The Anatomy Of A Nail
Fingernails and toenails may just be hardened skin cells and keratin, but as any dermatologist or knowledgeable manicurist can tell you, there are actually quite a few components to these paintable parts. Here's a quick lesson to help you get to know your nails better.
The visible part of the nail on your fingers and toes.
The skin that lives beneath and acts as support for the nail plate.
Most prounounced on the thumbs, this is the white part of the nail at the base that resembles a half-moon.
Delicate skin that frames and protects the nails on all three sides.
Tissue that rims the base, protecting the hardening nail as it grows out.
The living portion of the nail hidden underneath the cuticle, where growth takes place.