21 Inspiring Nail Designs for Short Nails

Nail designs for short nails are very easy to find. One might think that it’s not as easy to find cute and creative designs for shorter nails. We are here to discredit that nonsense. There are dozens of pretty nail art designs for shorter nails.

While coffin nail designs might be trendy at the moment, they are not always practical. A lot of women have careers where long nails can be troublesome. Shorter nails are just as stylish.

It also applies to stiletto nails. Sure, they are all the rage right now, but they can break easily or you could even hurt someone with super long stiletto nails. You can rock short nails just as easy and be proud of your trendy nail art for short nails. All you need is some fun nail polish colors, a few nail art tools and your imagination! The sky’s the limit when it comes to cool short nails designs!

Another advantage of shorter nails is that they won’t chip or break as easily as longer nails and you can save a lot of money on nail repairs. We have put together a list of short nail designs that you can easily duplicate at home!

Check out our top 21 nail designs for short nails and remember to pin the ones you love!

Black and White Speckled Nails

This black and white speckled design is totally adorable. And the best part about this look is that you can wear it every day or for a special event.


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Initial Nails

This design is simple yet cute. Paint your nails your favorite color (or colors) and paint your initials on one or two nails. Or the initials of your significant other or crush to add an element of mystery and romance.


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Striped Nail Art

These nails with thick black, blue, white, and beige stripes are elegant and stylish.


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Grid Nail Art

Grid nail art is totally trending right now. Paint each nail a different color and draw a grid design in white or cream on each nail.


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Blue and Silver French Mani

We think this take on the French mani, with its metallic silver for the base and dark metallic blue for the tip, is quite stylish.


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Tribal Nails

We think this look is totally edgy, with its dark turquoise nails and then the funky tribal design on the finger of each hand.


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Burgundy and White Chevron Nails

This matte deep burgundy is striking, and chevron nail art with flowers is a hit this year. This design is stylish and classy.


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Heart Tips

Another take on the French mani is this nude base with a red and black heart for the tips to pledge your undying love.


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Darkest Hour

With its shiny dark green base and gold accents, this style is super easy yet amazing.


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Midnight Blues

We love this sparkly dark blue polish but what really sets it off is the thin white and blue chevron design on the accent finger.


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Disney Nail Designs for Short Nails

If you love Minnie Mouse, you’ll flip for this cute design with a Minnie Mouse silhouette on the ring finger, black nail as another accent, and white-and-red polka dot design on other nails.


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Baby Blue Mani

This French mani with half moon and thin white tips and baby blue is reminiscent of a summer sky.


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Bat Girl

If you love Halloween, these black bats are calling you!


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Red Jeweled Mani

This reverse French mani with a red base and black half moons at the nail beds is quite stunning.


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Splash of Pink

We think these multi-colored pink, yellow and orange dots on a white nail base give the perfect burst of pink!


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Pink and Grey Mani

This slick matte gray mani with pink tips is one of our favorite takes on the French Mani.


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Red and Black Nail Designs for Short Nails

Red and black are always popular. This deep matte red base with black swirls is dramatic and captivating.


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Leopard Print Nails

Leopard print nails are always a crowd pleaser. You can choose any color but we this black on black design is our favorite!


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Ombre Nail Designs for Short Nails

You can totally rock ombre on short nails. All you need is two to three colors and a sponge! We love this soft green to lavender gradient.


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Sunflower Power

Sunflowers are so pretty, don’t you agree? We love this pretty matte black base with a bright yellow sunflower that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!


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Smiley Faces

Speaking of smiles, this look is so much fun! We love the bright red polish but the yellow smiley face nail is totally adorable and cheery!


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Aren’t these nail designs for short nails just divine? The best thing about them is that each one of these looks is so versatile and can be adapted to fit your style and personality!

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