Much like the most-wanted shape of eyebrows has changed over the years—veering away from perfectly plucked and towards fluffy, natural arches—so has the shape of nails. Where nails used to simply be filed down to prevent chips and snagged edges, nowadays there are a myriad of shapes to file your tips into.
While round, oval, and squoval nails have all had their moment in the spotlight, today we're here to talk about square nails. The shape is more early aughts, but with just about every major style and beauty trend circling the block for a second 15 minutes of fame, now's the perfect time to flatten your edges and sharpen your corners in favor of a stylish square mani. To teach you how to do just that, ahead you'll find 30 square nail looks worth considering for your next nail appointment.
Score this earthy mani with essie Gel Couture 2-Step Longwear Nail Polish ($10) in Beauty Nap.
All you need to complete this nail look is topcoat—like Olive & June's The Top Coat ($8)—and 10 confetti stars.
Leave it to celebrity manicurist Betina Goldstein to totally slay the square nail art game.
Pastel Half Moons
Rainbow nails anyone?
We love a wavy rendition on the classic French manicure. Add earthy tones to the mix and even better.