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Switch up your manicure
November 5, 2017, 2:17 pm

If you’re one to put a lot of thought into your nail look prior to your appointment or DIY manicure session, then you’ve probably spent several hours trying to decide on a nail polish color and nail shape. However, modernizing your manicure doesn't have to mean straying from your signature shade. Try experimenting with different nail shapes to freshen up your look. Here the information you need to know to differentiate between the seven different nail shapes — including which one will look best for your natural nail shape and lifestyle.

Square:  Square nails are pretty self-explanatory. They are square – they’re flat on top with straight, sharp corners. This shape is less subtle than the almond or oval shapes, so you’re probably the type of person who doesn’t mind trying loud colors or exploring nail art. When filed short, they won't break easily—a practical choice for low-maintenance ladies.

Squoval: Square oval or squoval nails are perfect if you’re into the flat edge of the square but hate the sharp corners. This universally flattering shape has softened corners for the best of both worlds. This is for someone who is simple yet elegant, a manicure minimalist. They are perfect to show off Geometric nail art or cream-finish pastels.

Round: Round nails are very popular and are always recommended for those who tend to think of their fingers as short and chubby. Round and almond shapes elongate and makes hands look more slender. This round shape suits most nail types and is the perfect base for trying out new shades and textures. Simple and classic, round shapes are also the easiest to maintain at home or in between salon visits.

Oval: Oval nails are very similar to the shape of almond, but the tip is soft and much more blunt. Sorry, nail biters – oval and almond shapes only work with longer nails.

Almond: Almond and oval nails are a very common pick for celebrities. Almond nails are slender on the sides and wide on the base, coming to a peak — reminiscent of an actual almond. Try this if you have a wider nail bed, as it draws the eye to the narrowing tip. Do not try if you are a nail biter. Flaunt this shape in neutral polishes embellished with metallics.

Stiletto: Stiletto nails are all about the drama. Shaping this spiked look starts off the same as its nuttier counterpart, the almond, but ends at a much sharper point with a wider base. Avoid dark colors like black and semi-black purples and reds. Think haute, rather than Halloween. Try this if you have a short nail bed as the space needed to create the tip adds length.

Coffin:  This shape is similar to the stiletto but with a squared off tip that makes it look like a coffin. You can pull of the coffin look off with a natural nail, but it will hold up a lot better with Acrylic nails. For this nail shape, meticulous salon upkeep is crucial.


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