#NailGuide - The Perfect Nail shape for You

Is it… square or almond, stiletto or ballerina?
  • 14 Sep - 20 Sep, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

A nail look doesn't stop at highly-pigmented polish or intricate art design. Trying different nail shapes can easily elevate your manicure. After all, nails are the canvas that a stark matte or glimmering glitter polish sits on, so their shape deserve some extra attention. Learning the myriad nail shapes out there isn't where your fingertip education stops either – you also have to figure out which nail shape is right for you. Take note of this nail shape knowledge guide, to get your Insta-worthy manicure. Square or almond, stiletto or ballerina, one of the top nail shapes is just what your fingers asked for.


Definition: It mirrors the contour of the nail with a circular edge at the tip.

Bottom Line: Anyone looking to elongate fingers. [It makes] them look narrower and makes wide nail beds appear thinner.

Wear it with: Any shade will really do.

Oval Nails

Definition: Similar to an almond shape nail, except with a more rounded tip.

Bottom Line: An oval shape nail is very feminine. Perfect for experimenting with trending colours.

Wear it with: Along with bold and unexpected shades, this shape is great for metallics and reds.

Square Nails

Definition: The front edge of the nail should be exactly perpendicular to the sides of the nails.

Bottom Line: If you have narrow nail beds and slim fingers, this is the perfect shape for you. It is classified as a modern shape and it seems to have appeal among younger people.

Wear It With: Beautiful solid dark colours lend this shape a cool trendy feel. Geometric and negative space nail art works well with this shape too.

Squoval Nails

Definition: Take a square shape nail and round out its edges and you end up with this hybrid.

Bottom Line: This is a universally flattering nail shape that looks good on short and long fingers.

Wear It With: A darker shade with this nail.

Coffin/Ballerina Nails

Definition: Mimicking the shape of a coffin or a ballerina pointe shoe, this shape is tapered on the sides with a straight edge on the tip.

Bottom Line: This is a favourite among people who are really into nails and fashionista’s in general. This shape is both chic and strong.

Wear it With: Choose a solid colour with a matte finish.

Almond Nails

Definition: An elongated nail with tapered tips.

Bottom Line: The chicest nail shape in the fashion world! Sexy, slenderizing, and strong is how most would describe an almond nail shape.

Wear It With: Pair this nail with a nude.

Stiletto Nails

Definition: Long, pointy, and dramatic.

Bottom Line: "It's good for people who have a daring fashion style," says Choi. "People who want to sport a nail look that is outrageous and noticeable get this as a fashion accessory."

Wear it With: Show off gems and glitter on this nail type.