Not everyone is a fan of long nails. A lot of women likes to keep their nails short because it is more practical and easier to maintain. If you are one of those who loves keeping their nails short but at a lost on how to style them, then this article will be your savior. No matter the size of your canvas which in this case is your nail, you can still create stunning art using only your patience and creativity and of course, a good set of nail supplies and a good nail dipping powder like SNS dip powder.

But even if you have short nails, you also need to give them the same attention a long nail deserves. So here are some basic steps to take care of your short nails.

  1. Take care of your cuticles

Your cuticle will make or break your manicure’s appearance. The better your cuticle look, the better your manicure will also look. Soaking your cuticles in cuticle oil before pushing them back with a cuticle pusher will give you more surface to work with and also make your nails look longer.

  1. Moisturize your Hands

Moisturized hands will not only make your hands look softer and younger but it will also improve the strength and shine of your nails. Moisturizing your hands will keep the nails from looking dusty and will keep it from being brittle immediately.

  1. Buff the Nails

Yes we know that you want to keep your nails looking natural but you must also buff them to give them a good shine and get rid of those annoying edges. Buffing them will give them a nice shine that will make them look great. You don’t have to do it often, maybe once or twice a month depending on your lifestyle.

  1. File your Tips

Filing the tips of your nails will not only keep the tips from looking ragged but it will also strengthen the tips of your nails. The appearance will be neater, smoother and cleaner and obviously less sharp. Keeping a file handy is a great and easy tip to help you have healthier short nails.

So now that you already know how to maintain your short nails, here are some nail design ideas that you can try.

  1. Gold and Turquoise

Having short nails doesn’t have to be just about wearing single color. You can take your love for turquoise to the next level by adding some gold effect on top of the nail dip powder.

  1. Accented Nude Short Nails

Just because the nails are shorter doesn’t mean that there is no art that can be used to emphasize the look. Instead of settling for the nude, paint some lines on it to accentuate the nails and make them look even longer.

  1. Accentuated Black Nails

Black sure look good on short nails but it doesn’t have to be plain. It can be accentuated using other colors and designs. It doesn’t take much to do it, you just need to bring out the artistic person in you.

  1. Sparkled French Nail Tip

French manicure looks good on anything even for short nails but you can make your short nails go noticed by adding some sparkle and putting glitters on the tip of the nail instead of the usual white.

  1. Pinstripe Nails

This super easy pinstripe nail art design manicure only requires a nail striper in addition to your SNS nail dipping powder. After covering your nails with a color of your choice, create thin stripes of different colors to keep it looking aesthetically pleasing.

  1. Ombre Nail Art

Ombres are the way to go right now! Hair, apparel, nails – you name it. It’s everywhere.The list won’t be complete without the ombre nail art. We mean, if you can do it on your hair why not on your nails? Besides, nail dipping powder is the best way to create an ombre because it’s easier to create gradual colors using powder.

  1. Half Moon for Short Nails

To create this half-moon manicure, color your nails with a color of your choice then apply the reinforcement stickers near your cuticles, paint your nails with a metallic black. For a glitter effect, use black glitter just on the tips and finish with a top coat.


Just because you have short nails doesn’t mean you can make your hands stand-out. Don’t let the long nails get all the attention. Even if you have short nails, it still good to indulge in a bit of nail art too. There are several DIY guide that you can check out online. The truth is, regardless of the length of your nails, there is a way to keep them looking pristine no matter what level of nail art designs for short nails you may be interested in.