Pick Your Nail Shape

Whether you have a full-time job or are a stay-at-home mom, or simply just feel like it, we all love a good salon day when we can pamper and treat ourselves to a good ol’ manicure. Fun Fact: Nails actually grow faster in the summer than in the winter – so, what better time to get all that nail-care you need than now? The only thing trickier than picking out a nail polish color at the salon just might be picking your nail shape. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about different nail shapes and find one that suits you best.


The square nail shape is an absolute classic, and probably the most common nail shape out there. Square nails are flat on top with straight, sharp corners. They neither flare out nor taper in and are a popular shape for those with short nails or long, narrow nail beds.


Round shaped nails, which feature a short length with a naturally curved edge, are perfect for subtly elongating short and wide fingers. The shape can also be used to make wide nail beds appear thinner and longer


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Like a stiletto heel, this statement shape is super-long and leads to a sharp point. They might look fierce but they’re vulnerable and can be prone to breakage, especially on natural nails.


Ballerina nails – also known as coffin-shaped nails – or Kylie Jenner’s signature nail shape are essentially the stiletto nail, but with a square rather than a pointy tip. They’re called ballerina nails or coffin nails because the shape resembles both a coffin and a ballerina’s slipper


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Almond nails – sharper than ovals but less dangerous than stilettos. Inspired by, the silhouette of an almond, this nail shape is widest at the base, slightly rounded on the sides of the free edge, and pointed at the very tip. Almond-shaped nails also suit naturally long, thin nail beds.


These elegant nail shapes help to make wide fingers appear slimmer and short fingers to look longer. They work best on medium to long nails to really create an elongating effect and look good with almost any nail color.


This hybrid style of the oval and square shapes is designed to define the nail shape that has rounded edges on a squarish nail. It is a very popular shape and it is also one of the strongest that is least prone to breaking.

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