Nail Shapes - The Definitive Guide
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From the natural curve of a rounded nail to the pointed stiletto, there are so many nail shapes to choose from for your next mani.
The possibilities are endless! But to help you figure out which shape to go for, we’ve filed it down, rounded it off and buffed it down to the most popular and best nail shapes of all time. These lengths and shapes can be achieved on natural nails, soft gel extensions, builder gel, acrylics...you name it!
Let's dive in...
Nail Shapes Chart
As a quick reference, we've put together this super handy nail shapes chart of the 7 most popular nail shapes.
We'll take a closer look at each nail shape and our recommended tools and steps for achieving the perfect shape, but you can use this as a guide to shape your own nails at home or to plan what to ask your nail tech at your next salon appointment.
Round Nail Shape
Round-shaped nails offer a more defined curve of your natural nail shape. This shape suits all hands and nail lengths and is one of the easiest shapes to file your nails into
How to Achieve a Round Nail Shape
To file your nails with a rounded edge, simply follow the curve of your fingertip with a Half Moon Nail File – and that's it!
Alternatively, you can use our Fix 'N' Flash Tips in Short Round to achieve a perfectly curved nail shape to cut down on filing time.
Our 5-in-1 Builder Gel is another fantastic option for extending and shaping your nails.
Square Nail Shape
A modern classic with all straight edges! A square nail shape is easy to achieve if you have a bit of length on the sides of your nails and can get your hands on a good nail file (we recommend our 3 Pack Nail Files for easy shaping).
How to Achieve a Square Nail Shape
Simply file in a straight light on the top of your nails and on the sides to get a 90-degree angle on the edges.
Or, you can use our Fix 'N' Flash Tips in Long Square or Short Square to achieve a perfect square nail shape without the filing.
Oval Nail Shape
The oval nail shape is a longer, more egg-shaped nail with a rounded tip. This is similar to a rounded nail, but with a bit more length, so it really helps to elongate the nail and fingers.
How to Achieve Oval Nail Shapes
Use the 180-grit side of our Half Moon Nail Files to file the sides of your nails straight, and then round off the end to create that egg shape.
Squoval Nail Shape
This shape is quite similar to a square by design. But instead of those sharp 90-degree edges, it has more rounded edges, which makes it a lot softer looking and less sharp!
How to Achieve Squoval Nails
To achieve this look, simply file your nails square, then run your files over the edges to round them off slightly.
If you want to extend and shape your nails, apply our Fix 'N' Flash Tips in Long Square and round off the edges.
Coffin Nail Shape
As the name of this shape suggests, this nail shape mimics the shape of a coffin with a tapered square edge! They're also referred to as ballerina nails.
How to Achieve a Coffin Nail Shape
To create this shape, you start out by filing the sides of the nail into a point. But, instead of leaving it with a point you file the top edge straight, leaving the tip with an angle.
If you want to extend the length of your nails, our Magic Extender Gel is a really easy way to do this and get a coffin nail shape.
Simply apply a small dot of Extender Gel onto a cured base coat, using the Dual-Ended Tool and a small amount of Slip Solution to lightly pat the gel onto your nail surface. Cure under our Pro LED Lamp for 60 seconds. Use our Half Moon Nail File to file your nail extensions into a coffin shape.
Almond Nail Shape
This shape is super popular. It’s in the name, a sweetly rounded almond-shaped nail. With tapered sides and a rounded tip, it elongates the nail a bit more than a purely rounded nail.
How to Achieve Almond Nail Shape
Simply file the sides of your nail to bring it to a point, and then round off that point at the tip.
We also have two Fix 'N' Flash almond shapes in short and long lengths, which take out the filing, shaping and buffing and make it super easy to get your almond shape.
Stiletto Nail Shape
This is the ultimate dramatic long nail look with a pointed tip! Super elegant, but not the most practical – but that's why we love it!
How to Achieve a Stiletto Nail Shape
File the sides of your nails and taper them in to create a sharp point at the tip, like a triangle.
Our Magic Extender Gel is also fantastic for creating these nails, and you can get really precise with the thick gel.
Nail Your Next Mani With Mylee
Whichever nail shape you choose, we have a huge range of gel nail products and tools that make achieving the best nail shape even easier!
Our Fix 'N' Flash Tips take out the work and time needed to file and shape your natural nails – our soft gel tips come pre-shaped and pre-buffed, ready for your gel polish and nail art application. For more control over your nail shape and length, our Builder Gel and Magic Extender Gel are another fab choice.
Our blog is full to the brim of nail inspo, including the latest trends and our newest product releases – so be sure to head on over for more exclusive tips and tricks to help you nail your next mani.
What is the most popular nail shape right now?
We see a lot of nail designs and different nail shapes, and we mean A LOT! The most popular shape at the moment is the almond shape, closely followed by round nails. They’re perfect for all lengths and hands and pair perfectly with Mylee gel polish.
What nail shape is easiest to type with?
This all depends on the types and their abilities but a natural rounded or square shape would be perfect for all your typing and tapping needs.
Which nail shape is the weakest?
If your nail is topped with a layer of Mylee Builder Gel or Top Coat or Fix ‘N’ Flash Tips, there is no such thing as a weak shape! However, if we had to choose, we would say the stiletto shape is the weakest. The tip is so pointed it leaves the nail susceptible to breakages and puts strain on the sides of the nail if not cared for correctly.
What nail shape looks best on small hands?
To help smaller hands look a little longer, we would recommend a rounded or almond shape this will help to give the effect of longer fingers on narrow nail beds.
What shape do nails grow naturally?
Everyone is different some of us have naturally rounded shaped nails, and some of us grow naturally square-shaped nails.