How to Create Quick & Easy Short Nail Designs That Look Classy

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
4 Materials
1 Hour

Are you a short nail lover? If so, you’re in luck because I have this short nail design tutorial that’s straightforward and fun to create.

If you’re looking for easy nail art for short nails, then take a few minutes to follow this tutorial so you can be inspired when doing your next manicure. Let’s hop right into it!

Tools and materials:

  • Base coat
  • Matte top coat
  • Two polish colors of your choice
  • Striping brush

I'm using nail polishes by 786, which are vegan and halal.

Applying a soft gray base coat color

1. Apply a base coat

To get started on this pretty nail design for short nails, you need to pick a pretty base color. I went for this soft gray nail polish. I love this tone! Apply two coats and wait for them to dry. 

Picking up pink polish with a striping brush

2. Create the nail art

I chose this beautiful pastel pink nail polish to draw lines across my nails. I also used a striping brush for this step for better accuracy. 

Easy nail art for short nails

Create two lines on your pointer finger, one thick line down the center of your middle finger, two horizontal lines on your ring finger, and a vertical line down your pinky finger. So, each nail has a different design. 

Tip: Vertical lines make your nails look longer.

Matte nail designs for short nails

3. Apply a matte top coat

Now, take your matte top coat and apply it to your nails. This will mattify the look of the design. Wait for it to dry before finishing off your short nails design. 

Applying gold nail polish

4. Apply gold nail polish

Now, let’s add a pop of shine by adding a touch of gold glittery nail polish! With a striping brush, apply it in between the pink lines.

Classy short nail designs

The lines don't need to be perfect and this is your design, so you can choose any colors or variations that you like. You can copy my design exactly or use this as inspiration to create your own.

Short nail designs

Short nail designs

So, that’s it; an easy short nail design that looks super pretty and trendy! What do you think of this style?

I hope you enjoyed my nail art for short nails tutorial, and please let me know in the comment section below what colors you’ll be choosing. Happy painting! 

Suggested materials:
  • Base coat
  • Matte top coat
  • Two polish colors of your choice
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  • Sma33976427 Sma33976427 on Mar 01, 2023

    It's great to see a design for those of us who can't cope with longer nails, but still like to have them painted. The design is so simple yet effective. I can manage to do my left hand fine but definitely need help doing my other hand or it would be a huge mess and look nothing like the left hand nails!

  • Deanna Deanna on Mar 01, 2023

    Cute colors! Thank you 😍