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How to Shape the Perfect Almond Nail

Learn how to shape an almond nail.

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What Is a Nail Apex?

Refresh your nail anatomy knowledge with this video from Kiara Sky about the importance of the nail apex.

Light Elegance Honors Shapely Nails

The folks at Light Elegance challenged nail techs to submit their best shaped nails to their Shape Up contest.

Something to Talk About: Appropriate Nail Length and Style

Personal preference isn’t the only thing that determines the ideal shape and length for a client’s nails. The best techs know a number of factors play into the decision.

Hip Shapes

Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Q & A answers the question: What’s the It nail shape right now? Celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik answered, the squoval shape continues to rule. Not only is the shape very flattering, but it also prevents nails from breaking due to the stronger corners, according to the mag.  

CND File & Buffer Sampler

Shape, refine, and finish both natural and enhanced nails with this sampler pack from CND.

Acing the C-Curve

Used properly, a C-curve stick can help you create the ideal curve.

The Agony of the Apex

The symmetry of the apex makes a big difference on the overall appearance of the nail.

Getting Nails Into Shape

Square, round, squoval — you probably have a specialty and a preference to how you think a nail should look. But you can’t just do cookie-cutter nails on every client who walks through your door. Some individual attention and customization will wow your clients and make them loyal for life.

Troubleshooter: Shaping Acrylic Nails Oval

Some diehard fans of the oval nail remain - causing problems for some nail techs who can’t seem to get the same result they would with the square look.