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Nails naturally come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each person has nail features that are unique.
There are long fingers with wide nail beds, short fingers with short nail beds, and every combination in between.
Most women lean toward one of the five basic shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed. Though other blended combinations of these shapes exist, these five are definitely the most common.

So how do you know which shape to use on your nails? In few articles we will try to give you some subtle clues and hints that will help you decide on the proper shape.

1. Oval shape

First one which we introduce to you is oval shape.
The oval shape is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands. It can accentuate femininity and gracefulness. Orly educator Elsbeth Schuetz says the oval shape is an interesting shape because it can work on long nail beds and short ones as well. Ovals can be longer to accentuate a long nail bed, or they can be shorter to complement a shorter nail bed. The oval can add length to a nail while retaining the softer curves of the round shape.

How to file?
Schuetz warns that filing an oval shape can be rather difficult because slight imperfections can make the nail look unbalanced. To achieve the oval shape, first begin by straightening your sidewalls and making sure they are even. Then begin filing from the side of the nail toward the top, using smooth, arching motions with the file. From there, work your angles on both sides and around the free edge to smooth into the oval shape you’re looking for. The finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.

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Source: Tim Crowley

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