Wednesday, October 5, 2011

5 Tasty Nail Shapes to Love

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Choose from these five basic nail shapes: oval, square, squoval, round and pointed. In the past women have always gone with rounded or oval shapes. Nowadays square and squoval (squared oval) styles are also popular, with pointed (stiletto) shapes gaining ground.

1 Oval
The oval is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands that can accentuate femininity and gracefulness. Orly educator Elsbeth Schuetz says the oval is interesting because it can work on either long or short nail beds; longer to accentuate a long nail bed, or shorter to complement a shorter nail bed. The oval can add length to a nail while retaining the softer curves of the round shape.

2 Square
The square nail is the classic acrylic shape – straight side walls, two sharp points on the tips, and a balanced C-curve. It is the staple shape for the traditional French manicure and is used frequently for detailed nail art designs.

3 Squoval
The squoval nail has the length of a square nail but the softer edges of an oval – hence the name squoval. Kupa’s Vicki Peters says the squoval came out of clients’ demand for the square shape but without the harsh edges. Squoval nails add versatility, enabling short, wide nail beds to carry the length without appearing oversized. According to Peters, the term squoval was first coined in 1984 by Paula Gilmore, a prominent educator at the time.

4 Round
The round nail is more conservative. It’s frequently used to create a softer, less noticeable look, and is also a common choice for male clients because this shape mirrors the natural contours of the nail. Round shaped nails can also soften hand features by providing a well-kept and subtle nail outline.

5 Pointed
The pointed nail is a less common preference. According to Greg Salo of Young Nails, the shape first gained popularity in Russia and has become quite common in Eastern Europe, but it has yet to gain widespread appeal in the West. Although Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna and other celebs are adding to its popularity with their striking stiletto nails.

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