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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).