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40 Nail Art Designs for Short Nails

Some women prefer wearing their nails really long. But it also brings troubles of one kind or another to our daily life and work. Maybe sometimes you’re upset when they trap your long hair or tap out the disruptive clack-clack sound of tips on a keyboard. However, you can always count on short nails, which is practical and less likely to be broken. Working moms, busy women often opt for short nails to keep them good looking and practical. And having shorter nails can change the look of your hands and fingers, just like shorter haircut can change your whole temperament.

Short nails can be fascinating. There are some nail designs for short nails that look better than others. Some can even make your nails visually longer, of you wish so. From classy manicures to really complicated ones you can achieve them all even if your nails are pretty short.

With summer officially here, we will show you some new summer nail collections, from a french tip upgrade to a look that is literally fire, these are the short nail looks we need this summer.

Ahead, 40 nail art designs to try if you want of short-nail inspiration. Keep scrolling!

1. LOVE and Glitter

Milky white nails are classy and timeless. However, to make them look a bit different and exciting add a bit of glitter. Precisely that – glitter polish on your pinky fingernail only with “LOVE” design on your ring fingernail will make a big difference and make your nails super stylish.

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2. Purple and Pink

Purple and silver glitter nails designs on a nude background are surrounded by deep, shiny purple nails. The combination is spectacular. And the overall design makes for a first-rate manicure for shorter nails.

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3. Leopard pattern

Low-profile leopard print on a milky white background is chic and different. You can wear this anytime, but it is more suitable for younger girls looking for a fun and cheerful manicure.

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4. Starry Sky

Dark glitter looks lovely on short nails. You can be sure that there geometric silver lines in combination with exquisite leaves will make your nails look stylish. So, whether you wear short or medium nails, they will look gorgeous.

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5. Classic White and Metallic

No matter which polish shade you choose golden details can make everything better. Annular gold metal on your nails in combination with nail polish will make your nails shine and be perfectly eye-catching.

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6. Colorful Bird

Like it is better than that this manicure is colorful, it is also patterned. Colorful Bird print on your nails can look absolutely fabulous.

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7. Shiny Nails

Shiny nails are perfect for the wedding day if you are a bridesmaid or going as a guest. The fine glitter will compliment your attire along with your shoes and hairstyle. You can frame your nails with glitters and make them gorgeous yet sophisticated and low-key.

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8. Plant pattern

Summer is almost here, and now it is the right time to start thinking about new nails. Make them like a summer style. Even add plant patterns that will show off everybody how much you love the nature.

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9. Black and Pink

We were not aware of how good this paste-dark combination look like! Additional details on your middle and ring finger look will only make this combination look better and great for everyday wear. You can have short nails, still, make them look fabulous.

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10. Lovely Pink and White

If you are looking for a wedding manicure, look no further. Here is the mani that has it all. Pink and white shades are simply beautiful for the big day, while the gold line  is not a waste. You will enjoy your short nails and feel confident about your look.

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11. Green and White

Green nails might sound strange to you. We get it – it’s not the most used color for the manicure. However, dark and matte green in combination with white will make your nails look unique and very stylish. You can draw some patterns or just combine these two shades.

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12. Red Nails with White Star

Red nails are timeless. You can wear them however you wish, but the shade will remain forever. If you are bored of classy red nails, drew a star on your ring fingernail. It will add a bit of rock ‘n’ roll vibe to your style, that is for sure.

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13. Marble Pattern

Depending on your style, you can choose your nails as well to be nude, black, or maybe glittery. These have it all – three color combinations, marble print and a bit of sparkly polish. You will love to wear them for all possible occasions.

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14. Gold Smile

If you want to wear a simplistic nail design on your short nails, these minimalist gold smile are the way to go. Gorgeous, right?

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15. French Manicure

Looking for something elegant and bold? Look no further than this. This French manicure with metallic foils will blow your mind. It is a great idea for those who like to make a statement and to be noticed.

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16. Rhinestones 

Rhinestones on the nails can easily look kitsch. However, if you style them properly, and with the right background, your nails will look more than perfect. This is great manicure even for those wearing short nails.

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17. Black Ribbon

If you were wondering which color combination makes you both elegant and charming, we have the answer for you. It is the milky-white and black ribbon with diamonds. This design is excellent not only for special occasions but for everyday wear.

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18. Artistic Pattern

Pink nails are wonderful. They even look better on short nails. So, don’t think twice when picking a new shade for your next manicure. They can be enriched with some details, like a lovely artistic pattern on white background.

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19. Nude Nail

Nude nail art designs are versatile almost like white. You can wear them one-toned or in combination with some patterns. We suggest to go with white artistic lines.

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20. Black and Red

Silver flakes in form or a rhomboid will add some texture to your nude nails with black geometry patterns. This manicure is excellent for  prom nights, and other special occasions, especially in the cold winter time.

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21. Peking Opera

Peking opera nails look amazingly interesting. If you want to make your nails unexpectedly, you should try them as well.

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22. Ceramics

Your nails can look like some beautiful ceramics. You can look amazing with such art design, but try to combine patterns with basic shades like white.

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23. White and Rose Gold

This is a fun nail design for short nails! Rose gold has been popular for a while now and is typically a very flattering shade. Paired with white nail polish, the contrast is surprisingly phenomenal and easy to try with just a few stamps, dots and lines. A regular top coat is great for this, as you don’t want the shine to overpower the glitter and the white.

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24. Rose Gold Sparkle Nails

Rose gold sparkle nails and nude create a great combination, especially when featuring a little design! The star here is the hand-painted design on the right ring finger but it is complemented by the nude and rose gold nails on either side and the other hand.

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25. Hand-painted Design

White nail polish will make your hands look more tanned, but  with hand-painted, brightly colored leaves and flowers will give you a tropical mood for sure. On shorter nails, it is better to frame the cuticle or tips of the nails with the design to maximize the space and create a lengthier-looking nail.

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26. Green, Red and Nude

In a slightly different shade green and red can have a transformative feel, especially when mixed together in an interesting nail design for short nails. A high-shine finish completes the look with oval-shaped tips.

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27. Grey Ombre and Negative Space

When your manicure features a whole nail of tiny crystals and that is not even the main feature, your short nail art design is awesome. A negative space heart surrounded by white nail polish is universally flattering, but the dark to light grey ombre is a stormy accent that won’t be overlooked.

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28. Glossy Black Six Ways

Glossy black nail polish makes a great manicure even if you are not going for a Goth look. This nail design for short nails is even better with line art and geometric shapes over nude polish to really make the black designs stand out. Placed on random fingers, the design is even more fun.

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29.Dark Gray and White

Dark gray nails accented by white and teased with ombre really shine under a wet-look top coat. This nail art design for short nails is certainly a conversation starter with an unexpected color taking the lead in the design.

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30. Sunflower

Sunflower is a great representative of spring and sunny weather. Match it with your yellow nails.

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31. Colorful Stickers

If you’re looking for something easier that delivers just as much impact. The brand recently launched the a few of our favorite sticker sheets, hearts or other colorful accents. To apply, simply stick on your nails and set with clear topcoat. An eye-catching style has never been easier.

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32. Black Spakle Nail

Black nails are always chic. Plus, sparkles only make them look better. We love triangle design like evening dress.

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33.  Lovely  Animals

If you love animals, you should try this design, the other nails look like candy, it is so sweet and more suitable for young girls.

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34. Sparkle Pink Nails

Nail designs with sunny pink nails are subtle and cute. A design that reminds us of the snow is perfect for romantic looks and women that prefer their nails to be classy and low-key. You can even add small  rhinestones to make that floral design look chic.

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35. Floral Nail

Colorful nail art design is versatile in summer. We suggest to go with some bright colors and to add some beautiful and cute floral designs on a transparent background.

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36. Pink and Glitter Nails

A sweet contrast nail stands out against an otherwise solid mani. The glitters of pink have us falling in love.

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37. Hand-painted Glass

Nude and transparent glassic base with simple hand-painted flowers on the top makes your short nails look fabulous and chic.

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38. Black and Red

Basic colors on your nails will match perfectly with your basic capsule wardrobe. Black, red, and white nail polish are those that you need to have at home. Combine them for a perfect and chic manicure that you can wear every day, even at work.

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39. Gold Metallic Scratches

We believe that scratched nails won’t be your first choice when picking your manicure. However, you need to check out this one. Marble base with gold metallic scratches  makes your short nails look special and stylish.

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40. White Nail

Long nails aren’t necessary to make them stand out. This manicure is perfect for those girls who like their nails short and insignificant. Cream white polish and short nails make an excellent combination. A simple ink flower on the ring fingernail will make this otherwise quite simple and natural nail design very attractive.

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