Manicure Basics Part 1 – Nail Shape

Like you choose your dress to complement your figure, you should also
choose your nail shape to complement your fingers. Women, let’s get
started on the very first step. Don’t wait till you’re at the salon
looking at the colour swatches before casually asking the manicurist,
“So what shape do I need har?”

No, no, no. The shape should be decided before even the colour.

nail-shape

 

 

 

 

 

 

Square

This is the most timeless of all shapes. The square shape has earned its
immortality by pairing itself to the French mani, as well as, say,
Riesling pairs itself with spicy Chinese food. But the pairing may not
work for everyone. It will look superb when balancing out long and narrow
fingers. However, shorter fingers or nail beds will look even shorter with
this shape so exercise some tact when making a choice.

Capping off long and slim fingers
Capping off long and slim fingers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Errr… maybe not so great on shorter fingers

Errr… maybe not so great on shorter fingers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squoval

Just in case you don’t already know, squoval is a word resulting from the
marriage of ‘square’ and ‘oval’. A girlfriend told me that the shape came
about to satisfy indecisive people. I said, no… it came about because it
was discovered that the sharp edges of the coveted square shape didn’t suit
everyone. Hence, squoval was born to give people the square look without
stunting the appearance of shorted fingers.

That is not to say that the squoval is suitable only for shorter fingers. This is one of the truly versatile shapes that are suitable for a range of finger length and nail beds.
That is not to say that the squoval is suitable only for shorter fingers. This is one of the truly versatile shapes that are suitable for a range of finger length and nail beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squoval on longer fingers
Squoval on longer fingers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oval

This is also one of the most versatile nail shapes, looking great on all
kinds of fingers, but lending itself particularly well to shorter and wider
fingers. The thing is that filing your nails oval will give it an elongated
appearance, making it look like you have longer nails than you really do,
which would really complement shorter fingers. If your fingers are long and
wide, the oval shape will also create the illusion of slimness. Yay!

 The oval shape creating impression of longer fingers

The oval shape creating impression of longer fingers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Complementing longer but wider fingers, creating a sleek look

Complementing longer but wider fingers, creating a sleek look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round

This is the shape for the Mary Poppins in all of us, the conservative, goody
two shoes shape. This is also the most practical and durable shape, thriving
in workplaces where long nails are frowned upon. Breakages are uncommon
with this one, whether you need to wield a hammer or a laser pointer. This
shape gives a cute look, and is perfect if you like to keep your nails short.
If you have larger fingers, this shape will also soften your hands and make
you more feminine.

The round shape complementing shorter nails
The round shape complementing shorter nails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round shape softening a wider hand
Round shape softening a wider hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pointed

Pointed nails serve as fashion statements for the diva type. I mean, think
about the names associated with the style

pointed-1pointed-2pointed-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuff said.

Like the oval shape, the pointed shape can make your fingers longer, but it
is a bolder impression you want to create with this one, probably at an event
or for that special date when you want to appear as the femme fatale with your
Christian Louboutin heels.

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