Our nails are our best visiting card, therefore we must maintain them healthy and beautiful. However, it is not just the nail polish we use that makes the difference, but the shape of our nails too. If you don't know how to choose the best nail shape, take a look at these basic tips and draw your inspiration.

Even though choosing your nail shape is a matter of personal preferences and style, there are a few things a woman should know and take into consideration before opting for square or round nails. As our hands and nails represent a symbol of beauty and femininity being the best visiting card, it is important to follow a certain care routine and find the most flattering shape for our nails.

We would all love to have gorgeous-looking hands, with long, delicate fingers and perfect nails. However, since this is rather impossible, you should know that based on the natural size and shape of your nails only a few colors and a certain nail shape flatters you.

A well-chosen nail shape not only helps you obtain a more delicate and stylish look for your hands, but it can also boost self-confidence. Therefore, whenever feeling like going for a specific trend, you should better think twice and choose something that suits you. Forget about who wears what and discover that special nail shape that flatters you and makes you feel better.

Basically, there are four main types of nail shape, round, square, oval and pointed, each and everyone of these shapes working for a specific finger anatomy. Despite the fact that you can find a few similitudes between nails, there are various shapes and sizes, and it is hard to find two persons having identical nails. There are two parts of a nail that should be taken into consideration when looking for the appropriate nail shape: the nail bed and the lunula ("the moon") which is the visible part of the nail matrix.

Well, the nail bed can have different shapes due to the fact that it suits a person's finger anatomy. The lunula is also an important thing to consider when choosing the best nail shape. However, there is one simple rule that you should follow when having the lunula as reference point. Therefore, if the lunula of your nail is round-shaped, the nails should be rounded too, but if the lunula is squared, the nails should have a squared-shape also.

Based on the nail bed, nail shape can vary from one individual to another. If the nail bed is wider and shorter, you should opt for square nails, but make sure you keep the edges round. On the other hand, if you have a big and long nail bed, it is preferable to choose a square shape slightly rounded at the corners.

A square shape is flattering if the lunula is squared and the length should be chosen proportionally to the length of the nail bed. For nails with long and narrow nail bed, it is more appropriate to select a pointed shape. However, if the lunula is square and the nail bed is long, opt for square nails with rounded edges. Oval nail beds are the merriest since they can suit almost everything.

You can also find the best nail shape based on the shape and size of your fingers. Therefore, square nails look great on narrow, long fingers, while pointed nails flatter smaller hands and fingers. If you have short nails, opt for a round shape, while oval is universally flattering, but it mostly flatters wide, short fingers. If your nails have different shapes, square is the best. There is also another shape called squoval that works on short, wide fingers or big, long fingers. You should follow the natural line of your nails and keep them rather short, without edges if your hands and fingers are wider.

How to Choose the Best Nail Shape

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