How To Choose The Best Nail Shape For You

Do you know the ideal nail shape for your manicure? Discover five different nail shapes and how to file them.

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Oval

The tapered side walls of the oval create an elegant shape for women. Oval shapes flatter both wide and narrow nail beds, and add length with a graceful tip. To achieve the perfect oval shape, file side walls straight to make sure they’re even. Then, shape the side walls into a rounded oval, making sure the angles are even on each side.

Square

With strong side walls and sharp or rounded tips, this shape is classic French. The square is ideal for a bigger nail bed (it tends to make smaller nail beds look shorter and wider). To create this timeless shape, file the side walls straight and make sure they’re perpendicular to the free edge of the nail. Once you’ve got the perfect square, angle your emery board and bevel the nail.

Square Oval (Squoval)

Combining the elegance of the oval with the strength of the square, the squoval is a popular nail shape for most fingers. First begin with a square with straight and even side walls. File the corners until your free edge is rounded and beveled. Remember, you still want strong side supports—don’t go too file-happy.

Round

As one of the most conservative shapes of the bunch, the round shape is ideal for men and those who like to maintain short nails. This shape is flattering for wide nails, and gives the illusion of a thinner nail bed. File the side walls straight like a square, then round the free edge into that perfect swooping circle.

Almond/Point

The pointed nail is a popular style for acrylic and nail art designs, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia. This avant-garde shape is popular among celebrities—Fergie and Lady Gaga are always rocking it! And while it’s not favored for the everyday look, this extreme shape can actually slenderize and lengthen the fingers. File the side walls evenly and taper until you’ve reached the desired tip.

Deciding Your Shape

How do you decide which nail shape is right for you? If your nail beds are wide, try a squoval shape. If they’re narrow, try a sharp square shape to widen and strengthen. If you keep short nails, a rounded shape is your best bet for low-maintenance style. You can also look at the lunula (the half-moon shape on your nail bed) for nail-shaping guidance. If it’s more curved, try oval or rounded shapes. If it’s flat, you’re better off shaping your nails square or squoval.

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Tomboyish- Nail Polish That Changes Color!

This is the coolest stuff I’ve seen in a long time! This nail polish changes color depending on how hot or cold your surroundings are. You can get it from http://www.shopprettyandpolished.com/collections/color-changing/products/tomboyish and while you’re there you can check out this rest of the color changing polishes they have…so cool!

 

Check these bad boys out! Super simple nails that would look super sharp during this colder season! Grab a hunter green nail polish and paint your finger nails normally. Leave a nail unpainted on both hands, these will be your accent nails.

**I usually make my accent nail my ring finger because they look daintiest and I would rather draw attention there.

Paint your accent nail a sparkly, gold color (or whatever other metallic finish you’d like) and finish off with a top coat. That’s it, you’re finished!

Hunter Green with Gold Accent

Pretty Pastel Nails

Adorable nails, so easy to replicate! Simply paint your nails an opaque white color and let it dry. Then set 6 little strips of tape on each nails to create three lines. Fill in the lines on the left and right side in with a pastel colored nail polish and the center one with a sparkle polish. Wait to dry, rip off the tape and apply topcoat, so easy!

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These are so cute! I know for certain, that I could never in my wildest dreams be able to recreate all of the adorable-ness that is going on here but I’m sure a manicurist could give it a go! Meh, re-creatable or not, these nails are definitely worth taking a look at!
If your crafty and want to try to duplicate these nails, document it! We’d love to post your step-by-step tutorial on the site!

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DIY Christmas Tree Nails

Wanna go hard in the Christmas spirit department this year? I’ve got just the thing! Check out these adorably festive Christmas Tree nails!

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Start by painting your fingernails a fairly light nude color. Once your satisfied that it’s completely dried, grab some painters tape and tear off two small strips. Set the strips in a triangular shape and paint it any darker green shade. Once that layer has dried go and find a sparkly shade of green or, if you don’t have one of those, sub it with any other green you have, it’s all good! You can also go super crazy and paint on festive balls with a spaghetti noodle and even apply a nice festive star on the top of your tree!Don’t forget to finish it all off with a top coat!

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