Nail Shapes 2022

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Posted on November 09 2021

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A Guide To All 12 Nail Shapes

Top 12 most popular nail shapes explained. In this video, I will explain the difference between the 12 most popular nail shapes. There are so many different types of nail shapes and it can get very confusing when you go to the nail salon. In this video, I do my best to break down the different types of nail shapes so you get the right shape the next time you are at the nail salon.

We all know the pressure the seconds after you sit down in the nail salon, you're forced to make a decision: square, round, coffin or stiletto? While those are perfectly respectable options, your nail tech knows just as well as you do that it's not that simple anymore. The world has more different nail shapes than you have fingers, and it can be tough to keep track of all the nail shapes, let alone choose one, and then you have to pick a colour! We've broken down 12 of the most popular options.

 

 

1. Square Nails 

The square nail shape is pretty self-explanatory. Square nails are square—they're flat on top with straight, sharp corners. They neither flare out nor taper in and are a popular shape for those with short nails or long, narrow nail beds. Book Now.

Square Nails

2. Round Nails 

The classic round shape is another favorite for those who prefer to keep their nails clipped short. Like square nails, round nails start with straight sides but curve at the edges to follow the natural shape of the fingertip. Book Now.

Round Nails

3. Squoval Nails
Square oval or squoval nails are perfect if you're into the flat edge of the square but hate sharp corners. Squoval is your best option. This universally flattering shape has softened corners for the best of both worlds. Book Now
Squoval Nails
4. Oval Nails 
Yes, round nails are different from oval ones. Here's how: Oval nails are filed down on the sides in addition to the tips. The curvature is more extreme, so it tends to make fingers look more slender. Book Now.
oval nails
5. Almond Nails
Like oval nails, almond nails are filed along the sides. The nail wall is tapered to end in a round peak, similar to the shape of an actual almond. Natural nails are often too weak to hold this structure on their own, so most almond manicures are reinforced with gel or acrylic. Book Now.
almond nails
6. Stiletto Nails
Stiletto nails are all about the drama. Shaping this spiked look starts off the same as it's nuttier counterpart, the almond, but ends at a much sharper point with a wider base. Book Now.
stiletto Nails
7. Ballerina Nails

Ballerina nails (also known as coffin-shaped nails) Ballerina nails are essentially the stiletto nail, but with a square rather than pointy tip. They're called ballerina nails or coffin nails because the shape resembles both a coffin and a ballerina's slipper. Book Now.

Ballerina Nails

 

8. Lipstick Nails

The inspiration behind this one is the cut angle of a fresh tube of lipstick. Like your favorite shade, this squared nail style slants diagonally for a seriously unique nail shape. Book Now.

Lipstick nails

 

9. Flare Nails

As their name suggests, this nail shape flares upward and out. This shape is also known as the duck bill shape, given that exceptionally wide flare nails can resemble a duck bill. Book Now.

flair nails

 

10. Edge Nails

Edge nails form a point, but the point is less aggressive than that of a stiletto, arrowhead or mountain peak nail shape, as it extends straight before the top edges are filed. When being created with acrylics, the edge nail also forms into a ridge through the center of a nail, mimicking an edge. Book Now.

 

Edge nails

 

11. Arrowhead Nails

Arrowhead nails are a less severe version of a stiletto nail. The point is shorter and softer. Book Now.

 Arrowhead nails

 

12. Mountain Peak Nails

The mountain peak nail shape is just like a stiletto nail as well, except shorter and pointier. (Mountain peak nails are a favorite of Lady GAGA. Book Now.

mountain peak nails

 

I hope this guide of nails shapes helps you choose your next set.  If you would like to book in a set of nails please click this link

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