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Squoval Nails Are THE Nail Shape For 2023: Here's Why!

Written by: Ellie Simmons



Time to read 5 min

It's nail day. You're all set to get to work on filing down your old mani and refreshing your nails with your favourite Mylee gel polish. But what nail shape should you go for this time? 

Rather than just sticking with your classic, we're here to tell you why the squoval nail shape should be your go-to for 2023!

Square oval nails – or 'squoval' nails as they're more commonly called – are all over our TikTok FYP and Pinterest feed right now, so we had to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about. 

Squoval nails have actually been around forever, but there's recently been a resurgence, and it looks like it just might be the nail shape of 2023.

But...What Are Squoval Nails?

Square oval nails are exactly as you might have guessed – a hybrid between square and oval nails

They're essentially your classic square nails but rounded off at the corners to create a smooth and soft outline. You get all the ease of using square-shaped nails with the flattering aesthetic of oval.

Why We Think Squoval is the Most Flattering Nail Shape

Aside from the practicality, there are actually tons of reasons why the squoval is probably one of the most universally flattering nail shapes

Here are our top ones!

Go Long...or Short!

There are some shapes that look better with a longer nail length, and others short. But one of the great advantages of squoval nails is that it looks just as stunning short or long!

Whether you like to keep your nails trimmed and neat, or if you like your nails long and bold, you can make the squoval shape work for your desired look. Both create a flattering look, so it's really down to your personal nail length preference.

Suits All Types of Hands

Whether you've got short or long fingers, the squoval nail shape will look great! 

The softness of the rounded edging makes the shape super versatile and flattering for all types of hands.

Complements Every Gel Polish Colour

Another great benefit of the squoval nail shape is that it's so neutral and simple that it complements every gel colour! It's the perfect foundation for your mani.

From darker gel polishes like our fan-favourite Stalker Gel Polish to lighter, brighter gels like our pretty Peony Gel Polish, the squoval shape will help showcase your chosen Mylee Gel Polish colour perfectly.

As Easy As...

For all you at-home Mylee pros out there, you'll be glad to hear that filing a squoval shape is super easy and quick

It doesn't take much to get the shape right – just a little rounding off at the corners!

How to File Squoval Nails: Our Step-by-Step

Have we convinced you to give the squoval a try? We thought so! 

To help you out, we've put together a little guide on how to get this trending nail shape right.

Step 1: Great nail prep is the secret to a successful mani, as always! Start off by pushing your cuticles back with our Metal Cuticle Pusher, using cuticle nippers to carefully trim the white dead skin from your nail plate.

Step 2: Start filing your nails with a Mylee Nail File, using gentle one-direction strokes to flatten the top edge of your nail. Work towards a square nail shape.

Step 3: Once you've perfected your square nails, you can start on the rounded edges. Use your nail file to softly round off the corners of your nail and finesse it until you've got a smooth squoval. Use smooth, gentle strokes to avoid any jagged edges.

Step 4: When you're happy with your squoval shape, buff your nail surface with our Nail Buffer Sanding Block and cleanse the nail with a Prep & Wipe before applying your Base Coat, then Mylee Gel Polish.

Step 5: Go ahead and apply your favourite Mylee Gel Polish, create some gorgeous nail designs (we've got lots of inspo on our blog!) and show off your new squoval nails!

See? We told you it was easy! 

You can use this shaping method on natural nails and nail extensions, so there's really no reason why you shouldn't give it a go!

Our Celebrity Squoval Nail Inspo!

If there's one way to make us want to try out a new nail shape, it's whipping up some celebrity squoval nail inspo!

We've rounded up some of our recent favourite celebrity manis that feature the squoval shape to get you inspired.

Shay Mitchell's Red Underside Nails

Credit: @nails_of_la

Shay Mitchell's long squoval nails are the perfect example of how this nail shape can be turned up a notch! The red underside paired with a nude-beige gel polish is such a statement.

Zendaya's Neutral Pink Nails

Credit: @marinadobyk.nails

Natural is never boring! Zendaya's neutral pink and simple squoval nails definitely make a subtle statement. We love everything about this girl, including her nails.

Ella Mai's Pastel French Tips

Credit: @kimkimnails

These nails are oh so dreamy! Ella Mai's pastel purple French tips with delicate cloud nail art make for the prettiest mani. The squoval shape and nail art look gorgeous together.

Try Square Oval Nails for Your Next Mani!

Ready to give the squoval nail shape a go? 

Whether you decide to go for something bold or keep it simple and short, you can make the squoval nail shape work for you and your mani.

Plus, don't forget to keep stocked up on everything you need to perfectly shape your nails! We have a whole collection of nail tools you can use to perfect that squoval shape – so get to it!


What is a squoval nail shape?

Squoval nails are a combination of square and oval nails. They're essentially square-shaped nails that have been rounded off on the edges to create a smooth, oval outline.

How do you create square oval nails?

Whilst there are some nail shapes that require expert technique, creating squoval nails is quite simple! Start by filing your nails into a square shape, flattening the top edge of your nails. Then, you can start rounding off the edges, using smooth strokes and finessing the shape until you get a perfectly rounded and oval outline.

What is the most attractive nail shape?

We're pinning squoval nails as one of the most attractive and flattering nail shapes. It works on both long and short nail lengths and all types of hands and fingers – it's completely versatile!

What is the most popular nail shape in 2023?

Square oval nails are definitely down to be the most popular. This universally flattering nail shape is perfect for any type of nail – from natural to extensions and everything in between! Plus, it compliments every gel polish colour too.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is the Brand Manager at Mylee, where she immerses herself in all things gel nails. 

Alongside being a skilled and certified nail technician, Ellie's expertise extends to gel manicures and nail extensions. Her heart and soul are devoted to all things nail-related, and she loves flaunting her own long, natural nails with captivating nail art. 

Ellie's ultimate favourites are iridescent and sparkly designs!

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