30 Oval Nail Designs That'll Convince You to Round Your Edges

oval nails with gold outline

@betina_goldstein / Byrdie

If you catch yourself looking down at your nails wondering how you let yourself go so long without a manicure, we're right there with you. Whether you're unable to get to a salon at the moment or too slammed to invest time in a DIY, we feel you.

Nevertheless, as the beauty lovers that we are, we believe that it's important to take time for self-care. One such way to invest a little time in yourself by trying a new nail color, design, or even shape (our beauty experiment du jour, these days). While there are square nails, squoval nails, and round nails, today, let's chat about oval nails. If you've been letting your nails grow out, filing them into long, ovular shapes will be a cinch. And, once you perfect the shape, you can choose from one of the 30 nail looks below to make them look their very best.

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Faux Stiletto Tips

oval nails with faux stiletto design

@paintboxnails

If you love the look of stiletto nails but are worried about having sharp talons, opt for this oval nail look that's quite the illusion.

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Milky White Tips

These milky white oval nails are trendy for both their shape and their translucent finish.

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Gold Glitter Tips

We're all about a neutral nail, but there's no denying that a little glitter serves to spice things up.

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Ombré French Tips

ombre french design on oval nails

@audrianalorraine

A blurred pink-to-white ombré fade is just one way to update a classic french manicure.

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Outlined Nails

oval nails with gold outline

@betina_goldstein

Who knew outlining your oval nails in gold nail polish could be enough to create an eye-catching manicure?

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Leopard Silhouettes

leopard print oval nails with negative space

@betina_goldstein

This negative space leopard design is the minimalist way to enjoy animal print for everyday, and we're 100 percent here for it.

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Coral Dots

coral dots design on oval nail

@betina_goldstein

Coral and peach polishes combine with high-shine crystals for a negative space nail look we can't take our eyes off of.

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Marble Ovals

jade marble nail design on oval nails

@vanityprojects

An intricate, translucent marble design in varied shades of green makes this oval mani a must.

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Minimalist Harry Potter Nails

Harry Potter fans, rejoice—this minimalist mani has major Gryffindor vibes without being over the top.

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Sticker Nails

sticker design on oval nail

@nailditbyalyssa

This nude mani is embellished with intricate, sticker-like designs that make a nail art extravaganza that even minimalists can get on board with.

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Terrazzo Nails

terrazzo design on oval nails

@nailditbyalyssa

Terrazzo nails are another trend to keep on your radar. Here, the spotty design is perfected on oval tips.

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Heart Nails

comme des garcons heart design on oval nails

@nailditbyalyssa

These animated heart nails caught our attention and won't let it go. We love how the base is nothing but a sheer wash of glitter.

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Mauve Moment

mauve negative space nail design on oval nails

@paintboxnails

These mauve-and-camel oval nails check all the boxes: rounded shape, negative space, and neutral hues.

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Black and White

black and white design on oval nails

@nailditbyalyssa

This black-and-white nail art reminds us of coral reefs and cow print, only abstract.

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Yin Yang Nails

yin and yang design on oval dress

@chillhouse

This pink and white yin/yang nail art will add gentle balance to any outfit or beauty look.

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Dark Marble Nails

We often opt for neutral nails, but one look at these moody marble nails and we're reaching for black and navy polish.

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Pale Camo Nails

pale camo nail design on oval nails

@chillhouse

If you like the idea of camo nails but aren't sure about committing to darker shades, this pastel version is ever-so-chic.

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Matte Moon

matte moon nail design on oval nails

@vanityprojects

Matte black polish and intricate moon designs make for a clean nail look that manages to still look bold.

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Coral Tips

coral and gold nail design on oval nails

@nails_of_la

These coral-and-gold tips are especially enticing thanks to their negative space cuticle design. Since the polish isn't extended all the way to the base of the nail, it's the perfect low-maintenance mani for those who want to camouflage grow-out.

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Silver Foil

silver foil nail design on oval nails

@nails_of_la

These metallic charcoal and silver foil nails remind us of cloudy days and big dreams.

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Neon Lines

neon lines on oval nails

@vanityprojects

Neon nail art is very in these days. Here's one way to rock the ultra-bright colors without going too gauche.

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Gold Stripes

gold design on oval nails

@paintboxnails

A neutral base topped off with a single golden stripe makes for an elongated oval mani that immediately draws the eye in.

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Shades of Pink (and Red)

pink and red paint chip design on oval nails

@nails_of_la

You can never go wrong with pink and red—even if it's nowhere near Valentine's Day.

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Split Outlines

split french manicure on oval nails

@nails_of_la

Craving a French mani but hoping to update it a bit? Section off your tips and use a piece of nail tape to split each tip in half. Paint one side coral and the other peach, and wait to remove the stickers until each nail is dry.

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Glass Nails

abstract glass nails on oval nails

@nails_of_la

These jelly nails are giving us all the spring and summer vibes. Of course, creating such a nail look will require scheduling a nail appointment—unless you're a pro yourself, that is.

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Cherry Red Jelly Nails

red jelly oval nails

@nails_of_la

Let's be clear: You can never go wrong with cherry-red nails. These ones have a jelly effect that makes them look even juicier.

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Rose Mismatch

gold glitter nail design on oval nails

@vanityprojects

If you love the idea of rosy tones but want to mix and match your manicure, consider this glittery rendition.

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X Marks the Spot

x striped cross design on oval nails

@paintboxnails

Here's an easy DIY for you. Start with a nude base and, once dry, trace overlapping gold glitter lines diagonally across each nail. Don't forget topcoat for a lasting result.

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Negative Space

off white negative space design on oval nails

@paintboxnails

Ready to put your nail skills to the test? Place small circle stickers in the corner of each nail and firmly press the edges down. Paint each nail white (or whatever color you prefer) and wait to remove the stickers until they're fully dry. So simple, right?

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Asymmetric French Tips

lavender asymmetric french on oval nails

@paintboxnails

At first glance, these oval nails might look like a classic French mani, but the closer you look, the quicker you'll realize that one edge extends down the side of each nail.

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