Coffin, almond, what do nail shapes mean?! | Prép Beauty Parlour

By September 12, 2020Nails, Prép Beauty Parlour

Whether you’re a regular at manicures or are looking for nail inspiration on instagram, you’ve probably heard the terms… coffin nails, almond nails, stiletto nails and more… but what if you’re not fully immersed in the world of beauty (or even if you are!) it can be confusing to keep up with all the new trends and know the meanings to all these words. Here is a little cheat sheet you can use to show your nail technician for you next appointment, use as some nail inspiration, or just to learn a little more!

What are terms like coffin nails, almond nails and stiletto nails even referring to?

These are all describing the shape of the nail! At Prép we work with gel extensions, and after your nail technician has crafted the extension she can now shape the nail to whatever suits your preferences.

Stiletto nails

Stiletto nails are very fierce! They are typically long and pointy… looking something similar to this gel extension set done by Kiyomi! Stiletto’s are a shape that you do need to have long nails for, so most ladies usually get their gel extensions shaped like this and it is less common for your natural nails to be shaped this way! (Unless you have very long and strong natural nails!).

Coffin nails or Ballerina nails

Coffin/ ballerina nails are Kylie Jenner’s signature nail style and by far the most popular shape! They slightly squared but tapered at the ends which elongates your hands and makes them look longer. They also add some extra room for nail art, if that’s your thing!

Almond nails

Almond nails are also quite popular and they resemble what they sound like… almonds! This shape is more rounded compared to the coffin nails (and especially compared to the stiletto nails) but are still tapered at the end unlike “rounded nails” (that’s coming up!).  Almond nails look more natural and don’t require super long nails… you still need some length but you can wear them on your natural nails!

Square nails


Square nails look exactly how they sound like… square! They are the same as coffin nails, except they aren’t tapered at the ends.

Round nails

Rounded nails are the most natural nail shape you can get! They work perfectly with either long nails or short nails, on gel extensions or on natural nails.

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