4 Simple Tips for Creating the Best Short Cute Nail Designs

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
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30 Minutes

If you wear contact lenses or use your hands for delicate or very physical work, you may not be able to have long nails. Some people feel bad with short nails, thinking they are not so pretty. BUT short nails can be lovely, especially in white or light pink.

This tutorial will help you fall in love with short cute nail designs!

Tools and materials:

  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle oil or nail oil
  • Base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Nail studs
Pushing back cuticles on short nails

1. Push back cuticles

Some nails look shorter because the nail bed is short. Pushing cuticles back elongates the nail bed, giving more nail bed space. Do this practice regularly to reveal more of your nail bed so your nails will look longer.

Applying cuticle oil to short nails

2. Apply cuticle oil

Keep your nails and cuticles moisturized, especially if your nails are peeling. This helps keep your nails healthy. It’s best to do this at night. If you plan to polish your nails after applying the oil, wash your hands to remove any oily residue.

Short light pink nails

3. Apply light-colored polish

When your nails are short, it’s best to use light, transparent, sheer colors for a fresh, clean look. One of my favorites is a cream sheer color with a milky residue. It’s like a no-makeup makeup look - like natural nails but much better!

Short nails painted white

If you like a more opaque finish, white polish looks stunning on short nails. White makes everything pop and looks very chic.

Nail embellishments for cute short nails

4. Embellish

Nail art isn’t just for long nails. You can apply nail studs at the base of short nails and seal with a coat of clear polish or top coat on top. This looks gorgeous!

Short natural nail designs

Short cute nail designs tutorial

Short nails look beautiful and chic when well-maintained and lightly polished. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more nail designs for short nails, so I can make a tutorial for you. Leave a comment if you’ve got short nails!

Suggested materials:
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle oil or nail oil
  • Base coat
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