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5 Different Nail Shapes for Your Next Manicure


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Almond
These fancy nails are almond-shaped.
These fancy nails are almond-shaped.
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The almond shape is a take on the stiletto, but has a longer, softer tip that's a little more rounded than pointy. It's a classic shape that's sleek and sophisticated and was most popular on starlets in the 1950s. To achieve the retro almond shape, the nail is left long but filed away at the sides and shaped into a long oval, leaving it prone to breakage on weaker nails. It looks great when you're out on the town, but it's not ideal for typing or if you work with your hands a lot.


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