Let’s get straight to the point. Acrylic nails are in. The beauty of having acrylic nails is that they can be filed and shaped just the way you want them to be. Whether long or short, square, rounded or pointed, acrylic nails can be shaped to fit your personal style and flair. Regardless of the acrylic nails shapes you choose, you are bound to find a style that not only suits you but also attracts attention.
Read on to learn more about the different types of acrylic nail shapes that are available to find the best one for you.
Different Types of Acrylic Nail Shapes
Square-shaped acrylic nails are one of the most popular acrylic nails shapes, which is why we started off with this example. Square acrylic nails look clean, neat, and sexy with a hint of sophistication. Regardless of whether you have long nails or short nails, the square acrylic nail shape will look great. In fact, square acrylic nails also less likely to chip or break when compared with other shapes, making them a perfect option for everyday use.
Filing and shaping your nails to achieve the square shape can take a little time, but we promise it will be well worth it, especially if you are a fan of square acrylic nails. First, file the sides of your nails straight, along the skin. Then, file along the the tips of the nails until you acquire the desired square shape. Once you are finished, don’t forget to smooth out the edges and nail beds with a buffer. Watch the video above for a quick tutorial.
Square But Round (Squoval)
Is this even a thing? Yes. Some manicurists refer to this shape as “squoval”, which is a combination of square and round. You can still have the square look on the sides, but the nail tips can be slightly rounded to soften the shape. Many prefer the square but rounded acrylic nail shape look because it looks less “rigid”.
Again, much like square nails, the square but rounded look also looks fabulous with any nail size or length, however, many find that this particular shape looks best with short or medium-length nails and is a great choice for everyday life.
Similar to filing square nails, begin filing the sides of the nail until they are straight. Then, when filing the tips of the nails, give the edges a rounder look so that the edge of the nail rounds into the skin. Repeat this process until you achieve the desired shape – watch more above.
The round acrylic nails shape is incredibly popular but yet still has that classic look. The round shape is ideal for everyday use and is a great fit for the classy and traditional lady. Round acrylic nails are also easy to maintain as filing them is relatively easy, and they are also less likely to chip or break compared to square or stiletto (which we will talk about more in this article…)
Filing your nails to achieve the rounded shape is probably the easiest compared with some of the other acrylic nails shapes. Take a nail file and simply file the nail wall surrounding the skin. Then, carefully round the edges at the tip of the nail. Watch the super quick YouTube video above to learn more.
If you prefer a rounded, traditional, and classic acrylic nail shape, then oval might be the best option for you. If you like the square yet rounded look, but not too square and not too round, then the oval acrylic nail shape is the best of both worlds. In fact, many believe that oval nails are best for shorter fingers because this shape widens the nail bed, giving the finger a longer appearance.
To achieve this nail shape, start by filing your nails into an egg shape. Then, begin filing and straightening the sides of the nail. Finally, focus on rounding the tops and edges of the nail to give them that oval look. Check out the video above for more tips and tricks on giving your nails the oval shape.
The almond shape is gaining more attention and is becoming one of the most popular types of acrylic nails shapes. The almond nail shape is very lady-like and can help elongate the fingers while also giving them that feminine look and appeal. This particular shape is best for longer nails, however, this shape can also easily chip and break.
Additionally, shaping your nails to achieve the almond shape can be a bit trickier than some of the other types of acrylic nails shapes that we have already explored. But once you “nail” it, you will be pleased with how your nails look.
In order to make the filing process as easy as possible, we recommend marking the center of your nails to start, either with a marker or a drop of nail polish. This will give you a reference point for when you begin to file your nails. Begin filing your nails at an angle, and be sure to leave a flat tip to round out. Then, work on filing the corners of the nail to achieve that sharp appearance. Finally, blend the sharp edges slowly and carefully into an almond shape.
Need help? Watch the video above by Nail Career Education for some tips on how to get the almond acrylic nails shape.
Also known as the ballerina shape, this unique acrylic nail shape is a blend between square and almond. The nails are shaped to a point similar to the almond shape, but the tips are squared off. With this particular shape, the tips are less likely to break than the almond or stiletto acrylic nails shapes since the square tips are more durable than a point. However, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that this nail shape won’t break or chip at all…
This particular nail shape is incredibly unique and also highly attractive, especially for long fingers and longer nails, but does require some maintenance. In order to achieve this shape, start by following the same filing process as the almond shape, but rather than bringing the tips of the nails to a point, carefully square them off. Finally, buff out the tips, sides, and nail bed for a complete smooth look.
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… the stiletto shape. There’s something about this particular acrylic nail shape that is sexy with also a hint of danger. Stiletto nails look awesome, but they are also the least durable and can break easily. Because the tips are so sharp, this makes them sensitive to breakage and damage. As a result, this particular nail shape is likely best for a single occasion, such as a wedding, party or a night out. If you are looking for a nail shape for everyday use, then the stiletto shape may not be the best option.
For those of you who are daring enough to give this particular nail shape a try, start by filing your nails in a square shape. If you have longer nails, then clip the tips of your nails straight across and clip the sides of the nail on an angle with a nail clipper. Now, take a file and begin filing and curving the edges accordingly. The goal is to file your nails into a soft triangle and to keep both sides as symmetrical as possible. Watch how stiletto nails are shaped in the video above.
This particular shape is a relatively new trend that is quickly catching on. The lipstick acrylic nail shape got its name from its shape, which resembles an open lipstick tube. You can paint these nails with a bright red or pink or even decorate them with glitter or a wild design to achieve the full effect. Although this particular acrylic nail shape is easy to break, if you are looking for an acrylic nail shape is that wild, crazy, and different, then this shape might be the best option for you.
The first step to achieving this acrylic nail shape is to forget everything you just learned about filing nails. The goal of this acrylic nail shape is to make one side of the nail longer than the other. Watch the video above for a visual tutorial on how to get the lipstick acrylic nail shape.
All in all, we hope you enjoyed this list exploring the different types of acrylic nails shapes and how to do them on your own. To summarize, there is a number of different acrylic nails shapes that appeal to every style, personality, and character. The possibilities for nail polish colors, nail art designs, and nail “bling” are truly endless.
Furthermore, acrylic nail shapes can be shaped to complement any outfit for any occasion. Regardless of whether you are attending a wedding or spending the day at the beach, having a beautiful, alluring, and attractive acrylic nail shape and wild nail art design is the perfect addition to any outfit or style.
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