I have always been impressed by those people who can move extremely long nails regularly. However, my lifestyle means that short nails are much more practical and less prone to breakage. But short nails don’t mean boring nails! I am sharing with you three easy nail designs to make short nails.
Before you start
If you want your manicure to shine, you must take good care of your nails. If you want short nails to look good, you should give your cuticles a little love and shape them properly.
Start with using a cuticle oil and gently, very gently push the cuticles back with an orange wooden stick. This will make your nails look much more elegant and help your manicure last longer.
Short or long, nails look best when formed with a glass nail file. You don’t need to do anything complex – an oval or flaky shape looks great on short nails. Just make sure they are all the same length so the manicure looks even and the nails aren’t out of place.
The three easy nail designs for short nails below should be applied in a base coat that suits your needs. This will help you avoid blemishes and will make your manicure last longer.
So, with all the preparation out of the way, it’s time to explore some manicure ideas for short nails!
A classic: French manicure
A French manicure is timeless and will make your fingers look longer, which is a nice bonus. It’s also office friendly, even for the most corporate environments. It is a natural looking nail with the tips painted with white varnish.
Some people choose to paint the white varnish directly on a transparent base, while others use a bare nail polish over the entire nail. Essie Ballet Slippers is very popular for this.
There are French manicure stickers that you can stick a little under the free edge of the nail, right where you want the white section to start. Makes creating crisp white much easier! Or if you’re feeling adventurous, replace white with a contrasting neon color, or even black.
Don’t forget a shiny top coat to take your French manicure to the next level!
If you’re looking for something more vivid than the French manicure, nail stamping is a great way to get started with nail art. Stamping means transferring designs from metal stamping plates to nails using a stamping machine. And it’s so much fun!
For short nails, the geometric print works best as you may not have enough room for a cheesy drawing or other designs that don’t repeat. But experiment to see what you like best!
Some combinations that work very well on short nails are the gold print on a blue background, silver on black or red and even a shiny silver or gold stamp on a bare enamel base.
You will need a bit of equipment here, but nothing too expensive. Nail stamping kits generally include one or more stamping plates, a stamper and a scraper (or you can use an old credit card for it). It may take some practice to learn how to perfectly lift the plate design and stamp it on the nail, but the results are salon-worthy.
This type of design combines the ever-popular negative space trend with a colorful manicure. Choose two complementary colors, such as red and gold, black and silver, or even two different finishes of the same color. For example, you could alternate shiny tips with matte tips.
Leave the lower half of the nail bare but to obtain a transparent base coat, and alternate painting the tips in each of the two chosen colors. Quick and easy, but still eye-catching and will make your nails look longer.
And don’t forget to protect your manicure with a long lasting top coat. Quick dry top coats are perfect for nail art, as they minimise the risk of smudging all your hard work.
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