FILE UN­DER “WHAT’S GOOD” Not all emery boards are cre­ated equal.

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RULE OF THUMB The higher the grit num­ber the finer the file. Nat­u­ral nails re­quire a finer grit (about 180 or 240; any­thing lower could cause break­age). If you have gels, opt for a medium grit (100), and if you’re try­ing to shorten your Kylie Jen­ner-in­spired acrylics, use a coarser file (80 to 100). THE BIG­GER THE BET­TER Smaller files re­quire a stead­ier hand, so if you’re an arm­chair man­i­curist, stick with the full-size ver­sion. AL­WAYS SWIPE RIGHT Fil­ing nails in one di­rec­tion will avoid tear­ing and break­ing them, says Rorong. CON­SIDER

GLASS Glass or crys­tal files pre­vent split­ting by seal­ing the ker­atin at the tip of the nails. From top: Sephora Col­lec­tion Crys­tal Nail File ($12.50); Tweez­er­man Neon Hot Nail File ($6.49); Di­man­cel Flex­i­ble Diamond Nail File #2 Medium ($28); H&M Straight Nail File ($4 for five); Quo Nail File ($15; part of a man­i­cure kit)

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