30 Short Almond Nail Designs to Consider for Your Next Nail Look

woman with short almond nails


As soon as we notice a chip in our nails—and, if we're being honest, sometimes even before—we're already brainstorming our next manicure. While nail polish colors certainly play a role, you first have to figure out what nail shape you want to work with. And, if we do say so ourselves, if you have a little length to work with, you simply can't go wrong with a stylish almond-shaped nail look.

The thing is, all almond-shaped nails require a touch of length to score the slightly pointed shape. However, if you prefer to keep your nails on the shorter side, you'll be glad to know that there are a bunch of short almond nail designs to copy on Instagram.

To save you from diving (er, scrolling) down that rabbit hole, we rounded up 30 of our favorite nail designs for short almond nails. While some of these are a little longer than what you might consider as short, just remember that many almond nails can be quite long, so consider this our modest in-between.

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Rainbow Tips

Short rainbow striped tip almond nails


Two-toned rainbow tips? Talk about a bright way to embrace a modern French mani.

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Pink and Orange

Pink and orange short almond nails


The best part about these abstract pink and orange nails is that they don't require loads of effort to bring to life. Simply swipe on a couple coats of color and finish with a few small black dots clustered throughout.

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Dainty Florals

Short floral almond nails


How pretty are these floral nails? We love how the base embraces the milky-white manicure trend.

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Opal Shell

Opalescent short almond nails


This opalescent nail look is so versatile—it will look nude in some lights and magically reflective in others.

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Tortoiseshell Nails

Tortoiseshell short almond nails


Everyone's favorite hair accessory and glasses material is now fodder for your next nail look.

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Pink and Blue Dreams

Short almond nails with pink and blue cloudy sky design


Ombré almond-shaped nails topped off with bright white clouds and stars? Dreamy.

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Butterfly Beauties

Light pink short almond nails with butterfly designs


Forever a fan of Instagram's butterfly filter? Show it some love by replicating the look on your almond-shaped nails.

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Accent Nails

Instead of restricting yourself to one uniform nail look, consider adding a bold pop of color with an accent nail on each hand.

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Pale Pink Fade

Pale pink short almond nails


A pretty pink nail look never goes out of style. In fact, we rounded up 40 pink nail designs to prove just that.

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Gold Glitter Tips

Almond-shaped nails with gold glitter tips


Craving a neutral nail look but hoping to do so with a touch of sparkle? Look no further than these glittery almond-shaped nails.

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Orange Tips

Almond-shaped nails with orange tips


We never knew we'd be into orange ombré nails—but then we laid eyes on these beauties.

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Metallic Silver

Almond-shaped metallic silver nails


Crazy for chrome? These metallic silver nails will make you swoon.

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Pastel Rainbow

Pastel rainbow almond-shaped nails


Why stick to one shade when you can paint a different color on each nail? If you prefer brighter shades, be sure to check out Olive & June's The Into You Box ($88).

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Bold Abstract

Almond-shaped nails with various abstract designs


Nails, like all beauty statements, are a way to express yourself. And, in case you forgot, you can do so with a handful of colors, shapes, and designs—all wrapped into one Insta-worthy abstract mani.

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Negative Space Squiggle

How chic are these matte white nails? To recreate them, simply drag a toothpick through the polish while it's still wet and finish with a matte topcoat.

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Negative Space Red

Negative space red short almond nails


You can never go wrong with cherry-red nails, especially in summer. But if you prefer not to paint each entire nail, here's one way to add a little extra allure to your almond-shape mani.

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Negative Space Details

Apricot negative space design on short almond nails


Peach, periwinkle, and pale pink come together for a pastel masterpiece we can't take our eyes off of. Of course, to recreate it you'll need French manicure stickers to section off your nails—or an expert's help to get the job done for you.

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Hot and Cold Nails

Warm to cool gradient manicure on short almond nails


From blue to green to yellow to orange to pink—we're in love with this colorful, almond-shaped fade.

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Pink and Blue Clouds

Pink and blue cloudy sky designs on almond-shaped nails


Clouds are having a bit of a mani moment. Here, they're layered over a different color on each hand, which creates a cohesive element to an otherwise mismatched nail look.

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Mermaid-Inspired Teal Nails

Teal almond-shaped nails with mermaid-inspired design


These high-contrast teal nails make us think of mermaids and warm days spent by the sea.

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Warm Water Marble Nails

Warm marbled almond nails


Orange, yellow, pink, and white make for a warm color palette that looks even hotter when marbled together.

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Pastel Flora

Almond-shaped nails with teal and pink plant designs


These pastel almond-shaped nails give us mermaid, fairy, and unicorn vibes, but in a modern way that looks lovely on babes of all ages.

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Glitter Jelly Nails

Sheer pink glitter almond-shaped nails


These clear glittery nails remind us of our favorite '90s shoes: jelly sandals, of course.

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Cow Print Contrast

Half-cow print, half-solid blue almond-shaped nails


Cow print is the ultimate nail accent, as it rings true to the animal print trend and provides a high-contrast layer to any nail look.

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Sage French Tips

Love a French manicure but want to get creative with color? This sage take on the classic look is a winner in our book.

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Geometric French Tips

This minimalist manicure makes almond-shaped nails look like stilettos, all with a trick of sharp lines and dark black polish.

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Matte Pastels

Looking for a photogenic nail look for summer? This colorful matte mani gives us major Miami vibes.

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Groovy Accents

Pale pink manicure with wavy sunset-colored accent nails


How fun is this nail look? The accent nails give us all the '70s vibes.

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Simple Dots

Pink almond manicure with negative space dotted accent nails


If you don't have a lot of space to work with, opting for a clear coat layered in colorful dots can draw attention to how much length you do have.

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Gilded Gold

If you're bored of colorful nail looks and want to keep it classic with black and white polish, consider this almond-shaped mani that features the stark contrast topped off with gilded gold accents.

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