A good nail tech should be able to file any type of nail shape you want -- square, rounded, etc. doesn't matter what is on your nail -- acrylic, gel, shellac, normal polish. To be honest the picture you posted, from my experience, could be one of many different products.
Acrylic and gel is just the hardening product that sits on top - whether it be your real nail or lengthened by a tip they add on. Acrylic used to only come in white and clear, but over the years gel has come out with so many colors which is probably one of the large reasons why it has taken off in popularity! There are so many choices that can be done!
No your entire nail would have to be covered with either gel or acrylic whether you get a tip or not. To me, gel and acrylic produce the fairly same result, whereas shellac is just a step down. It's essentially nail polish that's cured differently.
I could be wrong, but this is just my experience from getting my nails down for the last 10 or so years. Things could also be different the US and Canada.
Here is a picture of shellac on my nails. I used black and she just formed it to look like that.
This is gel on my nails. I may have used one tip on my thumb. But otherwise it's just gel formed to look like a tip. I don't find either picture to be that different minus the length of my nails.
Had to go back to the archives lol my son is now 9 years old. Here is acrylic using tips
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Edited by calgarybride2015, 22 April 2015 - 06:08 AM.