If you've considered nail extensions something of a gulity pleasure then prepare to wear them with pride. Hot on the heels of the Autumn collections, where nail guru Marian Newman seduced the FROW with show-stopping sheer-tipped extensions at Gareth Pugh and Vivienne Westwood, they're officially back on the beauty agenda. Fitted elegantly to your natural nail (and not to be confused with gels that simply add strength and lustre to your real nail without any plastic tip), the new breed of extensions couldn't be further away from the thick, square tipped, talons of the past. Infact, it would take an expert to…View the board
I’ve been getting nail extensions for around two years and always have super-long, almond nails – the other day, someone even told me that my nails are my ‘identifier’. Whether you’re looking for your signature shape, or want to try something new, here are six shapes you need to know.
By Beth Ludolf
The simple, low maintenance shape
Short and sweet, round nails are smoothed into perfectly round semi-circles. They’re the most durable – and therefore low maintenance – shape. No need for nail extensions, an express gel mani is all you need for this one.
Good for short nails.
Exactly what it says on the tin, nails are filed flat on top with squared-off corners. If you have slender fingers and narrow nail beds, this shape will be extremely flattering. If not, it can make fingers appear shorter.
Born in the 90s and still going strong
Guess what? We’re still obsessed with 90s beauty trends. My personal shape-of-choice, it’s less extreme than stilettos, but still quite extra. If you want that perfect almond shape then keep your nails long – nail extensions are best for added strength.
Sort of square, sort of oval
Whether you’ve got long nails, short nails, long fingers or short fingers, squoval is guaranteed to flatter. Nails are filed into a square shape but corners are rounded off for a softer effect.
Yes, the Kylie Jenner ones
Like cut-creases, baking and razor-sharp brows, coffin nails are an Instagram-favourite. Nails are filed into a tapered point with a flat top. You’ll need nail extensions for this one (to make them hardier), as they tend to break easily.
The nails made for ASMR
Stiletto nails are not for the faint-hearted. You’ll need long nails for this look, so nail extensions work best. The nails are filed to a sharp (no, really) point. Glamorous, or hazardous – you decide.
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