We’re suckers for a good nail paint colour, and are always stocking up on the latest. But what we’ve discovered lately is that the nail shape is really everything! In fact, that’s what really makes your nails look more attractive. Ergo, if you haven’t been paying attention to your nail shape, now is the right time to start doing so.

From elongating short fingers to accentuating nice nails, the shape of your nails has more power than you think. So, here’s a detailed handbook to help you figure out the correct nail shape for your next manicure session.

Almond-shaped nails
 

Almond-shaped nails

Almond-shaped nails have slim sides and taper towards the end to form a rounded tip. This nail shape looks extremely chic, but unfortunately, it won’t work if you have short nails. The silhouette of this nail shape looks lovely on long and thin nail beds thanks to its elongated shape. If you have wider fingers but want to give them a more slender appearance, then you need to give almond-shaped nails a try.

Round-shaped nails
 

Round-shaped nails

If you like to keep your nails short, but want to give the appearance of having longer fingers, then you definitely should ask your manicurist to give your nails a round shape. Round-shaped nails feature a short length and have a naturally curved edge. They subtly elongate short and wide fingers. The shape can also be used to make wide nail beds appear thinner and longer. This nail shape is not only a classic, but it is also quite versatile.

Square-shaped nails
 

Square-shaped nails

Just like round-shaped nails, square ones are also a good choice for short nails. Square styled nails are characterised by straight edges and a squared-off tip. These nails look extremely classy and neat. Square-shaped nails are particularly flattering for those with thin hands and long, slim fingers. If this sounds like you, or if your nail bed is long and narrow, consider asking for a square shape during your next manicure.

Coffin-shaped nails
 

Coffin-shaped nails

If you love to keep your nails really long, then this is the most ideal shape for you. This style popularised by Kylie Jenner looks best on people with a narrow nail bed as the long nail dramatically tapers in towards the end before finishing with a square tip. Although the bold design will require plenty of upkeep, its appearance when paired with pale neutral hues, moody tones, and matte polishes is well worth the effort.

Oval-shaped nails
 

Oval-shaped nails

Oval shaped nails help elongate the look of the fingers and make them appear more slender. The medium to long shape, which ends in a semi-circle, is similar to almond styles except blunter and more delicate in appearance. The result is a feminine nail shape that helps to make wide fingers appear slimmer and short fingers look longer.

Stiletto-shaped nails
 

Stiletto-shaped nails

Although similar to almond-shaped nails in essence, stiletto nails are much longer and have a more drastic point. Additionally, stiletto nails are almost impossible on natural nails because they don't have enough strength to hold the shape. This means that your natural nails could very break off in a couple of hours. If you want this look, it is best to go for acrylic nails.

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