8 Different Nail Shapes – How to Pick and Achieve a Nail Shape

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Some women like to flaunt basic and effortless nail shapes, such as rounded, square or oval shapes, while many other like to make a bold and extreme statement, such as stiletto nails or coffin nails.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to walk you through all the nail types and shapes so you can chose your favorite, and understand exactly how you need to create it. You can understand the secret strategy behind achieving every nail shape, and whether or not it is suitable for your nail type, bed and maintenance requirements.

Here’s everything you need to know:

1. Round Nails

Round nails are the most effortless and simplest nail shape to maintain and they create a subtle and soft, natural appearance. Even if you end up breaking one nail, you can easily retain this shape by chopping it off a little and filing it back into shape. This is a great choice for women who simply cannot seem to grow their nails into long talons. It is important to make the round shape appear different from its similar-looking sibling, the oval shape.

The ideal strategy is to focus on replicating the curve that you see in your cuticles, and as you move the nail file from one side to the other, create a gentle arc with a perfect rounded edge. This nail shape is ideal for anyone and everyone, but particularly best for women with short nails, or nails that are slightly grown over the fingertips.

Round Nails Guide to Nail Shape
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2. Oval Nails

Oval nail shape is one of the most challenging shape to file and extremely hard to pull off because of its subtly tapered shape, which can easily turn into an almond or a rounded sphere if you end up filing too little or too much. Needless to say, this shape can only be acquired through patience and slow filing until you get the perfect oval. Women with short nails cannot achieve this shape, unless you are willing to invest in acrylics or gel overlays. However, if you turn your hand palm side up and are still able to spot the tips of your nails, then you can easily file your nails into the perfect oval shape.

Oval Nails Guide to Nail Shape
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