Heading to the nail salon is always a treat, but with so many shaping options, it can be a little overwhelming to choose. Should you do almond? Try square? Squoval? Here’s a quick refresher on each shape so you know what to ask for:
This simple shape is perfect for short nails (even nail biters!), extending only slightly past your nail bed and maintaining its natural shape. But if some of the lengthier styles below appeal to you, try a formula like Sally Hansen NailGrowth Miracle ($7, amazon.com) to work your way toward stronger, longer nails.
If you want a shape other than your natural rounded one that doesn’t take a ton of effort to maintain, ask your manicurist for a square shape with the tip filed flat. You don’t need much of an edge to achieve it, so it’s great for shorter nails.
3. Rounded Square
This version of square nails is a little less intense than its more angular counterpart, but it still looks put-together and is a great canvas for simple nail art.
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If you have longer nails and desire a slimmer, more feminine look, try this shape. Oval nails also make your hands look longer, so if you want to slim the appearance of your fingers, this is a good way to go.
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As you might guess, this style combines the length of oval nails with the contouring of square nails.
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