You might have gone to nail salons dozens of times, but do you always get confused when a manicurist asks you which nail shape you’d like? In fact, it’s not the color or design, but the shape you choose that makes the most significant difference. Here we edit a “Nail Shapes Dictionary” to decode the 7 main types of shapes, and the next time you go to a salon you’ll know which one flatters your finger most.
If your fingers are short and slim, you probably have relatively narrow and short nail beds, which might make your hands look like a little girl’s. A round shape could give your hands a more feminine look because it visually elongates your finger in a non-exaggerated way. Meanwhile, as the most natural yet classic shape, round nails just extend slightly over the nail bed, thus it’s super friendly to nail biters! What’s more, this type of shape is very low maintenance and is the least likely to break.
Oval nails looks similar to round ones, but are comparatively longer and sharper.
It fits well with Chubby and Short fingers because it elongates the nail in length, therefore making your hand look slimmer and more feminine. Oval shape is a good choice if you want to feel trendy and chic, and like the round shape, it’s low maintenance.
Take the oval nail a step further and you’ll get the almond nail. Like the name, the almond nail has a rounded edge and tapered tip. Since it’s wide on the base and slender on the side, it gives the illusion that your hand is slimmer. Furthermore, the length of an almond nail gives a natural extension of your finger. No wonder it’s a common pick for many celebrities!
You might say long and slim fingers are suitable for every kind of nail. Well, we admit that. But see it from another perspective: it reminds those who have short fingers to avoid this type of nail, because square nails do have the magic of making hands look stubby. So, if you are lucky enough to have long and slim fingers, and want to show a tough gesture, try this square nail.
The name of “squoval” is self-evident. This part-oval and part-square style combines the outline of square nails and the length of oval nails. Meanwhile, the edge of squoval is not too sharp or too round, creating an elegant and soft look, flattering all kinds of fingers well.
Coffin nail, a.k.a. ballerina nail, is long and has a squared-off tip. Though the name of it sounds a wee bit macabre, it looks super cool. Kylie Jenner is a big fan of the coffin nail and she prefers matt pure shade. However, since coffin nail is wide and long, it leave a bigger canvas for nail art. Also, slightly bad news is that for this special style meticulous salon maintenance is necessary.
Stiletto nail is a dramatic and daring one. Of course, the length and pointy shape of this type of nail is suitable for short fingers because of the elongation effect. However, we find the main point of making such a nail style is to tell the world that you don’t need to use your fingers in your day to day life! Be careful when you are wearing stiletto nail because they tend to break off easily. In a word, if you decide to try this shape, you’d better do nothing with your fingers LOL.