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From your makeup look to your hair color to your skin care regimen, there are so many things that go into your beauty look. One area you may have overlooked? Your hands! More specifically, your manicure. You see, when it comes to your nails, there are actually quite a few options to choose from aside from what color of polish will best match your outfit. We’re talking about your nail shape! Long gone are the days where nails were a one-size-fits-all deal, and with so many different long and short nail shapes circulating our social media feeds, we figured we’d break down the deets for you. Read on to learn how to shape nails and how to choose the right nail shape, whether that’s a coffin or almond nail shape!
So, how exactly does one go about choosing between all the different nail shapes? At the end of the day, it’s all about personal preference. However, there are two questions you can ask yourself to find the best option for you.
What does your average day look like? Do you play a sport or an instrument? Your daily activities should be accounted for when choosing your nail shape, as certain hobbies are generally best suited to short nail shapes.
Are you getting your nails done for work? A gala? The event you’re attending and atmosphere you’ll be in can also influence which of the different nail shapes is best for you. If you want an option that works well for the office, consider keeping things on the traditional side. If you want nails that will make a statement for a special occasion, opt for a trendy shape!
It’s almost time to review all the different nail shapes you have to choose from, but first, let’s talk about how to shape nails. If you’re getting acrylics, your nail technician will shape your nails for you, but if you’re shaping your own nails, there are a few things you should know. First, if your nails are much too long, you’ll want to use a pair of nail clippers or a small set of nail scissors to trim them down. Then, once they’re close to the length you desire, use a nail file to shape them. One common mistake is using a windshield wiper motion to file your nails, but you should only file in one direction. The back and forth motion can damage your nails! After filing, you can also use a nail buffer to smooth your nails.
Now, keep clicking to learn about nine of the most popular nail shapes!
A classic nail shape, round nails are—as you may have guessed—rounded at the tip. A round nail shape is best suited for those with shorter nails and bodes well for a professional, interview-ready look.
Another rounded nail shape, oval-shaped nails have a steeper curve. This shape works well with long nails because they’ll be able to truly showcase the shape!
Nail shapes are all about the details—seriously! At first glance, you may think that almond-shaped nails look the same as oval nails. When you look closer, however, you can see that almond nails start wider at the base of your nail and get narrower towards the tip, while still being rounded. AKA, this nail shape perfectly resembles the shape of an almond! This is another nail shape that pairs great with longer nails.
Prefer lines over curves? Square nails may be the nail shape for you. Square-shaped nails are filed straight across at the tip for a precise, sharp look. This is another popular nail shape that is fit for the office. It works well with both short and long nail lengths.
Whether you ask your nail tech for coffin-shaped nails or the ballerina nail shape, they’ll know what you mean as this is one of the most popular nail shapes at the moment. Based on the name alone, you can get a pretty good idea of what coffin nails look like. Similar to almond-shaped nails, they curve inward as you near the tip. However, instead of having a rounded tip, this shape is filed straight across. Think of it as a cross between the almond and square shapes, except this shape is pretty much always worn super long!
Feeling edgy? The stiletto nail is for you. This shape has recently made a name for itself, and for good reason. The fashion-forward shape curves into a sharp point at the tip. Hello, cat claws! For a stiletto shape, you’ll definitely want to have long nails.
What happens when square meets oval? Squoval, of course! Squoval nails may be the most popular of nail shapes, though you may not have known what they were called. The shape is the same as that of a square-shaped nail, but with rounded edges instead of a sharp 90-degree angle. It’s the perfect balance and it’s suited for both short and long nails.
Next, let’s talk about nail polish! Decorate your nail shape with a nail art design, choosing from our 10 Nail Art Designs to Try in 2019.