Recently, nail care and styling have become a social media phenomenon, with different seasons and events inspiring a multitude of beautiful designs! Manicured nails have always represented a sophisticated and pulled-together look, and with the invention of more detailed designs, manicured nails are now an accessory you can flaunt.
Different nail shapes are all the rage, with several new ones making appearances in your favorite fashion magazines and on social media! Medium to long nail shapes has recently gathered a host of likes on Pinterest, as well as going viral on Instagram. With the correct shape and color, nails can add a whole new level of beauty to your look or style, and draw attention to your hands. This is exactly why nail shaping and style shouldn’t be overlooked.
The variety of different nail shapes can seem overwhelming at first, especially if you don't know which is the best nail shape suited for your nails. This blog post will be your ultimate nail shapes guide to understanding the different shapes available, the styles, and the hands they best suit!
Important Tools For Great Nail Shaping
Before we discuss the different nail types and shapes available, there are certain nail tech tools that are key to successfully shaping your nails. These can be purchased either online at Côte or at a number of different local beauty stores. These tools are:
Nail clippers, also known as nail cutters, are the first step on the path to beautifully shaped nails. Nail cutters provide a quick and rough shaping of the nail by trimming large parts of the nail.
A nail cutter can be used to quickly alter the length of the nails and create initial outline free edge nails. Usually, you would use a nail cutter before moving onto a nail file to add shape detail.
A nail file is one of the most important tools when it comes to correctly shape your nails. Once you’ve trimmed the bigger portions using a nail clipper, simply sand the edge of your nails against the grainy surface of the file - this will shorten the length of your nail and shape it in a controlled way. Make sure to always file gently and in one direction as this helps seal the raw free edge; don’t saw back and forth.
Being able to create a nail shape with smooth corners and an even surface will make the perfect canvas for applying nail varnish.
10 Popular Nail Types & How To Shape Your Nails
The following are the 8 most popular nail types and styles, from the practical to the bold!
Natural nails are usually a short length and follow the natural shape of your nails. This nail shape tends to be more round or almond-shaped than square, making for a very practical, universally flattering nail shape look, often favored by those who work with their hands.
2) Short Round
Short round nails tend to be a very low maintenance style. Round nails are popular as the short round nail shape is very durable. It is harder to chip or catch a free edge with a rounded shape curve making this shape perfect for an active person.
Almond nails are great for adding a classy look to your hands. The slightly tapered point at the tip of almond nails can actually help to elongate the look of your fingers for a sophisticated, feminine look.
An oval shape for nails are a low-maintenance look for those with naturally long, fast-growing nails, and narrow nail beds. Long oval shaped nails help to create the illusion of a softer elongated shape of the hands, creating a delicate look.
Square nails also require minimal effort but are a bit more delicate since it doesn’t follow the natural curve of your nail bed. Square nails can be created by using a nail cutter to trim your nails into a straight square nail shape instead of an oval or rounded tip. By filing straight across the tip using a nail filer, you can create a straight line. The square nails look best suits longer nails and long fingers as it can look abrupt and harsh on shorter fingers.
6) Squoval (Square Nails+Oval Nails)
A squoval nail shape is a mix between the square shape and oval shapes, producing a soft square tip. This creates a professional look that will suit most hand types and finger lengths! This flattering style will also suit most nail varnish colors well due to its classic shape. The squoval is one of the most popular nail shapes world round.
For those with a more bold style, ballerina nails (also known as coffin nails) will add a certain edge to your style. This look is achieved by forming a long rounded and tapered nail, then squaring off the tip. For a stronger, more gothic coffin-shaped nail shape vibe, pair this shape with darker nail polish to create a flawless look that demands attention. To add a softer element to the daring shaped nails, try using lighter colors.
Lipstick nails are shaped like a new lipstick, with a slanted tip. This unique nail shape is quite high maintenance and challenging to achieve as the angle of the tip needs to be very consistent for the look to shine. A lipstick nail shape creates a unique look that is sure to draw attention, especially when paired with beautiful bold colors. To really emulate the lipstick look, we recommend using bright red nail varnish to finish the look!
Nail Shaping Alternatives In Case You Do Not Want to Grow Out Your Nails
Several of the different nail shapes and types covered above require the nails to be grown to a certain length in order to successfully achieve the desired shape. However, we know that long nails are not easily achieved for everyone. That said, here are some alternatives for those still wanting a chic, healthy nail shape style!
Argan oil is great for maintaining a healthy nail bed and cuticles. As a cuticle moisturizer, it is best applied to the cuticle base as a final step in your manicure, after your polish application is complete. To rehydrate brittle, dehydrated nails follow these couple steps. If you are taking a break between colors, a day or two of Argan Oil rubbed into your nail plate can be a great moisturizing and hydrating treat for your nails.
As a bonus, Argan Oil is great for your skin as well. 100% pure, cold-pressed, organic Argan Oil gives skin a youthful glow by restoring elasticity, leaving skin feeling plumper and softer. The high vitamin E and fatty acid content make it ideal for giving skin a natural boost. Just rub it directly into your skin, face, scalp…really anywhere! Use it as is, or consider mixing in a few drops with your favorite lotion, serum, or conditioner. A super-easy, super-effective moisturizing and hydrating BOOST!
You can achieve a beautiful professional nail shape look simply by using nail polish. Nail polish can achieve a multitude of looks, from professional styles to fun, funky colors! You can even simulate different nail shapes by using nude and white tone nail varnishes - for inspiration, think of french tip manicure nails.
In summary, there are many ways to shape and style your nails. From practical looks to fun, bold shapes, nails are the latest fashion accessory! Ditch acrylic nails! At Côte, we provide all the tools, polishes, and accessories you will need to achieve beautiful and stylish nails.