As seasoned manicure fiends are wont to know, there is a whole list of different nail shapes that play with length and proportion. These days, you can ask your manicurist to file your nails into much more than just a square or oval shape. You could try coffin-shaped nails, which are long and dramatic with a squared-off tip. You could also try stiletto-shaped nails, which are as pointy as the heel of the iconic shoe.
Our favorite nontraditional nail shape, however, has to be almond, in which a curved cuticle bed swoops up to a small point at the tip of the nail. This shape is glamorous, just like its coffin and stiletto counterparts, yet a bit subtler and more refined. Think of almond like the Blake Lively of nail shapes… Hear us out. Just like how Lively is glamorous yet down-to-earth, this nail shape is glamorous yet wearable. See what we did there? Keep scrolling to see 25 cool designs for almond-shaped nails that will make you want to book a salon appointment ASAP.
Because why not pair your almond-shaped nails with your almond milk latte?
How gorgeous are these Studio 54 nails celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda did for Emily Weiss, the founder of Glossier? The acrylic set is shaped somewhere between oval and almond, but what's really important is the fact that they're glittered to perfection.
Here's some more glittery inspo from Yasuda. What do you think? Does this read more '70s or '80s to you? We can't decide; we just know we love it.
From '70s chunky glitter to '60s daisy nails. The nude base color makes nails (and subsequently fingers) appear longer. That's just a little tip for you, from someone who regularly utilizes nude polish to make her short and stumpy digits look a little more slender.
If holographic shimmer is more your speed as opposed to glitter, look no further than this galactic manicure from Yasuda.
These almond-shaped nails are painted in varying shades of ombré shimmer polish. The negative space and small gold bar detail make this holographic design slick and refined.
The logo mania of the early 2000s has come back in a big way, and we're not mad at all, especially when looking at this manicure design that was inspired by Gucci.
Who knew a heavenly cherub design looked so good on a set of almond nails? This set all but screams fashion week.
According to Yasuda's caption, these are rose quartz nails. Everything from the blush pink base to the crisscrossing veins of white and the metallic gold details is pure perfection.
Another gemstone-inspired manicure, but this time turquoise. All we can say is that we want this design and shape on our own hands immediately.
Clearly, Yasuda's Instagram page is rife with almond-shaped inspiration. We're also crushing on this romantic red manicure complete with sheer white floral details.
Paintbox is a nail studio located in SoHo in NYC. The manicurists there specialize in minimalist nail designs that utilize bold brights. We regularly peruse the studio's Instagram feed for inspo, and upon doing so recently, we were delighted to see this rose-gold almond-shaped design.
Can you tell we're really into metallic, glitter, and shimmer finishes as of late? There's just something about this burnished copper and gold foil mani that makes us yearn for fall weather to finally arrive.
Olive and June is one of our favorite nail salons in L.A. It sells nail stickers online which can spice up any almond-shaped DIY mani. These Heart Stickers ($16) come in three shades—white, blush, and lavender.
Speaking of nail stickers, this is a picture of my own DIY manicure snapped in the midst of answering emails. I like to file my nails into a slight almond shape before applying Olive and June's Desert Mood Nail Art Stickers ($16).
This glitter French-tip mani from Olive and June proves that almond-shaped nails don't have to be long. They work on any almost length, meaning you don't have to sport super-long, natural nails (or acrylics) if you don't want to.
This design is from Chillhouse, a nail salon located in NYC that our East Coast editors visit frequently. The almond shape, along with the nude base shade, makes these nails appear long and lean.
This pastel rainbow mani was created by a Chillhouse nail artist for NYC's Pride celebrations earlier this summer.
These almond-shaped nails come complete with a design worthy of a modern art museum. This is yet another gorgeous mani by Chillhouse.
This edgy manicure is from celebrity nail artist Mei Kawajiri (aka Nails by Mei). We stumbled across the image about a month ago, and we're still thinking about it. It's perfect for Halloween, no?
The same goes for this bloody almond-shaped manicure from Kawajiri. We want this design on our nails for the entire month of October. What can we say? We're excited for Halloween. To see more Halloween nail designs, click here.
Okay, so technically there's no nail art present in this manicure, but we had to spotlight this incredible almond shape. Seriously, these nails are shaped to perfection. It's proof that almond-shaped nails look amazing even when painted with a single color (especially a holographic deep purple like Kawajiri used here).
The shape of these nails sits somewhere between oval and almond, but that doesn't matter, because we can't take our eyes off those pretty floral details.
We love this almond-shaped nail design that's made up of a collection of eclectic colors and patterns. It's maximalism at its finest.
In the same vein of color and texture, we're living for this purple and orange mani. The shade of orange she placed at the cuticle is so bright and juicy, which contrasts against the silvery-lilac glitter at the top. We're obsessed.
Transparent PVC nails are all the rage. These nails, otherwise known as "jelly nails," are all over Instagram. One of our favorite iterations of the trend is this orange and yellow floral mani from Kawajiri. By the way, those are real dried flowers.
How do you feel about the almond nail shape? Make sure you tag us in your manicures @byrdiebeauty so we can see your creativity.