...there are five basic nail shapes?
There are lot's of fun, new trends like stiletto nails, lipstick nails, and duck nails but all or most of these fall into the basic five shapes: round, square, oval, pointed, and squoval. So with all these choices, how do you know which shape is right for you? Simply use your cuticle as a guide. Are your cuticles more of an oval shape? Then an oval shaped nail will be the best fit for you. Are they wider and less rounded at the edges? Go with a square shape or a squoval. Balancing the nail with the cuticle will not only be the most aesthetically pleasing choice for your nails, but it will also allow you to get the most strength and longevity out of them!
Pro tip: When drastically changing the shape of your nails, go slowly! Transition from square to round by going first with a squoval shape. Going from round to square? Simply nip the round tip and file.