Start by determining the length you desire. After they have been applied, acrylic nails have a rough, standard shape, and need to be tailored to your preferences. Make sure you choose a length you are comfortable with, and can handle easily.
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Then, proceed to cut the already applied acrylic nails down to the size you choose. Hold the nail clipper at an upward angle, and start out cautiously, making sure you do not cut off too much. Clip one nail down to the desired length first, see if you like the effect, and then proceed to trim them all down to the same size.
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Once all the nails have been clipped down to size, proceed to measure them. Using the cuticles as a measuring line, bring all the nails to level with the first nail you clipped, and compare lengths to ensure that they are all even. If any happen to be exceeding your desired length, give them a trim.
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Now that the nails are all of the same length, you can move on to filing them into shape. This depends on your individual preferences (whether you’re going for a squared-off look, or aiming for a more rounded, elongated design). However, it is essential to make sure all the nails are filed into the same shape, in order to make your nails look even and symmetrical. For this purpose, use whichever nail filing tool you are comfortable with (a metal nail file, a professional wet or dry sander, etc) – just make sure you hold it at an angle, so it doesn’t rub uncomfortably against your skin as you file away.
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Finally, when all the nails conform to your desired length and shape, it’s time to give them a finishing touch. Using the sandpaper, scrape the nails to remove any excess glue which might be left over after applying the acrylic nails. This will make them smooth, and ready for polish or any nail art you might choose to apply.
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