How to Find Your Perfect Nail Shape
If you’re like us and you love endlessly scrolling through nail art content on Instagram, then you know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to nail designs. Perhaps you’ve also noticed how many different nail shapes there are — and what a big difference the right nail shape can make for a manicure.
Whether you’re all about experimenting with unique designs or you prefer a minimalist mani, understanding the differences between the most common nail shapes is quite helpful when deciding which shape is right for you. Ahead, we’re sharing what to know about each nail shape before you select one (or more) for yourself.
What to Consider Before Choosing a Nail Shape
Just like when you undergo a hair transformation or try out a new makeup look, there are some things to consider before selecting a nail shape.
1. Your Lifestyle
If you have an active lifestyle or you’re constantly using your hands for things like working out, doing dishes, typing and more, a nail shape that requires long nails may not be the best choice.
2. The Occasion
If you’re selecting a nail shape for a specific occasion, make sure to consider what the occasion entails. For example, if you’ll be traveling and going on adventures, you’ll likely want to choose a more low maintenance nail shape — maybe even a shorter style.
A classic nail shape, round nails are — as you may have guessed — rounded at the tip. A round nail shape is best suited for shorter nails and minimalist nail designs that don’t require a ton of space.
Oval shaped nails are similar to round nails, but they have a steeper curve. This shape works beautifully with medium and long nails, and especially for those with narrow nail beds.
At first glance, you may think that almond shaped nails look strikingly similar to oval nails. But when you look closer, you can see that almond nails start wider at the base of your nail and get narrower towards the tip while still being rounded. This is another nail shape that pairs great with longer nails.
If you like geometric nail designs, square nails may be the nail shape for you. Square shaped nails are filed straight across at the tip for a precise, sharp look. It’s a great option for people with wide nail beds as well as all nail lengths.