These Classy Designs for Short Nails Are Perfect for Any Season

Eva Hagan - Author

Jun. 30 2023, Updated 2:09 p.m. ET

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You don’t have to have long nails to look good. If you aren’t a fan of long nails, are a nail-biter, or just can’t function with acrylics, don’t fret. Short nails have been neglected in the beauty world lately and aren’t getting the attention they deserve — until now.

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If you're not really into splashy designs, have a job that requires a more subtle manicure, or struggle with inspiration, we have compiled a list of classy short nail designs for you to show off. Everyone deserves to feel fabulous regardless of nail length!

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Pearl petal nails

This look was posted by nail artist Stephanie Stone, @stephaniestonenails, on Instagram. She applied a base coat of Chanel nail polish in the shade “Ballerina,” however, it would be fine to use a much cheaper option, like this shade from Essie. After that, you will need a dotting tool and nail glue to apply pearls or your gem of choice in the shape of a flower.

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Rainbow nails

Whether you're honoring Pride Month or just playing with color, here is a design posted by nail artist Imarni @imarninails on Instagram that features all the shades of the rainbow. She used a thin nail art brush to create a streak across her nail of every color for this look, using Sally Hansen’s Insta Dri Pride Collection.

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Mix and match French manicure

Nail polish brand Olive and June (@oliveandjune) posted this look and features nail artist Joi Carrillo, @manimomentsofjoi, on Instagram, using Olive and June’s new summer shades to create a colorful French manicure. All you need to recreate this look is your favorite nail polish colors and maybe a thin nail art brush if you need more precision when painting the tip.

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Hailey Bieber’s nails

This is a super simple look posted on Instagram by nail artist Naihara Bemik, @bemik.archives. Although Hailey Bieber is the look's inspiration, some may more accurately compare these nails to a glazed donut. To create the glazed look, she applied OPI polish in the shade "Put it In Neutral" before adding a top coat of OPI Chrome effects powder in the shade "Tin Can Man."

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Subtle glitter

Paintbox Nails has the perfect neutral nail look for those who can’t commit to full-on glitter but want something that pops. To recreate this look, simply apply a base color followed by a thick band of glitter polish on top, like a large French tip.

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Simple flowers

Celebrity nail artist Betina Goldstein has some unique manicure creations that look like a work of art. In this tutorial, she makes painting flowers look easy by using a thin nail art brush in two shades of red.

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Rhinestone tip

Why not end this list with another beautiful look by Betina Goldstein? For these nails, you first will paint a neutral base and then use a dotting tool to apply nail glue and tiny rhinestones along the rim of your nail. Rhinestone tips are a great option if you aren’t one for a lot of colors but are tired of the regular French tip and want something more exciting.

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