smile line


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.

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Required Reading

Nailing the Perfect Smile Line

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.

Smile Lines Causing Frowns?

April 1, 2008

Getting nice, deep smile lines doesn’t require years of laughter, but it does take practice.

Put on a Smiley Face

July 1, 1999

The pressure is on... whether you are giving client a French manicure, or you are at a competition attempting to create the perfect sculptured set... the smile line is always on your mind. Here are some tips to help keep you on your toes while making the perfect smile line.

Trouble Shooter: Drawing the Line – Perfectly

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.

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