21 Adorable Manicure Ideas For Short Nails

Because short-nailed people want to be pretty too.

1. Short nail beds don’t offer much space for complex nail art, so simple designs are easier to create. Consider an easy stripe:

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2. Or tiny polka dots — the smaller, the better!

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3. A nude nail polish can make your fingers look longer.

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4. Especially if you find a polish that’s well-matched to your skin tone.

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5. Nail stickers are another great option for short nails. This is another case of “smaller is better,” as larger stickers can take up too much space.

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6. Instead of decorating your tips, try a reverse french to get a similar look without growing your nails out. The reverse french can look natural…

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7. …or can have a more colorful, two-toned variation.

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8. Of course, there’s always this Super Reverse French, where the white “tip” takes up most of the nail.

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9. Outline manicures show off short, neat nails.

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10. And look especially good with a pop of color!

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11. A stud or rhinestone at the base of the nail is a cute accent for shorter styles.

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12. See? Look at all the colors! The possibilities are endless!

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13. Or actually, you know what? Put the studs anywhere. They look adorable on short nails. Go crazy!

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14. Tiny floral appliques look very pretty, especially if they don’t take over the whole nail.

Those are real flowers!

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15. Or combine nail art, the reverse french, nude tones, and flowers for this fabulous Transformer of a short-nail look!

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16. Never underestimate the power of a single statement nail, whether it’s in glitter:

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17. A complimentary color:

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18. An easy design:

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19. Or the only solid nail on an artfully designed hand:

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20. Short nails are also prime canvasses for easily chipped metallic polishes, because short nails chip less than long nails.

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21. Doing an ombre look on each finger is difficult when your nails are short, so do your whole hand in gradually changing colors instead!

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The possibilities are endless! Go forth and polish your short, lovely nails!

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