short nail designs

Nail Designs For Short Nails

Short Nail Designs!

Looking for cute, trendy nail designs for short nails? Just because you’ve got stubs instead of claws, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style!

To be honest I’ve never really wanted long nails. I like the look, feel and functionality of keeping my nails short. But I do like to keep my nails looking nice (well sometimes… when I have time).

Pro Tip: Always start with clean nails. Push back your cuticles, and buff your nail ridges so you have a perfect, smooth base! This helps prep your nail for the smoothest application 🙂 And it’s always best to use thinner coats of polish and apply a few coats, rather than a few thicker coats.

Use this to inspire a DIY manicure at home or bring them in to your nail technician for a professional design!

Trendy Nail Designs For Short Nails

I started with this one because it’s my favourite! Matte black with a touch of gold at your moon, make this design totally edgy, yet chic. A super cute nail design for short nails.

Coming in close second is this adorable design! Just start with a nice neutral or clear coat and top with some red sweethearts to create feminine, pretty nails:)

Hearts make great nail designs for short nails because they are so cute! With the right nail tools, including a skinny brush, this cute heart design would be a simple DIY manicure.

I am obsessed with these neon yellow smiley face nails with the 90’s vibes.

To me these are boho, earthy nail inspo perfection!

Marble is sooo in! Black and marble pattern is fun way to add a little texture to your nails!

Is there anything prettier than pink and gold with a touch of sparkle?!

Cute, classic short white nails but with a pop of fruit! We used an apple, but you can choose apple, cherries, or pineapple would be super cute.

Perfect for cozying up with a pumpkin spice latte, neutral tones with a touch of gold fleck to fancy it up!

Rock this edgy look for your next girl’s night out! I love the extreme detail!

Who needs a bouquet when you’ve got nails this pretty?

A classic French manicure always looks good on any length nails!

And last but certainly not least- my little nails painted half and half with neon pink and sparkle! I’m loving the neon trend lately:) Reminds me of the 90s!

Do you keep your nails short? Which of these cute short nail designs is your fave?

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  1. Thanks for this! I keep my nails short because I hate getting stuff underneath them, so these designs are awesome for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. faecelinee says:

    I don’t like having long nails too. I always keep them short, these designs are so beautiful, my favorite is the pink and gold :))

  3. Sarah Emery says:

    I’m totally digging on the Boho Inspo. I toggle back and forth with short to long nails, so these designs are great ideas.

  4. Joanna says:

    These are amazing suggestions! I will take some to my nail technician for my next appointment. I have short nails and I always just paint them in one color, never thought i could do designs on them being so short.

    1. Enjoy!! You can definitely have fun with short nails:)

  5. Sondra Barker says:

    I always have to have short nails because I play guitar, so I love all of these suggestions. The neutral pumpkin spice latte will be my next nail color! reciprocated by Natasha Romero-Salas

  6. I agree with this! I have short nails and I love all of these nail art design <3 Loving this ideas!! Thank you for this

  7. I always keep my nails short but I feel like I missed some of these cool designs and colors. I love the matte black — I must check that out. I also loved the green and the red/pink design with the rose in the background. I still love the classic French manicure as well. These all work on natural nails too right?

  8. I think short nails are more feminine. I used to like long but short nails are really adorable with a cute nail design.

  9. Some very inspired designs which you have there. I think I really like the green ones with the leaves on one of the nails. It is beautiful and earthy all at the same time.

  10. Wow I love the nail art. I prefer short nails. The designs are good. My beauty salon has just started nail art. I am going to have one of your designs done.

  11. Olya Amanova says:

    I love the pastel tones. The green though looks so lovely. It almost impossible to choose one. All of them look adorable. And with small kids and cooking – short is my choice. Although sometimes a little longer looks very nice.

  12. Sundeep says:

    These are some amazing nail arts I am sharing with my nailart lovers friends

  13. These nail designs are so stunning. I love the look of all of these x


  14. Mudpiefridays says:

    I do have a short nails and doon’t have plan to make it longer. I fund these designs so cute and fab, and I just love them all especially classic French manicure.

  15. I always keep my nails short otherwise I end up scratching myself everywhere haha 😀 My preference are light pinks and neutral browns when it comes to nailpaints.

  16. These are all so gorgeous! I have very short nails so I will try a couple of these out!

  17. These are some really cute designs. I prefer the classic french mani, however I do like to add a little color every now and then.

  18. Some of those are super cute! I love the fern green one.

  19. These are too cute! I’ve always been frustrated about my nails because I can’t maintain them if they’re long but thank you for these inspirations!

  20. mommysup says:

    Love the first one the most! So much fallish! 🙂

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