How to Perfectly Trim & Shape Squoval Nails

If you’re looking to shape your nails squoval – look no further. Squoval is one of the most popular choice among nail shapes. It emphasizes and creates an illusion that ‘lengthens’ the fingers; creating a beautiful and elegant style. The style mirrors the natural shape of your nails.

What do you mean by “Squoval”?

Squoval is a hybrid of two shapes: oval and square. The bed takes a shape of a square with rounded out edges near the tips. This style is easy to maintain on shorter lengths. If you’re going for a more natural, entertaining, and elegance look than I recommend this shape for you!

(Pro Tip: Newbies should begin on healthier ‘stronger’ nail beds.)

Keeping Cuticles Healthy

Start by routinely putting oil on your cuticles every night before bed. Rub gently and make sure the oil is absorbed into each cuticle. This helps them grow stronger and healthier over time. Moisturize with lotion in the end.

What to Avoid: Keep nails strong by avoiding unnecessary stress using heavy detergents, old files, or dull clippers. Avoid using any harsh soaps. Always hand moisturize or hydrate using cream rich with Vitamin E.

Here’s an Easy Step by Step Process to Achieve this Shape.

Step 1: Look for Symmetry:

Your nails should mirror your cuticle line. If it’s square do square, if it’s oval do oval. Or get both square and oval with Squoval.

Step 2: Start Filing:

Start filing straight across each tip, making a smooth, even line at the tip. Using a metal file might damage your nail, so to combat that you use a more ‘fine’ file. Crystal nail files are becoming more and more popular. I recommend you getting one!

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Perfectly Trim & Shape Squoval Nails

Step 3: Checking for Straight Even lines:

After filing, compare each cuticle line to the tip of each nail. Make sure they are parallel and straight across, matching the line set by your cuticle.

Step 4: Shaping the Oval:

Now start smoothly shaping the corners of the nail. Be careful to file very slightly around the edges.

Step 5: Moisturizing Finish:

Wash your hands with soap and finish with a hand moisturizer. Your hands are now ready for the manicure or polish. You can also keep them nude for a more natural look.

Step 6: Maintaining your Squoval Shape:

The best and easiest way to keep your shape maintained is by filing and shaping any uneven lines on a weekly basis. While the tips should keep their shape, they may grow unevenly.

See Also: Nexgen Nails Enhancement Tips

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Perfectly Trim & Shape Squoval Nails

(Tip: Did you know that nails typically grow about 1/10 of an inch per month.)

Step 7: Love Squoval:

Squoval is adaptable. You could dress squoval up to be professional, relaxed, or even sexy.

For extra help, watch the video below this video describing how to achieve various shapes like almond, oval, and squoval.


Step 8: Play up your Squoval Shape (optional)

Squoval can be professional or it can be playful and cute! Add glitter, sparkles or rainbow patterns to make your nails pop! Go wild and add multicolored or multilayered polish on your squoval nails! The best thing about this shape is that it can be dressed up or down. This shape is perfect for solid or nude colors too!

The shape is easy and alluring, and it can perfectly reflect the unique personality and style of the girl who dons it.

So to sum this all up- squoval is a beautiful shape but very difficult to maintain. Using a regular nail file can be VERY time-consuming… That’s why we recommend getting yourself an electric nail drill that could help you speed up the process in maintaining the shape and integrity of the squoval shape.

Anyways, let us know below in the comments if this article helps you achieve your squoval shape!

Author Bio: My name is Lynda Le, and I’m a licensed nail technician with 20 years of experience. I love what I do and I want to teach others that are just as passionate about this industry as I am. Visit my blog for more information.

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