13 manicures that look their best on short nails


If you have short nails, it can be hard to find manicure inspiration with longer nails hogging the limelight. 

But having short nails can actually be a pretty big bonus, with designs that could look borderline tacky on long nails, looking chic and classy instead. 

So for all our shorter taloned friends, we’ve put together 13 of our favourite 2020 nail designs to keep in mind for your next salon trip (or DIY endevour). 

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The lovely lilac

Image credit: @opi

The cheeky cheetah

Image credit: @anouknailedit

The classic neutral

Image credit: @opi

The silver glitter

Image credit: @melinaabregu

The wonderful white

Image credit: @londonsmobilenails

The skittle nail

Image credit: @marissacarmichael

The polkadots

Image credit: @nancylovesnails

The golden stars

Image credit: @nancylovesnails

The pink gradient with a thumb pop

Image credit: @betina_goldstein

The monochromatic half polka dot

Image credit: @betina_goldstein

The red pop

Image credit: @mytownhouseuk

The cow print

Image credit: @nailsfromnars

The pink stripes

Image credit: @nailsfromnars

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  1. I love seeing nail art and wish I could do it myself when my nails are long. If I snap one then I set about shortening all my nails so they are all the same length. I do usually have my thumbs just a bit longer unless that is the one that snaps. It is difficult to type with long nails and seeing some ladies tapping away on a keyboard with super long nails is quite scary.

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