The oval (U-shaped) long nails are one of the most famous long nail shapes. The length of
the nail should be as long as the finger itself, with the tip of the nail coming right to the end of
the finger, but not beyond it. The sides of the nail curve inwards to form an oval shape on
each side of the finger, while remaining relatively straight in the middle. Oval (U-shaped)
long nails have come back into fashion in recent years and look great on both short and long
fingers, although they suit people with more slender fingers better than ones with chubbier
What are Long Nails?
Long nails are exactly what they sound like: longer than your average fingernail. Long nails
can be as long as you want them to be—they just have to break a few long nail rules to
achieve their length. If you want long nails, you must learn these rules so you don’t damage
your natural nails or hurt yourself with DIY nail-lengthening hacks that ultimately harm more
Keep reading for everything you need to know about having long nails, from how to care for
them at home and remove fake ones properly to avoiding some of the most common long-
nail mistakes. After all, perfecting your long mani is no easy feat. We've got plenty of
pointers for achieving a flawless look!
Oval (U Shaped)
How to Know You Have It. If you’re wondering if your nails have an oval shape, you should
first look at them on their own. To do so, pull a straightedge across your nail bed from left to
right. If it appears that your nail is wider at its base than it is at its tip, then it could be an oval
shape. That said, some people have more U-shaped nails while others have more curved
An easy way to check would be placing each of your hands on each side of a ruler and
comparing; in addition to being straighter, they will also likely match up in length as well. As
with everything else, there are exceptions: some people’s nails grow in more of a C shape
instead of a U-shape or square shape. This can make a person’s fingers appear longer. This
is not because their fingers are long but rather because their fingernails curve outwards at
almost 45-degree angles!
In addition to looking neat, these types of fingernails help someone grip objects better! So
keep in mind that nothing here is set in stone – especially when it comes to something like
fingernail shapes and patterns!
What Makes Up a U-Shaped Long Nail
To create an oval-shaped nail, apply one thin coat of polish on each side of your nails, then
connect them with the second layer in between. This will give you more surface area and
more strength—ideal for long nails. One common mistake that people make is trying to
achieve a longer length by simply covering their short nails with multiple layers; instead,
follow these steps for a natural look that’s strong enough to hold up against everyday wear.
Use both hands when applying layers so that you can have plenty of space when working on
those hard-to-reach corners!
Also, note that because there’s more surface area involved here, it’ll take longer for your
polishes to dry completely than if you were only using paint on shorter nails. That being said:
avoid using quick-dry products until all layers are completely dry. Do not pick at any edges or
areas where the polish has begun to chip off from normal usage as it may cause significant
Tips to Get the Look
Like square or squoval nails, oval-shaped long nails are a bit more complicated to create
than some of our other nail shapes. The tips of your nails should be rounded and sculpted
with a fine-tipped file. However, instead of using an actual square or squoval file to shape
your nails, you want to keep in mind that your nail is supposed to be shaped like an oval.
If you aren’t sure what I mean by that, take a look at your fingernail—it’s likely not perfectly
flat on top; it has more of an outward curve when looking from above. That same curve is
what we’re going for here, but it needs to be exaggerated slightly because our goal isn’t just
to round off the tip but also to extend out into a U shape along both sides of each finger.
In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the oval (U-shaped) long nails. The oval shape is
good for those who want to make their nails look longer than they are. In case you have
extremely short nails or simply do not have time to go to a salon, then it’s safe to say that
you can opt for oval-shaped long nails. Such a design can be easily achieved with just 2-3
weeks of self-care and maintenance.
If you decide to go for such a unique design, consider using darker colors for your base coat
and brighter shades for your polish so that your long mani gets all your attention. Note: keep
in mind that it will take some effort on your part to create such lovely-looking nails – if
maintaining them seems like too much work; then maybe there are easier options out there!
Thanks for reading!