As seasoned manicure fiends are well aware, there are a handful of 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, rounded point at the tip of the nail. This shape is glamorous, just like its coffin and stiletto counterparts, yet a bit more subtle and refined. Think of almond as 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 24 cool designs for almond-shaped nails that will make you want to book a salon appointment ASAP.
Rose Gold Glitter
Paintbox is a nail studio located in SoHo in NYC where the manicurists specialize in minimalist nail designs that utilize bold colors and eye-catching shimmer. 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.
Olive & June is one of our favorite nail salons in L.A. It sells nail stickers online that can spice up any almond-shaped DIY mani. These Heart Stickers ($15) come in four shades—white, blush, black, and lavender. Heads up, though, they often sell out.
True Crime Talons
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 and true-crime lovers alike, no?
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).
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.