Whenever you’re getting a manicure, choosing the perfect nail shape is very important, as it is the canvas that will determine the overall look and vibe of your nails. While there are many different nail shapes to choose from these days, almond-shaped nails are undoubtedly one of the most popular and trendiest looks you can go for.
With their perfectly tapered edges and slightly pointy tips, almond-shaped nails offer a combination of length, functionality, and slight edginess. Plus, they look flattering on everyone.
Up ahead, I’ve put together some incredible almond-shaped nails to give you ideas for your next manicure.
Can Short Nails Be Almond Shaped?
Although almond-shaped nails typically require a bit of length to achieve the perfect pointy tip, you don’t necessarily need extremely long nails to create the shape. You can create an almond shape with short nails as long as the nail bed is slightly longer than your fingertip. Using nail extensions or acrylic is the perfect way to do this.
However, If you are trying to get an almond shape with short natural nails, then it may be hard to achieve the look, as really short nails will have a hard time forming the signature tapered edges of the look. You can still make them in an almond shape.
How Long Do Your Natural Nails Have To Be For An Almond Shape?
To achieve the perfect almond-shaped look on your nail, your natural nails need to be longer than the base of your fingertips. While they do not need to be extremely long, they still need to be at least 0.5-1 centimeter longer in order to go beyond your fingertips and create the pointy tips.
How Do You Create Almond-Shaped Nails At Home?
To shape your nails into an almond look, simply follow the steps below:
- If you are using nail extensions or have very long natural nails start off cutting the nails to your desired length, then use a nail clipper to trim both edges of the nail.
- Mark a spot at the center of your nails and file both edges of the nails upwards towards that center using a nail file.
- After you have created the angled edges on both sides, file the corner to smooth out the sharpness of the shape. Then slightly file the tip of the nail to create your desired pointy almond tip.
- Use a nail buffer to slightly file and smooth the corners and edges of the almond-shaped nail.
- Once you have created the almond shape, apply some cuticle oil to the nails. Then go in with your desired nail polish/design.
Here’s a video to give you a more detailed look at creating almond-shaped nails.
What Nail Art Designs Look Good On Almond-Shaped Nails?
One of the great things about almond-shaped nails is that they are very versatile when it comes to nail art. French manicure designs are very popular right now and look really good on almond-shaped nails. However, there are many other patterns, colors, and even art prints that look stunning on almond-shaped nails, as well.
Do Almond Nails Look Natural?
Almond shapes nails can look very natural as long as you don’t go overboard with the length. If you want your almond nails to look natural, you can either grow out your natural nails to create the shape or opt for acrylic nails that are filed to a fairly short length.
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1. Pink Acrylic Almond Nails
A mix of clear acrylic and pink like this allows you to play around with extra details, and it is a great option for anyone who wants almond nails that aren’t too long.
2. Gold Flakes Almond Nails
If you prefer more neutral colors with your nails but still want to shake things up a little, try adding some gold flakes for a more dramatic flair.
3. Glossy Yellow Nails
For a look that is both simple and a touch dramatic, try this yellow gel nail combo.
4. Geometric Almond Nails
If you want the elongated look of almond nails but are not the biggest fan of the pointy tip, a rounded manicure like this on might just be the perfect option for you.
5. Yellow French Tips
French tips are a classic look for almond nails, and if you want a design that is minimal and vibrant, these yellow french tips are the way to go.
6. Long Almond Shaped Nails
Almond nails, when made long, give you a bit more space to play around with the design, so if you prefer to mix and match patterns and shades, this is the ideal look for you.
7. Neutral Almond Nails
This swirly design, with its neutral chocolate and brown colors, would make a great option for anyone looking for something to blend in with their skin tone.
8. Pink Almond Nails
From the vibrant colors to the contrasting patterns, these pink almond nails have a lot going for them, and that’s why they are a great option for anyone looking for something fun and stylish.
9. Sticker French Manicure
If a regular french manicure feels a little plain jane for you, you can up the ante with a multicolored pattern like this.
10. Halloween Themed Almond Nails
For a lux almond nail that is sure to make people do a double take, these stunning marble designs are the way to go
11. Nude Almond Shaped Nails
Nude nails are a classic look you can never go wrong with, but you can take them to the next level by adding a few contrasting accent lines.
12. Green And Nude Almond Nails
For a chic manicure you can rock on any occasion, this green and nude combo is definitely what you need. To make the colors pop out, add a top coat of gel nail polish.
13. Purple and Marble Glitter Nails
14. Tribal Stripes Almond Nails
Love the tribal pattern of kente fabric? Why not bring a little bit of that vibe into your nails? It’s unique and adds a bit more personality to your almond nails.
15. Soft Blue and Pink Nails
For an easy almond nail manicure, you can do it on your own, this is the perfect option to choose. All you need is a base coat of clear nail polish and soft pink polish to finish it off.
16. Colorful Abstract Almond Nails
A colorful abstract art design like this is the perfect way to use up the decent-sized space you get when you make almond nails. Treat your nails like a canvas and get creative
17. Pastel Pattern Almond Nails
Looking for a cute springtime manicure to pair with all your colorful outfits? Pastel nails like this with mismatched patterns might just be what you need.
18. Multicolored Zebra Print French Manicure
For a unique take on the french manicure, try this zebra pattern with different colors.
19. Short Almond Nails
This cute mixed pattern manicure is the option for fans of short nails. It is easy to wear and can even be done with just your natural nails.
20. French Tips With Glitter
It is probably already obvious by now that french tips are a popular pairing for almond nails, but you can take them up a notch with an emphasis on swirly line and the addition of gold shine nail polish
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21. Short Oval Nails
Different color and patterns on each nail is a great choice for those who want to play with a mix and match of many designs.
22. White Almond Nails With Artistic Designs
Make your nails a conversation starter by going for some cool drawings as done here. It is a fairly simple look, but it is sure to attract some compliments.
23. Artistic Oval Nails
24. Splash Of Colors Almond Nails
For a look that feels fun and fresh enough for summer, almond nails with a sprinkle of different colors are a great option that will look amazing on anyone.
25. Shiny Almond Nails
A mismatched color and pattern combo like this is a great option for long almond nails, as it allows you to show off the cool designs while elongating your fingers.
26. Acrylic Almond Nails With Gold Foils
Gold flakes and mixed shades of blue always make a great pair, and on almond nails, they look even more flattering.
27. Matte Almond Nails
A matte brown manicure mixed with some nude is a chic and elegant design that always looks great on dark skin.
28. Glossy Marble Almond Nails
Glossy marble nails are a trend that is not likely to go away anytime soon, and you can give them a dramatic flair by mixing in a few nails with nude nail polish
29. Black And Nude Abstract Almond Nails
Swirly lines going in different directions are a simple and cool way to add some fun detail to nude almond nails
30. Black And White French Tips
For an exaggerated and cool take on the french manicure, this mixed pattern of black and white almond nails is a lovely option to try.
The bottom line here is that almond-shaped nails are a very popular and flattering nail shape, and since they work well with just about any nail art design or color, you’ll always find a variation that looks stunning on you. So, the next time you head out for a manicure, be sure to give almond nails shaped nails a try for a stylish and modern look.