Did you know there are at least six different nail shapes out there? I always thought nails were nails but…nope. Just like different face shapes, there are also different nail shapes. Unlike face shapes, you decide what kind of nail shape you prefer through shaping. When caring for your nails, it’s best to first shape with a clippers and then finish the look off with file.
The six main types of nails for you to try out are:
Oval nails. Oval nails provide a fancy and traditional nail shape that gives you a more feminine appearance. For this classic nail shape, file your nails into an egg shape by holding your nail file at an angle. If you have short fingers, this is a great option as it gives your fingers a longer appearance.
Round nails. If you work a lot with your hands, round nailsis a great way to go. It’s a safe choice because it’s easy to work with and there’s little danger of breaking or chipping a nail. This style works beautifully if you have longer fingers or large hands too. To get this look, start with a square nail and then round the nail out at a slight angle following the curve of your finger.
Square nails. This is the most popular nail shape since it’s the sturdiest nail shape and goes across the entire width of your nail bed. For this shape, trim your nails to the desired length before filing your nails in one direction across the entire nail. To finish, file lightly around the edges. This look works best if you have a wide nail bed.
Squoval nails. I promise that isn’t a typo! This shape is not quite a square nail and yet not quite an oval nail either. Squoval is a strong nail choice since the majority of the nail is as wide as the nail bed. To achieve this shape, start as you would with an oval nail by filing the edges of your nail at an angle. Next, flatten the peak of the nail by filing as you would a square nail. Squoval nails flatters any finger shape or length.
Almond nails. This is a great lady-like nail choice. To start, mark a spot on the center of your nail and file towards that point. File the nail at an angle so it’s just off center of the nail. Leave a flat tip to round out. After you have the angles on both sides of the nails, file the corners to smooth out the sharp angles. Finally, blend the nail into a round almond shape. The almond shape works great if you have short fingers.
Stiletto nails. This is a daring style if you’re feeling adventurous, sometimes known as the “pointed nail.” To get this shape, alternate filing both sides of the center of your nail. The pointed nail may be fun to try, but it’s also the weakest nail shape. Because of this, it’s often done on artificial nails to avoid damaging your natural nails.
Now that you know all your nail shape options, have fun and play around – not only with color – but style and shape. Have fun!