7. Cuticles
Cutting cuticles is old school and can cause infection, instead use cuticle oil before gently pushing back your cuticles.

8. Shape & Buff
For a sophisticated look, file your nails straight across and don’t let them grow too long—think just beyond the tip of your toe. Then buff to make them smooth. Now they’re prepped for polish or you can leave them naturally shiny if you’re going bare.