2023 may have been all about sleek oval nails – but according to one whizz, we will ditch the elegant look for a new shape in next year.
With 2024 lurking around the corner, it’s interesting to see what trends will become the next hot thing – and like with all things in the beauty world, there are some major changes to expect at the nail shop.
2023 may have been all about chic almond-shaped nails – but not for longerCredit: tiktok/@chloebaffert
According to experts, it’s time to embrace a more sporty look with a shorter manicureCredit: tiktok/@chloebaffert
The trend’s already loved by a number of celebs and influencers, including Kim Kardashian and Selena GomezCredit: tiktok/@chloebaffert
Those who follow supermodels and influencers will remember that just this summer we were all raving about long almond-shaped nails – think Hailey Bieber’s ”glazed doughnut” craze and ”blueberry milk” manicure.
But although this shape is indeed very flattering – and perfect if you want to add extra detailing in the design – it looks like we’re now going to sport a more practical set of shorter nails instead.
And the trend is already taking over the world, with big celebs, such as Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo and Sofia Richie ‘pioneering’ sportier manicure.
Does that mean this is the end of chic oval nails? Well, the short answer (pun intended) is – yes.
Chatting to Who, What, Wear, Rita Remark, celebrity nail artist and Essie’s global lead educator, said: “I’ve definitely noticed a return to shorter, sportier lengths.
“It feels like a minimalist refresh from the dramatic tapered lengths we saw this summer. Whenever a trend has reigned supreme for enough time, there’s always an opposite reaction.
”I think shorter nails are more popular for that reason. We’re ready for something new.”
The sentiment is also echoed by nail expert Jin Soon Choi, who explained that behind this is the younger generation.
She said: ”Short nails are practical, low-maintenance, and fit into everyone’s daily lifestyle, especially Gen Zs, who are into a natural and healthy lifestyle.”
The whizz has noticed that a number of fashion designers are now favouring shorter nails, especially on the runway and in magazines.
”I still remember the hot-red or dark-red short, natural nails in Chanel Beauty campaigns, which were very chic and modern. I am so glad that this trend is back.”
But whilst shorter nails may indeed pair perfectly with a quiet luxury and old money life, it’s also incredibly important to get the shape right.
If you have shorter nail beds, for example, the experts advised to avoid a round tip – as it will only make your nails to look like circles.
A square tip, on the other hand, will achieve the opposite effect, leaving you with stubby-looking fingers.
Instead, try to aim for something in the middle – a square-oval hybrid.
Those with naturally longer nails beds should go for a sharp square tip, the beauty pros said.
When it comes to picking the perfect colour, darker shades of red, blue, brown and black are your best friend – and the nails which look ”super chic” are also a favourite for Kim Kardashian, who said they require less upkeep.
But although the trend is set to take over the fashion world – and our social media feeds – it seems that not everyone will be jumping on the bandwagon.
One said: ”Almond nails look so classy…never changing them.”
”Yeah I’m sticking with coffin nails and big hoop earrings,” someone else chimed in.
”Almond nails are the most flattering, never changing,” a third penned.
”Square oval is outdated to me,” another shared their thoughts.