I have always been influenced by people who can shake very long nails regularly. However, my lifestyle means that shorter nails are a lot more practical and less likely to break. But short nails do not mean boring nails! I am sharing with you three easy DIY nail designs for short nails.
Before you start
If you want your manicure to shine you need to take good care of your nails. If you want small nails to look good, then you have to give a little love to your cuticles and shape them properly.
Start using cuticle oil and gently, gently push the cuticle using an orange wooden stick. This will make your nails look a lot more beautiful and will help to maintain your manicure for longer.
Short or long, nails look better when they are shaped like glass nail files. You don’t need to do anything complicated: a square or oval shape looks great on small nails. Just make sure that they are all the same length so the manicure also looks and no nails look out of place.
Three easy nail designs for short nails below should be applied to the base coat which suits your needs. This will help you avoid staining and will keep your manicure longer.
So, with all the furnishing out of the way, it is time to explore some manicure ideas for small nails!
A Classic: French Manicure
A French manicure is timeless and will make your fingers look longer which is a nice bonus. It is also office-friendly for most corporate environments. It is a natural-looking nail with tips painted with white varnish.
Some people choose to paint white varnish directly above a transparent base, while others use nail polish all over the nail. Essie Ballet Slippers are very popular for this.
There are French manicure stickers that you can stick slightly below the free edge of your nail, where you want the white section to begin. It makes a crisp white like very easy! Or if you’re feeling adventurous, replace white with neon color, or even black.
Don’t forget a shiny topcoat to enhance your French manicure to the next level!
If you are brighter than a French manicure, nail stamping is a good way to start yourself with nail art. Stamping means transferring designs from metal stamping plates to nails using a stamper. And it’s really fun!
For shorter nails, geometric stamping works best, as you may not have enough space for a cutesy drawing or other non-repetitive design. But use it to see what you like!
Some combinations that work brilliantly on small nails are a gold stamp on a blue background, silver on black or red, and even silver or gold stamped seal on a nude polished base.
You will need some equipment here, but nothing too expensive. Nail stamping kits usually include one or more stamping plates, a stamper, and a scraper (or you can use an old credit card for this). It may take some practice to figure out how to completely lift the design from the plate and seal the nail but the results are saloon-worthy.
This type of design combines the trend of the ever-popular negative space with colorful manicures. Choose two complementary colors, such as red and gold, black and silver, or two different finishes of the same color. For example, you can alternate the tips with matte tips.
Leave the lower half of the nail but for a transparent base coat, and optionally paint the tips in each of the two chosen colors. Quick and easy, but still eye-catching and your nails will look long.
And don’t forget to protect your manicure with a long-lasting coat. Quick-dry topcoats are perfect for nail art, as they reduce the risk of losing your hard work.