How to Find the Best Nail Shape for Your Hands

After a few months of quarantine, we all feel a little tempted to try something new. Instead of reaching for the scissors to try a new hair do, let's try reaching for a file to try a new nail shape instead? We’ve scoped out the best nail shapes for you, with a few tips to guide you along the way.

The world has more nail shapes than we have fingers, but don't worry! We are on deck to help you select the right angles for your nails, so you can truly enjoy a perfect mani. Before we get started, take a good look at your hands. To flatter those tips, you'll need to find the nail shape that works for your hands by determining the shape of your cuticle and nail bed. Simply push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick to look at your true cuticle shape. Then, you're ready to get down to business.

Start shaping by filing the sides and narrowing them out. Whichever shape you're going for will determined how narrow you will file. For best results, file in one direction, thus lessening the fraying of the nail. Once you get the sides down, start to refine the tip to get your final shape.

Looking for more insider info on how to shape natural nails? All nail pros, head to our OPI Service Education course on Nail Anatomy here.