When it comes to your fingers, there are various nail shapes you can choose from. Whether you prefer to shape your nails yourself at home or getting a manicure at the salon works better for you, the main seven types of nail shapes you can opt for are: oval, almond, square, squoval, coffin/ballerina, stiletto/pointed and round.
We break down each style so you can find the one that suits you best. Whether you have long and spindly fingers or your digits are short and stubby, there is a shape for you.
See below for the definitive guide to nail shapes.
Nail Shapes Chart
Nail Shape: Oval (U Shaped Nail)
Overview: feminine, classy, classic.
Wear if: you have shorter fingers or shorter hands with wide, stubby nail beds, as an oval shape will create the illusion of length. It’s also a good shape on longer fingers that have wide and short/stubby nail beds.
Best with: nail art.
Nail Shape: Almond
Overview: glamorous, chic, feminine.
Wear if: you have long or short fingers but your nail beds are narrow and long.
Best with: plain, shiny and metallic polish colours.
Nail Shape: Square
Overview: stylish, clean-cut, low-maintenance
Wear if: you have long fingers and long, narrow nail beds.
Best with: block, bold polish colours.
Nail Shape: Squoval
Overview: classic, natural, suits all.
Wear if: if your nail beds are wide and long. Squoval nail shapes will look good on short or long fingers.
Best with: geometric nail art.
Nail Shape: Coffin/Ballerina
Overview: chic, glamorous, high-maintenance.
Wear if: you suit square or squoval shapes (narrow and long nail beds).
Best with: tidy and unchipped acrylic nails with pale polish colours.
Nail Shape: Stiletto/Pointed
Overview: loud, high-maintenance, elongates hands.
Wear if: you have time/money for upkeep, and want to make a statement.
Best with: elborate and pretty (and unchipped) nail designs.
Nail Shape: Round
Overview: tidy, elegant, elongates shorter fingers.
Wear if: you have short fingers with short or narrow nail beds.
Best with: any shade of polish or left unpainted.
By Ellie Wiseman