There are so many fantastic looks for short nails that you don't need to fear getting a manicure just because you don't have long nails. It doesn't matter if you're trying to stop biting, if you need to have short nails for practical reasons, or if you simply like them that way. You can still go crazy with polish, and either highlight your short nails or make them look a little longer. You're sure to find some great looks for short nails here, so get all your manicure tools ready!
Neutral nail colors create some of the best looks for short nails, so don't shy away from a shade just because you think it's boring. Wow with an accent nail instead, because sometimes all you need is a little glitter.
Here's yet another variation on the French tip that lends itself well to shorter fingernails. Go under the edge of your nail, keep everything else clear and glossy, and once again, embrace the glitter!
As you'll see, French tips and all the variations thereof really work with short nails. Here, the white makes the shape stand out, while the innovative tips lengthen and pop.
Keeping it neutral also makes it easy to include some really incredible designs. Look at how those floral-inspired curves elongate even the shortest fingernails!
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You might shy away from stripes on your clothes, but embrace them on your nails! Look at the way the diagonal stripes elongate, especially with a gently rounded square shape.
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Darker colors can often bring out the gorgeous shape of your nails and hands. All you need is a little finesse to kick it up a notch – even freehand hearts!
I really can't emphasize the beauty of a nude color on a short nail. Just make sure you keep it from being boring by adding some sparkly accents.
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I told you red looked amazing on short nails. If you want to keep it simple but still sophisticated, just get a little vampy, ladies.
See? You really can't go wrong with a nice neutral base, which leaves room to go beautifully wild with your accent nail. Rawr!
And who says French tips have to be all natural and white? Bring some color into the mix, and don't forget the accent nail, because it draws attention away from the length.
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Any design that begins at the tip and points to the cuticle will make your nails look longer than they actually are. In this case, the drips are just tons of fun!
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You'll see a lot of variations on French tips when you're scouting out looks for short nails. Here the glitter and the smoothly painted accent lines highlight the length of your nails, but it's important to shape them beautifully for the best effect.
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You can still rock a bright polish if you have short nails, too! Just create a subtler accent in a tamer shade – neon always works with white!
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You might not think your shorter nails give you much room for different designs, but that's simply not the case. Even if you try something different on every nail, don't be afraid to experiment!
Short nails look just as lovely with bright, bold designs as long nails do. Choose a really bright central color, then play around with different designs – there's no hard rule stating you can only have one accent nail, after all.
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Choose a design that takes up a lot of surface area and you're golden! Bonus points if you have a matching pedicure!
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See, I told you! Here, it's that diagonal line again, plus the combo of polka dots and glitter elongate your nail while emphasizing the shape. Lovely!
This combines the winning duo of red nails and stripes. It's a fantastic summertime manicure, don't you think?
See how vertical stripes work with short nails? If you really want to make yours look longer, go with all-over stripes – hearts optional, but adorable!
Really, you just can't go wrong with stripes, no matter what you're base color. It's worth it to choose something vivid enough to make your metallic stripes pop, though!
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Don't worry, even though your nails are short, they can still handle a busier manicure. Embrace confetti looks, even stars and sparkles!
Honestly, I just love the argyle. However, this also takes up a lot of surface area, and it's just busy enough to work beautifully.
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This is almost a variation on the inverted French tip. It works well because of the neutral but colorful base and that adorable sprinkling of dots.
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Having short nails myself, I love variations on the French tip, clearly. This one's a winner because that thin, thin line creates an illusion of more length, plus it's very low maintenance.
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Because your nails are short, you can seriously get away with doing something different on every nail. Again, pay attention to the stripes and the inverted variation of a French tip – perfection!
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Whether you go with purple, pink, coral, or green, playing around with different shades in the same family will definitely serve you well. Just pick your favorite and go to town!
A light, Chanel-inspired pink like this makes a great base. Play around with different accents and designs, especially the inverted French tip!
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Red polish actually looks gorgeous on short fingernails, so don't skip it out of fear. To really embrace your short-nail-status, however, get a little wild and delve into the world of animal prints.
It might take a steady hand, but add a little bling to your petite manicure. A black base will always serve you well.
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In fact, sparkles will almost always look gorgeous on your nail. Just try not to go too overboard with bigger pieces of glitter, because a fine glitter like this will work beautifully.
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This look combines several elements as well: the red nails, the sparkles, and the freehand designs. It's a triple threat, so you can't go wrong with this manicure.
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Do you in fact have a steady hand? Because your short nails will go perfectly with a tribal design, which is one of the biggest trends right now.
If you love an all-over animal print look, go for it! It's just detailed enough to highlight the length of your nails in the most positive way.
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This is the one time where larger glitter-looks really work. How delicious is this manicure?
So you don't have to have super long nails to rock a gorgeous manicure! Do you have short nails? If so, what are your favorite looks?
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