The 7 Most Popular Shapes for Acrylic Nails

by Effie Orfanides

The 7 Most Popular Shapes for Acrylic Nails

Whether you get a new and funky set of tips every few weeks or stick to an old favorite, it’s important to know what your options are when it comes to acrylic nails. Here are the most popular acrylic nail shapes available to you.


If you are thinking about getting acrylic nails or you already have a full set and want to change things up a bit, there are quite a few options for you. From more traditional shapes like round or square to more advanced shapes like stiletto or coffin, there are a number of different ways to change your fingernails when you have acrylics.


Having acrylic nails allows you to try different shapes more easily as your nails are strong enough to maintain the shape without breaking. If you try a shape that you don’t like, it’s also pretty easy to change by filing your nails, so trial and error is totally okay! Let’s start with the basics.


1. Round Acrylic Nails

For a very simple, more natural look, go with this shape. It’s fairly easy to maintain and looks best on shorter nails. Perfect for everyday wear.


2. Square Acrylic Nails

Another very classic look is the square shape. You can keep your nails at any length with this shape and they will still look great. Perfect for holidays and family events.


3. Oval Acrylic Nails

The oval shape is a bit thinner than the round and is more modern.


4. Squoval Acrylic Nails

Somewhere between square and oval, you can achieve this look by rounding the corners of your square nails. Many people with acrylic nails feel that this look is more natural but still gives the effect of a square nail. Perfect for both everyday wear and holidays.


5. Almond Acrylic Nails

Having an almond-shaped nail means that the shape will get thinner as it gets to the top of the nail. It won’t come to a point, however, it will just be rounded at the tip. Perfect for date night.


6. Coffin Acrylic Nails

A favorite among acrylic nail fans, the coffin shape is super popular and is sported by many celebrities like Kylie Jenner. They’re like almond-shaped nails, except at the tips they come to a straight-line square. Perfect for a night out with the girls.


7. Stiletto Acryllic Nails

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To achieve the stiletto shape, you’ll need to have your nails filed to a point at the tip. This looks best on long nails. Perfect for the newly single girl looking to mingle.