Deciding on your nail shape is critical and can really impact the feel, look and finish of your manicure! Keep reading for a breakdown of the nail shapes that have taken centre stage and which among them are most suited to you
The easiest shape to maintain as your edges are unlikely to chip or get caught in something. A safe bet that works on all hands and finger shapes as rounded is the natural way our nails grow out. Ideal for those who prefer to keep their nails short. Suitable for anyone looking to elongate their fingers as the contoured circular edge tip makes wide nail beds appear slimmer.
Add a confident edge to your look. The square shape suits slightly longer kempt nails. You also get a stronger burst of colour as there is usually more surface area to work on and showcase your desired shade. Shorter square nails though can make short thicker fingers look stubby.
An elongated nail with tapered tips. Filed along the sides to mirror an almond shape. This shape is usually reserved for acrylic or gel manicures as natural nails are often too weak to hold this structure unless fortified. Again, this shape suits most especially those looking for the elongating effect. If you’re already blessed with dainty fingers and feminine hands the almond nail will further accentuate this and do wonders for you! Famed celebrity nail technician Deborah Lippmann shared that the almond shape is “The chicest nail shape in the fashion world. Sexy, slenderizing, and strong is how I would describe an almond nail shape.”
Basically an almond shape nail but with a more rounded tip. Lippmann shares that “An oval shape nail is very feminine. Perfect for experimenting with trending colours”. The curvature of the oval nail is more extreme than the basic round shape, so oval is ideal for lengthening is you aren’t a fan of the exaggerated almond shape.
A square shape with rounded edges. This is perfect for those that are into the flat edge tip of the square shape but aren’t fans of the sharp corners, which can get irritating and are prone to breakage. The squoval hybrid is a universally flattering shape.
The Kylie Jenner signature shape. Also known as ‘Coffin Nails’ due to its narrow look, tapered sides and blunt straight edge tip. This trend has come to be the nouveau classy shape and is flattering on all hands and finger shapes as it elongates and provides an elegant flare
Mountain Peak Nails
A shorter, sharper stiletto nail. Be weary of breakage and injury! This claw-like shape is definitely not for everyone but worth an experimental try.
For the bold and daring, this diagonal asymmetrical shape is hard to pull off but sure to make a statement.
An exaggerated mountain peak nail: long, pointy and dramatic. A stiletto nail is an accessory in itself, fierce and sure to draw attention. Take the plunge and elevate your mani!