The 8 Most Flattering Nail Shapes for Every Length

It's no secret that we're nail fanatics here at Who What Wear HQ. We're always investigating the trending polish colours, learning how to grow healthier nails, and even identifying the coolest nail art before it takes off. Not to mention our obsession with stalking the best celebrity manicurists online.

One area that always trips us up a little bit, though, is nail shape. It doesn't sound like a confusing topic, but when it comes to selecting the perfect shape to complement any length, there seem to be some questions. So we took to Instagram, the #nailfie mecca, to find out exactly which shapes look best on which lengths. It wasn't easy, but someone had to do it. As usual, we volunteered as tribute.

Here, we've outlined eight of the most popular nail shapes worn by cool girls everywhere and which ones look best according to length. Scroll through to find which one works for you, and don't forget to screenshot your faves to bring to your next salon visit.

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Types of Nail Shapes: Round



Round nails are a classic style characterised by a soft, rainbow-like curve at the tip.

Types of Nail Shapes: Short round nails


Types of Nail Shapes: Squoval



Squoval nails are exactly what they sound like: a cross between square and oval. You can identify them by the straight top edge coupled with softly curved sides.

Types of Nail Shapes: Short squoval nails



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Types of Nail Shapes: Oval



Similar to round nails, oval nails are softly curved at the tip. Said curve will be a touch more dramatic than a round nail, more closely mimicking the shape of the cuticle.

Types of Nail Shapes: Square



Square nails are flat on top and straight on the sides with no curve or tapering. 

Types of Nail Shapes: Medium Square Nails


Mountain Peak
Types of Nail Shapes: Mountain Peak



Mountain peaks are great for creating the look of longer nails without actually requiring tremendous length. They can be characterised by the marked taper culminating in a sharp pinnacle. 

Care for your short nails:

Maintain a neat nail shape with this glass file that won't tear or otherwise damage your tips.

Whether you're planning to maintain this length or grow your nails even longer, a good hand cream helps to keep your nails, cuticles and hands looking healthy.

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Types of Nail Shapes: Almond



Almond-shaped nails are similar to oval with more tapering at the ends. The result is a long, elegant nail that's not too sharp.

Types of Nail Shapes: Long Almond Nails


Types of Nail Shapes: Ballerina



This elongated square shape takes great lengths to achieve, but the payoff is a long, sophisticated-looking nail that definitely leaves an impression. It narrows slightly toward the top, creating a shape similar to its namesake ballerina slipper.

Types of Nail Shapes: Long ballerina nails


Types of Nail Shapes: Stiletto



These fierce, talon-like nails feature an undoubtedly pointed tip atop the long nail shaft. No subtlety here!

Types of Nail Shapes: Long Stiletto Nails


Care for your long nails:

While beautiful, long nails can also be a catchall for dirt and bacteria. Keep your claws clean with a brush like this one by Botanics.

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