Every nail shape you should know before your next nail appointment

With so many nail trends on the rise, we’ve thought long and hard about switching up our usual manicure. If you’ve ever popped into a nail salon then you’ve most likely been asked which shape you prefer. Believe it or not, there are so many more nail shapes than the typical round and square that we’re used to. Since we’ve seen our fair share of beauty tutorials on social media these days, we’re hyper aware of the amount of options we now have in terms of your average manicure. Do you consider yourself classic and chic or edgy and dramatic? Luckily your options are endless and you can switch it up depending on your mood! If you’re craving a little change during your next nail appointment, we’ve rounded up eight different nail shapes that are worth taking into consideration. Thanks to our friends over at Olive & June, take a peek at these stunning manicures to help you get a clear visual of each shape. Here’s what we came up with…

Simple and classic round nail shape

1. The Round
Round shaped nails are perfect for those who love to keep their nails at a shorter length. This shape may be simple, but it’s still just as beautiful and can be easily achieved no matter your nail length. According to Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of Olive & June, rounded nails are one of the shapes she is seeing in the salons a lot lately because clients love how feminine the shapes is. The nail can be grown out normally and then the tip is filed across to form a rounded, soft edge.

Stiletto nail shape

2. The Stiletto
This shape is perfect for the gal who is daring enough to try something new. The stiletto, or “pointed” silhouette, can be done by filing away the sides of the nails so that they remain thin all the way to a dramatically pointed top. Because the sides of the nails are filed down so heavily, some of the strength is lost, making acrylic nails the best option to make sure that your nails can handle the shape.

Pretty almond nail shape

3. The Almond
The almond nail is another feminine shape that Sarah of Olive & June has been seeing a lot for spring. This nail style comes neck and neck with the oval in terms of popularity because the shape is slightly similar, looks elegant, and is easily achieved. Picture the silhouette of an actual almond, except one that makes your hands look more slender and elongated! With this shape, the nail is filed so that it is wider at the base and more slender toward the tip.

Feminine oval nail shape

4. The Oval
Oval shaped nails are extremely chic and easy for any gal to achieve. This shape is similar to the almond shape, however the nail remains the same width from base to tip. This and the almond nail shape will look especially good on those who have long luscious nails so that this shape can be easily defined.

Classic square nail shape

5. The Square
The silhouette of the square nail is just as it sounds, pretty square. No soft edges here! This look is simple, stylish, and easily accomplished for those who have a hard time growing out longer nails. All you have to do is file the sides straight and keep the top just like the shape of a square, with corners being slightly pointed.

Squoval nail shape

6. The Squoval
As you can probably tell, the squoval shape is a combination of both the square and the oval. The edges at the top make this nail figure slightly different than the square, yet just as delicate as the oval. The squoval is a great in between for those who admire both shapes. The sides of this nail should be filed as if achieving the square shape, but the outline at the top is completely rounded.

Which one of these nail shapes do you prefer?

Let me know in the comments!

XO Lauren

Photos: Stephanie Todaro, @oliveandjune on Instagram