The smile line is the lengthwise point on a nail where the nail bed ends and the free edge starts, it is a half-circle that somewhat resembles a smile; also used to describe the artificial creation of the same line with acrylics, gels, or other enhancements. For many nail technicians, achieving the perfect smile line can be tricky. Generally, a smile line should mirror the shape of the cuticle, so if you were to bend the nails in half they should match. The sides should be just as high on each side, and the center of the smile line should be at its lowest point in the center of the nail. The shape should be centered, like the tip of a round nail should be.
May 1, 2009
Having a crisp, deep smile line can set your work apart from other nail techs in your area. It’s one of the easiest ways to advertise yourself as an above-average tech who puts extra effort into her services. CND educator Kimberly Jones, of Patrick’s of Atlanta in Buford, Ga., explains how she gets these great-looking smile lines.
April 1, 2008
Getting nice, deep smile lines doesn’t require years of laughter, but it does take practice.
May 1, 1995
Drawing a smoothly rounded smile line in your polished French manicure takes lots of practice. Here are some tips to make it easier for you to master.