Heading to the nail salon is always a treat, but with so many shaping options, it can be a little overwhelming to choose. Should you do almond? Try square? Squoval? Don’t worry, we are experts  at La Cote Maison!

There are 9 styles to choose from, but this guide makes it simple:

Round – This simple shape is perfect for short nails (even nail biters!), extending only slightly past your nail bed and maintaining its natural shape.

Square – If you want a shape other than your natural rounded one that doesn’t take a ton of effort to maintain, ask your manicurist for a square shape with the tip filed flat. You don’t need much of an edge to achieve it, so it’s great for shorter nails.

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Rounded square

Rounded square – This version of square nails is a little less intense than its more angular counterpart, but it still looks put-together and is a great canvas for simple nail art.

Oval – If you have longer nails and desire a slimmer, more feminine look, try this shape. Oval nails also make your hands look longer, so if you want to slim the appearance of your fingers, this is a good way to go.

Squoval – As you might guess, this style combines the length of oval nails with the contouring of square nails.

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Ballerina – If you have naturally long, sturdy nails and have the urge to try something unconventional, ask for this shape — or you could always test it out with fake ones!

Almond – If you want to take oval nails a step further, try almond nails. Narrow and ending at a rounded point, this shape elongates your hands and makes them look more slender.

Stiletto – While impractical, this nail shape is undeniably cool!


Lipstick – This funky shape has a niche fan base. It could be fun for a special event — we just hope you don’t wear contacts!

What nail shape is best for your hands?

Check your cuticles – if you have an oval cuticle shape, we recommend matching it with an oval nail shape. As for what not to do? Short and square is the hardest shape to wear, as it can make hands appear stumpy.

Which shape makes fingers look thinner?

If you’re concerned about having the appearance of “fat fingers,” first of all, stop being so hard on yourself! Avoid short and square, as Rose advises above. Instead, go for a long, tapered shape, like almond or stiletto. A pointed style, while it is more dramatic, will also help elongate your fingers.

Call us on 01274 530941 or email to book an appointment for your next manicure.

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