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A nail buffer is always useful, whether you’re low-maintenance or profoundly dedicated to caring for your nails. These multi-sided tools help you refine and adjust the texture of your nail plate, which can be helpful in many different scenarios. A good nail buffing session can make sure your polish lasts longer or gloss up your nails, saving you the need for polish in the first place. 

Nail buffers come in many shapes and forms, so we’ve selected the best ones to help you perfect your manicure. From simple boards and blocks to advanced sets, there’s something here for every nail care routine. 

Best nail buffers overview:

How we chose the best nail buffers

To compile this list, we researched manufacturer specifications, including grit, number of sides, shape, and more, to create a short list of the top nail buffers. Then, we combed through detailed product descriptions, ratings, and reviews to find the best nail buffer for each category.

1

Best overall

ULTA Beauty Collection 4-Way Nail Buffing Block

  • Great price
  • 4 grit levels
  • Can be used for shaping, smoothing, or polishing

You can’t go wrong with this affordable buffing block from Ulta. The four-sided buffer has everything you need to buff your nails, from a coarse filing side for shaping to an ultra-fine side for creating a sheen. 

In between, the medium and fine grit sides ensure your nails are scratch-free and ready for polish. Reviewers loved how shiny this block made their nails with minimal effort. Just know that the bulky square shape means that buffing close to the cuticle can be a little tricky.

Grit: Very fine, fine, medium, coarse | Sides: 4 | Shape: Block

2

Best budget

Revlon Shape ‘N’ Buff

  • Several sides
  • Compact
  • Useful for filing and shining

  • Buffing sides are a little small

This budget-friendly nail board packs a whole lot of options for every type of buffing action. Despite the many grit levels, it comes as a compact board, so it’ll be easy to pack away or bring with you on trips. 

The two large sides are for filing, while the small sides feature four low-grit boards for everything from gentle buffing to high-polish shining. That said, the sides for buffing are a little small, so you may find they’re only useful if you don’t shine your nails often.

Grit: Coarse, medium-coarse, medium, fine, finer, very fine | Sides: 6 | Shape: Board

3

Best splurge

Deborah Lippmann Smooth Operator

  • 4 grit levels specifically for buffing
  • Washable and durable
  • Comfortable to use

While this nail buffer is a little bit pricier than many other options, the added cost is justified by its extra durability and immense ease of use. This compact board design features four grit levels from medium to very fine, which is perfect for buffing the surface of the nail very thoroughly. 

Instead of a bulky block, each side of the board has two grit levels. This organizational approach is ideal for buffing since the available buffing surfaces are neither too big nor too small. Finally, we appreciate that this buffer is washable and durable, so it should last for a long time. That said, some shoppers might miss a coarse filing side.

Grit: Medium, medium-fine, fine, very fine | Sides: 4 | Shape: Board

4

Best with replaceable pads

Tweezerman Neon File, Buff, Smooth & Shine Block

  • Comes with replaceable pads
  • Ideal for all buffing needs
  • Fun neon colors

  • No separate replacement pads

This colorful buffing block from salon-favorite brand Tweezerman isn’t just pretty, but it’s also a quality product. It’s four-sided to fulfill all of your buffing needs, and each side is marked with a bright neon color. 

The block comes with four extra pads for each side, so once one side wears out, you can replace it with ease. While it’s a little pricier than other options on our list, it actually offers better value for money, thanks to the extra pads. The only drawback is that Tweezerman doesn’t sell the replacement pads alone.

Grit: Very fine, fine, medium, coarse | Sides: 4 | Shape: Block

5

Best gentle

Orly Buffer

  • Ideal for smoothing and shining
  • Flexible foam board
  • Gentle yet thorough

This gentle, affordable buffer has two sides: a fine and very fine grit for smoothing and shining nails. What makes it even gentler on the nails is that it’s foamy and flexible. Because of that, the buffer flexes against the contours of the nail to give better coverage with a lower risk of over-buffing. You’ll need to use it with a medium buffer if your nails are a little scratched or coarse. 

Grit: Fine, very fine | Sides: 2 | Shape: Foam board

6

Best for shining

OnsenSecret Perfect Nail Buffer Block

  • 2 sides for polishing
  • Shine that lasts for up to 10 days
  • Replacement pads available

  • Unverified claims
  • No nail file

If your primary goal is glossy, shiny nails, this nail buffer is a dream. While it has four sides, two of them are very fine specifically, so you can achieve a mirror-finish polish that will last for up to 10 days. The other sides are ideal for buffing and smoothing. Once the sides wear out, you can buy replacement pads instead of having to purchase a new block. 

OnsenSecret suggests that this nail buffer will also help improve nail health and thickness, but we weren’t able to find research supporting this claim. In fact, over-buffing or removing ridges can actually harm the nails, so it’s important to take caution. Note that there’s no nail file included, so this won’t help you shape the nail.

Grit: Very fine, fine, medium | Sides: 4 | Shape: Block

7

Best electric

Finishing Touch Flawless Nail

  • Faster than manual files
  • Features all necessary buffing heads
  • Rechargeable

If you’re a professional nail technician or a serious hobbyist, an electric nail buffer will significantly up your speed. It comes with three buffers you can easily mount on the rotating tip. Once you turn it on, you can gently buff, smooth, and shine your nails. Plus, there’s also a filing tip, cuticle care tip, and prep tip.

The buffer is rechargeable, so you won’t need to worry about batteries, and it’s incredibly simple to operate with two speed options. That said, use it with caution — the added speed and power of an electronic buffer are easy to overdo.

Grit: Very fine, fine, medium, coarse | Sides: N/A, 6 different heads | Shape: Electric buffer with rotating heads

8

Best set

Teenitor Nail File Buffer

  • Large, comprehensive set
  • Low-grit foam boards ideal for fragile nails
  • Affordable

This full set of nail buffers and files includes everything you need to take care of anyone’s nails. This six-piece set includes a few double-sided boards and squishy foam buffers of varying levels of grit. The firm boards are perfect for filing, while the softer, low-grit foam boards are gentle, even on fragile nails. 

The Teenitor is an affordable option that’s useful if you need every single buffing level. The brand even lists the grit level in numbers (higher numbers for finer grit levels and vice versa), which allows you to select the right grit level with more precision.

Grit: Fine, medium | Sides: 6 double-sided boards | Shape: Flat and foam boards

9

Best chamois

Winning Nails Chamois Buffer & Buffing Cream

  • Vintage aesthetic
  • Excellent for shining
  • Comes with buffing nail cream

Chamois nail buffers have a vintage charm, and they’re very effective for anyone that wants shinier nails. Made of a type of leather, this buffer has the ideal texture to carefully polish the nails. The easy-to-hold design is a little firmer than block buffers, so you can apply less pressure and still achieve a remarkable shine. 

For an even more noticeable effect, this nail buffer comes with a special cream. The cream moisturizes using ingredients like lanolin and mineral oil, while a touch of alumina helps to carefully abrade the nail for better buffing action. However, using the buffer and cream together ups the intensity, so be careful not to apply too much pressure when using.

Grit: Fine | Sides: 1 | Shape: Chamois tool

10

Best glass

Tweezerman Glass Nail Buffer

  • Reusable
  • Polishes well
  • Comes with protective case

Most nail buffers have to be replaced every few months. If you’d like to reduce the level of waste you create, consider picking up this glass nail buffer. This reusable, easy-to-clean tool helps to smooth and polish the nails just like a buffing board or block. 

Since it’s made of glass, it won’t wear away as quickly. However, its delicate material makes it more fragile, so you’ll want to be careful not to drop it. To that note, it does come with a case for added protection.

Grit: Fine | Sides: 1 | Shape: Glass board

Buff and polish

Nail buffers are simple, convenient, and affordable tools that are useful no matter how you choose to care for your nails. They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes to complement any kind of nail care routine. Our top pick, the ULTA Beauty Collection 4-Way Nail Buffing Block, is budget-friendly and useful in any situation thanks to its four grit levels.

How to pick the right buffer for you

When shopping for your ideal nail buffer, make sure to consider the grit levels, shape, and number of sides. 

Grit

  • Coarse. Coarse grit removes more of the nail but in a rougher manner, so it’s often better for filing the edge of the nail or removing gel polish. It can also help rough up the nail before a gel polish application (as long as your nails aren’t thin, ridged, or fragile).
  • Medium. Medium grit is gentler on the nail. It removes less of the nail plate, creating a finish that’s more refined than with a coarse file. This is the perfect level of prep before nail polish or to start the process of removing scratches from the nail plate. 
  • Fine. A fine grit removes even less material from the nail, leaving it largely healthy and intact with a smooth, scratch-free finish. If the nail is initially rough, it’s important to smooth it out with a medium grit first. 
  • Extra fine. An extra fine grit doesn’t remove material from the nail. Instead, it has a polishing effect that creates a very shiny look. It’s important to first prep the nail with a medium and then fine grit to remove any scratches prior to shining. 

Shape

  • Block. Block nail buffers usually have four sides to help with every type of manicure. They’re very convenient, although their thicker size can make them a little bulky to use. 
  • Board. Boards are usually the thinnest and most portable, although they often have fewer grit options as a result. They can be a little firmer, which means even low grit levels are a little more aggressive in practice. 
  • Foam. A spongy foam buffer is much less stiff, so it’ll be gentler on the nails. Even with a coarser grit level, it still a soft, smoothing effect. 

Sides

  • One. If you only intend to do one type of buffing, a one-sided buffer will suffice. Usually, these have either a fine or very fine grit. 
  • Two. A lot of board buffers only have two sides, usually offering fine and very fine grit levels. 
  • Three. Three-sided buffers will usually work well for complete buffing but without a side for filing. 
  • Four. Most four-sided buffers come in block form, with a coarse file as well as three levels of grits for buffing. 
  • Six. Six-sided buffers usually include a lot more in-between grit levels for thorough filing, smoothing, and polishing.

FAQ

Are nail buffers good for your nails? 

Almost all nail buffers work by removing a certain amount of the nail plate’s surface, which isn’t necessarily good for the nails. As long as your nails are in good shape and you avoid buffing them aggressively, or too frequently, they should be safe to use. 

What do nail techs use to buff nails?

Nail techs often use the same nail buffing blocks you can use at home. In some cases, they may also use electric nail files, especially in order to buff or shape as part of a nail extension service. 

What grit of buffer is best for natural nails?

If you’re keeping your nails naturally glossy, look for buffers with fine and very fine grit. If you plan to use nail polish, a medium grit is useful for prepping your nails.

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When you look back at how you used to do your makeup in high school, you can’t deny that you probably cringe more than a little bit. Looking back at that clumpy, powdery foundation, those far-too-thin eyebrows, and that bright blue eyeshadow you wore in a non-ironic way. Thick browns are in vogue, but will they stay? Blotting your lips is the done thing, but will it be the same next month? Makeup trends change just as fast as fashion trends do: what looked fabulous and earned you admiring or jealous glances on the street 5 years ago would earn you a glance for a different reason today. Makeup trends don’t only change in terms of color or silhouette like fashion ones do; they also vary in terms of the composition of the makeup we wear. As skincare has come to the forefront of the public’s attention, makeup has evolved to be more about caring and less about covering.

The present makeup trends this year, in 2022, are radically different: from barely there looks featuring mineral powder foundation to bright and colorful looks featuring standout eyeliner. Let’s take a look at some of the most on-trend ways to apply your makeup this year.

Luminous Looks

2022 is all about the Glow Up! Many makeup fans didn’t have much chance to put their usual skills to use and, as such, have evolved their skills into something a bit more subtle. One of 2022’s most loved looks is a glowy, dewy, and minimal face of makeup. Focus here isn’t on covering up one’s skin entirely; the focus is on the skincare aspect of the makeup and keeping your face as naturally beautiful as possible so that the need for makeup is minimized. Textures are smooth and glossy, giving your skin that “just showered” look. Instead of going for a full coverage foundation, apply a BB cream. Instead of going for a glittery highlighter, apply something smooth and light-reflecting. Cream blushes go a long way to adding a natural, sunkissed look to your already beautiful face.

Brow Down

Exciting, bushy brows are here to stay! Eyebrows have been through a lot over the decades: just think of the twenties and the nineties! Thankfully these days, either bushy or naturally grown, our brows are in. How a person’s eyebrows look really does complete the overall look of their face. Brows have become something of a trademark in recent years, and that trend isn’t going away anytime soon. We recommend a long-lasting brow pen to give a more natural look: the “ink” is easy to swipe on to give the effect of natural brow hairs. If you like a fuller, more solid look, choose a brow pencil instead. Apply both with a light hand rather than going in heavy, then layer if you need to add more drama.

Bold Liner

As a response to the general gray unhappiness of the past few years, some makeup lovers have taken up really bold, modern, exciting looks to get their faces feeling fresh. One such trend is bold, colorful eyeliner: especially negative space designs. This look harkens back to the sixties: think Twiggy for inspiration. If you’re going this bold on your eye, it’s best to pare the rest of your look down. Follow our luminous looks tips for a fresh and natural face. Less is more when one aspect of your look is bold, so stay away from bright lips. Some makeup aficionados are even using colored liners and shadows to create full-on graphics on and above their eye. Think 80s flames or a blue sky with some puffy white clouds. The options are endless. If you’re using a pencil, make sure it’s extremely sharp and pull your skin tight while applying it. Liquid liner goes on a little more easily. Camouflage any rough edges with a liquid concealer.

Loose Lips

Instead of the brightly colored and very defined, sharp-edged lips that have topped the charts for the last few years, we’re seeing a move to colorful but diffused lips instead. A diffused lip pairs well with a natural, luminous face and is being seen most often these days with tinted gloss. Apply to the middle of your pout, then blend outwards to your lip line. If glosses aren’t your thing, then go in with a lip brush. Moisturize your lips before you start and apply your lipstick using a lip brush from the center of your mouth outwards towards your lip line. Blot a few times so that the look is subtle rather than unfinished.

Final Word

This year’s top makeup trends all pair pretty well together. Using a few of the best trending ideas, you can put together a gorgeous face of makeup that screams you and really shows off your best assets. Remember that makeup is supposed to be fun! Try new things; even if you don’t end up liking them, at least you tried!

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It can be hard to find the perfect skincare routine that suits your specific needs. However, some extremely useful pieces of advice will help you get flawlessly flawless skin. For one, avoid putting on makeup if your face is oily as this will only make it worse. You should also drink plenty of water and eat healthy to look your best.

Skin Serums And Natural Facial Masks

One thing that you might have to invest in is a skin serum or oil. This helps treat scars, dark spots, acne, and stretch marks. Of course, you should always consult your dermatologist before buying anything so you know what sort of ingredients it contains. It could be possible that the product has harmful chemicals which are bad for your skin. The best option to reduce inflammation and treat skin is Terasana serums that are completely natural and organic. The ingredients can be found in nature and will treat your skin well by nourishing it. When it comes to skincare, facial masks made from natural ingredients are the way to go. You can try making one yourself or you can even buy one somewhere else. The point is that they are efficient in removing dead skin cells so your face will feel smoother and look brighter than ever before.

Cleansing Brushes And Makeup Sponges

Make sure your cleansing brush offers better cleanliness so you use less product when washing your face later on. It could be a good idea to get two facial brushes so you get the exfoliating and cleansing power of both products combined into just one device. This way, you’ll have an easier time cleaning your face without doing too much damage to your skin.

Invest in a good makeup sponge because if you use one that’s dirty, it will transfer all sorts of bacteria from your face to the product itself. This could lead to breakouts and other skin irritations. You should only use an old makeup sponge once and then replace it with a new one. Be careful when buying them because they can be pretty costly depending on where you live.

Picking The Right Sunscreen

You’ll need to pick the right sunscreen for your face if you want to keep it healthy and young-looking for as long as possible. No matter what skin type or tone you have, there is no such thing as universally flattering sun protection which you should invest in at least once in yours! Just make sure the sunscreen you prefer has a high SPF so it can protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Healthy Drinking And Eating

To look your best, you have to start drinking plenty of water. This takes place when you have about eight glasses of it a day for several weeks in a row. Water gets rid of the toxins in your body so it’s good for overall health too. It can also help improve your mood which makes it easier for you to approach all sorts of tasks throughout the day with the right amount of energy and enthusiasm. Of course, eating healthy is something that everyone should be doing regularly because it reduces acne and other skin conditions significantly. You can try taking some vitamins or supplements if necessary but there are lots of foods out there that can do the trick. For instance, fish oil supplements have been known to be good for your skin because they reduce redness and other common signs of acne.

Talking With Your Dermatologist

One final thing you might want to consider is talking with a dermatologist who has experience in this particular field. You can always ask them for advice that could help make your skincare routine more efficient than ever before. It doesn’t matter what your age happens to be either as people from all sorts of different backgrounds are capable of using these pieces of advice successfully as long as they believe in themselves and know what steps they need to take next to benefit from great looking skin. After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of everything this particular field has to offer you. It should also motivate you to take action so you can get the flawless skin of your dreams before it’s too late.

Having great-looking skin is something that takes all sorts of useful pieces of advice. All in all, these are some extremely useful pieces of advice that will help you get flawlessly flawless skin. For one, avoid putting on makeup if your face is oily as this will only make it worse. You should also drink plenty of water and eat healthy to look your best, and much more. After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of everything skincare has to offer you as well as a little motivation so you can get the flawless skin of your dreams before it’s too late.

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