7 Trendy Nail Designs for Short Nails ...


Perhaps you're a biter or simply like your nails kept short, but whatever the reason may be, you can still add a little pizzazz to your fingers with nail designs for short nails. Fun and fancy manicures are not just reserved for long nails. In fact, quite a number of the designs seen on long nails can be replicated on short nails as well, with a minor tweak here and there of course. Don't just paint your nails a variety of colors and call it a day! Be on trend and try out these nail designs for short nails!

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Newspaper Print

The newspaper print manicure has got to be one of the coolest and most creative manicures that are unbelievably easy to do. To achieve this nail design, you will need grey nail polish and rubbing alcohol. Dip your painted finger in rubbing alcohol and soon after, press a small piece of newspaper onto your nail. The rubbing alcohol enables the ink from the newspaper to transfer onto your nail. When it comes to trendy nail designs for short nails, the newspaper print manicure is my go-to design.


Bow and Polka Dots

If you're looking to add a retro flair to your nails, then follow the dots. Polka dots will remain a timeless design and to further cutesify your nails, add a little bow to the design as well, as shown in the tutorial. The smaller or shorter the nail, likewise the smaller the polka dots should be.



Like I mentioned earlier, most of the nail designs seen on long nails can be done on short nails too, and the fancy manicure designs with rhinestones are no exception. There are so many ways to use rhinestones to create your own personalized design. Be creative and have fun with it or check out the video for a Demi Lovato inspired nail design.


Velvet Nails

Velvet nails are extremely easy to do and they are fun to touch too! So soft and fuzzy! You can purchase the Ciaté Velvet Manicure nail kit or go for the more affordable option and purchase flocking powder instead. Unlike most nail designs, you don't want to finish off with a top coat.


Chalkboard Manicure

It may be easier to work with long nails but since the chalkboard manicure uses a pen-like tip to doodle the designs, it's just as easy to maintain control over the liquid chalk when working with short nails. Once again, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, you don't have to buy the Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure set. As stated on the NNPolish blog, you can use a black base, doodle with Gelly Roll pens and finish off with a matte top coat. One awesome thing about the chalkboard manicure is you only need water to wash away the chalk design if you make an oopsie! No need to re-paint your nails over and over again!


Confetti Nails

Confetti nail art is a great way to dress up your nails for a party night. There is a variety of coloured confetti glitter to choose from, although silver is a classic choice. Re-create various designs such as half moon nail art or French tips. Confetti glitter is an effortless choice for an instant glam look.


Fan Brush Nail Art

As you would have guessed from its name, you will need a nail art fan brush for this and several nail colours. You're not supposed to be too neat while doing this, so that should tease you to give it a try! This nail design is so vibrant and colourful, it will be perfect for spring/summer.

Short nails or not, despite the length, your nails can look pretty. I have tried a few of these nail designs myself and they turned out lovely! Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think... which design do you like most?

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I did the newspaper one and loved it! the best way I found to do it is instead of gettin the newspaper wet I will wet the tip of a cotton ball or q tip and place it on the newspaper while on too my nail.

Love this fun idea and will experiment with the daughters and granddaughters who love to paint their nails with different colours.

I love the news paper

I love the newspaper one so cool! AWESOME👍

So beautiful and inventive!

i love the newspaper and fan brush ..theyre really unusual

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