I think one of my favourite things to do in life is to spend hours on the internet looking for nail art designs for my next manicure sesh. Buuut, I’ve got really short nails that refuse to grow beyond a certain point *sobs*. After years of frequently getting acrylic nails and trying every home remedy to achieve Kylie-esque nails, I have finally made my peace with my short nails, and even come to love it!

Wanna know what changed? Well, I discovered some amazing nail art designs that look amazing on short nails; it is almost like they were made for ‘em. And guess what? I’ve rounded up five of the coolest short nail ideas and designs for you to copy ASAP. Take a look….


Unicorn potion

Unicorn potion - Nail art design

Pastel colour with glitter detailing on one or two fingers is perfect for short nails. The glitter adds just the right amount of zing to your nails with looking too OTT.

Get the look: Lakme True Wear Color Crush – 04 and Lakme Color Crush Nail Art - S4


Polka dots

Polka dots - Nail art design

This is one of the easiest nail art designs to achieve and looks immensely chic on short nails. All you need to recreate this nail art is a nude nail polish, some loose glitter and a tweezer. So easy yet so classy, don’t you think?

Get the look: Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Gloss Nail Color - Nude Flush



Geometric - Nail art design

This is one of the most understated yet beautiful nail art designs and it looks lovely on short nails. The combination of pastel and black nail polish with these random lines looks extremely stunning. And the best part is that it even helps add a little length and dimension to your nails.

Get the look: Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Nail Color – Charcoal and Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Nail Color – Apricot


Neon tips

Neon tips - Nail art design

Here is the perfect example of the fact that your French manicure doesn’t have to be basic and boring. This manicure is the perfect amalgamation of trendy and simplicity. The best part? This nail art is extremely easy to achieve too.

Get the look: Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Gloss Nail Color - Lime Treat and Elle 18 Nail Pops Nail Polish – 147


Popsicle hues

Popsicle hues - Nail art design

If gradient nails have been on your radar for a while now, then go ahead and get them STAT. The different colours on each nail look super sophisticated irrespective of your nail length and the pastel hues give the illusion of some extra length.