The upkeep of your nails is as important as picking a killer outfit to go out in. You need to take pride in your appearance, and what better way to do so than by transforming your nails into super chic stilettos. They look fierce, featuring a tapered shape with pointed ends. Not to mention, they’re totally on-trend. However, if this is all new to you, then don’t worry. We’re here to guide you through everything to do with stiletto nails, including the best designs and colors to choose from, as well as their price point.
What are Stiletto Nails?
Stiletto nails are a form of manicure, with the addition of false nails on the tips. They resemble the shape of the stiletto, carefully cut on the sides and filed into a point so that the tips are the shape of a triangle, leaving the ends pointed. These nails are generally long and look fabulous once painted.
Almond vs. Stiletto Nails
Almond nails are usually shorter and more rounded than stiletto nails, both at the sides and the tip. Also, almond nails are generally a little more practical than stiletto nails, which are super glam. The name ‘almond,’ refers to the look of these nails, while stilettos have a sharper appearance and resemble long and pointy stiletto heels. Both styles are really cute, so you can’t go wrong with getting either, after all, they are similar in style.
How Much do Stiletto Nails Cost?
Stiletto nails don’t cost more than any other shape, though the price can depend on a few factors such as where you get them done and where you live. Not to mention, you also have to take into consideration whether you want SNS, shellac, acrylic or gel nails, as that will also indicate the price. However, nails generally cost anywhere between $40 to $85. Yes, they’re another expense to add to your beauty regimen but remember, they look totally cute and generally last at least two weeks.
Stiletto Nail Designs
1. Short Stiletto Nails
If you’re wanting the stiletto shape but need your nails to be more practical, short stiletto nails will be your best friend. Having them short means you’re able to do a lot more with them, carrying on with your routine without having to re-train yourself how to do simple things with your new claws.
2. Black Stiletto Nails
Black stiletto nails look fierce. These nails will suit you so well if you’re either covered in tattoos or happen to be a little emo. These are just another statement piece to add to your personality, showing who you are inside, on the outside. Also, don’t be afraid to add a little nail art or glitter to them to spice them up.
3. Stiletto Acrylic Nails
Acrylic is a type of way in which you can get your nails done. With acrylic nails, a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer are applied to the nails. This creates a hard protective layer over the natural and added false nail, holding the two together. The two products harden when exposed to air and are transparent. With acrylic nails, you have to add a nail polish or shellac over the top afterward if you want them to be colored. Otherwise, you can always just decorate them using nail art.
4. Long Stiletto Nails
Long stiletto nails look incredible but keep in mind if you do opt for the longer length, it’s going to be harder to do day to day things. While not impossible, you may find that you’re retraining yourself how to do simple things, such as text. Don’t worry though; you’ll quickly get the hang of it. The longer the stiletto shape, the better they usually look, so why not go bold.
5. Press on Stiletto Nails
If you’re not a huge fan of nails but are wanting to wear them just once for a special occasion, press on stilettos are your ‘go-to’. You can go shopping for your favorite design, then simply pull the plastic off the back and stick the nail on top of your own. They’ll only take ten minutes to apply, instead of sitting in the nail salon for over an hour, just to show them off the next day.
6. Nude Stiletto Nails
Nude stiletto nails are really cute. If you’re more of a girly girl than this is the style for you. Not to mention, nude nails will go with just about any outfit, which makes them an easy choice. You can either get them in matte or high shine, and the colors can range anywhere from almost clear to a deep nude. Sure, ‘nude’ may sound plain or maybe even a little boring but you’ve honestly got so many options with this color that all look amazing.
7. Red Stiletto Nails
Red stiletto nails are made for a vibrant girl. You know whether you can pull red off or not, and if you can, then this is your color. Red is a strong color, and especially with the stiletto shape, your nails are bound to get noticed. You’ll have people grabbing your hands to take a closer look and complimenting you left, right and center.
8. Matte Stiletto Nails
Matte stiletto nails look absolutely killer. There’s something about a matte nail that instantly makes you ten times more fierce. Not to mention that over the past few years matte has become very popular. Yes, you still have many people who are still too afraid to try it but if you think you can, then go for it.
9. Pink Stiletto Nails
Whether you get hot pink or baby pink, these nails are made for a Barbie doll. Yes, they look super sweet but they also make a statement. These are the nails for a carefree girl who spends way too much of her paycheck on shopping. There’s nothing wrong with pampering yourself though, and after all, pink is supposed to be every girl’s favorite color.
10. Matte Black Stiletto Nails
Matte black stiletto nails are super chic, and you’ll find that they go with just about anything. They look especially cool if you add a little bit of nail art to a single nail. After all, black is as dark as it gets, so it’s a great way to brighten them up just a little. Matte black stiletto nails are so on-trend, so you can’t go wrong with opting for this look.
11. Cute Stiletto Nails
You can have so much fun when creating cute stiletto nails. There are so many different colors and designs to choose from. A great idea is to walk into your nail salon and just say, “I want cute stiletto nails.” Your nail technician will have the best time getting to use their creative design skills, and you’ll no doubt love the way they turn out.
12. Glitter Stiletto Nails
Glitter stiletto nails tend to catch the eye. After all, they do sparkle. These are typically a ‘girly’ design and suit all those formal occasions such as weddings, debutants or even just a big night out or a birthday. The stiletto shape can be a little more extreme for these sorts of occasions as opposed to, let’s say, the almond shape. Though they’re bound to stand out which is generally what you want when you go ‘full glam’ for an occasion such as these.
13. French Tip Stiletto Nails
French tips are a classic style, but they can look different when done on stiletto nails, thanks to the shape. You can even modernize them further by adding a cute shape or pattern at the base of the white tip, such as a heart or swirl. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, why not turn a cute but classic style on its side, making it a little different.
14. Yellow Stiletto Nails
Yellow stiletto nails look amazing in the summer when you’ve got a great tan going on, and you want to make it pop. The bright color contrasts against your darker skin and looks incredible. Not to mention, yellow is such a warm and happy color, so you can’t go wrong with it.
15. Glue on Stiletto Nails
Instead of stick-on nails, glue on stiletto nails is the next best thing if you want them to last a little bit longer. Though they are generally a little bit harder to apply. With glue on nails, it’s up to you to apply just the right amount of super glue to the nail so that when you place it against your natural nail, it doesn’t spill over the edges. Then you must hold the nail in place until it’s dry enough to stay put. While it may sound easy, it does take some practice to make perfect.
16. Purple Stiletto Nails
Purple nails come in a range of different colors from a deep purple, to lilac. They usually aren’t on the list of ‘go-to’ colors as they’re generally a little brighter and more ‘out there’ in comparison to your nudes and blacks, which will go with everything. Purple nails will stand out, and they also make a great summer color.
17. Ombre Stiletto Nails
Ombre nails have recently become a popular design, and there’s no question as to why. These nails look cool and can be done using almost any two colors. Though the most popular does seem to be nude and white or pink and purple. When creating these nails, simply pick your two favorite colors in a similar tone. It could be fluorescent, pastel or anything else, then get your nail technician to perfect the ombre design.
18. Gold Stiletto Nails
Gold stiletto nails, much like silver nails, are great for all those formal occasions. They tend to go nicely with formal, party and wedding dresses, adding that extra spark of elegance to your look. You can either opt for a sparkly nail or matte gold, depending on the occasion and what’s better suited.
19. Christmas Stiletto Nails
There is nothing more fun than getting into the Christmas spirit by dressing your nails for the occasion. Oh, and there are so many different styles to play around with when it comes to Christmas. Think red, green, gold, silver and blue. You can mix the colors or go crazy with nail art. Either way, they’re bound to look festive.
20. Summer Stiletto Nails
When it comes to summer stiletto nails, think of bright colors such as yellow and orange. Otherwise, think about your favorite time of a summer day. Perhaps this is sunrise or sunset when there are two or three colors in the sky. It always looks incredible if you re-create that on your nails. Mix your favorite summer colors for an ombre nail design.
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