Got Short Nails? Try These Tips And Tricks To Make Them Appear Longer

Written by Urvi DalalSep 16, 2023
Got short nails? Try these tips and tricks to make them appear longer

I am one of those really unlucky people whose nails don’t grow long enough. And, even if they do end up growing a little bit, they are so fragile that at least one of them ends up getting chipped. Even though this sounds frustrating, there is no way I’m giving up on my goal to flaunt long, pretty nails. So what do I do, you ask?

Well… I just fake it till I make it! Having lived with this kind of nails for as long as I can remember, I have gathered a list of secret tips and tricks that can make short nails appear long and thin.

Curious to find out how I do it? Read on for all the deets, ladies!


Push back your cuticles

Choose your nail shape wisely

If you didn’t know this, pushing your cuticles back is a great way to add some length and dimension to your nails. But if you have never done this or are unsure, always go to a professional to get your cuticles pushed back. This is because doing so on your own could damage your nail bed.


Apply pastel nail colours

Choose your nail shape wisely

One of the easiest ways to fake long nails is to paint your nails in a pastel shade. These colours are perfect to help your nails, as well as fingers, look longer and thinner.


Try nail contouring

Choose your nail shape wisely

If you are someone who prefers darker shades over lighter ones, then this could prove to be a handy tip. When you’re applying a dark shade of polish, leave about 2-3mm of space empty at the sides of your nails to create the illusion of slimmer, longer nails.



French manicure to the rescue

Choose your nail shape wisely

Who said French manicure is just for girls with long nails? If you have nails that just barely grow over your fingers, then you could get a French manicure. The white colour at the tips will help create the illusion of length. Awesome, isn’t it?


Choose your nail shape wisely

Choose your nail shape wisely

We know you love square-shaped nails a lot, but if you’re trying to make your nails look longer, then this may not be the best shape for you. Square nails tend to make your nails look shorter than they actually are. Therefore, you should opt for round or almond shape to make your nails appear longer.  

Urvi Dalal

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Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!


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