13 Great Stiletto Nail Designs You Can Try

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Looking to add a little drama to your appearance without the hefty price tag that comes with a new wardrobe or a trip to the hair salon? Consider stiletto nails at your next manicure. This nail style is dramatic, fierce, and sure to be noticed. If you’re curious, but still not convinced, keep reading. We’ll describe stiletto nails, tell you why you need them, and offer you 13 great design ideas, plus some holiday-themed designs.

What Are Stiletto Nails?

This nail style takes its name from the shoes known as stiletto heels. These nails are shaped to a smooth, thin point much like the heel on a stiletto shoe. Stilettos of both the nail and shoe varieties are sharp and should be worn with care. Don’t let that scare you away; the element of danger gives them both an edge sure to turn heads.

Stiletto nails need to to be long and provide a lot of surface area to work with, so it’s very rare that people can achieve this look with their own natural nails. This look has been around since the late 1950s and is now making a comeback in the world of fashion.

Why You Need Them

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Stiletto Nails are a bold, daring and extreme. If you’re bored with the same monotonous nail routine, these nails will definitely stand out from your typical manicure. If you like to keep up with the latest fashion trends, you know stiletto nails have been spotted on Fergie, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Beyonce. The best reason to get these nails is that they put your fierceness on the outside where everybody can see it!

Great Stiletto Nail Designs

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Now you know what stiletto nails are and why you need them, and you’ve already made an appointment at your nail salon. What now? Now you need to decide on a design, and we’ve got 13 of them for you, plus some bonus holiday-themed designs.


You can paint each nail one solid color, or paint each nail a different solid color. Chrome colors are becoming increasingly popular at the moment and make a wonderful choice if you can’t decide between plain or sparkly. Choosing a solid color can look more professional if you have a job that requires a conservative look, or if you’re ready to take the plunge into getting the stiletto nails but aren’t quite ready to get crazy with them.


Paint any color and add a glitter coat on top for a more magical look. Blue nail polish with a silver glitter coat on top makes for a good winter wonderland scene. A chunky iridescent glitter will match everything.

Half Glitter

This is for someone who likes sparkle but doesn’t want to be overwhelmed by it. For this design, you can paint your nails and do one of two things. The first option is covering the tip of your nail with a heavy coat of glitter polish and continue down, lightening up as you go. When you’ve gotten half-way down, stop painting to give a nice fading look. The other option is the same, only in reverse, starting at the base of the nail.

Black on Black

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Just like your favorite black stiletto heels, black stiletto nails are in! This style is mostly matte black with two shiny black lines on either side, highlighting the tip of the nail. All matte black or all shiny black will still provide you with a classy look.

Royally Wonderful

For those of you who didn’t know, purple is a color associated with royalty. For this stiletto nail design, all nails are painted purple except for each ring finger, which has a painted crown with jewels to match the purple polish.

Silver Lining

“Silver lining” is an expression emphasizing the hopeful side of a situation that otherwise isn’t looking too good. Having that kind of day? This expression can translate right into your stiletto nails by painting them a pale pink and then adding two silver lines running horizontally across the top half of the nail. You could make your own variation by choosing different colors and line placements.


This design sounds just like it looks; as if the stiletto nails have been dipped in glitter. The nails can be painted in a color of your choosing, and then gems are placed all over the tips of the nails. Picking a lighter color will help keep the focus on the gems. Another variation is to follow the same procedure and then take it a step further by completely covering both ring fingers in gems for even more bling.

Tie-Dyed and Trendy

The tie-dye look is always in style, and it’s not just for tee-shirts! You can do a tie-dye pattern on your nails. You can choose any color combination you want, providing for endless options.

Like Vines

These nails mimic the pattern of growing vines. Picture vines growing every which way up a brick wall. Choosing a lighter color is necessary to see the swirly, painted on, vine-like pattern. You can have this pattern done on one nail, all of them, or any number between.

Natural, but Not

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This is an uncommon method of painting nails, but it might be worth it. These stiletto nails require a natural look on the top of the nail. You can use a very light pink or even a clear coat. The next step is to paint a color underneath the nail bed. This design will get a few double takes from people around you.

Pick a Card, Any Card

Perfect for a night at the casino, these stiletto nails have a white base with all different suits of playing cards (hearts, diamonds, spades, and/or clubs) painted on each finger. Each symbol is accompanied by a number or “A,” “K,” “Q,” or “J” for Ace, King, Queen, or Jack. The thumbs have a pattern that closely represents the patterns you’d find on a traditional Jack, Queen, or King playing card.

Polka Dots

Polka dots are so versatile, you can wear them in so many ways. A line or lines of polka dots can go horizontally, a line or lines of polka dots can go vertically, or polka dots can go everywhere! You can choose one color or every color. Polka dots can give you a fun and flirty look.


Lines are like polka dots in that you can make up just about any look with them. You can paint them vertically, horizontally or both. You can even do a plaid pattern.

Major Holiday Stiletto Nails

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Painting your nails is one of the easiest and most common ways to accessorize for the holidays and decorating your stiletto nails is no exception. Adding glitter to any of these holiday nail styles will give you additional pop.

Valentine’s Day

Most people immediately think red or pink for this holiday of love. If you want to go beyond that, you can do a red or pink coat for all your nails except the ring fingers, where you can wear a design that looks like cursive writing. This adds a special element and will stick out more than your typical valentine hearts.


Easter is all about the pastels. While your nails won’t exactly be egg-shaped, if you go with a shorter version of the stiletto nails, you can decorate them like eggs and get the point across. Another idea is to paint dainty flowers in pastels. Turn it up a notch by adding gems as the centers of your flowers.

Fourth of July

This is a fantastic opportunity to try needle drag art. Because of the obvious red, white, and blue colors, there’s no need to turn to anything else (unless you add glitter–you can always add glitter). This is a design where you quickly and heavily paint even stripes of red, white and blue vertically on one nail and quickly drag a needle back and forth running the colors together for a fun and swirly look.


Stiletto nails and candy corn, the most well-known Halloween candy, share the same shape! You can paint your nails just like candy corn, starting with yellow on the base, orange in the middle, and white on the top for a flawless Halloween look.


Thanksgiving is a good time to try out an ombre nail style. You can choose from a variety of fall colors; as many as you wish. Quickly paint them onto a sponge, then stamp right onto the nail. This will give you a good long-term style, fashionable for the entire fall season.


While there are so many design ideas for Christmas, your stiletto nails have a perfect point for the top of a Christmas tree. Paint on ornaments or use small gems and you’ve got a festive look.


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If you like to stay trendy, stand out, or try new things, stiletto nails will do the trick. With so many nail designs they can make a statement 365 days of the year.

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