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What’s Your Favorite Nail Shape?

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails- and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every week for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

Operations manager Emily Van Meter has recently been embracing the almond shape. 

The other day in the office I couldn’t help but notice Operations Manger Emily’s fierce pointed nails—à la Rihanna—topped off with Deborah Lippmann’s On The Beach. If you find yourself going back to the same nail shape every time you get a manicure, you might want to consider switching it up a bit. Here are a few of the many shapes you can chisel your (smaller) stems into:

Oval: The classic shape that reminds me of film sirens. It’s elegant, but hard to achieve if you tend to keep your nails super-short. 

Square: The go-to acrylic shape. People with smaller nail beds tend to avoid this as the sharp angles make fingers look shorter. 

Pointed: Also known as the ‘claw’ or ‘stiletto.’ For those of you who have super ‘tuff nails, you are the lucky few that can pull this shape off. Trendsetters like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and our very own Emily van Meter have been rocking this look lately. 

Squoval: Probably the most popular of nail shapes, it’s a cross between a square and an oval and it’s the best shape for avoiding breakage. If you’re getting a regular mani, chances are that your manicurist will recommend this style. 

Round: For those of you with shorter nails, this is one way to achieve the elegant “oval” look without the length. While this shape is also not optimal for soft nails, you can get away with it if you use a hardener or a good base coat!

What’s your favorite nail shape? Vote in our poll below!

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