Some people are probably thinking WTF?! Why would you want that?! Believe it or not I get about one hit a week from people searching the topic. Normally people want the opposite of this and I showed how you could achieve longer nail beds in a previous post found here.
Actually I've had the tutorial pictures for this post prepared months back, but I am a bit hesitant to post because I thought I might get some back lash with the method. Hopefully people will read the post in it's entirety. Either way maybe a few words of caution first ...
More on how later in the post but first, why would someone want to do this?! How about some pictures?
Not all nails are created equal. Sometimes they grow all weird at the free edge. What we are really talking about is skin connected to the nail called hyponychium.
This picture shows one nail that grows pretty even (in black) while the other (in red) is a bit wonky.
Lets look at the hyponychium from underneath the nail ...
Manipulating this skin is not a permanent fix. It will grow back ...
I swear it grows back. Here is one hand where I GENTLY pushed back the skin.
Finally the HOW TO:
For example, you could put your hands in warm water for a couple of minutes or even better do this after a hot shower. Doing this after a shower with cuticle oil is the way to go if it's your first time.
Apply oil to the cuticle.
Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the oil to penetrate and soften the skin.
Use the tools GENTLY and SLOWLY to push back the hyponychium to create the smile line you find appealing.
Is this safe and should you do this?! That is up to you. All I am saying here is that I've been there done that and survived, lol. If you don't feel comfortable poking yourself underneath your nail then don't do it. However, if you are doing it gently and slowly it should not hurt and it will grow back.