Manicurists won’t only give you a relaxing experience also they will obtain the best nail shapes for your hand.
Square: Basically, this is a perfect square with no soft edges. Sure, with a square shape you *do* run the risk of your hands looking stubby, but it’s great for those with short nails who aren’t into a round shape.
Squoval/Soft Square: This shape is just like the square, but the edges are a lot softer. It’s a good compromise between square and oval (obviously), and it’s easy to maintain on shorter nails.
Round: If you’re constantly working with your hands and need to keep a short nail, this is the best bet. The round nail shape is also a safe choice because it’s easy to maintain and complements longer fingers or larger hands. To achieve this shape, start as you would with a square nail and then round the nail out at slight angle or follow the curve of your finger.
Almond: Almond and oval nails are a very common pick for celebrities. With almond, the nail is slender on the sides and wide on the base, coming to a peak—reminiscent of an actual almond.
Oval: Oval is very similar to the shape of the almond, but the tip is soft and much more blunt. Sorry, nail biters—oval and almond shapes only work with longer nails.
Stiletto: A big misconception is that almond is stiletto, but the stiletto shape has a much more drastic point. Plus, the stiletto is not possible on natural nails because they don’t have enough strength to hold the shape, meaning that the nail might very well break off in a couple of hours. If you want this look, opt for nail enhancements.
Coffin: This shape is similar to stiletto, but with a squared off tip (that makes it look like a coffin, or in a slightly less macabre description—a ballerina slipper). You can pull the coffin look off with a natural nail, but it will hold up a lot better with false nails.
If your nails have been bitten down to nubs or cut super short, some of these shapes won’t work, but that doesn’t mean that your manicure can’t look fab.
Putting on cuticle oil every night will help to moist the skin around the nail bed.
If you tell your manicurist that you are aiming to have almond or oval nails, she will start rounding them out so that your nails can grow into the shape.