This Season’s Must-Have Nail Shapes
With so many manicure trends around at the moment, it can be confusing which one to choose, and which will suit your hand shape, so here’s my definitive guide to nail shapes.
Square designs are a timeless choice, coming back into fashion at regular intervals. They’re especially good for anyone who loves applying nail art – allowing a larger “canvas” to work with. With narrow fingernails, square designs work well, but they can make smaller nails look wider.
If you are after the perfect mix of soft curves on a nail that’s isn’t too round, squoval nails are a good option. Squoval nails are the perfect mix and will suit any hand shape.
If you have short or chubby fingers, this shape is a great option which makes them look longer and slimmer. Easy to do and to maintain going forward, these are a popular choice. If you struggle to keep your nails looking perfectly curved, Lee Nails press on nails are a great idea – pre decorated and with ultra strong adhesion, you can even use them while your natural nails grow and regain their strength.
This egg-shaped nail looks perfect for short and wide nail beds. Often confused for an almond nail, it isn’t as sharply tapered. It elongates your fingers, and looks ultra chic. Oval nails can also look uber stylish worn short, too. Oval nails are elegant and classy, which is exactly why famous female celebrities usually go for the oval nail shape. For every red carpet event, most stars are seen with oval nails because they represent an understated and simple yet stunning and sophisticated style.
Almond nails have become increasingly popular in the fashion industry and they’re a great shape for everyone. They make your fingers look longer and their round base holds polish in a flawless way, giving a lovely long ‘shine line’ along the central vertical plane. It’s no wonder celebs are opting for this nutty shape. This nail shape especially suits matte nails. The edginess of the light absorbing flat matte shades coupled with the sleekly sophisticated almond shape is an intriguing combination.
Coffin or Ballerina Nails
Nails with this shape have super tapered sides with a straight edged tip, replicating the shape of a coffin or a ballerina slipper. It’s chic and sophisticated, but can only be done on nails that are long and strong, unless you opt for a shorter, but equally sophisticated, manicure. As for nail art, coffin nails look absolutely stunning with a glorious glow-in-dark nails – try it for yourself. I love this look!
Why wear stilettos on your feet when you can wear stilettos on your hands?! This shape is FIERCE. It’s popular on the catwalk, however, not ideal for people who have to work a lot with their hands. To give these highly tapered nails some added strength, a dip powder manicure is an ideal choice when it comes to nail art. Providing strength and durability to nails, powder manis look awesome, too. Because of how super tapered the sides are, your nails are going to almost look like weapons. High fashion weapons, of course!
Finally, if you want to see even more shapes in order to get a manicure that’s very unique, check out this guideline to the 12 best nail shapes to have in 2020.
Nail Shape Trends In 2020 FAQs
How to file nails square?
The best nail file to use for filing your nails is 240 grit, but you can go with finer. Start by filing the tip of your nail across, aligning your strokes parallelly to your cuticle line. Putting your hand on your knee helps stabilize everything and oversee the progress you’re making. Once you file all your nails to have a flat top, flip your hand, palm facing forward. Make sure the tips of all your nails are parallel, and the left and right sides of each of your nails are parallel to each other. If not, repeat the process until you achieve this.
What nail shape looks best on short chubby fingers?
If you have slightly shorter and chubbier fingers, it is best to avoid nail shapes with a flat top. In this case, it is best to go for oval, almond or round nails.
What nail shape does Kylie Jenner get?
Kylie Jenner is a super popular influencer and has been seen sporting all sorts of different nail shapes and lengths, However, she’s most often seen with coffin or stiletto shape nails. And for a good reason – Kylie is a trend setter, and stiletto shape nails are the favorite trend of 2020!
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