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Alright, you caught us. When we’re in a bind, we’ve been known to hastily file our nails any which way we please — even though we knew we’re doing a disservice to their health and appearance. Those days are over. Because, if you're not filing your nails correctly, you're pretty much damaging them — and where's the good in that?
But, friends, we have excellent news: Whether the shape you're aiming for is square, oval, or (our favorite portmanteau) squoval, following a few guidelines will make all the difference in how your nails look and feel. Feathered, peeling, or break-prone nails can be a thing of the past — if you know what to do. So, follow the video above to learn how to shape your nails the right way — we’re taking notes, too!
Photographed by Julia Robbs.