Just because you see some nice nail shapes on a picture doesn’t mean that they are going to work for you as well. The right shape can flatter your hands and make them more attractive. From elongating short fingers to accentuating nice nails, the shape of your manicure has more power than you might think. As such, choosing the best nail shape for your fingers is an important task as that of choosing the right colour that you shouldn’t overlook.

So, what works for which fingers? I’ll tell you. But first, let’s familiarise ourselves with the classic shapes we can choose from.

How to Find the Most Flattering Nail Shape for Your Hands

Nail shapes for short, slim fingers

When you have short slim fingers, you have one advantage: slimness. In this case, all you have to do is give the illusion that your fingers are longer.

The styles that will transform your petite hands by creating the appearance of extra length and extra sass are the almond, ballerina and oval nail shapes.

 These three styles will create the appearance of extra length. Since the almond shape is more tapered, the effect will be more dramatic than the oval and ballerina shapes.

Nail shapes for short, wide fingers

The key here is to elongate and slim down your fingers. With this type of fingers, you should stay away from the squared and soft squared shapes. This is because they will add on to the wideness of your fingers.

The best shapes for these types of fingers, therefore, are almond, ballerina and stiletto. These elegant nail shapes help to make wide fingers appear slimmer and short fingers to look longer.

Some manicurists may also recommend the oval shape but in my opinion, I find that this shape also adds weight to the fingers.

Nail shapes for long, slim fingers

To balance out the proportions of your fingers, subtle lengthening styles actually work wonders for you. Go for nail styles that require medium to long lengths and watch your fingers transform. The oval and almond shapes are perfect for this.

If you feel like your hands are too long and slim, you can opt for shapes that give the illusion of shorter and wider nails. The square and soft square shapes will help you achieve this look.

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