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Your Guide to Squoval Nails: How to File Them & 6 Design Ideas for 2024

Written by: Ellie Simmons



Time to read 7 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 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.

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 2024.

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 Squoval Nails Are 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 Witching Hour Gel Polish to lighter, brighter gels like our pretty Peony Gel Polish, the squoval shape will help showcase your chosen polish colour perfectly.

As Easy As...

For all you at-home mani 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!

The Easiest Ways to Create Squoval Nails At Home

If you want to achieve this versatile and flattering shape for yourself, we've got 2 ways you can achieve the look: by filing and shaping or by using our pre-shaped nail tips.

Method 1: Filing Squoval Nails in 5 Steps

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Step 1) 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) File your nails with a 180-grit 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, curing for 60 seconds under our Pro LED Lamp.

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

Method 2: Using Squoval-Shaped Nail Tips

If you want to cut down on all the filing, buffing, and shaping, you can use our Fix 'N' Flash Tips to achieve the perfect squoval shape.

Our soft gel nail tips come pre-shaped, so you don't need to put in extra time to shape and file them from scratch. They're also pre-buffed, so they're completely ready for you to apply polish after you've popped them on.

We have two shapes that work great for achieving this nail shape: short square and long square, depending on your preferred nail length.

You'll need to round off the corners of these tips with a 180-grit file to get that signature squoval look, but it takes out a lot of the legwork.

Follow our video below to see how to apply our nail tips...

6 Trending Squoval Nail Designs

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

We've rounded up some of our recent favourite celebrity manis that feature the squoval shape to get you inspired, and thrown in some of our own brand ambassador's designs, too.

#1 Shay Mitchell's Red Underside Nails

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.

#2 Peach Fuzz Nails

Created by the incredible @mini_mahni over on Instagram, these peach fuzz nails are the perfect spring-summer mani.

She's used our Peach Perfect and High Rise Gel Polishes, and finished the design with the Matte No Wipe Top Coat, creating a super sweet squoval look.

#3 Glitter French Tips

The combination of glitter and French tips is always a winner for us, and the squoval nail makes them even more flattering.

We've used our Gilded Masterpiece Duo for this look, but you can choose any colour and glitter combo that suits your style.

#4 Ella Mai's Pastel French Tips

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.

#5 Sunset Nails

Our brand ambassador @patricia_naturalnails has created these stunning sunset nails using our shades Watermelon Sugar, Flower Power, Peach Builder, and Golden Leaves. The squoval shape adds a modern touch to this colourful and vibrant look.

#6 Short Squoval Cranberry Red Nails

Sometimes, the simpler things are just as beautiful, which can be said for this cranberry red mani! We've used our Solar Flare Gel Polish for this classic look, and the squoval shape gives it a sophisticated edge.

Rounding Up: 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 2024?

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.

How do you cut nails into a squoval shape?

You'll need to cut and trim your nails into a square shape first. Then, you can use a 180-grit nail file to round off the sharp corners, creating the rounded square shape that is known as the squoval. Be sure to file in one direction to avoid any jagged edges.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is a Brand Ambassador for Mylee. 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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