5 Nail Art Designs That Make Short Nails Look Pretty Damn Awesome

Written by Urvi DalalApr 17, 2024
5 nail art designs that make short nails look pretty damn awesome

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

Popsicle hues - 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

Popsicle hues - 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



Popsicle hues - 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

Popsicle hues - 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.

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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