13 Helpful Tips for E-file Users

There are so many things you can do with your e-file, from getting nails to the perfect length and shape to backfill trenching and even a little callus filing. Nail techs share their most common e-file maneuvers.

Marc Foley
Greatful Nails, Wausau, Wis.


7. Edge Thinning and Finishing

When finishing the nail enhancements use your sanding band under the nail to reduce thickness and shorten the nail. Hold the sanding band flush under the nail’s free edge and use a slow speed to reduce the thickness and clean the underside of the nail.


8. Prepping the Free Edge

Using a two-week carbide cutting bit, cut your new smile line by holding the bit at a 45-degree angle, cutting the old product out at the smile line but leaving the thickness at the tip, which allows you to add a second glitter mix to the previous fill, giving a fade effect by using a lighter or darker color combination.


9. Under Edge Finishing

When using a carbide bit to clean under the nail, use a slightly faster speed and hold the bit flush to clean the nail and remove burrs.


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