See this M.Y. question related to the order for cutting one's nails.

Does one need to follow this same order when one files or paints (manicures) the nails, or does it only apply to cutting?

The SHulchan Aruch that discusses the concept of having an order for cutting nails is written with regard to cutting nails for Shabbat and Yom Tov. I understand that this is related to beautifying one's body / appearance. If that's so, then filing / manicuring one's nails seems to fall in the same category / reasoning.

  • Not sure but may be that these precautions are for making difference with the toilet of death person before kevura. So if it is true, it is not relevant for painting
    – kouty
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 2:12
  • @kouty What is "toilet of death person "?
    – DanF
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 14:38
  • I think @kouty meant: I'm not sure, but it may be that these precautions are for distinguishing one's own toilet from the preparation of a corpse for burial. If that's true, then the precaution would not apply to painting.
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 15:38
  • @msh210 I am clueless. What does a toilet prep. have to do with anything, here?
    – DanF
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 15:45
  • @DanF en.wiktionary.org/wiki/toilet
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 15:48

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Ashel Avraham (Butshash) 2nd Edition 260 "Odot" writes that the halachot of cutting nails does not apply to filing nails. This should apply to cutting them in a specific order as well.

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