40 Stylish Ideas for Short Squoval Nails

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Discover the perfect blend of style and practicality with short squoval nails, the ultimate solution for the busy and fashion-conscious. 

A woman's hands with brown and black nails holding flowers.

Dive into our curated list of squoval nail designs that promise to enhance your look, whether you favor simplicity or a dash of daring. 

Get ready to transform your manicure routine with our versatile picks tailored for your next salon appointment or at-home pampering session.

40 Sophisticated Short Squoval Nail Ideas

Squoval nails offer a classic, versatile base for all your favorite nail designs, especially when kept short.

1. Pale and Pretty Pink

This artful French manicure on short squoval acrylic nails features a combination of cream-colored nails topped with hot pink V-cut French tips
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This artful French manicure on short squoval acrylic nails features a combination of cream-colored nails topped with hot pink V-cut French tips that give your fingers a simple and charming look.

2. Blue Tips

French manicure and squoval nails are a match made in heaven, as proved by these gorgeous nude nails sporting French tips in varying shades of blue. 
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French manicure and squoval nails are a match made in heaven, as proved by these gorgeous nude nails sporting French tips in varying shades of blue

3. Summer Vacation Vibes

This predominantly white manicure is accentuated by select nails sporting a gold, centric seashell and sparkle nail art on the other.
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This predominantly white manicure is accentuated by select nails sporting a gold, centric seashell and sparkle nail art on the other.

Both are decorated with colorful, irregular-shaped stickers that border the nails.

4. Pools of Wonder

For the ultimate pool party mani, mix glossy and matte blue-gray nails. Accent this look with a quirky touch: a woman in a red bikini adrift on a pool painted on your short squoval nails. 
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For the ultimate pool party mani, mix glossy and matte blue-gray nails. Accent this look with a quirky touch: a woman in a red bikini adrift on a pool painted on your short squoval nails. 

It’s a creative and fun design that’s sure to make a splash.

5. Pure Bloom Flowers

short squoval nails in the serene shade of baby blue, where two glisten with fine glitter, and one boasts a holographic sheen punctuated by delicate silver studs
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Dress your short squoval nails in the serene shade of baby blue, where two glisten with fine glitter, and one boasts a holographic sheen punctuated by delicate silver studs. 

Complementing this cool trio, the remaining glossy nails are a crisp white canvas, blooming with 3D flowers and leaves, each kissed with rhinestones for a touch of sophistication.

6. Metallic Dream Swirls

Black and silver unite on your short squoval nails, showcasing chrome 3D French tips in classic and reverse styles plus undulating waves.
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Black and silver unite on your short squoval nails, showcasing chrome 3D French tips in classic and reverse styles plus undulating waves.

A duo of nails glimmers with silver glitter, resembling a tiny cosmos on your hands.

 7. Sparkling Diamonds

This simple yet chic manicure uses glittery nude nail polish topped with rhinestones.
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This simple yet chic manicure uses glittery nude nail polish topped with rhinestones. It will surely put a subtle sparkle on your hands!

8. Spring Leaves

A woman's beautiful design featuring white and red-violet flowers with green foliage on a bed of pale pink nails
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Love nature? Wear them on your nails with this beautiful design featuring white and red-violet flowers with green foliage on a bed of pale pink nails!

9. Gold-Dipped

A woman's pink nails with Nearly all nails bask in this metallic glow, save for one adorned with an elegant drip of gold, adding a luxurious twist.
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On your short squoval nails, French tips in rich gold transform a nude base into an opulent statement. Nearly all nails bask in this metallic glow, save for one adorned with an elegant drip of gold, adding a luxurious twist.

10. Green Whisper

A woman's short squoval nails with a nude base edged with dark green French tips and light green reverse tips
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Grace your short squoval nails with a nude base edged with dark green French tips and light green reverse tips — a chic nod to your go-to hues in a whisper of style.

11. Flirty Florals

A nude base sets the stage on your short squoval nails, where three bloom with red petals and soft yellow-orange centers. 
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A nude base sets the stage on your short squoval nails, where three bloom with red petals and soft yellow-orange centers. 

The remaining two reverse the charm, flaunting yellow-orange blossoms cradling fiery red centers — a playful twist on floral symmetry.

 12. Pinks and Fiery Orange

Flaunt ombré on short squoval nails with a twist, as white tips appear to drip down for a whimsical effect.
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Flaunt ombré on short squoval nails with a twist, as white tips appear to drip down for a whimsical effect. Three nails pop with a gradient of orange near the tips, contrasting with two nails in a cool, understated nude.

13. Olive Green and Silver

Showcase sophistication on your short squoval nails with a nude base topped by chic green French tips. 
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Showcase sophistication on your short squoval nails with a nude base topped by chic green French tips. Accentuate with two sporting artistic green blobs — one near the cuticle, one near the tip — along with a delicate silver streak for refined allure.

14. Purple Aflame

A woman's hand holding a light nude base on short squoval nails, three of which are crowned with metallic purple French tips
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Opt for understated glamor with a light nude base on short squoval nails, three of which are crowned with metallic purple French tips. 

Turn the heat up on two accent nails, where the same regal purple ignites into a sizzling flame design at the tips.

15. Swirls of Greens and Bronzes

a woman's nails with playful design that blends swirls of various green shades ranging from light to dark with a glittery bronze for contrast
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For something more psychedelic, try this playful design that blends swirls of various green shades ranging from light to dark with a glittery bronze for contrast. 

16. Gradient Pinks and Oranges

On your short squoval nails, let a spectrum of shades cascade from one finger to the next: pale to deep pink on one hand and a range from subtle to bright fiery orange on the other.
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On your short squoval nails, let a spectrum of shades cascade from one finger to the next: pale to deep pink on one hand and a range from subtle to bright fiery orange on the other.

17. The Bumblebee

This cute squoval nail design tops nude nails with French tips in yellow outlined with black which calls to mind the colors of a bumblebee! 
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Who says French tips must be painted in only one color? This cute squoval nail design tops nude nails with French tips in yellow outlined with black which calls to mind the colors of a bumblebee! 

18. Black, White, Yellow

A glossy affair on short squoval nails: alternate with two in classic white, two in bold black, and a single statement nail adorned with a blonde tortoiseshell design for timeless allure.
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A glossy affair on short squoval nails: alternate with two in classic white, two in bold black, and a single statement nail adorned with a blonde tortoiseshell design for timeless allure.

19. Lilac Moo-d 

Each short squoval nail flaunts a sheer nude base, setting the stage for two with crisp V-shaped French tips in lilac and white. 
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Each short squoval nail flaunts a sheer nude base, setting the stage for two with crisp V-shaped French tips in lilac and white. 

The rest are adorned with blobs in the same pastel hues, all playfully speckled with black cow patterns for a moo-gical yet chic finish.

20. Squoval Pink Nails

A woman's short squoval nails in shades of pink — each a distinct hue from rose to French to sheer light.
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Coat your short squoval nails in shades of pink — each a distinct hue from rose to French to sheer light. Amidst the pink parade, one stands out in a chic off-white, adding a unique touch to the set.

21. Pink and Orange Mix

Bright orange short squoval nails make a statement, while accent nails in nude pink are detailed with magenta tips.
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Bright orange short squoval nails make a statement, while accent nails in nude pink are detailed with magenta tips. A slender brass line and a touch of black foliage add an unexpected edge to the design.

22. Glittery Stars

Channel your inner star with pale pink short squoval nails, some adorned with segments of large, glittery black star outlines in various corners. 
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Channel your inner star with pale pink short squoval nails, some adorned with segments of large, glittery black star outlines in various corners. 

One nail features a complete star, while others playfully showcase just pieces, creating a delightful celestial celebration.

23. Simple Emerald Nails

A woman's hand holding a squoval nails painted in a solid, glorious shade of emerald green
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Embrace a bold, effortless look with short, squoval nails painted in a solid, glorious shade of emerald green. It’s a simple yet dramatic statement for those who love to stand out with color.

24. Colorful Tie-Dye

short squoval nails a fun makeover with tie-dye French tips blending blues, pinks, and yellows, all edged in white.
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Give your short squoval nails a fun makeover with tie-dye French tips blending blues, pinks, and yellows, all edged in white. A single star accent in matching tie-dye colors pops against the playful backdrop, outlined for extra flair.

25. Dreamy Blues and Pinks

translucent short squoval nails by swirling together blue and pink for a marble design.
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Create a dreamy effect on your translucent short squoval nails by swirling together blue and pink for a marble design. Enhance the whimsy with flecks of silver for that perfect hint of sparkle.

26. Red and Gold Foil 

Take classic red short squoval nails to the next level with an accent of translucent white adorned with smoky red and black branch-like lines.
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Take classic red short squoval nails to the next level with an accent of translucent white adorned with smoky red and black branch-like lines. A touch of gold foil adds a luxurious finish to this bold and sexy look.

27. Colors of Summer

short squoval nails with vibrant streaks — blue, magenta, lavender, orange, and yellow — on a stark white base
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Brighten your short squoval nails with vibrant streaks — blue, magenta, lavender, orange, and yellow — on a stark white base. Interspersed black splatters bring a dynamic twist to this zestful, colorful manicure.

28. Pale Pastel Nails

A woman's hands with short squoval nails featuring gentle pastel yellow, blue, pink, and purple streaks blended vertically for a subtle play of colors
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Opt for understated elegance with short squoval nails featuring gentle pastel yellow, blue, pink, and purple streaks blended vertically for a subtle play of colors.

29. Dreams of a Marble Sky

short squoval nails marbled in pink and purple, touched by white for a cloudy illusion.
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Drift into a dream with short squoval nails marbled in pink and purple, touched by white for a cloudy illusion. Glitter, sparkling star art, and iridescent flakes give a heavenly finish to this enchanting look.

30. Cotton Candy Nails

A woman's short squoval nails with a sheer peach base and add asymmetrical French tips that glide toward the cuticle on one side. 
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Cover your short squoval nails with a sheer peach base and add asymmetrical French tips that glide toward the cuticle on one side. 

Sparkling blue and pink alternate on each nail, with blue tips framed by pink and vice versa, for a playful yet elegant look.

31. Sweet Magenta Tulips and Blue Leaves

Sport short squoval nails painted pale pink, delicately adorned with red-pink tulips and blue leaves for a dainty and fresh look.
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Sport short squoval nails painted pale pink, delicately adorned with red-pink tulips and blue leaves for a dainty and fresh look.

32. The Color Deck

A woman's hands with short squoval nails with a palette of vivid colors: arctic green, orchid purple, neon hot pink, cobalt blue, and neon orange-red.
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Liven up your short squoval nails with a palette of vivid colors: arctic green, orchid purple, neon hot pink, cobalt blue, and neon orange-red. This colorful array promises a gorgeous, lively manicure.

33. Gold Foil on Pink 

A woman with pink squoval nails with gold foil near the tips
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Obsessed with gold? Then choose this gorgeous nail design that decorates your pink squoval nails with gold foil near the tips to give you an effortless, luxurious look!

34. Taupe Marble 

This taupe squoval nail design showcases two nails with a sleek taupe finish. 
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This taupe squoval nail design showcases two nails with a sleek taupe finish. The other two nails contrast in white with elegant taupe marbling, exclusively detailed with gold foil near the tips and cuticles for a touch of opulence. 

35. Hot Pink and Glittery Rose Gold Nails

A woman's hands with short squoval nails with neon pink on two, while another shines entirely in rose gold glitter.
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Deck out your short squoval nails with neon pink on two, while another shines entirely in rose gold glitter. Complete the set with a nail diagonally divided between neon pink and glittering rose gold for a clear, striking contrast.

36. White on Off-White

Adore the refined beauty of short squoval nails painted in a semi-sheer off-white, elevated by crisp white foliage on select nails.
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Adore the refined beauty of short squoval nails painted in a semi-sheer off-white, elevated by crisp white foliage on select nails. This design exudes an air of elegance with its subtle yet sophisticated detailing.

37. Pink Sharpies

A woman's hands with pink and orange nails.
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For your short squoval nails, paint two with a solid rose pink for a pop of color. On the other two, start with a nude pink base, then use hot pink and orange Sharpies to craft cloud-like designs, finishing with delicate silver outlines for a dreamy effect.

38. Lovely Sky Blues

All short squoval nails feature a baby blue base, with three sporting playful white polka dots.
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All short squoval nails feature a baby blue base, with three sporting playful white polka dots. The remaining two are graced with a trio of pink roses, one set near the cuticles and the other by the tips, creating a charming floral rhythm.

39. White Tortoiseshell Nails

Opt for a white base adorned with tortoiseshell patterns for a touch of sophistication on your short squoval nails.
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Opt for a white base adorned with tortoiseshell patterns for a touch of sophistication on your short squoval nails. The elegant mix of brown, gray, black, and hints of gold foil creates a luxurious and polished appearance.

40. Squoval French Manicure

short squoval nails featuring a nude base and crisp white French tips.

Achieve timeless elegance with short squoval nails featuring a nude base and crisp white French tips. This classic combination not only looks clean and chic but also elongates the appearance of your fingers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You File Short Squoval Nails?

You’ll need a clipper and a nail file to file short squoval nails. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Using your clippers, cut your nails to the length you want to wear your nails. Doing so will give you square-shaped nails.
  1. Using your nail file, round the edges of your nail to remove any sharpness. However, be sure to keep a straight line in the center. 
  1. Repeat this filing process for each nail.   

You can watch this video to learn how to file your squoval nails:

Is a Squoval Nail Shape Flattering for Most People?

The squoval nail shape suits everyone, complementing all finger lengths.

Choose longer squovals to give your fingers a slender look, enhanced by a stylish manicure for elegance.

For everyday convenience, go for shorter squovals, which are sturdy and simple to maintain.

Pick One Look and Try It on Your Short Squoval Nails Today!

Squoval is a classic and elegant nail shape to wear on any occasion!

We hope you’ve found our list of awesome ideas for short squoval nails helpful. 

Next time you need a nail change, try any of these designs. Experiment with different manicures until you find your favorite!

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