Choosing the best manicure nail shape

One thing which many clients struggle with is how to choose the right nail shape for their hands. Not everyone’s nails or lifestyles will be suitable for every manicure type, but there is a good nail shape for everyone. Here we will discuss the various nail shapes and what you should take into consideration when deciding on one for yourself.


For many people, the square oval or “squoval” nail is the most appropriate manicure type because, not only is it versatile, but it is also flattering for almost any hand type. Nails naturally grow in a square-oval shape and, for that reason, it is one of the easiest manicures to maintain. Also, because the square oval shape  is how nails grow naturally, it is one of the most flattering manicure types for any hand. Therefore, if you are unsure about which nail shape you should ask for at your favorite nail salon, or this is your first pedicure, choosing the square oval is a surefire way to get desirable results.


If you want to opt for something a little more luxurious, the ballerina nail maybe for you. Ballerina nails get their name from ballerina’s shoes because of the blunt point at the end of the nail. Ballerina nails, typically, look best on slim fingers but anyone can try them on for size to see if this nail type fits their hands.


Almond nails are sleek, fashionable, attractive and modern. Almond nails can be tried by anyone but are most appropriate for those who want to make their fingers appear longer. Almond nails look good with various types of paint including floral patterns, tortoise shells and rainbow tips. Almond nails can also be done with your natural nails if their natural length permits this style or falsies if you need a little something extra.


For those of you who are looking for something a little more bold, stiletto nails could be the thing for you. Stiletto nails are done with a false tip due to the more exaggerated nature of the style. They can be done in medium length or long style but always have a sharp, “claw” element to them. Stiletto nails, like almond nails, also have the visual effect of lengthening the finger nail and, for that reason, are a highly desired style for many women.


If you’re looking for a more sophisticated, professional look, rounded nails, especially shorter rounded nails,  may be better for you than some of the bolder, aforementioned styles. Rounded nails are also great for women who require more functionality in their manicures such as medical professionals, those with more physically laborious jobs or anyone else whose day to day tasks include fine motor movements. Rounded nails can similarly look great on any hand shape and go great with any style of finish.


While some of the styles listed in this article may be better suited for the bold and adventurous, there is an appropriate manicure for every hand and lifestyle. Try on a few with your favorite manicurist before you decide on the style that you want to stick with. Keep in mind your lifestyle habits and innate nail qualities in order to discover which manicure is truly best for you.