Nail trends come and go, but often we stick to our go to shape without a second thought.
You can be as creative as you want when doing your nails but don’t stop at your polish. When choosing a design, the shape of your own nail can make all the difference. You can make a statement in a whole new way.
Since filing is the first or one of the first steps in doing your nails, shape is important. You’ve got a lot of ways to be creative with nail shapes because they can make the same boring design or colour look totally new.
Your nail art is a reflection of your personality and your nail shape is an extension of that. Whether you’re bold and edgy, or a low maintenance gal, your nail shape says it all.
What does your nail shape say about you…
Round – This classic shape says it all; you’ve worked the same style for some time and you have most likely been loyal to the same manicurist for years.
Tip; this can be used to make hands that are a little bigger look smaller as it directs the eye down the natural contour of the finger.
Try this – This round shape suits most nail types and is the perfect base for trying out new shades and textures.
Square – This shape is less subtle than the almond or oval based shapes, so you’re most likely the type of person who doesn’t mind trying loud colours or exploring nail art. Your style runs the same course, with experimental or statement pieces.
Tip; The key is to avoid making nails look shorter, which is what this shape tends to do. Try filing the sides of nails to keep this look long and elegant.
Try this – If you have a narrow nail bed. Steer clear if your nails are on the wider side, as this shape won’t flatter your hand.
Super short – You’re low maintenance. You like simplicity and your style is the same. You like tailored pieces or loose t-shirts and your dream wardrobe isn’t that dissimilar to your boyfriends or husband, except for the occasional heels.
Tip; This nail shape is best finished with an oval or rounded tip. A square shape will make your nails look even shorter.
Try this – If you’re fond of loud nail shades, or your nail bed is naturally long from tip to cuticle.
Stiletto – You’ve been watching the ins and outs of the nail world closely and know this shape has been steadily gaining momentum since spotted on the runways. You don’t shy from the spotlight. If you’re matching this with a simple evening look, you’re on the right track.
Tip; Avoid dark colours
Try this – If you have a short nail bed as the space needed to create the tip adds length.
Almond – A diluted version of the pointed nail, this is for those with modern taste. Quality is important to you and you won’t go for anything that looks dated or vintage. This softer version of the stiletto has a classic appeal that suits you perfectly.
Tip; Don’t grown nails longer than a centimetre past your finger tip or you’ll be treading close to tacky.
Try this – If you have a wider nail bed this one is for you, as it draws the eye to the narrowing tip.
Squoval (square/oval) – You’re not into experimenting and you like the status quo. Simple, elegant and halfway between a rounded and square nail. Your manicure matches your style, which veers on the classic side and is updated regularly with seasonal accessories.
Tip; You can alter this style to suit your finger shape. Go slightly more rounded if you have wide nails; if you have a thinner nail width you can afford to go more square.
Try this – If you want a simple wear-anywhere shape, or if you’re a fence sitter between an oval and a square (best of both worlds).