Nail Shapes by Princess Geek Me


As luck would have it, I just found this great blog post by Princess Geek Me all about Nail Shapes  (seeing as I’m considering changing my nail shape).  It makes a great read, so check it out! I, for one, will definitely be doing my research!

So the nail shape on trend at the moment  is the “almond” pointy nail shape. Are you a fan of this shape?

I am having the urge to grow my nails a little longer to try the shape out, but will it suit us girls?

When you shape your nails how do you decide?

There is no ideal shape but each shape has its pros and cons.

How to achieve a particular shape? Salley Hansen’s website explains this very well…


Thought of as the classical nail shape the nail is filed away at the sides and softly pointed at the tip. This shape is not very strong and if the nail is damaged some of the length will have to be filed away to rectify. Although attractive, this shape does not allow nails to grow to their maximum length, if this is what is desired.

nail shape


Nails are filed away at the sides to a point at the tip; this shape is very weak as the sides of the nail (which provide the strength) are totally lost.

nail shape

Straight sides with oval tip

Allow the sides to grow straight and slightly round to the tip. This shape provides the maximum support for the nail (as this is provided by the sides of the nails). Also, if either side of the nail is damaged it can be filed into a slightly oval shape to maintain the length.

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File the tip of the nail into an egg shape, and file away some of the side of the nails, this does weaken the nails to some extent but is ideally suited to nails that are thick or wide as it gives them a more delicate appearance.

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Square Oval

As the oval shape but followed by squaring off the tip, this gives the nail tip strength over the oval shape.

nail shape

Square with rounded corners

As per square nails but followed by rounding off the corners of the nails. A softer look than severely square shaped nails and less likely to catch on clothing etc. This is also very flattering on long nails.

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Created by allowing the nail to grow out straight and then filing the tip straight across at right angles with the rest of the nail plate. This is again quite a strong nail shape but is not particularly flattering. Short square shaped nails can make hands look blunt and heavy. This is best for drawing attention to long nails.

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xoxo, J

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9 responses to “Nail Shapes by Princess Geek Me

    • That happens a lot! If you want them all oval then file the sides in a V shape type of motion. If you want them all round then file them in a U shape type of motion. You might have to file them often to keep the shape that you want which is a bit annoying but at least they’ll be more uniform. Hope that helps! 🙂

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