‘Ballerina’ Is a New Nail Shape Trend You’re Going to See Everywhere


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Goodbye ‘squoval,’ hello ‘ballerina.’

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Entering the nail salon can feel like stepping onto a battleground. Depending on your nails’ size and shape, it could feel like there are more limitations than possibilities. Whether it’s stressing that your nails are too short for a dark color, or wishing your lifestyle could allow for a stiletto mani á la Cardi B, selecting a shape can mean a war between what you want and what you’ll end up asking for. So, you settle on a non-committal”squoval” or”sqround” shape, without truly knowing what you’re getting.”Those two shapes do not exist in my world,” says
Art Nail NYC
founder Sataya Stone.
Instead, she prefers modifying tried-and-true styles such as a true square or round shape. Newer shapes like the”ballerina” or”Moroccan almond” may not have been on your radar before, but they will find a way into your artillery. Ahead, she tells ELLE.com about where to get specific about your nail style, dispels some manicured myths, and breaks down nine nail shapes that you can request with confidence.
The Look:
It looks exactly like it sounds, with straight and sharp edges, squared off at the tip.

The Length:
This suits a shorter nail to minimize tapering.
The Shade:
Stone dispels the myth that dark colors
meant for short nails.”I, coming into the business, heard, ‘No dark colors for short nails because it makes them look shorter,'” says Stone.”But I have clients who will only do dark colors with short nails.” She says that, above all, season can dictate shade more than length.
A round shape nail, with corners that curve inward.
The Length:
Oval is favored amongst those with medium-length nails and narrow nail beds. Stone also mentioned that clients with shorter nails might go oval if they’re growing their mani out.
The Shade:
“Medium length nails, I think, can wear any color,” Stone says.”I think that’s like somebody with very neutral skin, they can pull off a lot of different makeup looks, so that person can do a very bright color, a very bold color, or they could do something really light just to be a little more sophisticated.”
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