When it comes to nails and fashion, we’re often inundated with pictures of long, luscious nails which look absolutely gorgeous and oh so fashionable too. However, for many of us, long nails just aren’t practical. Whether that’s because of work, school or even having children – long nails just aren’t feasible for many girls in day to day life. Styles Weekly are here to fly the flag for short nails. We want to prove that short nails can be just as gorgeous as long nails – if not more so sometimes. Here are 10 nail art ideas for short nails. These looks will keep you fashion-forward and fabulous.
Ombre French Manicure
Starting strong with a modern twist on a classic look. The French manicure has a pink nail with white tips, and this look blends the two in an ombre transition. Start by painting your nails a pretty baby pink. Then, use a sponge and lightly paint on white polish. Dab the white polish from the sponge directly on to the nail across the top. Do this gently to create the perfect ombre blend.
Glittery Red with Heart Accent Nail
This look is super cute and just perfect for a special occasion. Start by choosing your favourite glitter red shade. Paint all of your nails bar your ring fingers on both hands. Be sure to do several coats until you get a gorgeous, opaque colour. With your ring fingers, paint them a bright white. Using the glittery red, paint a heart on each of your ring fingernails for a fabulous accent look.
Matte Nail Art
Matte nails have truly swept the nail art industry by storm. Offering a cool and contemporary finish to your nails, this look is fabulous. Take a few different shades of your favourite matte nail polishes. Paint different colours on each nail – be brave and daring with this. Keep the tones neutral so that they compliment each other. Finish with some arty black lines on your two middle fingers.
Purple with Glitter Ombre
Glitter ombre is one of our favourite nail art techniques here at Styles Weekly. It’s so simple to do but super effective too. Start by painting your nails your favourite shade of purple. Then, choose your favourite glitter nail polish. Delicately paint the base of your nails with this glitter polish, ensuring to create a smooth blend. Finish with a glossy top coat for a fantastic finish.
Glossy Black Style
Glossy and black are two of our favourite things when it comes to nails – so why not combine them? This look is super simple to recreate. Take a cool, black colour that will go with absolutely everything. Paint all of your nails and finish with a glossy top coat. This is the best colour to choose for a look that will simply go with any outfit you have in mind.
Pretty, Pastel Pink
Pretty pastel shades are all the rage this season – so incorporating them into your nail art is a surefire way of staying trendy and chic. This pretty pastel pink is a neutral shade that will match absolutely everything. Choose your favourite nude pink colour and paint it across all of your nails. Ensure it’s even and smooth, then finish with a glossy top coat for extra shine.
Diamantee Accent Nails
In our eyes, the more glam and glitz on your nails the better – so why not experiment with nail gems? This look is super simple but just adds a touch of pizazz to your style. Start by painting your nails your favourite colour. The picture above shows a pretty pink, but this would work with any shade you choose. Finish by positioning some diamantees onto your accent nail in a cute pattern.
Gold Accents and Gemstones
Being creative with nails is one of our favourite things to do. Take this look for inspiration! Alternatively paint your nails pink and then white, being sure to choose matte shades for this look. Use a gold nail art pen to add cute lines or pictures to your nails. Add pretty gemstones to a couple of fingernails in a pretty pattern to really finish this look off to perfection.
Of course, you don’t have to stick to one shade when painting your nails! If you can’t choose your favourite colour – then don’t narrow it down at all! Choose a few shades which complement each other well and alternate them whilst painting your nails. Try and mix it up – so have one glitter shade, one neutral and one which is a little more bright and colourful. You’ll love the end result.
Berry shades are so in this season. They actually go with so many different colours and styles that they’re quickly replacing the more neutral shades! Copy this fabulous look and choose a berry shade to paint all over your nails. Finish with a top coat and be sure to file your nails to perfection. We love this look!
Which of these nail art ideas is your favourite? Will you be trying out any of these ideas for yourself? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.