How to File Short Nails Square - 4 Essential Tips

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
2 Materials
5 Minutes

I’m going to show you how to file short nails square. Square nails are essentially when the free edge of the nail is filed down so that it is a flat line all the way across, as opposed to being in a curved shape.

For me, this style of tapered short square nails is really convenient for when I’ve broken a nail, and I need to file all of my nails quite short so that they are the same length as the broken one.

Tools and materials:

  • Nail file
  • Nail oil
Filing nails with a crystal nail file

1. File your nails

My middle nail is out of shape, so I am starting with that one, and I'm just filing straight across. I advise starting with the broken or wonky nail as this is the one you want to focus on the most.

I am using a crystal nail file. You can use a regular file but if you do, make sure you are filing your nails in one direction.

Try to balance out both sides of your nails. You want to make sure that the nail is in a square shape, and you want to round the edges slightly. You still have that square shape, but the round edges will help prevent your nails from breaking and give them a bit of a softer finish.

Filing nails underneath the nail

2. Pick out any shavings

Take the file underneath your nails because shavings from the filing can wedge themselves under the nails when filing. Remove any shavings with the file.

Short square nail ideas

3. Check over

Make sure that all your nails are the same length and make any adjustments that you need to make.

Applying nail oils

4. Apply nail oil

The last step is to apply nail oil to nourish and protect your nails and keep them smooth.

How to file short nails square

How to file short nails square tutorial

Here are my cute short square nails, and I’m really pleased with how neat and uniform they look. As I mentioned, they have a slight curve at the side of each nail which helps prevent the nails from breaking or chipping. Grab a nail file and give this style a go!

Suggested materials:
  • Nail file
  • Nail oil

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