Top 85 Cute Nail Shapes
When you’re thinking of getting a manicure, you’re already faced with so many various decisions. Should you use your natural nails or get fake nails? Is it worth it to get a gel or acrylic tips? What color should you choose? Do you have enough time to paint on patterns?
Would certain designs be too fancy? Will your manicure match all of your outfits, or should you get it for only a certain event or occasion? We agree – manicure decision making can be tough. One of the things you won’t have to lose sleep over, however, now that you’ve read this article, is what sort of nail shape you should get!
Here, we will discuss five main types of nail shapes: square or squoval, round, almond or oval, stiletto, and coffin. Although nail technicians may separate nails into different categories, we hope that the way this article is explained will help you choose the nail shape perfect for whatever outfit or occasion you’re dressing up your fingernails for!
Nail Shape Diagrams
Here are some picture diagrams of various nail shapes. These photos encompass all of the nail shapes we will discuss in this article. In the last photo, the nail shape called “edge” is a very rare shape, so rare that one hardly sees manicures using it. If you want a very unique, high fashion look, definitely go with the edge shape!
The Square and Squoval Nail Shape
These nail shapes are self-explanatory. The square is a clean nail shape with all hard edges. It’s a perfect look for someone who wants a unique look and doesn’t prefer the more common round nail. One consideration with the square shape is that your hands may look stubby, but that isn’t a risk if your fingers are long and slender, or if you use patterns that give your nails an elongated effect.
The squoval nail shape walks the line between the square oval shape. It’s similar to the square shape, but slightly more rounded. This nail shape is very easy to maintain, especially if you have shorter nails or want a manicure that is more understated rather than overdone and dramatic.
Similar to the square nail shape because of its clean edges, here is the “edge” nail shape that we discussed earlier in this article. Very unique, don’t you agree?
The Round Nail Shape
Round nails help make your fingers look longer, so they’re ideal if you think your hands are on the chubby and short side. They can work with long or short nails, and, like the squoval nail shape, the round nail is very versatile. The round nail is very soft and perfect for cute and pretty designs.
The Almond Oval Nail Shapes
Though they are quite similar, almond and oval nail shapes have a slight difference. The almond nail shape features fingernails that are wide at the base and skinny on the sides. In contrast, the oval nail shape’s tip is softer and less pointy. These nail shapes, especially the almond, are very popular with celebrities, and they work best with long nails. Your manicure will always have a sophisticated, elegant touch with almond oval nail shapes.
The Stiletto Nail Shape
For a very dramatic, fierce, and sassy manicure, you should try out the very pointy stiletto nail shape! It’s perfect for when you need a show-stopping look. Be sure to apply gel or acrylic touches when you go with the stiletto nail shape because if you don’t, the pointed tip is very vulnerable to breakage!
These manicures feature a nail shape very close to the stiletto nail. It’s quite rare, called the “cat nail.”
The Coffin Nail Shape
This nail shape is similar to the stiletto nail, in that it is extremely unique and more dramatic than the rest of the nail shapes. However, unlike the stiletto and its pointy tip, it is more squared off at the top. It represents strength and independence. The coffin nail shape can work with natural nails, but for an even bolder look, opt for acrylic or gel nails.
Different Nail Shapes in One!
If you want a truly fashion forward look that you can be sure no one else will be flaunting, try out different nail shapes in the same manicure! Take a look below for inspiration.