Whether you have long or short nails, prefer a basic manicure or want to experiment with an extreme look, there’s more nail shapes out there than you have fingers.
This is a guide to all of the different nail shapes, and how to pick the best one for you.
This shape is created by filing the sides of the nail straight, then turning the file perpendicular towards the tip and filing a straight edge across the top. Square nails are ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time typing on a keyboard.
This is another nail shape that will make fingers look longer and more slender.
Round nails are achieved the same way you start a square nail, except you round the nail out to an angle to create a curve. If you have narrow nail beds or want to elongate your fingers, round nails are a great option. The shape is also great for anyone looking for a simple, neat-and-tidy manicure.
Squoval nails are similar to a square shape, but with rounder edges. This is an easy, functional nail shape.
This shape has tapered ends that are squared off. Anyone who wants their nails to get some attention at a special event.
While almond nails will elongate your fingers, it’s not the most practical shape. if you do a ton of work with your hands, it’s easy to break this nail shape.
While this unique shape won’t go unnoticed, since the shape is so pointy, it’s super easy to break.