It’s time to let your creative juices flow, while you are spending a lot more time at home. You can experiment with different artwork and shapes, and be your own nail artist. Oval nails are a classic manicure choice, the shape looks similar to almond nails but with a slightly rounded tip, rather than a point. Simple, chic, and flattering, oval nails make your fingers look longer and slimmer, while also providing enough space for nail art and decoration. You can update your oval manicure with a variety of different textures, finishes, and designs. Keep scrolling and get inspired by these unique oval nail designs.
1. Artistic Oval Nails
If you’re an art lover, why not paint your nails to match? You could take inspiration from any number of movements, from Cubism to Impressionism or Pop Art. For the best results, choose designs with patterns, block colors, or geometric elements. These will ensure your manicure stands out. When your masterpiece is ready, share it with us online!
2. Cute Polka Dot Oval Nails
Polka dot nails have been popular for years, but the latest trend for nail art is cute dots. Larger than polka dots, they almost look like adorable cartoon eyes. For the full cute effect, apply a pastel base coat like baby pink or light blue. Cute dots suit oval nails because they complement the rounded tip of the nail shape.
3. Flamingo Oval Nails
Pretty in pink, flamingo nails give your manicure some fun personality. Quirky and cute, flamingoes will make you smile every time you look at your nails. While the classic design is the one-legged standing flamingo, you can take a more subtle approach with sitting birds.
4. Fruity Oval Nails
Looking to give your oval nails a sweet treat? Try a fruity manicure! Leave cartoon-style fruit in 2019 and swap it for life-like fruit in 2021. It has a more sophisticated, painterly look – but still retains a cute, sweet feeling of a classic fruit manicure. Rich-toned fruits like apples, grapes, figs, and plums suit the life-like fruit manicure. Your fingertips will make you feel like you are on a summer vacation, having a fruity cocktail.
5. Fun Oval Nails
Let your nails do the talking with fun and quirky designs. Try adding a different symbol to each nail for the ultimate expression of your personality. From abstract shapes to crowns, hearts, clovers, and bees, the only limit is your imagination. The benefit of oval nails is that they suit many different shapes and designs, so you can be assured whatever you decide on will look amazing.
6. Happy Oval Nails
Are you someone who always looks on the bright side? Then a happy nail design is an excellent choice for you. Show off your optimism and light-hearted personality with pastel shades and the happiest symbol of all, a smiling face. Your manicure will not only put a smile on your face but on other people that you are chatting to online.
7. Holographic Accent Oval Nails
Holographic nails are on-trend this year. The new take on the shimmering, color-shifting look is all about super fine glitter that accents the tip of your nail while leaving the base nude. While the look suits many different nail shapes, it also looks great on oval nails.
8. Love Birds Oval Nails
It’s not only flamingo nails that are trending right now – bird-themed nail art of all kinds are very popular. It’s not hard to see why women are embracing these feathery friends. They look cute and fun and give your nails a personality. Choose your favorite type of bird and base your design around its colors and markings.
9. Pastel Oval Nails With Black Outline
Take a simple pastel manicure to the next level by adding a black outline. The dark accent gives your nails a cool, almost 3D effect, while still looking sophisticated. Try a one-color pastel manicure or paint different nails in different pastel hues like mint green or pale yellow, the black outline ensures the final result still looks polished and complementary.
10. Pink and Red Oval Palette Nails
Pink and red is a beautiful color combination, and you can use your entire nail polish collection in one go. The coolest way to combine them right now is with a palette manicure. Each nail is painted with a pink or red hue in a different texture, from matte to satin and glitter. The final result looks beautiful and eye-catching while remaining perfectly pretty.
11. Pink Tip Oval French Manicure
The French manicure is a classic that gets reinvented all the time. The latest version is the pink tip French manicure. It combines the traditional nude base with a super fine hot pink tip, giving a subtle yet super cool result. Because hot pink is such a bold color, you only need to use a small amount to make an impact. Oval nails are especially suited to the pink tip French manicure because the contrast detail flatters the rounded edge.
12. Pop Oval Color Nails
Give your nails an ’80s twist with a pop color manicure. Inspired by color block designs, pop color nails also use geometric sections to incorporate different shades of polish on the same nail. A cool pop color combination is bright green with pale pink and black. The different tones create a cool contrast without clashing. Create this design by taping different sections of the nails and letting the polish dry before moving to the next section.
13. Red and White Oval Nails
Red and white are a striking combination, so any manicure incorporating these colors is sure to stand out. For a unique red-and-white look on your oval nails, try a curved color block effect. Instead of being applied in straight-edged ‘blocks,’ you can create organic sections that follow the curve of your nail shape. The result is a sexy manicure, you’ll be checking out in every mirror in your home.
14. Slogan Oval Nails
Why wear a printed T-shirt when you can have a slogan on your nails? From funny messages to meaningful mottos, a wordy manicure can say it all. For best results, opt for a classic white base with black lettering. Block capital letters are easier to read than cursive or lower-case letters – and if you need to fill an extra nail, add punctuation.
15. Star Oval Nails
Give your oval nails a subtle touch of stardust with a cute celestial-inspired manicure. It’s a sweet and youthful look that suits those who prefer a more minimalist style. Choose a base shade that matches your usual clothing palette or complements your skin tone, then add a couple of dainty stars in a contrasting hue like black or white, following the curve of your nail bed. Reward yourself for your hard work as a nail artist with a few pretty stars that you can carry with you on your nails.
How do you shape an oval nail?
Oval nails are a classic choice when it comes to manicures, and they are easy to achieve. They are a natural shape and are therefore timeless and perfect for every season. You will want to file your nails by softening the edges at the tip, which can be done with a rounded motion. Do not make the edges too sharp, but the length does not matter much as the oval shape works well on both long and short talons.
What is the difference between round and oval nails?
Round nails tend to have straight edges but curve at the edges, while oval nails are filed on both the sides and the tips; the oval has corners that face inwards. It is also a fantastic shape to elongate fingers and can create a slimming effect.
What is the most popular nail shape for 2021?
The most popular nail shape for 2021 will likely be a tie between almond, tapered square, and coffin nails. Each of these has an individual appeal, whether you want something feminine and fun or require talons that are a little more understated and functional.
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