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 37 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.
Two-toned rainbow tips? Talk about a bright way to embrace a modern French mani.
Pink and Orange
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 of coats of color and finish with a few small black dots clustered throughout.
How pretty are these floral nails? We love how the base embraces the milky-white manicure trend.
This opalescent nail look is so versatile—it will look nude in some lights and magically reflective in others.
Everyone’s favorite hair accessory and glasses material is now fodder for your next nail look.
Forever a fan of Instagram’s butterfly filter? Show it some love by replicating the look on your almond-shaped nails.
Pale Pink Fade
A pretty pink nail look never goes out of style. In fact, we rounded up 40 pink nail designs to prove just that.
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.
Negative Space Details
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.
Mermaid-Inspired Teal Nails
These high-contrast teal nails make us think of mermaids and warm days spent by the sea.
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.
Glitter Jelly Nails
These clear glittery nails remind us of our favorite ’90s shoes: jelly sandals, of course.
Cow Print Contrast
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.
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.
Geometric French Tips
This minimalist manicure makes almond-shaped nails look like stilettos, all with a trick of sharp lines and dark black polish.
Looking for a photogenic nail look for summer? This colorful matte mani gives us major Miami vibes.
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.
These rainbow confetti nails are perfect if you love the glitter vibe, but want more color. The almond shape is the perfect canvas for this show-stopping look.
Daisies for Days
A nude base color is the perfect choice for making nails and fingers appear longer. The daisy design gives your neutral look a sweet upgrade.
Holographic shimmer is a trendy look when you want a bit of shine. Chrome also gives a bit more edge than glitter. The chain detail gives this look even more of a rock-and-roll flavor.
Eye of the Tiger
This eye-catching look is the opposite of minimalist…and we love it! This Gucci-inspired manicure proves that the logomania of the early 2000s has come back in a big way.
With its different shades of red, this tonal wave pattern gives a modern twist to a retro palette. In fact, any color will look great with this eye-catching wave pattern.
From the blush pink base to the crisscrossing veins of white and the metallic gold details, these rose quartz nails are pure perfection. The gold and crystal details give this look just the right amount of sparkle.
Turquoise + Gold
Almond-shaped nails are the perfect shape for this gemstone-inspired manicure. The turquoise and gold detail is truly a work of art.
Coming Up Roses
This rosy manicure is a top choice for the romantic at heart. We are crushing on this scarlet red manicure complete with sheer white floral details.
Rose Gold Glitter
Almond-shaped nails work well with minimalist designs, such as this rosy gold-tipped Paintbox manicure. Paintbox is a nail studio located in New York City, where manicurists specialize in minimalist nail designs with bold colors and eye-catching shimmer. We regularly peruse the studio’s Instagram feed for inspiration.
Nail stickers are a fun and easy way to spice up any almond-shaped DIY mani. These Olive & June Heart Stickers ($15) come in four shades—white, blush, black, and lavender. Heads up, though, they often sell out.
Glitter French Tips
This glittery French mani is another example proving that almond-shaped nails don’t have to be long. This minimalist design is work-appropriate, yet also a fun look for vacation.
One bonus of short almond-shaped nails is that you can get away with a funky pattern, such as this leopard print design, without it looking overbearing. The neutral brown twist on this leopard print pattern is ultra-chic.
This ultra-cool almond mani is worthy of a modern art museum. The peach and blue colors with the black etched lines deserves a spot on your own Instagram feed.
True Crime Talons
This almond-shaped mani is guaranteed to turn some heads. 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?
If you want an edgy look, but the True Crime talons were a bit too much…then consider this cool red drip mani. We plan to wear this design on our nails well in advance of Halloween. What can we say? We’re always anticipating October 31.
You don’t always need a complicated design or nail art for an amazing mani. In this case, perfectly shaped almond nails painted with a holographic deep purple shade are all you need to make a statement.
The delicate hand-painted design on each nail gives us major springtime vibes. The shape of these nails sits somewhere between oval and almond, but that doesn’t matter because we can’t take our eyes off those pretty floral details.
Can’t decide one pattern? You should consider combining them all! We love this almond-shaped nail design that comprises a collection of eclectic colors and funky patterns. It’s maximalism at its finest.
We are getting major Pucci vibes in this blue, green, and white mani with the chic abstract shapes. These abstract shapes can look too busy on longer nails, but look perfect on shorter, almond-shaped nails.
Unlike other manicures that have painted flowers, these are real dried flowers on transparent PVC tips. These nails, otherwise known as “jelly nails,” are all over Instagram. This yellow and orange floral mani is simply gorgeous.