Just like we can choose what we wear, whether or not to wear makeup or how to style or color our hair, we can choose the shape and length of our nails. The shape you choose is completely up to you. Your activity level may be a factor in choosing your nail shape or you may prefer to wear a more high maintenance style because it's the style you prefer. One thing is for sure, it is a very individual decision and thankfully we can change our mind at any time! Let's take a look at the most common shapes.
SQUOVAL - SQUARE ROUNDED
This shape is a square shape nail with rounded corners. This is probably the most common and versatile of nail shapes. Whether you keep your nails short or long, the squoval is easy to maintain and helps prevent nail breakage. It's great for someone who leads an active lifestyle or wants to do as little maintenance as possible on their nails.
The square shape is probably the easiest shape to file as long as you can keep your file straight. This shape may not be suited for someone if your nails tend to curve in at the sides. The edges can also be prone to chipping with this style. However if you have flatter nail beds, this could be the perfect shape for you as it may prevent breakage near where the nail meets your finger (otherwise known as the free edge).
The rounded nail takes a bit more practice to file, but once you get the hang of it, it is fairly easy to maintain. It looks great at any length but is most popular when worn just beyond the finger tip. This is a great shape that will prevent chipping and breaking and is a great alternative for someone who lives an active lifestyle.
The oval marries the round nail with the stiletto nail. It is more common and looks best on mid length to long nails. By filing the nails into an oval shape you are thinning the nail from the sides towards the tip while still keeping the roundness around the top. This shape requires more maintenance and can be more prone to breakage if the nails get long.
STILETTO - ALMOND - LIPSTICKThe stiletto shape thins the nails along the side wall and progressively gets thinner as you get to the tip. The tip can extremely pointed or a little bit rounded while it comes towards the center tip. The stiletto nail is one of the harder shapes to maintain, especially when doing regular nail maintenance. This look will only look good when the filing is flawlessly executed. This look is best suited for mid to long length nails. This nail shape is best for someone who has time to care for their nails. You definitely have to pay meticulous attention to this shape, as they are more prone to breakage as they grow longer.