Beauty Q & A: What Nail Shape Would Look Best On Me?

Learn the different nail shape options and find out the perfect one for you thanks to our super cute examples!
ILLUSTRATIONS Trixie Ison, PHOTOS Instagram (@ddlovato, @vanessahudgens)

Nails–people often forget that our nails are a direct extension of both our beauty and fashion choices and routines. Whether you're a newbie at grooming and painting your nails or you're at the pro level and change your nail art design weekly, it's always important to go back to basics when it comes to caring for our nails and a big part of it is knowing the different nail shapes you can choose from and what will suit you best. This is not only for aesthetic reasons, knowing the proper nail shape for you is vital when it comes to how you care for your nails and what suits your lifestyle. To find out the different nail shapes and the type of girl they're perfect for, just scroll down! Afterwards make sure to click on the gallery for examples and inspo from celebrity nail enthusiasts Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Lovato.


round nails

Recommended Videos

1. Round. This shape for girls who are always on the go and don't have much time to care for their tips. This is because smooth and rounded are more durable and less likely to chip or tear. This is definitely the shape for you if you like to keep your tips short and neat and for girls with weak nails that do a lot of heavy lifting. 


square nails

2. Square. This shape always draws attention to your hands so it's best for girls who can grow their tips from medium-length to long. Also, this shape is perfect for sporting a french tip but make sure you don't do too many things with your hands because it is also prone to chipping.


oval nails

3. Oval. This shape combines all positive elements of the almond (check number 5), square, and round shape so it's both strong and very pleasing to the eyes. Your tips will be durable and will enhance the feminine look of your hands, plus this shape can create the illusion of longer looking nail beds! Definitely a favorite feature of this shape.


stiletto nails

4. Stiletto. This nail shape is a definite trend these days but there are a few things you should know before trying it out! First, it's hard to achieve this on your own unless you have an acrylic or UV gel manicure set at home. This is because the shape will cause your natural nails to weaken, not making it last very long. Also, make sure you don't use contacts because this shape is quite pointy.


almond nails

5. Almond. This shape is the more wearable, "everday" version of the stiletto nail. It's because it actually makes your hands look more feminine and delicate–perfect for people with chunkier fingers. But just like the former shape, it's best to have this shape done at the salon.

lipstick nails


6. Lipstick. This shape is named so because of how it creates the shape of the top part of a lipstick. Although this shape is not easy to wear, especially for busy girls who always use their hands for everyday tasks, it's something to consider if you want that extra edgy touch to your look. We suggest this shape for girls who aren't afraid to experiment.

square round


7. Square-round. This shape is perfect for girls who like the square shape but can't maintain it as much. Not only does it chip less, it's also really easy to achieve with your nail file!

Click on the gallery to check out how Vanessa and Demi sported these different nail shapes with cool nail art designs and colors to match!

Have any beauty questions you want answered? Just tweet us @candymagdotcom or leave a comment below! We love hearing from you!









About the author
Erin Torrejon
Former Associate Fashion and Beauty Editor
Resident fashion and beauty girl. I’m a health-nut who devotes cheat days to french fries and other glorious carbs. I live at the beach and I can talk about movies, music,  clothes, and my current beauty obsessions for hours on end. 

Candy Bulletin

What're you up to today? Submit your OOTD, fanfic, essay, school project, org event, a pic of your latest hobby, or anything you want to be posted on the Candy Bulletin page!
Reminder: Posts will be subject for approval by the Candy team, and may be shared on our online channels. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are strictly prohibited. Only original work must be submitted.
Hi, you!
*1st 15 seconds will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
Upload Video
*For the direct video upload option, only the first 15 seconds of the video will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)

By submitting your post, you agree to Candymag's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thank you for submitting your post.
You will be notified via email once your entry has been approved by the Candy team.

Submitted posts will be subject to the approval of the Candy Team.

A few reminders:

  1. Candy Bulletin is an online platform where users can upload original work, personal passion projects, and other forms of self-expression, for the purpose of sharing with the community.
  2. You can upload photos of your curated OOTDs, 15-second videos, essays, poems, and more, as long as the submitted work is original, follows copyright laws, and free of any nudity, pornography, or profanity.
  3. You are encouraged to comment on one another's posts, as long as everyone remains respectful.
Submit Another Post
latest on
They also launched a fundraising campaign to help our jeepney drivers!
Here's the face behind the golden voice of many familiar commercials.
A community page where you can share your feels and show your skills! Learn more here
Katherine Go A day ago

Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

Pick a sticker to view stories by reaction!