8 Short Nail Designs That Make A Statement

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Short Nail Designs

Longer isn't always better, and the perfect short nail mani can prove that. Whether you're drawn toward ravishing rainbow French tips or chic and classy metallic nails, there are plenty of dashing designs out there that can enhance and elevate your style.

Short Nail Designs: At a Glance

  1. Metallic Bows & Ribbons
  2. Burst of Citrus
  3. Bright & Bubbly Seashells
  4. Creamy Blue & White
  5. Rainbow French Mani
  6. Lacey Lovers
  7. Musical Masterpiece
  8. Keep Growing

You don't need to have dagger-like stiletto nails in order to enjoy a trendy and modern mani. With a dash of inspiration and the right nail stamping kit on hand, you can transform your short nails into crafty works of art!

Keep reading, and we'll share eight of our favorite nail art designs for short nails.

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#1: Metallic Bows & Ribbons

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Even if you're looking to satisfy your goth and grunge side, these metallic bow-adorned nails are the perfect look.

Starting with this duochrome silver base, all you need to do is top off your DIY mani with some dainty bows and ribbons.

Swap out long nails in favor of these classy short nail designs

You don't need to fret over freehanding these intricate lines and details. Simply pick up our "Bows & Ribbons" nail stamping plate, and let it do the work for you!

Take your pick of bouncy bows and chic corset knots when fashioning your unique look.

Plus, you can finally skip that dreaded trip to the nail salon, and simply make an at-home mani!

#2. Burst of Citrus

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Gorgeous nails are a must for anyone looking to showcase their personal style and creative vision. The perfect manicure is a surefire way to instill confidence and femininity within your heart.

However, you don't need to resort to obnoxiously long nails just to feel empowered.

After all, it's just not reasonable to wear 3-inch long stilettos every day (never mind the bacteria that can hang out there, too.)

Short nails are more than enough to make a look worth fawning over

Technically speaking, shorter nails may offer less of a canvas to work with.

You might have less nail surface area, but that doesn't mean you need to compromise your creative potential.

As long as you know how to properly plan your nail design, you can effectively make any design you want. And this look proves that!

This short mani incorporates citrus designs and minimal French tips. It's warm and refreshing, perfect for the summer.

The best way to recreate shorter nail designs with ease

However, you don't need to feel intimidated by this somewhat complicated nail art. With the right tools at hand, you can effortlessly replicate professional-grade nail designs right at home!

And the iconic nail plates from Maniology are perfect for bringing your nail art vision to life.

There are countless designs to choose from, and each of them makes it possible to get the nails of your dreams!

Start with clear nails, and then use Maniology's "Fresh Squeeze" nail stamping plate to place a hearty boost of citrus on your nails.

Pair it with our "Cream Lemon Yellow" stamping nail polish for the perfect pastel color to help your look come to life. (If yellow isn't your look, try swapping it for a light pink!)

Why these stamping plates are a must-have for any budding nail artist

Our stamping plates make it easy to enjoy stunning and intricate nail art without freehanding a thing. You don't need to be an experienced nail tech to use them!

It's a simple five-step process that ends with simply stamping the design directly onto your nails.

It's fast, easy to use, and trendy, which sounds like the makings of gorgeous nail art for years to come.

#3. Bright & Bubbly Seashells

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In the winter, most people wear nude or neutral nails. Everyone can get on board with a beige palette, as these hues go with any look.

But that doesn't mean you can't shed these dull colors in favor of something a bit more enticing.

Bright colors can help short nails stand out, and it's time to make a statement!

Confidence is key, and some bright short nail designs can help empower you to look and feel your best.

Neon nail art you won't be able to live without

If you want to wear short nails with confidence, this bright and bubbly manicure can do the trick.

With our "Life's a Beach" nail stamping kit and "Seashell" pink stamping polish, it'll be easy to replicate these fun and flawless nails.

Just keep in mind that our "Life's a Beach" nail stamping kit was included in a past Mani X Me subscription box. That means you can only access this exclusive item if you're a current member. Don't forget to sign up!

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#4. Creamy Blue & White

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Blue and white are perhaps two of the best nail art colors to use together. And when you match them with some simplistic designs, you get the perfect design for short almond nails.

A design for short nails that is rich and rewarding

Maniology's "Alice" cream blue stamping nail polish is a gorgeous cerulean blue color that is bright without being over the top.

Originally featured in our "Through the Looking Glass" Mani x Me box, it'll unlock the door to a truly whimsical adventure and expressive nail art look!

#5. Rainbow French Tips

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Why don't we pair two of the most classic short nail designs out there?

By incorporating some vivid and vivacious color into your favorite French mani, you can create a design for short nails that will never let you down!

Introduce some vibrant energy to your short nail designs

Instead of a simple white French manicure, you can spice up your look with a ravishing rainbow design.

It's a design for short nails ideal for summer and sun, regardless of the length or shape of your nails!

It's easy to create as well; all you need is a multi-colored nail polish set like the "School's Out" 6-piece collection from Maniology.

Keep in mind that if you're styling shorter nails, be sure to keep the French tips short so they create an elongating effect.

#6. Lacey Lovers

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These reflective nails are something to write home about. They feel mystical and magical, all without taking away from their innate sophistication.

This design is truly made for short nails!

Mix glitter and grace, and you'll get these nails

Though the sparkly tips and glimmering glitter are more than enough to catch the eye, the real beauty stems from the lacey designs.

All you need to do is use our "Lacey Lovers" nail stamping plate, and you can easily recreate this elegant and exquisite design for short nails!

#7. Musical Masterpiece

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If you're a fan of good tunes and good times, then this is the look for you.

Starting with monochromatic nail polish, you can top off this look with a symphony of nail art designs.

Simply grab our "Turn Up The Volume" nail stamping plate, and get stampin'!

#8. Keep Growing

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Though this look gives luck-of-the-Irish vibes, it's actually created by our "National Alliance on Mental Illness" nail stamping plate.

Made in partnership with the National Alliance for Mental Illness Hawaii chapter, this plate is all about bringing awareness to those who suffer from mental illness.

Not only is this stamping plate & green nail lacquer duo the perfect design for short nails, but it's also a great way to Stamp for a Cause.

Wrapping Up

Who says that you need long nails to enjoy a stunning manicure? Now, it's time to find nail designs that pair perfectly with your short nails.

The right nail art look will help you embrace confidence and showcase your unique sense of style. And that's no less than you deserve!

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  • I love the way the nails look i would love to have my nails done like these. I do not like the long nails they look so beautiful. 🤗🇵🇭

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