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Choose The Best Nail Shape For You

Updated on September 20, 2012
Nail Style
Nail Style

Manicure acts as an essential treatment that makes your hands and nails look clean and beautiful. Today, manicure is not just restricted to shaping the nails oval or round, but there are different other shapes which are in trend when we think of nail shaping. Guys love nails that are neat and well manicured and look feminine; but nothing over the top. Do you know which is the ideal nail shape for your manicure? The most common shapes that are a rage these days are square, squoval, round and oval. Read on what nail shape is the trendiest and know how one is different from the other shape.

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This acts as the perfect shape for French manicure. Square shape nails have strong side walls and beautiful rounded tips. This classic shape is the most often choice if you want to decorate your nails with intricately designed nail art. Square shape nails with longer nail beds will complement the nail and also add length to the fingers.


Oval shape nails automatically pronounces a woman elegant. This shape flatters both narrow and wide nail beds. Apart from adding length to the fingers, the beautifully oval nails offer graceful tip by retaining the soft side curves. In order to achieve the perfect oval shape, file the side walls into a rounded oval with each side shaped into fine angles.

Square Oval (Squoval)

Combining the elegance of the oval with the strength of the square, the squoval is a most popular nail shape and is a big hit among young girls. The squoval nail presents length of a square nail with softer edges of an oval. This adds versatility, and enables short and wide nail beds to carry the length without appearing oversized. File the nails in a way that the side walls are kept straight and the side tips are rounded a little.


This is the most conservative shape of all. This shape enhances look of the nails with wide nail bed and gives the illusion of thinner nail bed. This shape is considered apt for men because they like to maintain short nails. Go for this shape by filing the side walls straight out, and then round out the edges into a nice curved shape.


Almond shape or pointed nail always rocks and is the most suitable for nail art designs. Looks avant garde, this shape is highly popular among celebrities like Lady Gaga and Fergie. A pointed shape is little more adventurous than other shapes.

So, flaunt your nail shapes and look trendy!


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