A nail look doesn’t stop at highly-pigmented polish or intricate art design. Elevate your manicure by experimenting with different nail shapes. How do you know which shape is the one for you? We asked celebrity manicurists Jin Soon Choi and Deborah Lippmann and OPI educator and licensed lacquer and gel artist Sigourney Nuñez to break it all down. Follow their advice to get those insta-worthy manis.

Shape: Round

Definition: It mirrors the contour of the nail with a circular edge at the tip.

Bottom Line: Anyone looking to elongate fingers. “[It makes] them look more narrow and makes wide nail beds appear thinner,” says Nuñez.

Wear It With: Any shade will really do.

Shape: Round

 

Shape: Round

Definition: Similar to an almond shape nail, except with a more rounded tip.

Bottom Line: “An oval shape nail is very feminine,” says Lippmann. “Perfect for experimenting with trending color obsessions.

Wear It With: Along with trendy colors, this is great for metallics and bold reds.

Shape: Oval

 

Shape: Oval

Definition: Choi says that the front edge should be exactly perpendicular to the sides of the nails.

Bottom Line: If you have narrow nail beds and slim fingers, this is the perfect shape for you. “I classify it as a modern shape and it seems to have appeal among younger people,” she says.

Wear It With: “Beautiful solid dark colors lend this shape a cool trendy feel,” she says. “Geometric and negative space nail art work well this shape too.

Shape: Squoval

Definition: Take a square shape nail and round out its edges and you end up with this hybrid.

Bottom Line: “This is a universally flattering nail shape that looks good on short and long fingers,” says Nuñez.

Wear It With: She suggests wearing a dark shade with this nail.

Shape: Squoval

Shape: Coffin/Ballerina

Definition: Mimicking the shape of a coffin or a ballerina pointe shoe, this shape is tapered on the sides with a straight edge on the tip.

Bottom Line: “This is a favorite among people who are really into nails and fashionista’s in general,” says Choi. “This shape is both chic and strong.”

Wear It With: Choi suggests choosing a solid color with a matte finish.

Shape: Coffin/Ballerina

 

Shape: Coffin/Ballerina

Definition: An elongated nail with tapered tips.

Bottom Line: “The chicest nail shape in the fashion world,” says Lippmann. “Sexy, slenderizing, and strong is how I would describe an almond nail shape.”

Wear It With: She recommends to pair this nail with a nude.

Shape: Almond

 

Shape: Almond

Shape: Stiletto

Definition: Long, pointy, and dramatic.

Bottom Line: “It’s good for people who have a daring fashion style,” says Choi. “People who want to sport a nail look that is outrageous and noticeable get this as a fashion accessory.”

Wear It With: This is wear you can show off gems and glitter.

Shape: Stiletto

 

Shape: Stiletto

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