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Who, What, Wear: The Ultimate Guide to Nail Shapes

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New nails are indeed a girl’s best friend. There’s nothing quite like heading into the nail salon and getting your nails filed and polished to perfection – but sometimes it can get a little routine. While it may seem like your options are limited, that’s not the case at all! That’s why I am here to help you trade in your square shaped french tips that you’ve been getting for the past decade for something new, fun, modern and appropriate for all occasions. I have identified 8 very distinct nail shapes that you should consider trying the next time you visit the nail salon. That’s a lot of choices – I know! But, don’t worry, I am here to help you decide which would be the best option for you.

 

I know what you’re thinking. You think that I am going to tell you to opt out of getting your prim and proper cotton candy finish for rhinestone encrusted claws or some chaotic designs that your boss may or may not adore. But that’s not true! I have thought this through and found something new for every woman – from the trend driven shopaholics to our sophisticated career women.

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These nails are often the most common shape requested and should definitely be your choice if you want to appear well put together or professional. The jagged edges have a way of conveying a sense of power unlike any other and they are usually sported by highly sophisticated women who are leaders, strong, confident and bold.

Best places to wear: To job interviews, work, networking events – they are easy to wear and you could easily complete your daily activities with square shaped nails. Squoval – I know what your first question is… what is a squvoal? It’s a combination of a square and oval! This shape is perfect for when you want to display professionalism with a hint of feminism. It screams assertive and ambitious – but modern. It gives you the best of both worlds and softens up the boldness of square inspired nails.

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Squoval

I know what your first question is… what is a squvoal? It’s a combination of a square and oval! This shape is perfect for when you want to display professionalism with a hint of feminism. It screams assertive and ambitious – but modern. It gives you the best of both worlds and softens up the boldness of square inspired nails.

Best places to wear: You should wear squoval nails to weddings, graduation, recreational and sporting activities. These nails are also very easy to wear and shouldn’t conflict with daily activities.

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This shape is perfect for the modern women. They are a very modest option and convey a sense of happiness with it’s resemblance to flower petals. They are idea for those seeking a contemporary preppy look.

Best places to wear: These can be worn everywhere but are a amazing option for church, work, and school.

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It doesn’t get more casual than a set a rounded nails. They are easy to adjust to and are often better suited for individuals who want to keep things simple. They don’t get in your way at all because they resemble the shape that most of our natural nails grow in and are a great choice for those who want to keep things subtle.

Best places to wear: Everywhere – they are appropriate for all occasions. ☺

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Do you have a romantic date coming up soon? If so, you should definitely consider trying out some almond shaped nails. Just looking at them will make your heart flutter. They are very ladylike and will definitely catch your significant other’s attention. They are in close relation to the Ballerina/Coffin and Stiletto shape nails except they do not come to a point or have any edges.

Best places to wear: These are best when going on dates and to romantic getaways. Warning:  it will be hard to pick up a coin and to open a can of soda.

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Trendy, Hip, Flirty! That’s just a few words that can be used to describe this shape that is related to the ohh so dramatic stiletto nails. It is perfect for those who are not afraid to take risks, convey confidence, and showcase their trend awareness while trying something a bit daring. This shape is relativity new like the Stiletto and Lipstick. But don’t worry, we’ll talk about those too! ☺

Best places to wear: You can wear them just about everywhere; especially to work if you are in the fashion or creative field. These are also very easy to adapt to and will not conflict with performing tasks.

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These nails are not for the timid- they are sure to turn a few heads. They are perfect for those days in which you want to feel sexy and a bit risky. Their sharp points convey a sense of danger, challenge, and rebellion. They are highly trendy and not for amateurs – they are pretty hard to function in. You’ve been warned! But, they are definitely different and could give you the change you’ve been wanting.

Best places to wear: These nails are better suited for periods of time when you are doing some light shopping or going on vacation; they are idea for people who are relaxing and don’t need to use their hands much or for any manual labor.

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I’m sure your imagining the stares you will get while sporting a set of these. They are the newest shape on our list and convey a sense of youth, uniqueness, and creativity. With this shape resembling a lipstick with its high-low tip, it is a very fashion forward style.

Best places to wear:  These are better suited for lounging or going to school; you don’t want to break a nail! ☺

 

 

I’m sure you’ll NAIL picking out which shape you would like to try. Stay tuned! Next,we will compare the pros and cons of the Stiletto and Ballerina/Coffin style nails.

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Katrá is a writer to say the least. This southern belle can make some mean sweet tea and is owner of the face people often refer to when they say “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places.” She is obsessed with shopping, art, traveling, shopping, music, culture, and ohh yeah, more SHOPPING. Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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