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19 August, 2017 06:56:13 PM


Super cool nail art ideas for short nails

Independent Online/Times Of India
Super cool nail art ideas for short nails

Sporting a perfect manicure with immaculate nails and an eye catching design can never go out of style. Celebrities swear by this.

So, no matter how stunning your outfit is, nail art can make or break your look.

Although they're a small part of our body, nails have the ability to add that extra oomph to your persona. And no, you don't need to have insane extensions or super complex designs to get the perfect set of nails. It's about time people realize that beautiful nail art can be achieved on short nails as well! The idea that only people with long nails can get nail art is plain stupid.

Yes, longer nails provide more surface area to the nail technicians to express their creativity and the same becomes difficult on short nails. But that doesn't mean it's impossible! Adapting to a fast-pacedmodern lifestyle means we're always short on time. Lesser time means less maintenance and less maintenance means short nails.

Let's face it, who has the time to make regular trips to the nail salon in case of any emergency. Shortnails are easy to maintain, more practical when it comes to following your daily routine and as versatile as long nails.

Examine your nails

Before you head out to the nail spa, have a good look at your nails. Please don't take badly bitten nails, destroyed cuticles or jagged nails to the salon. Before you plan anything, make sure you get a good manicure from the salon itself or a DIY can work too. Although, if you're not a pro at filing or cutting your nails, then it's best to rely on professionals. Next, give your nails a symmetric shape, by filing them a little. It's also a good idea to get your cuticles pushed back, this helps in increasing surface creating more surface area especially on small nails.

What to do

There are many designs to choose from. You're bound to go crazy and won't be able to pick any one!

French tip manicure with a twist

Give your classic manicure a twist by adding a layer of clear glitter nail paint as a topcoat or at the tip. A French manicure looks super classy no matter how short or long the nails are. By adding a layer of glitter polish you would be adding a fresh spin to the classic.

Spongebob or Pooh?

Nostalgia can get the best of us to go looking for our special blanket and curling up on the sofa to watch our favorite cartoons. Why not relive your favorite childhood cartoons? Bring them to life by getting cute nail art of your favorite characters. These face designs look superb on short nails. You can follow the theme of your favorite show or you could get different characters on each nail.

Striped like candy

Super cute and super easy. Candy stripes are hard to mess up. You can team up colors like pale pink, powder blue, lilac, teal or a soft plum with white. The combinations are endless, you go for the one matching your vibe.

Embrace the season

Match your nails to the season. Try a season specific design, like pineapples and lemons for summer or pretty reddish brown leaves for autumn or maybe a bright floral pattern for spring. Keep the base coat white and outline the shapes in black to really bring out the design.

The new French manicure

Add yet another twist to the classic manicure by switching the tips. Instead of painting each tip a boring white, you could paint them in different shades to quirk up the classic you could even choose two different tip shades and apply them at a diagonal angle instead of stick straight. Lastly, remember to keep the base a neutral color to really bring out your nails.

Nudes and neutrals

Keeping it simple should be your mantra if you like to try out a lot of different outfits but can't always match your nails to them. No matter what the season, fashion or mood, they go with everything. Nudes and neutrals in pinks, beige, cream or browns are the best options. You can have them in a matte or glossy finish, depending on your look.


Who said synthetic gemstones, rhinestones and crystals only belong on long nails? Bring the bling by trying out this look. You have 2 options to choose from-

First, if you want to go for a minimalistic look then just get some stones added to the half-moon of your cuticles. Subtle and beautiful.

Second, if you want to go crazy with super bling and sparkly nails for a special occasion then get some 3D Embellishments like rhinestone, shapes or any synthetic sparkly stones.

Keeping it classic

Want a subtle low maintenance manicure for an everyday office wear. Go for the classic red or burgundy. They're simple but look on point! You can also go for a matte or glossy finish in this as well.


Just like your hair, your nails too can have an ombre look. Instead of getting an ombre on every nail, go for an ombre where the deepest shade is applied to the thumb and the lightest to the pinky finger. The shades keep getting lighter as they move from the thumb to the pinky. Opt for colors like orange, blue, black-gray or pinks.

Holographic design

The super cool design can be done in a variety of colors and gives a cool sci-fi or futuristic feel to your nails. This crazy design gives an illusion of rainbows as it is extremely reflective.


Why restrict graffiti to the walls when your nails can be used as well. The Graffiti nail art includes specs and multicoloured hexes which make your nails look super chic. Definitely worth a try!

Now that you know the worth and versatility of short nails, nothing should stop you from rushing to your nearest salon and trying out a new look.


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