Updated on July 7th, 2023 at 07:39 pm

If you have larger fingers, you might have difficulty finding nail shapes and sizes that would look good on you. This challenge may have you looking down on your natural nails. But this shouldn’t be the case.

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After all, no one has the same size and shape of fingers, so what may work for someone else may not work for you. In this article, we’ll help you find the right nail size for your stubby fingers and help you choose the most flattering shape for your nails.

Recommended nail shapes for chubby fingers

If you have chubby fingers choose oval, almond, stiletto, and square-shaped nails. These nail styles can make your nails look longer and thinner and hide the chubby fingers under the tips.

Let’s examine why these nails look great on your hands.

Oval shaped nails

Oval nails are great for chubby fingers because they give the illusion of longer, slender fingers. They have a practical edge and easily blend with professional/office clothing.

Oval shape nails don’t stand out and offer a more subtle illusion than stiletto and almond nail shapes. So, if you don’t want to draw too much attention to your nails and still have an easy time using your hands, look into purchasing some oval nail shapes.

Almond shaped nails

If you want a feminine and thinner appearance for your nails, you could try almond nails. While oval nails are perfect for subtlety, almond nails are a good medium to add a professional aesthetic to your style. You can even paint them a neutral nude to maintain a natural effect.

To get almond nails, your nail technician files the nail tips around the corner to achieve an almond shape. Finally, they’ll smoothen them out before adding nail art. All factors considered, almond nails are easy to manage and are a popular choice if you want a stylish and elegant finish.

Stiletto shaped nails

Stiletto nail shapes aren’t the easiest nails to do yourself at home, but they’re great if you’re conscious of the shape of your fingers. If you’re worried that your fingers look too thick, you could use stiletto nails to give them a slender appearance.

These nails are a great choice for celebrities and those who want to stand out. They are similar to almond nails, so the filing process is almost the same. However, unlike the almond shape, you should refine the tip of your nail even further. To achieve the best results, visit your local nail salon professional.

Stiletto shape nails are perfect if you want to draw attention to yourself and have a flashy appearance. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most practical shape on this list, so if you need to use your hands regularly, they’re not the best choice.

Square shaped nails

These are good for individuals with fat fingers because they add proportionality. The sharp corners make chubby fingers look slimmer. For those with wide fingers, square nails are quite flattering.

Nail shapes to avoid with short fat fingers

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Above, we discussed the shapes you should get if you want your fingers to have a more slender appearance. But what about nail designs that you shouldn’t get?

Avoid round, squoval, and coffin nails if you are trying to give your fingers a sleek longer appearance. 

Round nails

Round nails are a simple and practical aesthetic that will not help your fingers. Even though they’re practical, they focus on accentuating your nails instead of your fingers. So, your fingers will appear shorter and fatter, making you more self-conscious about your nails.

Squoval nails

Squoval nails blend oval and square nail shapes and are better suited for people with long fingers. This nail design makes your nails appear larger but can appear clunkier on the wrong person. Although the soft edges do a good job of reducing irregularities, squoval nail shapes are generally an excellent choice for people with longer fingers.

Coffin nails

Coffin-shaped nails are bad for chubby fingers because they make nails look even fatter. The long and slender design of coffin nail shapes draws attention to the fingers’ width, making them look even larger. Even worse, the point design makes fat fingers look misshapen and stubby.

Should I use fake or real nails?

When you’re looking to change the shape of your nails to make your fingers appear longer, you’ll have to decide between real and fake nails. We recommend that you naturally grow your nails to avoid damage. Acrylic nails may be a quick and easy fix to grow your nails, but they aren’t perfect in the long term.

Nail glue can damage the nail beds, and you could end up ripping some of your nails when removing them. If you want to strengthen your nails because you have been biting or cutting them too short, there are some methods to improve your nails.

How to help grow your nails

Tips to help your nails grow include:

Cuticle oil

Applying cuticle oil helps to preserve your nails and their health. Cuticle oil is scientifically proven to provide rapid cuticle therapy that helps restore severely dry cuticles.


You can round your nails with good manicures at home or in a salon. Doing this ensures your nails grow the way you want them to.

Nail gel

You can apply nail gel to your nails to help them grow as they strengthen them. Nail gel may also keep you from biting your nails, giving them enough time to grow.

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