Keeping your nails groomed to just-came-from-the-salon perfection requires upkeep, regular polish changes, and most importantly, great tools. That includes the most basic: your nail clippers — the best of which don't need to run you major $$$. And yes, it really does matter.
Though most look similar, some provide closer, sharper cut than others. “There's curved, angled and straight-head clippers," Chicago-based manicurist Diane Diaz tells TZR. "I prefer straight, as it's important when clipping nails straight across and not into the corners to avoid ingrown nails."
And while celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann disagrees — "I actually recommend using a clipper that has a curved edge because I think it's easier to maneuver without putting too much pressure in the wrong place and causing the nail to weaken," she tells TZR — it's really just a matter of preference. (The TZR office is split: Site Director Lauren Caruso prefers a curved edge because they don't bend her already-delicate nails, while Beauty Editor Khalea Underwood prefers a straight-edge.)
Some other important factors to consider when looking for a pair of clippers include what they're made of. “High-quality stainless steel is a must when looking for quality clippers as it is anti-corrosive,” Diaz says. And if you're a chronic nail biter like me, using a clipper that won't put pressure on already damaged nails is vital.
No matter if you prefer a straight edge or a curved one, there's a universal rule that celebrity manicurist Mar y Sol Inzerillo goes by: "Don't cut the nail at an angle or you will be left with a pointy nail in the middle," she explains.
Ahead, see the most durable and precise nail clippers that your kit needs.
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These clippers, recommended by Diaz, have a file and a clipping catcher.
Diaz recommends these stainless steel clippers as they have a larger jaw, which provides more of a shaped cut.
"I prefer 1/4 stainless steel clippers," Lippman says. "I actually created my own custom clipper so that it had all the things I love. This one features a sharp jaw to trim only the excess hanging cuticles expertly."
These clippers (available for pre-order) have an easy-to-grip handle and are handcrafted with titanium, which is built to withstand hard clippings.
The 360 degree rotating blade in these clippers helps to cut any angle, and the curved blades prevent from overcutting your nails, Diaz notes.
The body of the clippers, recommended by Lippmann, contains a grip so that there won't be any mishaps.
The blades in these clippers are sharp and provide an effortless trim in just one try.
This pair of clippers contains curved blades which make it easy to shape your nails.