Long nail lovers, rejoice! This long, tapered shape with a flat top — also known as "ballerina nails" if you're a little creeped out by the whole coffin thing — is totally on-trend. Check out these amazing ideals, ranging from simple and solid to totally extravagant.
There are so many nail types to choose from at the salon, but there's one that surprised even a seasoned manicure fan like myself: the "lipstick" shape. Rather than the more traditional square, round, oval, almond, or rounded square, lipstick nails are full of drama, filed into a sharp asymmetrical angle at the tip.
If you tell your manicurist that you are aiming to have almond or oval nails, she will start rounding them out so that your nails can grow into the shape. Get down with gel. Gel manicures help nails grow out because they provide reinforcement that prevents nails from breaking as easily.
In woodworking and construction, a nail is a pin-shaped object of metal (or wood, called a treenail or "trunnel") which is used as a fastener, as a peg to hang something, or sometimes as a decoration. Generally, nails have a sharp point on one end and a flattened head on the other, but headless nails are available.
Stiletto nails take after another long, pointy fashion staple: stiletto heels. So what are stiletto nails exactly? They're basically nails that have been filed or sculpted to a smooth, thin point. A lot of Internet nail-lovers rock almond, coffin (ballerina), or similarly pointy nails and call them stiletto nails in error.