30 Nail Designs for Short Nails

Do you need inspiration for the nail design of your short nails? Don’t worry, we are here for you. Chic and funny nail designs are not only reserved for long nails, we guarantee it!

We’ve searched Instagram to find the best nail designs for every taste. For most looks you don’t need any skills, just a steady hand.

To keep up with the latest trends, take a look at our list of the 80 most beautiful nail designs created by talented nail artists.

1. BLACK & WHITE BORDERLINE NAIL DESIGN

Simple design with edged nails never goes astray. Framed nails look fantastic in any colour combination. They also look beautiful in the combination of grey and white, pink and white or black and red.

Used products: OPI Alpine Snow and OPI Black Onyx

2. GINGHAM PATTERN NAIL DESIGN

Like all other artists, nail art designers are easily inspired by the things that surround them.

3. PINK WINTER SNOWFLAKE NAIL DESIGN

Cold winter days cannot pass without a cute snowflake nail design. To make these nails even sweeter and warmer, your base coat should be in the colors pink and purple. Warm colours are not only reserved for spring and summer.

Used products: China Glaze That’s Shore Bright and China Glaze Bottoms Up

4. DARK RED & GOLD DETAILS NAIL DESIGN

Dark red is autumn and winter must have colour. In combination with golden rivets and jewellery you definitely have a winning nail design.

Product used: CND Vinylux Bloodline

5. PINK FEATHER NAIL DESIGN WITH CHERRY BLOSSOM

It is time to get creative with your nail art pens. This nail art lover was inspired by the beautiful cherry blossom. Beautiful!

Product used: OPI Elephantastic Pink

6. SPARKLY OMBRE NUDE NAILS

Sparkling ombre nails with some rhinestones are so beautiful (and ridiculously easy to reproduce). The gradient colour is created with a make-up sponge.

7. BLACK AND GOLDESES POLKA DOT NAIL DESIGN

These black, naked and golden nails are funny and sweet! Perfect for holidays or New Year’s Eve. Polka Dot nail design can be created with Q-Tips.

Used products: CND Vinylux Powder my Nose, CND Vinylux Locket Love and CND Vinylux Black Pool

8. SWEATER INSPIRATION NAIL DESIGN

Give your look a festive atmosphere by wearing a cuddly worm sweater on your nails!

Products used: OPI Black Onyx and OPI Take Lei Away with you?

9. ORANGE FLOWER NAIL DESIGN

Bring your nails to life with this cute nail design in peach color with white and golden flowers.

Products used: Coloured Raine Tender Touch and Coloured Raine Snowstrom

10. PINK OMBRE SHORT NAILS

Ombre or gradient nail design is a great way to make the most of your favorite colors. Simple and chicks!

Product used: Australis Cosmetics

11. BLACK AND WHITE PUZZLE NAIL DESIGN

Do you like to do puzzles? If so, then you absolutely must try this interesting nail design. Used products: OPI Alpine Snow and OPI Black Onyx

It looks complicated and time consuming, but this tutorial will prove you wrong. You will never expect them to be so simple.

12. MATTE FLOWER NAIL DESIGN

This nail design provides a cute but bold look. Matt nails are the latest and hottest nail trend.

13. BLUE AND SILVER NAIL DESIGN

This combination of blue, light blue and silver polishes looks really spectacular. With a little tape, your nails will look like they just came out of the salon.

Products used: Essie Fashion Playground and Essie Hide & Go Chic

14. PINK AND SPARKLY SILVER NAIL DESIGN

This fantastic Mani is one of the easiest (and sweetest) nail designs to master. Neon pink color is perfect for warm and sunny days. Agree?

Products used: Milani Cosmetics “Doll Face”, “Spotlight White” and “Rainbow Prisms”

15. BLUE GLITTER OMBRE NAILS

These nails look almost like a galaxy. We love them! The fact that they are very easy to reproduce is another big plus.

16. SIMPLE WHITE NAIL DESIGN

This simple white look is the perfect choice for women who are not too confident with their nail design skills. It is so easy to create and yet looks extremely fashionable.

Products used: OPI Alpine Snow and OPI Mat Top Coat

17. COLOURFUL PASTEL-NAIL DESIGN

This colourful Mani puts you immediately into spring mode. The pastel-coloured nail polishes are easy to mix and match.

Product used: Zoya Pastel Set

18. EDGY DARK RED NAILS WITH SKULLS

For angular nail days we recommend the combination of dark red lacquer and skulls.

19. GOLD AND SILVER GLITTER NAIL DESIGN

We love these! Read the step-by-step tutorial for this nail design here.

Product used: Essie Allure

20. BLACK AND RED NAIL DESIGN WITH GOLD DETAILS

It is very likely that this look will become a must for all lovers of nail design.

Product used: Louboutin Rouge Louboutin

21. NUDE AND PINK DOT NAIL DESIGN

Only naked nail polish gives you that classic look. In combination with sweet pink dots, naked nails become chic and trendy.

Used products: Colored Raine Bahama Breeze, Chi Chi Cosmetics Cute Baby Pink, Chi Chi Cosmetics Neon Pink and Essie Sand Tropez

22. PINK AND PURPLE MARBLE NAIL DESIGN

Marble nail design is a new innovative technique that turns your nails into a masterpiece. To mimic the look of real marble, you need dishes, water, toothpicks and a selection of nail polishes.

23. BLUE MATTE NAIL DESIGN FOR SHORT NAILS

OPI “Matte Top Coat” can add shine to any nail polish. Your nails will be smooth and pretty, just like the picture above.

Product used: OPI Matte Coat

24. RED AND BLACK BAROQUE NAIL DESIGN

Baroque nail design is a bit time consuming, but the end result is worth the effort. Wonderful!

Product used: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

25. BLACK AND WHITE MAT-NAIL DESIGN

We love black and white combinations because they look good on just about anything. It adds a sophisticated and elegant touch to any kind of nail design.

Products used: Essie Mat about you + Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat

26. PINK AND BLACK NAIL DESIGN FOR SHORT NAILS

Pink is definitely a color that resembles girls. It is also one of those colors that makes a nice contrast to black.

Used products: Miss Ashleigh Too hot to be blue + Chi Chi Australia Mortisha

27. STRIPED NAIL DESIGN FOR SHORT NAILS

Stripes are always in fashion. They can be horizontal, vertical, thick or thin. If you want a beautiful and colourful nail design without spending hours on it, the striped Mani is the perfect solution for you.

Products used: LVX Soft Tan + LVX Caviar + LVX Porcelain

28. PINK AND SILVER NAIL DESIGN

Pink nails, whatever! Especially striking is the contrast between the glittering silver base coat and the pink rhinestones on the upper side.

Used products: Kleancolor Neon Amethyst + China Glaze Glittering Snow

29. FLOWER-TURQUOISE NAIL DESIGN

You don’t need jewelry while you rock this maniac! The sparkling turquoise base with white flowers can be used as an accessory.

Used products: China Glaze Keepin ‘It Teal + Picture Polish Honey Moon

30. SIMPLE RED WINE AND GOLD NAIL DESIGN

This is a perfect mani for those days when you want to have beautiful nails but literally have 5 minutes to polish them. Simple but definitely an eye catcher.

Products used: Chanel accessory + Essie Penny Talk

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