Pointy nails—maybe you've seen them. Whether you're standing in line at your local Starbucks, transitioning between moves at your favorite megaformer studio, or simply falling down yet another Instagram rabbit hole, pointy nails have likely caught your eye at one point or another.
When it comes to this sharp shape, it can be worn one of two ways: almond or stiletto. Where almond nails have an ever-so-slightly rounded pointed tip, stiletto nails feature piercing points that might momentarily make you afraid for your life. Dramatic? Maybe. True? Well, considering they could potentially double as a pretty gnarly self-defense weapon, yeah.
Given the different types of pointy nails, the possibilities are truly endless—especially since the extra-long shape offers more room for activities (a.k.a. nail art). So, whether you want to dive right in with the sharpest, dagger-like tips or dip your toes into the pointy nail scene with extended almond-shaped digits, ahead you'll discover 20 nail ideas you'll want to copy by the end of this article.
Cow Print Nails
Cow print is one of the most popular nail art designs of 2019. While it looks great on all nail shapes, there's something to be said about displaying the print across a longer canvas—in this case, pointy stiletto nails. After all, the longer the nail, the more splotches you can fit in.
These pointy, almond-shaped nails are playful and eye-catching with pops of cobalt blue and golden yellow throughout. And, given the tips are painted white, you could even say this is just yet another take on the modern French manicure.
Stilletto nails get a bad rap for being too dagger-like and intense. To help soften the stereotype, consider polishing your pointy digits with this abstract, confetti-inspired nail art. While we love this fun color combo, the options are truly endless with which shades you can pair together.
Out of This World
These almond-shaped nails look positively stellar—interstellar, to be exact. With a matte black base and bright pops of color, it's no wonder the contrast immediately caught our eye.
Go bold or go home—that's our motto when it comes to these can't miss stiletto nails. While there's a different design on every nail, having the same color palette helps tie it all together. Maybe just, you know, pick these for a festival as opposed to your first day of work.
Sometimes you have to take a stereotype and own it. Stiletto nails are known for being flashy? Cool, let's take it up a notch with fiery red-orange polish that you won't be able to miss. Our fave is Givenchy Beauty's Le Vernis Nail Polish ($24) in Vivid Orange.
Pretty in Purple
Purple is a gorgeous color and yet so often it's forgotten when selecting a nail shade. These dark purple pointy nails fade from a dark base to light tips, with holographic gemstones and flecks extending in the same pattern. If you love the glimmer pattern but simply can't get on board with the color, consider going lighter with a soft lavender or dusty rose hue.
These matte black nails remind us of aliens in the very best way. They feature one main accent nail with oversized gemstones and a pinky nail following suit on a smaller scale, along with small gems dotting the remaining three nails. To tie the look together, each nail has a rainbow ombré accent that looks like the prettiest oil spill you ever did see.
Dainty Almond Nails
Ever-so-slightly pointy, these single-striped, almond-shaped nails offer up a little edge while being polished with a demure pale pink shade. They're topped off with a high-shine topcoat and, if you look closely, you'll even notice a few teeny base gems.
These neutral pointy nails are painted in a gorgeous terracotta shade that makes them approachable yet spicy. They can be worn from fall to summer without ever looking out of season. To cop the look, be sure to pick up a bottle of Smith & Cult's Nail Lacquer ($18) in Tang Bang.
Jokes on You
If you're making the foray into pointy nails as part of a costume, you can never go wrong with adding a cinematic twist to your talons. And, given the timing, these Joker nails fit the bill. Of course, they're super intricate so you'll likely need a pro to help you paint them on.
The best thing about pointy nails is that, while you can totally cover them in nail art (and actually have enough space to do so), they look seriously snap-worthy with simple solid coats of color accented with minimalist details. Take these blue floral nails for example. With a trendy tonal fade and perfectly-placed polish petals, these stiletto nails look straight out of a high-end editorial.
Prefer a more intricate nail look? These stiletto nails feature four flaming matte beauties paired with a fully-bejeweled ring finger that completes the whole look. We don't know about you, but we think they're h-o-t (get it?).
If you like your nails to be your loudest accessory, look no further than this stiletto masterpiece. These pointy nails have so much going on that it's tough to choose just one detail to focus on. From sunshine-yellow petals and rainbow fades to clusters of gems in varying sizes, there's no way these tips will go missed.
Shades of purple and blue combine for a simple mani that looks quite cool. The angular design is one of many modern French manicure renditions and it can be recreated in any color (or shade combination).
Leopard is in and so are almond-shaped nails—why not combine the two for one seriously stylish nail look? What we love about almond-shaped nails is that they give a softer take on the pointy nails trend, so they're great for anyone trying to ease into the look. Leopard, on the other hand, that's as bold as you can get when it comes to a neutral.
Calling all Disney fans: These pointy nails are for you. You see, that's one of the biggest bonuses of long, stiletto nails—they allow for more intricate nail art that extends more than just a couple centimeters. And, when it comes to these Dumbo nails, thank goodness for that because we're swooning.
Dreamy Jelly Nails
If you're open to gel nail extensions, these pointy nails will make you want to call your manicurist stat. They feature translucent purple tips layered with fluffy white clouds, holographic stars, and tiny gems for an end look that's nothing short of ethereal.
Sparkles and holographic accents might seem super bold, but they're two shades that look surprisingly stunning with all skin tones. And, as soon as you pair them with hints of blue and purple, you're looking at a mermaid-unicorn union that looks straight out of a fairytale.
Fairy Princess Points
Pointy nails are bold in and of themselves for their shape alone. Add light-reflecting gems to the mix and you have yourself a manicure that's downright head-turning. Take this pale pink number for example. While the base is a dainty light shade, the gem pattern immediately draws in attention and refuses to let it go. It's like wearing jewelry on your hands (but, you know, like, not actual rings).