How To Use A 4-Way Nail Buffer

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When it comes to performing a DIY mani, knowing how to use a 4-way nail buffer can really elevate your results. Not only is this handy tool the key to creating salon-quality nails at home, but it’s really easy to use once you get the hang of it.

Whether you’re into nail art or prefer classic nude nail colours, a 4-way buffer helps to prep your base to perfection. The main thing you need to know? What each side is and how to use it.

Most 4-way nail buffers have the same elements, with each side numbered so that you know to start with ‘side one’ and work your way through to ‘side four’. In general, side one will feature a grit that feels the most coarse, and each side will get finer as you go.

However, there are always some exceptions, so we’ll be taking you through the sides based on the popular Manicare 4 Way Buffer ($9.49 at Chemist Warehouse).

Side one: File

Perfect for getting your nails to your preferred shape. Square or rounded, this is the side to use to shape your nail.

Side two: Buff

Run this side along your entire nail to help buff away any ridges or peeling. Take care not to overdo it though, as excessive buffing can damage the nail.

Side three: Polish

This side uses an even finer buffer to help smooth down the new nail surface and reach any tiny imperfections missed by the buffing step.

Side four: Shine

The final step works to leave a beautiful sheen on your nails so that they’re ready for a slick of polish!

Do you use a 4-way nail buffer? What is your best DIY mani tip?


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