8 different nail shapes to consider before your next manicure

Kanak Devnani, September 04, 2021

Nail shapes and styles |  (Source: Instagram | @lovetrenna, @yul_lllly)

Nail shapes and styles | (Source: Instagram | @lovetrenna, @yul_lllly)

It’s hard not wanting to experiment with your nails when there are so many amazing nail artists and IG worthy manicures in our feed on a daily basis. It’s easy to see how the shape and style of your nails can totally transform a look. Think about it: short round nude nails and nude stilettos give a very different vibe when paired with your outfits. However, when it comes to nail forms, I used to be very clueless and used to get stressed whenever the nail technician asked me how I would like to have my nails filed. Raise your hand if you feel the same! Or is it just me?

Finally, I learned about the different nail shapes and trends, which isn’t exactly complicated, but choosing the right ones can be. While the nail shape you choose depends on your preference or personality, it’s also important to consider your lifestyle. For example, if you use your hands a lot, you should avoid forming extra long or extreme nails. Either way, if you want to get a little more creative with your nails, keep scrolling to find the hottest nail shape trends by the time you must try. Take note of all the nail shape knowledge, then pick your favorite to get your own Insta-worthy manicure.

Read on for the best nail shapes and styles worth trying:

1. Stylus

Like a pair of killers Towering heels, stilettos have a long, pointed tip. Both dramatic and high maintenance if you are looking for an edgy look, this is for you. However, because they are super sharp, pointed, and long, you will need to compromise on extensions. Made mostly with acrylics or gel overlays, you need to make sure you take care of them so they last a long time. With plenty of room to work, you can try a ton of designs like glitter, rhinestones, and other fun additions.

2. Round nails

As the name suggests, round nails have rounded tips. Soft, natural and easy to maintain because it does not break easily, it looks great with nails of any length. You can also do it yourself at home if you can’t grow your nails too long. All you need to get into shape is to follow the natural shape of your fingertip until you have a perfect semi-circle.

3. Oval

When in doubt, oval shaped nails, long or short, are always a hit. The curved edge almost mirrors the curve of the cuticle, which can technically be the ideal nail style for everyone. While it seems simple enough to do at home, it takes a lot of patience to execute. If you file too much or not enough, it can easily drift into round or almond territory. At the end of the day, the oval is an excellent base for any type of nail art, but it is also ideal for those who want classic nails of medium length.

4. Almond

Almond shapes can be very flattering, elegant, and modern. It gets its name because the entire nail looks like an almond in the sense that it is elongated at the tip with a round base.. Ideally, they work best with longer nails as many lengths are required to be noticeable, but the extra length allows for more creativity when it comes to nail art. This is why it is common with acrylics that require maintenance in the salon.

5. Square

Pretty self-explanatory, the square shape has a straight edge. The flat tip of this nail shape gives the illusion of extra width, making the nails appear wider than they actually are. Also, allow a bit more room for a suggested statement. Square edges are easily achieved by simply filing back and forth across the top of the nail. But because the corners tend to be jagged, they require regular filing to keep them smooth.

6. Squoval

Combining two styles in one, a mix of square and oval, Squoval nails are the perfect hybrid. Modern and smooth, anyone can wear these nails. It’s such a subtle shape that it works with just about any color or art you want, so get ready to try it out ASAP!

7. Coffin

Another celebrity favorite, coffin nail shapes have become really famous on Instagram. If you are not afraid of daring looks, this trend is going to enchant you. It looks amazing on thin fingers with acrylic nails. Because it looks like a coffin, it requires strongly tapered sides with a very straight edge on top. However, like stilettos, these require salon maintenance, so be sure to fill them when necessary.

8. Arrowhead

It is not as sharp or intense as the stiletto nail. When it comes to this pointed shape, the sides are generally kept fairly straight all the way to the top, when filed in a triangular point. If you have long and thick nails, you can pull this way naturally. Otherwise, use acrylics and gels. This is great if you like pointy tips but want something more practical.

What is your favorite nail shape trend? Let us know in the comments below.

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