‘ve always been impressed by those people who can rock extremely long nails regularly. However, my lifestyle means short nails are much more practical and less likely to break. But short nails doesn’t mean boring nails! I am sharing with you three easy to DIY nail designs for short nails.
Before You Start
If you want your manicure to shine you need to take good care of your nails. If you want short nails to look good, you’ll need to give your cuticles some love and shape them properly.
Start with using a cuticle oil and gently, very gently push the cuticles back using an orange wood stick. This will make your nails look much more elegant and will help your manicure last longer.
Short or long, nails look better when they are shaped with a glass nail file. You don’t need to do anything complex: a squoval or oval shape looks great on short nails. Just make sure they are all the same length so the manicure looks even and no nail looks out of place.
The three easy nail designs for short nails below should be applied on a base coat that suits your requirements. This will help you avoid staining and will make your manicure last longer.
So, with all the prep out of the way, it’s time to explore some manicure ideas for short nails!
A Classic: French Manicure
A french manicure is timeless and will make your fingers look longer which is a nice bonus. It’s also office friendly even for the most corporate environments. It’s a natural looking nail with the tips painted with white varnish.
Some people choose to paint the white varnish straight on top of a transparent base, while others use a nude nail polish over the entire nail. Essie Ballet Slippers is a very popular one for this.
There are french manicure stickers that you can stick a bit below the free edge of your nail, right where you want the white section to start. It makes creating a crisp white like much easier! Or if you are feeling adventurous, replace the white with contrasting neon color, or even black.
Don’t forget a glossy top coat to raise your french manicure to the next level!