Recommended for thin and weak nails.
  2. Square Shape – A square shaped nail has a straight free edge with smooth round corners.
  3. Oval Shape – An egg like shape which makes your nails look elegant and feminine.

1. Round Shape

  1. File down the free edge to the length you like. Keep the 45 degree angle and file in one direction only.

How to file squoval nails

  1. Gently file under the both sides of the free edge to straighten. Always file towards the free edge.

How to file squoval nails

  1. File both corners of the free edge to make them smooth and round.

How to file squoval nails

2. Square Shape

  1. File down the free edge to the length you like. Always file in one direction only.

How to file squoval nails

  1. File under the both sides of the free edge to straighten.

How to file squoval nails

  1. File both corners lightly just to take the edge off.

How to file squoval nails

3. Oval Shape

  1. File from The Stress Point towards the center of the free edge. File the other side of the free edge. Keep the 45 degree angle and file in one direction only.

How to file squoval nails

  1. File the center of the free edge to make it round and smooth, moving the emery board in one direction only.

How to file squoval nails

How to file squoval nails

Evelyn Lim is a nail expert with more than 18 years of experience. She currently serves as the chief educator of Paintbox, a top nail studio in NYC.

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How to file squoval nails

Raise your hand if you were ever specifically taught how to file your nails. No? Yes? Well, if you had an experience similar to ours, you likely picked up your go-to technique (if you even have one—in our case it’s debatable) from observation: a parent, sibling, friend, Paulette from Legally Blonde… You get the idea. Suffice it to say, we could be doing a superior file job when left to our own devices.

Yes, our current method has served its purpose for 20-plus years, but in all honesty, we’ve resolved to hone our skills, for those times when we lack the time or funds for a professional manicure. Of course, that’s not to say we couldn’t ask manicurists for their best tips and tricks on the subject, right? And while the end result will probably never compete with an in-salon job, with their tips for how to file nails in mind, we’d like to think we’ll come pretty close. Keep reading for six manicurist-approved tips explaining how to file nails (and how not to).

Pick the Right File

How to file squoval nails

According to Sarah Giugliano, Smith & Cult beauty ambassador and celebrity nail artist (ahem, Beyoncé is a client), the kind of nail file you choose can make or break your file job. Her suggestion: Always go with a glass file, because it’s gentle on the nail, lasts “forever,” and is easy to clean. Yes—fun fact—you should be cleaning your nail file! As Giugliano explains, most files are far too coarse for the nail, which primes your tips for tearing and splitting—not good.

“If you’re using an emery board file you’ll also need a finer grit buffer to bevel underneath the nail to smooth out any debris caused by filing,” says Mabelyn Martin, creative director of the Soho, New York-based nail studio Paintbox.

Imagine Your Nail in Two Sections

Haphazardly filing back and forth sans any kind of rhyme or reason might work for all intents and purposes, but if you want to file your nails like a pro, there’s a little bit of strategy involved. “When filing your nails, always start from the outside corner going into the middle of the nail,” Giugliano explains to us. “Try imagining your nail in two sections. I like to file the left side first and then the right to complete the shape.”

Cassandre Banel, ManiMe’s Partnered Nail Artist, also recommends finding the best spot for better results. “You can file over a dark tabletop to see the nail shape easier.”

Do Not “Saw” Your Nails

How to file squoval nails

We’ll be the first to admit filing our nails is not our favorite step in the at-home mani process (we’re far more interested in the color choice and paint job). However, if you want your nails to look their very best, it’s important to incorporate some TLC into your filing method, with a gentle and careful manner. It doesn’t have to be painstaking, but minding your method will be key for demure, damage-free tips.

“A common mistake people make is filing back and forth,” Giugliano cautions. “You never want to file in a ‘saw-like’ motion. When you only file in one direction, it protects the nail from splitting and tearing.” Remember that we suggested a fine grit buffer above? That will come into play here. “Use a fine grit (280 or 500 grit) buffer file to smooth the edges and fix small uneven or rough areas,” says Banel.

Embrace Your Natural Shape

As with so many things (haircut, part, hair color, makeup method), embracing what nature gifted you with might be the best call when selecting your nail shape. Of course, we always support pursuing whatever look and trend you feel like wearing. However, if you’re looking to emulate a celebrity manicurist, it’s worth heeding your natural nail shape as you learn to file your nails.

“I think shapes are a very personal choice, but to a certain degree, they can also depend on the natural shape of your nail bed,” Giugliano explains. So Martin gives us an easy match: “Following the shape of where your nail bed ends and free edge begins is a great guide. If it goes straight across, the soft square is best. If it goes deeper into the side walls you should go more round or oval.”

Slow Down

How to file squoval nails

Per the advice earlier in this post, it’s easy to hurry through the filing step in an effort to expedite the overall time commitment. That being said, have you ever noticed that when you’re at the salon, the manicurist likely spends more time filing and perfecting the shape than applying the nail color itself? Well, according to all manicurists here, there’s a sound reason for this, and if you don’t take your time, the ultimate result may look a bit haggard or slapdash.

Some words of filing wisdom: Practice makes perfect, and always take your time when filing so you don’t damage your nails. “Starting off (and keeping it) slow is best to prevent over filing,” says Martin. “Stop, put your fingers up to make sure tips are even as you’d like, and keep going”. Slow and steady wins the race, folks.

Direction Makes a Difference

How to file squoval nails

This one is a biggie and a common mistake, according to our nail experts here. “When filing,” Giugliano explains, “you always want to hold your hand as if someone else is shaping them.” In other words, you want the tips facing inward and toward you, versus outward and away from you. Still slightly confused? The photo shown above depicts an expert-approved form.

“The best thing is always to double-check the shape as you file by looking at the nail from every angle to get the most even and symmetrical shape,” concludes Banel.

For the holidays, we’re revisiting some of our favorite festive articles from the Beautylish archive. Enjoy!
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From the Archive

  • For the holidays, we’re revisiting some of our favorite festive articles from the Beautylish archive. Enjoy!

    How to file squoval nails

    Do you know the ideal nail shape for your manicure? Discover five different nail shapes and how to file them.

    The tapered side walls of the oval create an elegant shape for women. Oval shapes flatter both wide and narrow nail beds, and add length with a graceful tip. To achieve the perfect oval shape, file side walls straight to make sure they’re even. Then, shape the side walls into a rounded oval, making sure the angles are even on each side.

    Square

    With strong side walls and sharp or rounded tips, this shape is classic French. The square is ideal for a bigger nail bed (it tends to make smaller nail beds look shorter and wider). To create this timeless shape, file the side walls straight and make sure they’re perpendicular to the free edge of the nail. Once you’ve got the perfect square, angle your emery board and bevel the nail.

    Square Oval (Squoval)

    Combining the elegance of the oval with the strength of the square, the squoval is a popular nail shape for most fingers. First begin with a square with straight and even side walls. File the corners until your free edge is rounded and beveled. Remember, you still want strong side supports—don’t go too file-happy.

    Round

    As one of the most conservative shapes of the bunch, the round shape is ideal for men and those who like to maintain short nails. This shape is flattering for wide nails, and gives the illusion of a thinner nail bed. File the side walls straight like a square, then round the free edge into that perfect swooping circle.

    Almond/Point

    The pointed nail is a popular style for acrylic and nail art designs, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia. This avant-garde shape is popular among celebrities—Fergie and Lady Gaga are always rocking it! And while it’s not favored for the everyday look, this extreme shape can actually slenderize and lengthen the fingers. File the side walls evenly and taper until you’ve reached the desired tip.

    Deciding Your Shape

    How do you decide which nail shape is right for you? If your nail beds are wide, try a squoval shape. If they’re narrow, try a sharp square shape to widen and strengthen. If you keep short nails, a rounded shape is your best bet for low-maintenance style. You can also look at the lunula (the half-moon shape on your nail bed) for nail-shaping guidance. If it’s more curved, try oval or rounded shapes. If it’s flat, you’re better off shaping your nails square or squoval.

    This article was originally published on December 6, 2012

    How to file squoval nails

    Picking the polish color isn’t your only manicure decision. The nail shape you choose will set the tone for your whole look. We asked the experts — including celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, who has prettied the nails of nearly every A-lister — to explain which nail shape you should get, as well as how to actually file the nail shape yourself.

    And while there are more shapes than we list here (the options are seemingly infinite!), our experts advise that these are the best options. More extreme shapes can weaken the surface, causing your nails to easily catch on things, split or break — and no one has time to deal with that!

    Almond nails

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    Who is it for:

    Celebrities love almond-shaped nails to bring a sense of glamour to the red carpet and Lippmann has become known for her rendition. “Almond nails are very slenderizing, quite sexy and still keep your nails strong,” she says. The go-to for most European women, almond nails are also known to show off jewelry with style. “To me, this is the chicest shape,” adds Lippmann.

    How to DIY:

    Once you’ve pushed cuticles back, look at the curve at your base and essentially mimic the same shape at the tip. This strategy produces the most flattering, elongated and consistent shape. Cuticles and the resulting nail shape will naturally vary for every woman, making your at-home manicure look customized to your hands, says Lippmann.

    Square nails

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    Who is it for:

    This statement-making shape is known to go in and out of style, though Lippmann says it’s considered edgy and on-trend at the moment thanks to a certain platinum blonde pop star. “Gwen Stefani loves to rock a super cool, square nail,” says Lippmann. The shape is often associated with free-spirited types who love to experiment with fun fashion and beauty looks.

    How to DIY:

    First, a dose of honesty: Square nails are not universally flattering on everyone, and it’s a fallacy that the shape will make anyone’s nails stronger, says Lippmann. If your nail grows straight from 1/8 to 1/4 beyond your finger, you’re a good candidate for this shape. File straight across, though never in a sawing motion back and forth as this weakens the nail. Instead, lift the file with each stroke. Then gently soften the edges with a buffing stroke or two so they don’t catch on fabrics.

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    Squoval nails

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    Who is it for:

    This one-size-fits-all shape marries a square base with an oval edge and looks beautiful on everyone. It’s the most modern choice, according to Lippmann. “A well-kept squoval manicure evokes a sense of effortless elegance, which is both understated and chic,” she says. It’s also an ideal canvas to show off creative nail art, if that’s your style.

    How to DIY:

    Similar to filing an almond shape, you’ll want to push back cuticles first and then look to them as a guide to mimic the oval shape on the edge of your nail. Once your oval is finished, go back and flatten the edge by filing straight across, the way you would with a square shape. Again, be careful not to file back and forth in a sawing motion or you’ll weaken the nail. Instead, the file should lift up with each stroke. And, voila!

    Oval nails

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    Who is it for:

    If you’re looking to grow out your natural nails, this is the best shape to choose, says LA nail artist Fariha Ali of Enamel Diction salon. The long oval shape is more utilitarian than others, since the edges are least prone to breaking when you go about your daily life — from texting and washing dishes, to reaching into your bag to grab your keys. It’s also the easiest to maintain in the long term.

    How to DIY:

    Choose a file that isn’t too rough for a smoother edge. Mentally divide the nail into two parts: left and right. Then file from the left toward the middle until you have rounded out that side and proceed to file from the right toward the middle. It’s important to always file toward the middle of the nail to prevent damage. Although, the amount of taper is totally up to individual preference. The narrower, more almond-shaped ovals look better with longer lengths, while a rounder shape looks more flattering on shorter nails, adds Ali.

    Stiletto nails

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    Who is it for:

    “This is very ladylike, but with an edge — and for me, the sharper, the better!” says nail artist Chaun P of Enamel Diction, who shapes this nail for client Khloe Kardashian. If you have digits that are on the shorter or wider side, it can look especially flattering, as it creates the look of elongated, slender fingers. While it can be done with medium to long nails, it’s much easier to shape on very long nails. If you have short nails, acrylics would be needed to achieve this.

    How to DIY:

    Start with a square nail, either by clipping your nail straight across or by following our directions above. Then clip the uppermost portion of the two sides diagonally into a triangle. With a file, focus on curving the sides evenly to get a teardrop shape that softens the triangle. Whatever you do on one side, do on the other side. For example, if you do three files on one side, do three on the other so that it looks symmetrical — which is key to, ahem, nailing this look.

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    How to file squoval nails

    Beautiful and manicured nails are attractive and make you appear gorgeous. If you are someone who wants to flaunt your nails but are confused with the ideal shape that makes your nails appealing, look at the types of nail shapes you can opt for.

    You can achieve any shape, whether oval, round, stiletto, square, squoval, almond, or ballerina. So, say goodbye to unkempt and filthy nails. Having perfectly manicured nails is not an ordeal, and you can get them done by experts or by trying at your home.

    But before that, let us look at the complete list of various nail shapes. Keep scrolling to check them out!

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    What If I Can’t Grow My Nails Out?

    Now, you may be thinking, since you can’t grow out your nails, you can’t do much with them apart from the basic round. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is not so! Here are some tips for those of you who suffer from nail breakage.

    • Acrylic Nails: When you have very brittle nails, and you want to go for various nail shape options, it’s best that you go for acrylic nails. They are quite sturdy, and the chances of them breaking are very less.
    • Gel Nail Polish: I personally love getting gel nails. Firstly, it lasts SO much longer than just regular nail polish, and the shine of the nail polish that everyone loves stays the whole time! Another huge advantage for all my fellow weak-nailed women is it makes your nails so much stronger by adding an extra layer. Do not peel them off, no matter what! Soak them in acetone and remove them accordingly. You can find a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to remove them here.
    • Cuticle Nail Oil: A lot of people tend to ignore using this but it helps to make the nails grow out stronger and keeps them healthy. Make it a practice to apply it every night before going to bed.

    Let’s take a look at the various nail shapes so that you can figure out which one tickles your fancy!

    Types of Nail Shapes

    1. Round Shaped Nails

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    This is probably the easiest shape to maintain. If you want something low maintenance but still want your nails to look good, this is probably the shape for you. This is also very easy to do.

    Just shape them square initially, and then follow the natural curve of your finger tips. This is the best look for those who find it difficult to grow out nails.

    Best Suited For: All types of fingers.

    2. Oval Shaped Nails

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    This is considered to be a more traditional shape. It was extremely popular in the late 1900s and early 2000s. This nail shape gives your nails a very elegant appearance. To achieve this nail shape, file around the sides in order to get an egg-like shape. It is great for those with short fingers as it makes the fingers look longer.

    Best Suited For: Short fingers.

    3. Square Shaped Nails

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    These nails are squarely shaped at the tips. This is probably one of the most popular nail shapes. It’s a good choice as far as nail shapes go as the risk of it breaking is less since it follows the natural width of your nails. To get these nails, trim them, and using a nail filer, shape them straight across. Clean up the edges in case of any roughness.

    Best Suited For: Long fingers with wide nail beds.

    4. Squoval Shaped Nails

    How to file squoval nails

    A variation of the square and oval, the squoval or the soft square, is another popular choice in the world of nail shapes. While it is easier to manage because of its rounded edges, the classiness of the square shape still remains as is. For these nails, shape your nails in an oval as you normally would, and then shape it across the tip to square it out a little.

    Best Suited For: Any type of fingers.

    5. Almond Shaped Nails

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    This one is much like the oval shape, except that it’s a little more pointed at the top. It is wide at the base and slender along the sides. Come to think of it, it takes the appearance of an actual almond. To achieve this, find the center spot at the tip of the nail and shape both sides so that it makes a peak at the center point. Then, smoothen it out, so that there aren’t any sharp edges.

    Best Suited For: Short fingers.

    6. Stiletto Shaped Nails

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    You need some guts to pull this one off. It’s not very common, but celebrities like Rihanna go for this look all the time. This nail shape gives your nails the appearance of being long and slender. Same as in the case of almond nails, find a center point and start filing from each side to meet the point. This nail shape may cause the nails to break off easily so it’s best to use acrylic or gel nails for this one.

    Best Suited For: All types of fingers.

    7. Ballerina Shaped Nails

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    This is a more subtle version of the stiletto nail shape. It follows the same shaping technique. Find a center point and file the nails along the sides to that point. After that, square out the tips. Doesn’t it look like a like a ballerina slipper? This one is a good choice if you want to go for something bold, but still keep it comfortable. Due to how long the nails have to be for this type of nail shape, it is recommended that you use acrylic or gel nails. This is a favorite of Kylie Jenner.

    Best Suited For: All types of fingers.

    When it comes to shaping your nails, the options are endless. From round, oval, and square shapes to squoval, almond, stiletto and ballerina – you can shape your nails in so many different ways. But before styling them, make sure you are taking care of their health. Eat healthy, stay hydrated, sleep, and do not forget to apply a cuticle nail oil to prevent breakage. An ideal lifestyle will help maintain the health of your nails and make them look refined and stylish. Go ahead, and try the shapes you love.

    How to file squoval nails

    Nail shapes don’t have to be confusing and they certainly don’t have to be hard to accomplish on your own. In fact, choosing your preferred nail shape should be based on what’s best for the health of your nails and what appeals to you visually. But if you need a little nudge to try something new or you’re feeling like you need a transformation for your tips, we’re here to talk about the nail shape that looks good on any finger. Enter, squoval nails.

    Squoval nails may sound funny, but it’s actually a pretty universal nail shape that can be created in three simple steps. We tapped a celebrity manicurist to get the scoop on this trend nail shape, plus a few bonus tips on how to keep nails healthy and strong. Keep reading to learn more.

    What are the nail shapes?

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    When it comes to nail shapes, there are seven that are most popular. (Here, we talk through them clockwise.) To start, there’s the very polished-looking almond. “These are slim on the sides and wide on the base and come to a rounded peak,” says Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and brand founder. She also says it’s a very European and chic look.

    The most traditional of the bunch are oval-shaped tips: “It’s a rounded shaped nail with corners that curve inward,” she says. It’s a go-to for those who want the appearance of longer fingers even if yours are short and stubby.

    If you prefer to keep your nails short, rounded tips are probably for you. There’s no bells or whistles with this shape, just a basic nail that has rounded or curved sides.

    Next is the square-shaped nail. You guessed it, this is when the nail is shaped like a, well, square and extends across the entire width of the nail bed. Nearly as popular as the oval nail, but Lippmann says this shape is ideal for those with long nail beds and long fingers.

    The last of the “natural” (read: don’t require gels, fake nails, or strengtheners to keep the shape) is the squoval. Read on below for more info on this shape, but a top-line note is that’s a good blend of square and oval.

    The final two: Stiletto and coffin-shaped nails have a bit more pizzazz and spunk—they also usually need professional tools to achieve them. “Stiletto nails are similar to almond nails, but with a much more drastic point,” Lippmann says. You may not find this nail look at your 9-5, but it’s certainly a hit among the A-listers. And the same goes for coffin-shaped nails. This is a squared nail with a tapered end, but Lippmann says it’s not ideal if you use your hands a lot. But it may be a good option if you have weaker nails that tend to break since it will protect them from breaking or bending.

    What is squoval nail shape?

    How to file squoval nails

    Squoval nails are exactly what you think, a mix between a square and oval shape. “It’s similar to the square nails, but the edges are a lot softer,” Lippmann says. It’s basically a good in-between if you’re not sure which nail shape you like most and it’s great for nail shape that looks natural since it follows the natural shape of the nail bed.

    How to achieve it.

    The great news is achieving a squoval nail is really simple and easy to do at home with three simple steps:

    1. Groom your cuticles.

    Lippmann says the best way to create any nail shape is after proper cuticle care. “You want to round your nail based on your individual nail bed and mirror the shape of the tip of your nails to the shape of your cuticles. This is also a great time to pull out that luxury cuticle oil to keep them softened and hydrated and create your very own DIY manicure experience.

    2. File the edges.

    Next, it’s time to file. If you’re new to nail care, slow and steady is best because unfortunately, you can’t unfile if you overfile. To start, file the edges of the nail at an angle. The goal here is an oval shape.

    3. Flatten the peak.

    Once you’ve perfected the oval edges, it’s time to make a square straight across. Lippmann says to file in one direction until the nail is straight and the peak is flattened.

    And voilà! You’ve got squoval nails.

    Nail care tips.

    Now that you’ve mastered the nail shape, let’s brief you on a few quick tips for having healthy, strong nails.

    1. Improve nail health from the inside out.

    Much like your skin and hair, your nails can be an exterior expression of your inside health. Meaning, if you want healthy, strong nails, you need to care for yourself and feed your body adequate nutrients. In addition to lifestyle habits, you can add nail supplements to your routine. Studies indicate that collagen supplements can support healthy nail growth.* One study found that when patients took collagen daily for 24 weeks, their nail health was better maintained, including faster growth rates, reduced breakage, and improved appearance.* The same goes for biotin, a form of vitamin B that is often used in hair growth supplements.* Biotin has been shown to support the thickness and firmness of nails.*

    2. Exfoliation is a must.

    Lippman says one key to healthier nails is proper exfoliation of both the nail and hand. “Similar to your facial skin, your nails need to be exfoliated. Using a gentle scrub will lift dead skin cells and clear pores (yes, hands have pores, too).”

    3. Don’t skip cuticle care.

    The truth is even nail polish and nail shapes can’t hide untreated cuticles. “Apply a cuticle remover and use a cuticle pusher to gently push the cuticle toward the knuckle,” Lippmann suggests. “You’ll need to go around the cuticle area several times to get a clean outside and then wipe clean with a piece of cotton.”

    4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

    There’s not much explanation needed for this one. Moisture is key to any skin, hands included. There’s nothing appealing about dry, cracked hands—we recommend always keeping a hand cream, well, handy. Apply it throughout the day as you feel you need, but always after washing or sanitizing, as both actions can dehydrate skin.

    If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It is always optimal to consult with a health care provider when considering what supplements are right for you.

    How to file squoval nails

    Aaah, who doesn’t love a freshly manicured set of hands? Those perfectly filed nails, the sweet smell of fresh nail polish and the wonderful looking digits! Every girl loves her nails and pampering herself to get manicures are some of the sweetest pleasures for us. But just like the rest of the things in the world, it’s hard to keep up with the nail designs that are there in this world! In fact, there are so many websites and even magazines that are designed for people who love to keep their nails looking good!

    One of the latest designs to hit the nail market is the squoval nails. I bet many of you haven’t heart of this. So what exactly are there squoval nails? As you can probably guess, squoval is actually a combination of two words- Square and Oval. In this design, the nail is filed in a particular nail shape that has fairly rounded edges which are on a squarish nail.

    Squoval Nails Designs

    One survey indicates that this has become a very popular shape with many ladies as well as nail salons. More and more women are asking for this shape because squoval nail designs not just look classy, but they are very easy to maintain too.

    Some of the most common nail designs and shapes are these:

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    In order to achieve a squoval nail shape, you have to start with the basics. There is not much difference in the way you file squoval nails or for that any other kind of nails and you have to keep in mind certain points. Here is what you should keep in mind:

    Having a good nail file is very important for filing your nails well. You can trim your nails with clippers but many women prefer to use files. Among the files you have plenty of options again and you can choose from glass files or metal files and even emery boards. Though glass files are the most common ones, you will need an emery board or metal file if you have acrylic nails.

    There is just another thing you need to keep in mind while filing your nails: Don’t go overboard with your filing! There are hidden dangers lurking behind overfilling your nails and one of them is the risk of severe infection. Use files which only have 180-grits. Beyond that, you are risking broken and infected nails!

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    Now comes the most important part, how to get squoval nail shape.

    There are many squoval nail ideas available in the internet, but before we get to that, let’s find out how to shape your nails into that shape.

    Many beauty gurus say that this one is a strong nail choice because in this shape, most of the nail will be kept as wide as the nail bed, similar to square nails. To begin, start as you would do with any other nail shape. It is preferable that you get an oval nail shape. You can achieve this shape by filing the edges of your nail at an angle. Once you can see the oval shape form on your nails, you begin to give off those squarish edges to the nails.

    To do this, flatten the peak of the nail by filing as you would a square nail. Do this straight across in one direction so that there are no rough edges. This nails shape is the best for everyone since it looks flattering on any finger length!

    Important point to keep in mind while filing your nails into squoval shape: You need to curve the edges only slightly! Make sure you don’t go too high on the edges because it can end up making your nails look very tapering and sharp!

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    So that’s how you get squoval nails. Try them and let us know in the comments!

    When you do the Manicure for your clients, you have five basic nail shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed. Use the direction as bellow to help you decide on the proper shape for each client and to learn some techniques for filing it in the right way.

    THE OVAL
    The oval shape is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands and can work on long nail beds and short ones as well. Ovals can be longer to accentuate a long nail bed, or they can be shorter to complement a shorter nail bed. The oval can add length to a nail while retaining the softer curves of the round shape.
    How to File: Begin by straightening your sidewalls and making sure they are even. Then begin filing from the side of the nail toward the top, using smooth, arching motions with the nail file. From there, work your angles on both sides and around the free edge to smooth into the oval shape. The
    finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.
    THE SQUARE
    The square nail is the classic acrylic shape — straight side walls, two sharp points on the tips, and a balanced C-curve.It is the staple shape for the traditional French manicure and is used frequently for detailed nail art designs. Avoid this shape for natural nail beds that are shorter and wider, as it will make the nail appear shorter and stubbier. For longer nail beds, the square can complement the nail and add length to the finger.
    How to File: Shape the free edge and side walls first with a medium-grade file (150 grit). Then turn the client’s hand around to straighten the free edge, noting that when looking at it, the file should be perpendicular to the nail to achieve the hard square. File the side wall straight up and then change the angle to blend. Repeat this on the other side. Once both sides are finished, use angles to lightly feather and bevel the nail and to sharpen the corners.
    THE SQUOVAL
    The squoval nail is essentially a conservative square with the length of a square nail but the softer edges of an oval. Squoval nails add versatility, enabling short, wide nail beds to carry length without appearing oversized.
    How to File: To file the squoval, first begin with the square to make sure the sidewalls are straight. Then tilt the file underneath the corners and file back and forth from the underneath up to gradually take the corners off. Round only the part of the tip that is past the free edge to avoid taking anything away from the side walls at the stress area.
    THE ROUND
    The round shape is more conservative is frequently used to create a softer, more conservative look, and it’s also a common choice for male clients because the shape mirrors the natural contours of the nail. If a client has wide nail beds and large hands, then the rounded shape can make the hands look a bit thinner.
    How to File: File the side walls straight out, and then round out the corners with moderate angles to complete the curved shape. Be careful not to take too much off on each side or else it will look
    unbalanced. The finished round nail should be slightly tapered and extend just past the tip of the finger.
    THE POINTED
    A pointed shape can create length and have a slenderizing effect on the hand. Smaller hands with smaller nail beds can use a pointed nail to create a subtle appearance of length, while long, slender nail beds take pointed nails to a more noticeable and extreme level.
    How to File: Greg Salo of Young Nails uses an “I” technique for filing a pointed tip. The technique is based on the letter “I” where the center of the “I” shape is the upper arch that forms a line running down the nail bed. The top of the “I” is bending the cuticle flush with the natural nail, and the bottom of the “I”is looking down the barrel of the nail to make sure the C-curve is even. The pointed tip requires taking the top of the “I” to a point that meets at the center of the apex. Once the “I” is in formation, it is just a matter of blending everything in so you have perfect harmony in the nail shape.

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    Before you start filing your nails, you need to decide on the shape you want. There are five basic nail shapes: oval, square, squoval, round, and pointed/almond. Once you settled on your desired shape you are ready to go for the next step. And now, let’s get into the whole process of filing your nails.

    How to File Nails Like A Professional?

    To be a steady, precise and neat lady with a flawless manicure it will take you some practice. You will need to know what file fits you the best, which techniques to apply, what to avoid, and what you’ve been using incorrectly maybe your whole life. Heads up and read the following tips carefully. know how to file perfectly shaped nails with these step by step pictures.

    1. What Nail File To Use?

    When you are about to file your nails, choose a right nail file. That is the best advice anyone can give you when you are working on your own.As you can see they can be in completely different shapes and sizes. The lower the number is on your nail file the grit will be rougher. The best grit you should go with is somewhere between 220-300. Keep that in mind when filing your nails on your own. You should also know that you can go with glass, crystal and metal files as well. But there are some tips and tricks when working with these. Glass files are super effective but expensive, therefore they are most used at the salon. Crystal files are a lot like glass files but somewhat cheaper. And metal files should be something you will avoid! They are super hard and sturdy and your natural nails will not approve that.

    2. Wash Your Hands

    Before you file your nails, you should wash your hands with soap and warm water. Always remove the dirt or grit from underneath of your fingernails. Also, make sure you’ve removed your nail polish correctly with a regular acetone and at that point, you can start filing your nails.

    3. Dry Your Hands

    After washing your hands, dry them until everything is rid of moisture. Don’t file your nails while they are still moist. You want them to be as dry and sturdy as possible, or you might break your nails while trying to file them.

    4. Clip Your Nails

    You don’t have to clip your nails before you file them. But, clipping them will help you with filing and shaping them, especially if they’re really long. Shape them till that point where you’ll have enough of space to square out the edges with a nail file. Know that if you cut them too short you won’t be able to shape anything.
    If you are nervous to use a nail clipper, use some nail scissors instead. The straight nail scissors work the best and can be easier to manage than the clippers.

    5. Shape Your Nails

    File from the outside of the nail towards the center of the nail going from each side inward, but not going back and forth. Make short but forward strokes on each side of the nails. Let the file form your desired shape as you continue filling in the desired directions. Be firm but not too forceful when you file them. If you apply too much pressure to your nails you may damage the nail wall. If you’re going for that perfect smooth nail, start with a rough grit and move towards a fine grit. Also, file off any uneven pieces with the rougher section of the emery board. Once you’re done filing the nails you can use the file to remove any excess skin from under the fingernails.

    6. Filing Too Much

    Filing your nails too much can also cause its own set of problems. Some people have found out that the way we cut our nails or file them can cause a permanent change in the nail shape, which can lead to sets of problems.

    7. Using An Old File

    Don’t use an old metal file, rather go for the crystal one. You can see a wide range of choices when looking at OPI’s professional nail files and you could choose any of those. Just don’t go with the ones that have a very low grit, like 80/100. Those files are made for acrylic nails and shouldn’t be used on your natural nails.

    8. Buff Them

    Buff your natural nails in order to get that fresh look and shiny finish. Don’t buff them more than once a month so you can avoid weakening them. Follow these simple nail care routine to get perfect nails every time.

    Get perfect Oval Shape Nails

    Ta Da! you are ready to go girl. As of now, you have absolutely perfect filed nails you can flaunt any nail design want to.

    For the ultimately shaped and filed nails, you only need to have regular nail tools. It is pretty much all about the proper time investment and nail care you put in then that’s in the tools. Use the proper nail files and file your nails when they are 100% dry and you’ll be fine.

    How to file squoval nails

    Oval nails, which were popular in the 1990s, are now considered the standard nail shape. Nails with an oval shape can create the illusion of longer and slimmer fingers. Oval-shaped nails are ideal if you’re going for a more feminine and refined appearance.

    Steps to get oval- shaped nails:

    1. File the sidewalls of your nails to make them even and straight.
    2. Then, file around the sidewalls to get an oval (egg-like) shape. Make the angles similar on both sides.

    How to file squoval nails

    Round-shaped nails are the easiest to maintain. Short-nail wearers will appreciate round nails because they’re adorable and reach just past your smile line. In addition to being simple to care for, round nails look great. Nail biters will love this simple design because it only extends a fraction of the way past your nail bed while still maintaining its natural form. As a result, it’s the most common nail shape to see people sporting.

    Steps to get round- shaped nails:

    1. Prepare your nails by first filing and shaping them into squares.
    2. File along the natural curve of your fingertips or the smile line of your lips. If you have a wide nail bed, round nails might make it appear as if your nails are thinner.

    How to file squoval nails

    Nails with square shapes require less management as well. This nail shape is perfect for those with broader nail beds to get the desired effect of making them appear narrower.

    It’s easy to get square nails with a bit of experience. Square-shaped nails will last longer if you don’t have brittle or weak nails. Try a square design with a flat tip for an alternative form to the naturally rounded one without much maintenance.

    Steps to get square- shaped nails:

    1. File the sidewalls of your nails after clipping the tips. Check to see if the sidewalls of your nails are straight and parallel to the tips.
    2. After you’ve shaped the nails into a square, smooth the edges with a file.

    How to file squoval nails

    You might be wondering what a squoval nail shape is since it sounds peculiar. A squoval strikes the ideal balance between a square and an oval. It’s a unique shape that is manageable to wear because of the curved edges.

    This nail shape blends with square nails’ angular contours and with oval nails’ long length having a little more dimension rather than square or round; your tips should have some length to them.

    Steps to get squoval- shaped nails:

    1. Make the sidewalls equal and straight like the square nails by filing them.
    2. When your nails are rounded at the tip, continue filing the edges until smooth.
    3. Next, file across the tip and edges to remove any roughness.

    How to file squoval nails

    Try an almond shape on your oval nails to spice them up a notch. This nail form, which is narrow and ends in a rounded tip, lengthens and slims your hands.

    This nail shape is often known as having a pointed nail shape. Almond-shaped nails get their name from their form, narrow on the sides and wide at the base.

    Steps to get almond- shaped nails:

    1. Mark the free edge’s center to get this shape.
    2. File the sides of your nails to form a peak at the central place when you’ve located it.
    3. Finally, use a nail file to smooth off any rough or jagged edges gently.

    How to file squoval nails

    Vibrant and a touch theatrical all in one package. These star-studded claw-like nails are a celebrity favorite because of their star power. This nail design elongates and slims your hands.

    A pair of stilettos with well-maintained tips suggests a high-class yet low-effort lifestyle. Nails of this form are filed in the same way as almond-shaped nails are. The shape of these nails may not be the most practical, but they certainly make a statement.

    Steps to get stiletto- shaped nails:

    1. Mark the middle of your nail tips to get a stiletto shape.
    2. Begin filing the sides and create another peak in the center. The main difference between this nail type and almond-shaped nails is that the former is significantly more pointed in shape.

    How to file squoval nails

    The ballerina nail shape resembles the pointé shoe of a professional ballerina and is also known as coffin-shaped nails. The ballerina-shaped nail is pointed like a stiletto, but it’s subtle: it has a flat trapezoid-like tip.

    Steps to get ballerina- shaped nails:

    1. To begin, choose a central point at the tip of your nails. You can use a ruler or a tape measure to do so.
    2. File the sidewalls until you reach the central point, then go to step two. After that, remove the pointed tip from your nails by squaring them.

    How to file squoval nails

    Lipstick-shaped nails get their name from the fact that the cut angle mimics that of a lipstick tube. It’s a seductive nail shape that’s perfect for formal affairs. Nail art fans love this unique angled form. It could be fun to wear for a special event but proceed with caution, especially near your eyes.

    Here’s how to get these nails in the shape you want:

    1. The sidewalls should be filed in the same manner as the square-shaped nails.
    2. The tip should be filed to be longer on one side than the other. Finish by filing away any rough spots on the tip and edges

    There are so many nail shapes that you can try. The trick is looking for nail designs that will suit you and your style. You can always get inspiration from our iGel Facebook community on what your nail design should be.

    There is no better way to improve the look of your nails than with a good ole’ nail filing session. This beauty tool prevents your nails from splitting and breaking and helps to keep your nails in shape, especially in between salon visits. If you’ve been tempted to try out trendy nail designs at home, learning how to file nails can go a long way in pulling your beauty look together. Don’t know the first thing about filing your nails? There’s no need to fret. Below, we’re sharing a step-by-step tutorial to help you learn how to file nails like a pro right at home! Happy filing!

    CHOOSE YOUR NAIL SHAPE

    Before you reach for a nail file, you’ll need to decide on your nail shape. Have your pick from seven of the most common nail shapes below.

    1. Almond: Known as one of the most popular nail shapes, you can’t go wrong with almond nails. This shape features long straight sides with a rounded tip, emulating the shape of an almond. While this nail shape is typically paired with acrylic nails, you can also sport this shape on natural nails—as long as they have the right amount of length.

    2. Mountain peak: Love the look of pointy nails, but can’t deal with a long set? The mountain peak shape is a happy medium. Featuring a shorter length with angled sides that build to a pointed tip, this shape is a great way to jazz up your nails.

    3. Oval: Want to give your nails an elegant and feminine flair? An oval shape will meet your needs. As the name suggests, this nail sports an egg-like shape that gives your nails a bit of length. Of course, you can also opt for a longer oval shape if you desire.

    4. Round: If you love to rock a classic look, rounded nails are just the ticket. Flaunting straight sides with slightly curved edges, this option is super easy to shape and an excellent choice for those who like to keep their nails on the shorter side.

    5. Stiletto: Similar to the mountain peak shape, stiletto nails take your look to the next level. Offering a chic, spiky nail that is perfect for long-nail lovers, this shape easily turns heads. This look is also pretty common for acrylic nail sets, much more so than natural nails.

    6. Square: Ah, square nails! This stylish shape has sharp sides with equally straight corners that are a great match for those who prefer short nails.

    7. Squoval: Not a fan of sharply shaped nails? The squoval shape will tickle your fancy. Combining slightly rounded corners with a square shape, this look is a favorite for a good reason.

    HOW TO FILE YOUR NAILS

    Now that you have all the fabulous nail shapes to choose from, it’s time to learn how to file nails. Follow our steps below to do just that!

    STEP #1: TRIM YOUR NAIL

    Start by giving your nails a quick trim. This helps to keep your nails nice and even.

    STEP #2: USE THE RIGHT NAIL FILE

    Believe it or not, not all nail files are created equal. Nail files come in various shapes, sizes, and grits to suit your needs. For example, if you’re working with acrylic nails, you’ll need to use a nail file with a coarse or extra coarse grit. If you’re cleaning up your natural nails, a medium grit nail file will be your best choice.

    STEP #3: FILE IN ONE DIRECTION

    After you select your nail file, it’s time to get to work. Start by filing the tips of your nails in one direction. If you file your nails back and forth, you run the risk of tearing and possibly breaking your nails.

    Editor’s note: Working with acrylic nails? You’ll want to file your nails straight up and down on the sides of each nail for a neat appearance. Depending on the shape you desire, you may have to file your nails at an angle, which we’ll go over in the next step.

    STEP #4: SCULPT YOUR NAIL SHAPE

    Want to give your nails a trendy shape? A nail file can save the day! Depending on the shape you desire, take your time to file your nails for a fresh look.

    Editor’s note: Keep in mind, if you’re going for a stiletto, mountain peak, or almond shape, you’ll have to file your nail at an angle to get the look. You’ll need to put a little extra work in and round out your nails while filing them for a seamless finish.

    STEP #5: SWEEP OFF DUST

    Now that your nails have been filed to perfection, it’s time to remove the excess dust. Use a nail brush or fluffy makeup brush to sweep away dust super gently. Voila!

    Next up: Congratulations, you finally learned how to file your nails at home like a pro! Ready for your next nail care lesson? Head on over to our article, What to Do When Your Nails Keep Breaking, for all the deets.

    If you are someone who loves keeping long colored nails, you know just how important filing your nails are. However, it also comes at a cost. While you are filing your nails, you can never be sure whether they will stay intact or not. If you have constantly faced the pain of a broken nail because of filing, chances are you are doing it wrong.

    Don’t worry! This is where we come in. If you are tired of scrounging the internet for “how do you file nails, so they don’t split?” then all you need to do is read on. Below is how you can file your natural nails correctly.

    Pick the right tools

    Before you begin to actually file your nails, sit back and choose the products that you will need throughout the process. Yes, you will need a nail file, but that is not all. There are other tools that are extremely crucial for protecting your long nails and preventing them from getting weaker. These are:

    • Fingernail clippers: If you have long nails and are looking to shorten your length a bit, it is helpful to first trim your fingernails so you do not have to file a lot. Be careful while clipping as not to break the nails.
    • Nail file: A nail file is an obvious tool you will need for filing your nails. There are several nail files available in the market, but it is recommended that you go for a glass manicure stick file as they are gentle on nails and easier to clean.
    • Nail oil or cuticle oil: You should never skip keeping a bottle of nail oil or cuticle oil as it helps in repairing frayed nails and keeps your nails moisturized to prevent breakage.

    How to file squoval nailsImage by Walter Bichler from Pixabay

    Choose a nail shape

    Most people’s nail shape is either square or round. Your nail shape depends on your genetics. However, you can change it. Below is a list of popular nail shapes you can try:

    • Almond
    • Coffin
    • Round
    • Square
    • Squoval
    • Stiletto

    How to file natural nails?

    Once you have all your tools ready and the shape in mind. You can proceed to file your nails. Here is how you can do it properly:

    • Trim the nails before filing if you are getting rid of the extra length.
    • Mentally divide the nail into two sections: left and right.
    • Hold your finger towards your face so your nail is facing your face.
    • Start from the outside corner to the center. Make sure not to file back and forth to prevent breakage.
    • Do the same for the other corner once you have the desired shape and length.
    • Avoid filing your nails too fast, as it will be difficult to track how much length is already gone.

    Conclusion

    That was all! Now you know how you can file your natural nails correctly without them breaking. Remember to not file your nails back and forth to avoid fraying your nails. Moreover, if you file this way, your whole nail may start to move. So, take care and happy nail filing!

    Featured Image by Ольга Бережна from Pixabay

    How to file squoval nails

    Nails naturally come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and each person has nail features that are unique. There are long fingers with wide nail beds, short fingers with short nail beds, and every combination in between. But good nail technicians know how to complement a client’s natural features, and the foundation of this is the nail shape.

    Most clients lean toward one of the five basic shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed. Though other blended combinations of these shapes exist, these five are definitely the most common. So how do you know which shape to use on your next client? Here are some subtle clues and hints that will help you decide on the proper shape, and also some techniques on how to file it just right.

    How to file squoval nails

    The Oval

    The oval shape is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands. It can accentuate femininity and gracefulness. Orly educator Elsbeth Schuetz says the oval shape is an interesting shape because it can work on long nail beds and short ones as well. Ovals can be longer to accentuate a long nail bed, or they can be shorter to complement a shorter nail bed. The oval can add length to a nail while retaining the softer curves of the round shape.

    How to File: Schuetz warns that filing an oval shape can be rather difficult because slight imperfections can make the nail look unbalanced. To achieve the oval shape, first begin by straightening your sidewalls and making sure they are even. Then begin filing from the side of the nail toward the top, using smooth, arching motions with the file. From there, work your angles on both sides and around the free edge to smooth into the oval shape you’re looking for. The finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.

    How to file squoval nails

    The Square

    The square nail is the classic acrylic shape — straight side walls, two sharp points on the tips, and a balanced C-curve. It is the staple shape for the traditional French manicure and is used frequently for detailed nail art designs. But the square nail is not always the best choice for certain nail beds. According to EZ Flow educator MaeLing Parrish, the square shape is difficult to pull off when the natural nail bed tends to be shorter and wider. In such a case, a sharp square nail could make the nail appear shorter and stubbier. But for longer nail beds, the square can complement the nail and add length to the finger.

    How to File: To file into the classic square shape, Parrish instructs that a medium-grade file (150 grit) should be used to shape the free edge and side walls first. Then turn the client’s hand around to straighten the free edge, noting that when looking at it the file should be perpendicular to the nail to achieve the hard square. File the side wall straight up and then change the angle to blend. Repeat this on the other side. Once both sides are finished, use angles to lightly feather and bevel the nail and to sharpen the corners.

    How to file squoval nails

    The Squoval

    The squoval is one of the most common shapes, yet it is absent from many nail technician textbooks. The squoval nail is essentially a conservative square with the length of a square nail but the softer edges of an oval — hence the name squoval. Kupa’s Vicki Peters says the squoval came out of clients’ demand for the square shape but without the harsh edges. Squoval nails add versatility, enabling short, wide nail beds to carry the length without appearing oversized. According to Peters, the term squoval was first coined in 1984 by Paula Gilmore, a prominent educator at the time.

    How to File: To file the squoval, Peters instructs to first begin with the square. This is a practice that she employs for every shape. She first builds it square so that she can make sure the sidewalls are straight. Once the side walls are straight, tilt the file underneath the corners and file back and forth from the underneath up. This will gradually take the corners off. Keep in mind that you only want to round the part of the tip that is past the free edge, this way you do not take anything away from the side walls at the stress area.

    How to file squoval nails

    The Round

    The round shape is more conservative. It is frequently used to create a softer, less noticeable look, and it’s also a common choice for male clients because the shape mirrors the natural contours of the nail. According to LCN educator Somer Downes, hand size can play a big factor for the round shape. If a client has wide nail beds and large hands, then the rounded shape can make the hands look a bit thinner. Round nails can also soften hand features by providing a well-kempt and subtle nail outline.

    How to File: To get the round shape, Downes says it is best to file the side walls straight out, and then to just round out the edges into a nice curved shape. Be careful not to take too much off on each side or else it will look unbalanced. A good tip to remember is to visualize making a square, filing the side walls straight out, then simply round the corners with moderate angles to complete the shape. The finished round nail should be slightly tapered and extend just past the tip of the finger.

    How to file squoval nails

    The Pointed

    The pointed nail is not seen as often as other shapes in the U.S. According to Greg Salo of Young Nails, the shape first gained popularity in Russia and has become quite common in Eastern Europe, but it has yet to gain widespread appeal in the West. A pointed shape is a little more adventurous than shapes like the oval, squoval, or even square, but given the right circumstances a pointed nail can create length and have a slendering effect on the hand. Smaller hands with smaller nail beds can use a pointed nail to create a subtle appearance of length, while long, slender nail beds take pointed nails to a more noticeable and extreme level.

    How to File: Greg Salo uses an “I” technique for filing a pointed tip. The technique is based on the letter “I” where the center of the “I” shape is the upper arch that forms a line running down the nail bed. The top of the “I” is bending the cuticle flush with the natural nail, and the bottom of the “I” is looking down the barrel of the nail to make sure the C-curve is even. The pointed tip requires taking the top of the “I” to a point that meets at the center of the apex. Once the “I” is in formation, it is just a matter of blending everything in so you have perfect harmony in the nail shape.

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    How to file squoval nails

    Looking for ways to give yourself a makeover? Instead of reaching for the scissors and attempting a haircut, why not reach for a file and try a new nail shape? We’ve scoped out the best nail shapes for your hands, with a few tips to guide you along the way.

    The world has more nail shapes than we have fingers, but we’re on hand to help you select the right angles for your nails, so you really can enjoy your perfect mani. Before we get started, take a good look at your hands. To flatter those tips, you’ll need to find the best nail shape for your hands by figuring out the shape of your cuticle and nail bed. Simply push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick to look at your true cuticle shape, then get started.

    Start shaping by filing the sides down and narrowing them out a bit. Depending on the shape you’re going for, you will go more or less narrow. For best results, file in one direction to lessen the fraying of the nail. Once you get the sides down, start to refine the tip to get your final shape.

    Looking for more insider info on how to shape natural nails? If you’re a nail pro, head to our OPI Service Education course on Nail Anatomy here, or watch the video below to get started.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Round Nails. This shape elongates your fingers and makes them look slender. Round nails also make wide nail beds appear thinner. Start by filing and following the natural shape of the fingertip. Then, flip your hands and check the symmetry of the curve.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Oval Nails. This runway favorite elongates nails in both width and length. It’s similar to an almond shape but a tad more blunt. File each side of the nail, and slightly curve your file toward the center of the nail to create an egg-like shape.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Almond Nails. Slender at the sides and slim at the base, this is an instantly flattering shape. File each side of the nail, and shape the tip by narrowing the free edge to create a peak.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Square Nails. If you have long, narrow nail beds and like a short length, this is the shape for you. Looking for extra length? Acrylic fans rejoice, long square nails are the perfect canvas for trending shades and nail art. Achieve this shape by filing in a straight line across the free edge.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Squoval Nails. It looks good on everyone! This universally flattering nail shape looks good on short and long fingers. Part-oval and part-square, this is super easy to maintain on short nails. Start by filing straight across, then round of the corners in one long stroke, connecting the free edge together. Flip your hands towards you and adjust as needed.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Stiletto Nails. This is a shape made for long nails (we recommend with acrylics) that ends with a sharp statement point. This is like an almond shape, but more pointed. Find the center of the nail tip, then shape both sides by filing into a slight taper towards the nail tip. Next, begin shaping the tip by narrowing the free edge to create a peak.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Ballerina Nails. This shape requires salon maintenance. Long, slim and squared off at the tip, this suits long, slender fingers and angled cuticles. They’re called ballerina nails as the tip resembles a pointed shoe. Looking for something with a bit more edge? Try a related shape with coffin nails, this shape is slightly more angled than ballerina nails and is less rounded when it comes to the sides of the nail.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Lipstick Nails. Be a trendsetter! Like your favorite shade, this squared nail style slants diagonally for a seriously unique nail shape.

    Best nail shape for your hands: Long Square Nails. If you have long, narrow nail beds and prefer a long length or acrylics, this is the shape for you. Trending shades and nail art like an ombre look well on long square nails. Achieve this shape by filing in a straight line across the free edge and parallel to the sidewall. Perfect for filing down into other shapes when wanting to switch up for something different. This shape is also one of our fave nail tech @chaunlegend’s signature shape for the Kardashians.

    You’ve found the best nail shape for your hands, now it’s time to choose your perfect shade. Browse our spring trending shades -metallics, yellows, pastel, and lavender nail polish- and pick the perfect shade to complete your mani!

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    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a type of bacteria that lives in water and soil. It thrives in warm, moist environments like showers, bathtubs, swimming pools, and hot tubs, as well as sinks, drains, and leaky pipes at home. The bacteria can also be found on many surfaces such as tile floors or countertops, where it can spread easily through contact with hands or objects such as sponges or brushes used for cleaning these surfaces.

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes nail infections and skin infections, including the formation of pustules, the appearance of pus-filled bumps on the feet or hands, excessive dryness and flaking skin around the nails, a greenish discoloration on the affected area, pain and burning sensation due to injury from biting or picking at the affected area.

    This infection can occur between an artificial nail coating and the natural nail plate or between the natural nail plate and the nail bed. Whether one can apply nail polish over pseudomonas is a major question among many beauty enthusiasts. If you are among the many contemplating whether it’s possible to apply nail polish over pseudomonas, keep reading to find out.

    Can I Put Nail Polish Over Pseudomonas?

    Yes, it’s possible to apply nail polish over pseudomonas. This action will help you achieve great-looking nails while undergoing a pseudomonas healing journey. Take note, however, that not all nail polishes are right to use when you have pseudomonas. As such, you must be careful and ensure to only use the recommended nail polish products.

    Additionally, ensure to disinfect your tools before and after every use to avoid spreading germs.

    How to Apply Nail Polish over Pseudomonas

    Nail polish is a great way to express your individuality, but it can also be a good way to hide the signs of pseudomonas on your nails. If you want to wear nail polish but still have some lingering symptoms from a pseudomonas infection, there are some things that you can do in order to make it easier for you to cover the problem.

    One of these is by using special nail polish that covers up a discoloration on your nails. Another option is to take advantage of nail polish that has glitter or sparkles in it. This will help give your nails an attractive appearance while hiding any discoloration or marks left behind by your pseudomonas infection. You can also try using clear nail polish with no color at all and adding glitter or sparkles yourself after the initial coat dries.

    After taking these recommendations into action, you can apply your chosen nail polish following these steps;

    1. Wash Your Hands Well

    Use warm water and soap to wash your hands thoroughly. Dry them with a clean towel and repeat the process until all traces of soap are gone from your hands. Remove any old nail polish from the affected nails using acetone or remover wipes (don’t use water). If there is any residue left behind after removing the old polish, rinse each nail with warm water until all traces are gone. Pat dry with paper towels and allow nails to air-dry completely.

    2. Trim Your Nails

    Cut off any rough edges on the top of your nails with an emery board or clippers if needed (we don’t recommend cutting into the nail itself). Then file each nail into its desired shape with a flat-file — round, square, or squoval (square or oval) is most popular among adults and teens alike — making sure not to file too close to the cuticles since that would irritate them further.

    3. Apply Base Coat & Top Coat

    When choosing your base and topcoat, the first thing you should think about is the kind of nail polish you’re using. Some brands contain chemicals that can react negatively to bacterial infections. Also, some types of nail polish don’t dry as quickly as others, which can increase the risk of getting an infection from bacteria in the air when you’re applying it.

    Most importantly, if you have pseudomonas on your hands or under your nails and don’t want to wait until it’s gone before applying nail polish again, choose a non-toxic version that contains no harmful chemicals or toxins like formaldehyde and acetone.

    A base coat will help protect your nails from the chemical content in the nail polish. It will also help to even out the surface of your nails and prevent staining. When using a base coat, make sure that it is compatible with your topcoat, as these two products can sometimes interact with each other and cause clumping or bubbling.

    Wait for your nails to completely dry before applying another layer of nail polish. The drying time can vary depending on the type of polish you are using and whether or not you have applied a top coat over it already. But if you notice that there is still some dampness left on your nails after an hour has gone by, then it’s best to give them another thirty minutes or so before applying another layer of polish over them again.

    How to Prevent Pseudomonas Infection on Your Nails

    You can overcome pseudomonas infection through any of the following measures;

    Maintain High Levels of Hygiene

    Simple hygiene measures such as washing your hands frequently with soap and water will help fight pseudomonas infection. This bacterium thrives in dirty, moist environments, and as such, keeping your hands clean will help get rid of it. While at it, ensure to frequently disinfect the tools you use in applying nail polish and artificial nails as they may harbor the bacteria.

    Keep Your Nails and Hands Dry

    Cleaning your hands and nails will not help get rid of pseudomonas infection if you do not keep them dry. This bacterium thrives in moist environments, and therefore leaving your hands and nails wet will provide a space for the infection to grow and terrorize you.

    Be Gentle When Trimming and Filing Your Nails

    Proven reports indicate that pseudomonas bacteria thrive in injured hands and nails. Following this, it’s essential that you try to be extra gentle when filing your nails to avoid damaging them and giving room for the bacteria to thrive.

    Settle On Licensed Salons and Spas

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    Though it’s not a guarantee that licensed salons and spas will be infection-free, getting your manicure and pedicure from such institutions helps save you from a lot of headaches that you would otherwise encounter if you visited low-standard institutions.

    High-end spas and salons have highly trained professionals who know how to trim, file and apply manicures without injuring your nails. Such professionals are also likely to disinfect their tools after and before each use to avoid infection.

    How to file squoval nails

    Perfectly manicured nails always make your hands look gorgeous, but going to the salon to care for your nails can be expensive over time. You can file your nails at home to maintain your nail health.

    If you frequently wear acrylic or gel nails you should take a break between each set and file your nails at home yourself to allow the nails to breathe and be naked for a number of days.

    This will also help to strengthen the nails.

    In this guide, we show you how to file your nails at home and how to achieve the perfect nail shape to suit your hand. So, say goodbye to unkempt and dirty nails and hello to elegant and strong-looking nails.

    How To File Your Nails

    Filing your nails at home may seem intimidating but by gathering the necessary tools mentioned below and following this basic technique you will be able to file your nails perfectly every time.

    What You Need

    • Nail Scissors
    • Nail File
    • Cuticle Stick
    • Cuticle Oil
    • Nail Oil
    • Bowl of lukewarm water
    • Towel

    Technique

    1. Soak your hands in lukewarm water for 3 to 5 minutes. This helps to soften the nail making it easier to file. Pat your hands dry.
    2. If your nails are very long take a pair of nail scissors and cut the nails to your desired length.
    3. Once you have cut the nails next you will take your nail file to shape your nail and get rid of any roughness or breaking points.
    4. Push back your cuticles using a cuticle stick, this will make your nail bed look longer.
    5. Apply a hydrating nail oil to the nails and leave to soak.
    6. While the nail oil is soaking into the nails apply a cuticle oil and gently massage this into the cuticles.
    7. Apply a hand cream as the final step to keep your hands looking as healthy as your freshly filed nails.

    Filing your nails is simple to do but there are some things that you should avoid, find out more below.

    Choose a good nail file, such as an emery board as often metal and glass nail files can weaken the nails.

    Do not roughly saw at your nails when filing, slowly file your nails in one direction.

    It may be useful to imagine your nails are in two sections and file the left first and then the right.

    This will allow you to focus on getting a nice shape and makes it easier to move the file in one direction when you are filing a smaller area

    File your nails over a dark surface so that you can see the nail shape better.

    How To Achieve Different Nail Shapes

    How to file squoval nails

    There are 6 main nail shapes that most people will wear. Certain styles are easier to manage than others and some nail shapes are better suited to different fingers.

    To find the perfect nail shape for you and to find out how to achieve it take a look at the below.

    Round Shaped Nails

    To achieve a rounded nail shape simply file your nails into a square shape and then follow the natural curve of your fingers.

    This shape is easy to maintain and is the perfect way of shaping nails that may not grow very long.

    Oval Shaped Nails

    Oval-shaped nails were the classic shape in the 1900s and were a great way to achieve elegant-looking hands as they add length to your fingers.

    Simply file your nails into an egg-like shape, curving the edges downward slimmer than the natural curve of the finger.

    This nail shape is fantastic for anyone with shorter fingers as it makes fingers look longer.

    Square Shaped Nails

    Square-shaped nails continue to become more and more popular as it is the best nail shape to prevent breakage or snags from happening.

    To achieve this shape you should trim your nails and then use a nail file to shape your nails so that they are straight.

    Make sure that you file the edges to avoid any roughness. This nail shape is most suited to those who have long fingers or who may have wide nail beds.

    Squoval Shaped Nails

    This style is a variation of square shaped nails. It is a softer look but still very easy to manage. The slightly rounded edges add a touch of old school elegance to a modern nail shape.

    To achieve this look simply file your nails into an oval shape and then flatten the tip to give a square look.

    Squoval shaped nails look gorgeous on any length of finger or type of nails, long and short.

    Almond Shaped Nails

    Almond-shaped nails are a more dramatic oval shape.

    To achieve this shape you will need to find the center of the tip of your nail, next curve off the edges to the left and right of this point. Soften the edges to avoid breakages.

    If you have short fingers this nail shape will look gorgeous on your hands.

    Stiletto Shaped Nails

    Stiletto-shaped nails are the hardest to maintain and also the most prone to breakages. This shape is often seen on celebrities, or for special occasions people may opt for this nail shape.

    To achieve this look you will follow a similar technique to how you would achieve an almond shaped nail.

    Find the center point of the tip of your nail and file your nails diagonally to the left and right to achieve a dramatic and sharp finish.

    Most people who wear this shaped nail get acrylic or gel nails to prevent the nail from breaking or ripping easily.

    Stiletto shaped nails can look great on anyone, adding drama to your hands.

    Final Thoughts

    Looking after your nails and knowing how to care for them properly is a great way to maintain hand and nail health as well as making your hands look more elegant and younger.

    Don’t be afraid to experiment with different nail shapes to help find the perfect one for you!

    The elegant oval-shaped nail is a classic favorite for a low-maintenance manicure that looks good at any length.

    This shape is versatile, falling between a wider, round nail and a more pointed almond shape. Are you wondering how to shape oval nails at home?

    Here are some tips for choosing your manicure tools, learning the proper technique, and creating oval nail designs that work well on oval nails.

    Choosing the Right File For Shaping Oval Nails

    Before learning how to shape oval nails, you have to have the right tools for the job.

    Fortunately, it only takes one high-quality nail file to bring out your inner manicurist and achieve the oval nails of your dreams.

    Take into account the state of your nails. If you’re working with gel polish or acrylics, choose a stronger material. Otherwise, you’ll spend a lot longer achieving your desired shape.

    Materials

    • Glass files are incredibly durable and easy to sanitize. They’re strong enough to shape artificial nails, gels, and dip powders without breaking down or losing their grit.
    • Metal files are not recommended. The tiny teeth trap bacteria and tend to grind the nail. This leaves it more susceptible to splitting.
    • Emery boards are best for natural nails because they are much gentler than glass or metal files. They are inexpensive and disposable, so you don’t have to worry about keeping them sterilized.

    Grit

    • You should only use extra coarse on artificial nails, UV gels, and extensions. They are very rough and can cause breakage on natural nails.
    • Coarse grit files are rugged enough to “break the seal” on topcoats, but they’re not your best bet when learning how to shape oval nails.
    • Medium is a must for creating the coveted oval shape. They’re strong enough to get the job done efficiently without creating strain on the nail.
    • Fine files are best for short nails that won’t need a lot of filing. They are also used to clean up any rough edges once you’re done shaping.
    • Extra fine is typically reserved for those who have delicate nails that can’t handle a higher grit. Because they are so gentle, they can even buff out the nail without causing damage.

    How to Shape Oval Nails

    You can have gorgeous, oval-shaped nails in just three simple steps:

    Step 1: Clean Your Hands and Tools

    Even if you sterilized your file the last time you touched up your manicure, it’s essential to do it again when working on your nails.

    Thoroughly wash your hands and tools with antibacterial soap.

    You can also use isopropyl alcohol for glass and metal files. If using an emery board, just grab a fresh one from the pack.

    Step 2: Cutting the Nails

    Cut the nail tips to give shape. Start gently and slowly, taking in the sides of the nail by filing at a 45-degree angle upwards. Check your progress every 2-3 strokes so that you don’t take too much off.

    As you near the top, taper inwards slightly. Do too little tapering, and you’ll accidentally end up with square or squoval nails. Do too much, and your nails will be more almond than oval.

    Be sure to file upwards, and avoid dragging the file back down. This weakens the nails and can cause them to splinter or crack.

    Step 3: Round the Top

    Continue filing over the top of your nail. Aim for an “egg” shape, with a softly tapered edge more narrow than the sides.

    Go around the entire edge in the same direction, following the natural shape of your fingertip as much as possible.

    The result should be a classic, feminine oval nail that elongates your fingers and complements all polish colors, from soft, delicate neutrals to bold, moody jewel tones.

    Watch the following tutorial to learn how to shape your nails oval.

    How to Style Oval Nails

    Now that you’ve learned how to shape oval nails, it’s time to give them a fresh coat of polish.

    Because they are so versatile and simple in shape, oval nails serve as an ideal canvas for virtually limitless combinations of colors and styles.

    Pastel Gradient

    Perfect for springtime, try shades of pink nails in a gradient across each hand. You can also mix things up with other soft shades, like lavender or mint.

    It’s an ultra-girly look that works well with oval-shaped nails.

    Barely There

    If you prefer a natural manicure, an ultra-pale pink or tan gives your nails a healthy glow without being too vibrant.

    This style works well in professional work environments, where bolder colors might not be appropriate.

    Gold and Green

    Jewel tones like burgundy, navy, and mustard are all the rage for autumn.

    Try out the trend with olive green nail design paired with glittering gold accents. It’s a winning combination that brings together more muted tones with fun pops of color that look stunning on oval nails.

    For aspiring DIY manicurists, oval nails are an easy-to-maintain shape that resists breaking and looks good at any length.

    You can confidently sport flashy oval designs that make a statement or add your twist to classic styles by learning how to shape oval nails.