Square, round, oval, squoval… when it comes to nail shapes, there are lots of options to choose from, but how do you know which shape suits your hands best? Savoir Flair turned to the nail experts at The Nail Spa for their top tips on picking the perfect nail shape. As they told us, “Your nail shape can really enhance your hands and flatter your fingers, just like the right shape of eyebrows can make a huge difference to your face. There are many things a woman should consider when choosing her nail shape, such as the shape of her nail bed, the length of her fingers, her lifestyle, and her own personal style.”
Read on for four of the most important factors when choosing your nail shape.
Nobody wants short, stumpy hands — most women want to elongate their fingers and make them look more elegant, and this is all about proportions. If you already have long slim fingers, then short, perfectly shaped nails will suit you best. But if you have short or stubby fingers, increasing your nail length will always be the first starting point.
If you have square nail beds, opt for square or soft square nails. If you have quite an oval nail bed, then ask your therapist for a round shape. Round nails also give the nails an elongated appearance, flattering every nail shape, whereas square nails will always make nails look shorter and wider.
Ladies who want to express their style with their nails are usually less concerned with length and shape and are more eager to try the latest looks. There was a period this year when the almond shape nail was a big trend, however, shorter and subtly round nails are gradually becoming more popular as they are more classic instead of just a fashion fad. Nails are meant to be fun, so it’s okay to stray from the norm and express yourself and experiment. After all, you can always change your look every week!
This one is very simple. If you use your hands a lot, then long nails are likely to chip, so to make your manicure last longer you should opt for shorter nails (unless you are enhancing the strength of your natural nail with a flexible gel like Bio Sculpture or acrylic). Many women can go an entire week with no chips to their polish, but they’re usually concerned about weakening their nails with enhancements. However, if correctly removed before lifting or peeling, these should not damage the existing nail.