Nail Shapes: Which One Fits You Best?

Squoval, round, almond. The nail-shape options are seemingly endless. But which one looks best on you? Check out the guide below to find out.

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(From left to right) 

Almond
While this shape isn’t the most practical choice (unless, of course, you’re Lady Gaga), it sure is fun – and it makes the fingers appear slender and long. Use light colors, as darker ones might look a bit too Hocus Pocus.

Oval
If you have short nail beds, don’t worry – the oval shape can give the illusion of longer ones. This shape is also low-maintenance, which is great if you’re always on the go.

Round
The most common shape, round nails are great for those who prefer to keep their nails short. Also, if you have weak nails, the rounded shape is most likely to help prevent chipping. Dark colors work great on this shape, so stock up on that “Lincoln Park After Dark.”

Squoval
Go ahead, laugh at the name. The squoval can take it. This shape gives you the best of both worlds by combining the oval and square nail shapes. Ideal for conservative types, this shape also looks great with a rich red polish.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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November 4, 2013