5 Gorgeous Summer Nail Designs For Short Nails

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Short Summer Nail Designs

Want to wear short nails with confidence this summer? Being able to style natural nails is a must for anyone looking to properly maintain their look.

Our Favorite 2023 Summer Trends

  1. Opt for a zesty burst of citrus
  2. Mix it up with neon colors
  3. Swirl in some blue and white
  4. Bring it to the next level with a rainbow French manicure
  5. Go for a touch of gold

All you need to do is discover the best designs for short nails, and you'll be able to proudly show off stunning nails all summer.

Here are our five favorite short nail designs to get you started.

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#1. A 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 artistry within our hearts.

But you don't need to sport obnoxiously long nails just to feel confident in your look. Your natural nails are more than enough to create a look worth fawning over.

Technically speaking, shorter nails may offer less of a canvas to work with. You may have less nail surface area, but that doesn't mean you need to compromise. As long as you know how to properly plan your nail design, you can effectively create any design you want!

A simplistic and empowering nail design often includes just a burst of color. This "burst of citrus" look involves small French tips with lemony designs. It's warm and refreshing, perfect for the summer.

Effortlessly Creating The Perfect Nail Art

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

Maniology's iconic nail plates 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 Maniology's Fresh Squeeze nail stamping plate to place a hearty boost of citrus and fruit on your nails. Then, pair it with our Cream Lemon Yellow stamping nail polish for the perfect pastel color to help your look come to life.

Why These Stamping Plates Are A Must

Our stamping plates make it easy to create stunning and intricate nail art without freehanding a thing. It's a simple five-step process that ends with 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. It's truly that good!

#2. Colorful Neons

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

But now that it's summer, it's time to shed these dull shades and opt for something a bit more enticing. The summer season is the perfect time for bright colors and neon shades, so let's reflect that energy in your nail art!

Neon colors also help short nails truly stand out. It's time to make a statement, regardless of the length of your nails. Confidence is key, and some bright shades can help empower you to look and feel your best.

Neon Summer Nails You Can't Live Without

If you want to wear short nails with confidence, some bright neon shades can do the trick. Use Maniology's School's Out 6-piece neon nail lacquer set for all the colors you'll need to truly rock short nails.

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#3. Blue And White Swirls

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Summer calls for ice cream, sunny days, and classic nail art color combinations. Blue and white are perhaps two of the best nail art colors to use, and they pair perfectly together.

These popular colors, matched with some simplistic designs, are a must for short nails. It creates a design vibrant enough to set you apart from the competition while keeping your nails mild and discreet enough.

Maniology's Alice cream blue stamping nail polish is the perfect shade for this summer. It's bright and edgy without being over the top, and it's more refreshing than any pastel color.

Use it with the Aanchysnails nail stamping plate to create the perfect blue-and-white swirl art. This plate also has other floral designs, so you can experiment with your summer nails as you see fit!

#4. Rainbow French Tips

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Why don't we pair two of the most classic designs out there? French tips are a must for anyone looking to sport an iconic nail design, and throwing in some color can bring it to the next level.

Summer is all about sunshine, popsicles, and zesty attire. However, there are plenty of other things to associate this season with.

Lush greenery and rainbows are a couple of other notable parts of this season. So let's bring that vibrant energy to your nails!

Instead of simple white French tips, you can spice it up with a rainbow design. It's easy to create as well. All you need are various shades, and you can simply paint different colors on each tip.

If you're styling shorter nails, be sure to keep the tips short so they create an elongating effect.

#5. A Touch Of Gold

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Who says that summer nails need to be all about pops of color and vibrant shades?

Adding a touch of gold to your nail look will help you maintain the simplistic elegance of the winter season. In addition, it'll keep your style warm and comfortable without taking it too far!

You can use Maniology's Sun Sign titanium gold chrome powder to create a stunning and shining finish on your nails.

Wrapping Up

Now that we're nearing the summer months, it's time to find nail designs that work for your short nails. Instead of hiding your natural nails, you can show off your style with confidence and passion!

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At Maniology, we believe your nails are opportunities for adventure, fun, and unrestrained artistic expression. Our nail stamping plates and nail accessories are here to help foster your self-expression in the hopes of building a community of individuality. For more nail tutorials, subscription box updates, and designs, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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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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