9 Ways To Guarantee You'll Get A Perfect Manicure—Everytime!

Filing Basics

"The shape of the nail can help to elongate ones hands and improve the overall hand appearance. Never ‘saw’ back and forth on the tip of the nail. Rather than filing straight across, file at an angle so that you have less of a chance of bending the nail if you have weak nails. Remember to look at the hands from every angle. File from each outside edge toward the center of the nail. When filing at an angle, you’ll be a lot more careful.

You also want to use a gentle file, make sure that it’s not very coarse. Stay away from metal files, especially if your nails are prone to breaking because one false move and you can mess up the nail."

Mark Schafer

 Assistant Digital Producer

A good manicure is so much more than a smart color choice. There's also the grooming, the shaping and top coat techniques, to list just a few of the important steps you (and your manicurist!) should be following. And that's not just coming from us; take it from the authority on all things nail-related: Deborah Lippmann. The celebrity manicurist, founder and creative director of her eponymous beauty line and now salon owner knows a thing or two about keeping nails in tip-top condition. Click through above for her expert, fail-safe advice.

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