You don’t necessarily need long nails in order to have a superb nail art game. But if you do want it to make your nails appear longer, then these designs are certainly the ones for you.

 

Holographic glass nails

Holographic glass nails

Holographic glass nails create an optical illusion when brought into contact with light. They have a horizontal glow to them, making your nails appear longer and sleeker. Such nails are basically achieved with the use of nail polishes that provide a 3D holographic glass look to them. Hence, it is the direction of the application of your nail paint that matters the most. Make sure that you apply the nail paint in a vertical direction since it will help make your nails seem elongated.

 

Strips

Strips

A striped design seems to elongate the apparent length of your nails. Strips can be incorporated into your nail art in a variety of ways. If you wish to make your nails appear subtle, you can make a vertical division and paint the two sides in contrasting colours. For those interested in a more modernized take on nail art, a Twin Peaks zigzag print is a viable option as well.

 

Line

Line

In order to make your nails appear longer than they are in reality, you can paint them in a way so as to create an illusion that will make them look slimmer. Firstly, coat your nails using any light shade of nail polish. Let this coat dry completely. Then, with a colour contrasting the base coat, draw a line that borders your nail. You can even use glitter pens to draw this margin, for a snazzier look. 

 

Spots

Spots

Spots, or dots, often create an optical illusion which makes them appear either smaller or larger, depending upon the viewer's angle. They can also make your nails appear longer, on account of certain colour and design appropriations. Apply a base coat using any light shade of nail paint. Once the base coat has dried, you can draw spots over it using marker pens so as to get a smoother and more defined finish. You can also use this technique to create nail art inspired by animal prints.