The shape of your nails may seem like a minor detail, but trust us, it plays a significant role in achieving the perfect manicure. So, the first thing you need to do when heading to the nail salon is to choose a nail shape that you like and that complements your style. There are plenty of options, but you need to settle on just one. A bit harsh, isn’t it? That’s why we’ve put together this guide featuring various nail shapes and detailed descriptions.

One thing’s for sure – there’s no one-size-fits-all nail shape. They’re all unique and beautiful. Whether you opt for square, round, or almond, choose the one that best suits your nails, hands, and the nail polish colors you prefer. Here are some of the most popular nail shapes. We’ve gathered them for you to make it easier to decide, and you’ll also find ready-made examples of manicures for each nail shape.

Light and practical square nails

Square nails are among the most popular nail shapes among women. They’re easy to create and look attractively sleek. Their design is simple and minimalist. Square nails are precisely defined as nails whose front edge is perpendicular to the sides of the nail.

Their name already aptly describes their shape – square nails, and nothing can spoil their form. They should be flat and have very sharp angles.

Wear them if you have slender fingers. Dark colors, as well as geometric patterns, look perfect with square nail shapes.

Blue and white square nails

Blue acrylic nails in a square shape are just perfect for both summer and winter months. Another big advantage of this manicure is that you can style them with any outfit.

Geometric manicure for square nails

As we mentioned earlier, geometric shapes look great on square nails. You can choose from a variety of lines, colors, and different patterns. This summer, opt for black lines and blue nail polish.

Amazing round nails

The classic yet daring round nail shape is another favorite among many women, primarily due to its versatility and easy maintenance. These nails almost mimic the shape of the fingertip and feature rounded edges at the tip.

The reason they’re loved by all comes down to their versatility. Any girl can wear them as round nails visually elongate your fingers. You can adorn round nails with any shade of polish, as well as various details. It all depends on you and your preferences. You can also make nails of this shape either long or short.

simple round nails with blue manicure
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beautiful round watercolor nails
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Colorful summer manicure

If you’re bold enough to sport multiple shades on your nails, this option is perfect for you. This manicure looks absolutely divine. Thin black lines add a touch of geometric style. With this manicure, your nails will look like small works of art.

Colorful peas

Asymmetric nails with polka dots of different colors on a multicolored base look stunning. Short round nails are perfect for busy moms and businesswomen, as well as girls looking for a manicure that requires minimal maintenance.

Almond shape nails

You can achieve visual elongation of your fingers with medium-length nails thanks to the almond nail shape. These nails, rounded on the sides but tapered at the end, actually recreate the shape of an almond.

The almond nail shape is one of the most elegant shapes available. It’s perfect for any girl looking for a sexy yet sophisticated nail shape that they can wear with various shades of polish. Since natural nails can sometimes be weak, you may need to give them an acrylic shade to protect the almond nail shape.

Wear these nails with pastel shades as well as geometric patterns or bright accents.

geometric almond nails
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Lilac almond nails

It’s not a pastel shade, but it’s definitely not bright either. Pastel lilac shades on your nails are what you should try this summer. Pair it with other summer shades – yellow, white, or even minty green.

Stylish transparent French manicure

Sometimes the best choice is classic. The French manicure never goes out of style. As you can see, the French manicure looks stunning and chic on almond nails. In fact, it’s the best nail shape for this classic style.

Sharp shape of nails


For all the bold ladies out there, we present the sharp nail shape. Long, pointed, and impressive, these nails are sure to turn heads. Women who love to command attention should definitely give this nail shape a try.

Stiletto nails are typically adorned with rhinestones, glitter, and other eye-catching details. You can style them with any outfit, but tread carefully. It’s easy to overdo it with the glitter.

Black sharp nails with gold glitter

These nails are sure to make an impression on everyone around you. With a black base extending halfway up the nail, transparent tips, and golden glitter, this is a fantastic manicure for daring women.

black stiletto nails
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Neutral shades

Stiletto nails can’t be neutral or transparent, but with these shades, you can make them suitable for everyday or even workwear. Various shades of beige and burgundy, as well as subtle nail shimmer, undoubtedly complement your everyday style.

stilleto nails with neutral tones
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Ballerina nail shape


They reflect the shape of ballet shoes. Their form resembles stilettos, but instead of pointed tips, they have a square shape with tapered sides.

Ballerina nails are adored by all for their flawless and stylish appearance. You can use acrylic coating or shellac, adding some details, for their everyday use. You can also adorn them with glitter or gemstones or paint them in matte colors. Either way, they will look attractive and beautiful.

French manicure with pink glitter

These nails are perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions when you need to stand out from the crowd. A delicate yet enticing pink shimmer on the nail tips will make a huge statement in your everyday attire.

Stylish French manicure with ballerina-shaped nails
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White nails

There’s another shade that can highlight your nails – white. They will look even more perfect, beautiful, and absolutely stunning in the summer season.

white ballerina shaped nails
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Oval nails

If you’re fond of almond nails, then you’ll surely adore oval nail shapes. These nails have a nearly similar structure, except for being more rounded at the tips, compared to almonds. They also differ from round nails. Oval nails elongate your fingers, unlike the round shape.

The oval shape is timeless and very romantic. This nail form is perfect for experimenting with various techniques, colors, and details. Opt for bright and metallic shades and various patterns to complement your summer ensemble.

simple pink oval nails
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pastel oval nails
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Floral patterns

Wearing these hues on your nails will look fantastic. They appear incredibly beautiful and alluring. To further enhance this style, leave the nail base transparent and apply the colors to the nail tips.

oval nails with sunflower design
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Pastel pink nails

Pastel pink is one of the most popular shades among women. They are quite neutral, but that’s precisely what makes them perfect for everyday wear as well as special occasions or formal meetings.

Oval-square nails

This nail shape is perfect for girls who prefer easy nail care. If you don’t like the sharp angles of square nails, this is the ideal option for you.

It’s probably the best nail shape. It’s quite versatile and very beautiful. So, whether you have long or short fingers, wide or narrow nails, it doesn’t matter.

Beauty experts recommend wearing dark, metallic shades with this shape. However, if this is your preferred nail shape, you can also use pastel shades.

Burgundy shade with sparkles

Burgundy nails are perfect for autumn and winter when your outfits have darker tones. You can always add a bit of sparkle to make the manicure look more elegant and refined.

Pearl manicure

How many times have you come across a manicure that took your breath away? This is definitely one of them. Even if you have short nails, you can be sure they will look wonderful wherever you go with this wonderful metallic, pearly shade.

square oval nails with chrome manicure
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Quail egg nails

The nails form a pointed tip, which is not as sharp as a stiletto’s. As you can see, this is quite an unusual nail shape, so not every girl will be able to wear them. If you want to add a few sharp details to your look, don’t hesitate to try this nail shape.

Stylish French manicure

Even quite sharp and long nails can look fabulous with the classic technique of a French manicure. You can also use small details, such as a white leaf design on some nails.

Black, pastel nails

Nails with such a shape are sure to attract attention wherever you go. To make them even more captivating and appealing, paint the tips in black, leaving the rest of the nails transparent or with a pastel hue.

trendy black nails
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