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Shirlie's Guide to Nail Shape

When I sit down with my nail tech, Larita @blackonxy nails there are decisions to be made.  How long, what shape, what color?  Seems pretty  straight forward right?  But  that is really not the case.  There are so many options.  I want to discuss the 12 options for shape.  I want to break down all the different shapes.. So please check my guide to nail shapes so you can make an informed decision.

12 Different Nail Shapes

Graphic of 12 different nail shapes

1. Square Nails

The name pretty much speaks for its self.  This nail is square, flat on the top.  It has a sharp corner.  This nail does not flare out or tapper in.  If you have short nails or narrow nail beds this shape should prove to be flattering.


2. Round Nails

This shape starts with straight sides and then curves at the edge. This usually follows the natural shape of the fingertip.  This is very flattering on a short nail.

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3. Squoval Nails

This shape is flattering to most.  It has a softened corner with a flat edge. So if you hate a sharp corner this shape is for you.


4. Oval Nails

Oval nails are filed down on the sides in addition to the tip.  This shape is more extreme than round and makes finger look more slender.

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5.  Almond Nail

Like a oval nail it is filed along the sides.  Then the wall is tapered in to a round peak.  Your natural nail are to weak to hold this shape and in mu opinion should be reinforced with gel or acrylic.
Almond Shaped Acrylic Nails

6.  Stiletto Nails
This shape has drama built in.  This shape start off like the almond shape, but the base is much wider ending with a very drastic point.  

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7.  Ballerina Nails
This shape is essentially the stiletto nail, but with a square rather than pointy tip.   They are also called coffin nails.  This shape resembles  ballerina slippers or a coffin.

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8. Lipstick Nails
This shape is inspired by the angle cut of a fresh tube of lipstick.  This square nail style slants diagonally. This is very unique I have never come across this before writing this blog. I am really feeling this shape I am going to try it.

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9. Flare Nails
This shape is also known as the duck bill shape.  As the name suggests this shape flares  upward and out.  

10. Edge Nails
Edge nails have a less aggressive point in comparison to the stiletto.  When being created with acrylic this shape has a ridge through the center of the nail leaving the appearance of an edge.  

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11. Arrowhead Nails
Arrowhead nails are a less severe version of a stiletto nail. The point is shorter and softer.

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12. Mountain Peak
This shape is very similar to the stiletto.  It os shorter and less pointier

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This is my opinion of Black Onyx Nails

La Rita provides a clean, comfortable, and professional environment at her nail salon.  
La Rita offers lots of options on color and style, she is very creative.  She does mine and my daughter's nails. There is something for everyone.
Larita Oden
Black Onyx Nails
Clinton Township, MI


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