58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

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Are you looking for really cute short nail designs? Your search has come to an end, gorgeous!

As big a fan as I am of long acrylic nails, I have to admit that short nails are way more practical in a way that I can actually button and unbutton my shirts or open my soda can without struggling.

It’s true that after getting long nails for such a long time, small nails feel like my nails have been chopped off their hair and become bald, lol. But truth be told, acrylics are not very comfortable when you have to type all day long: enter my desk job or do adult things like washing clothes or cooking.

So when I moved out of my family home, I started loving the idea of small practical nails that look equally good and let you do your regular chores. If you too want to switch up your nail game, here are 58 chic and cute short nail designs that will give your nails that extra pizzazz. Whether you’re going for a minimalist look or want to add some personality with patterns and colors, there’s something here for everyone. So dig in and find your new go-to style!

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58 Cute short nail ideas to try

1. handpainted butterflies

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Look at these insanely beautiful butterfly wings! You do not need long nails to make this design look adorable. Just a creative eye!

2. watercolor ombre

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @paintedwithpaige

Find your inner artist and create a vertical ombre. How unique is this short nail idea?

3. burnt orange swirls

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @fizzzynails

Make orange look evergreen with these triple-colored swirls on a neutral base. This is perfect for summer, spring, or even fall.

4. abstract french nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @gelpolish_bar

Get artisty with your basic white french nails and make your short nails look a little extra.

5. gold acrylic short nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @gelpolish_bar

Gold foil accents are the easiest way to enhance any nail design and add that oomph. These gel nail designs are both, neutral and elegant.

6. green checkerboard

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @paintboxnails

Who said checkerboard style needs more space? These short nails are perfect for work or college. Not at all disturbing but also pretty.

7. funky eye nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Ditch your everyday designs and have fun with your nail art and go for vibrant popping eyes. Its time to show your personality through your nails.

8. cute short nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @peachinails

How simple yet sophisticated is this short nail idea? Thick swirls and small dots, it cannot get easier and classier.

9. leaf of gold

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Give your nails time to breathe from regular manicures with this insanely cute short nail design. It will go with your work outfits, college books, or even wedding and other formal events. Just so pretty!

10. vibrant french tips

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @thenailbarbstore

Add a twist to your oldie french nails with a two-tone ombre.

11. simple short nail design

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @paintboxnails

This is how easy to make your short nails look like a million bucks. I love the silver swirls; it matches the ring perfectly 😉

12. brown fairy

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

If black is too much for you, try this adorable brown nail idea and accessorize it with five-petal flowers. It’s simple, unique, and totally swoon-worthy!

13. classy short nail style

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

If these are not the definition of elegant short nails, I don’t know what is. Copper foil accents are adding just the perfect hint of glamour.

14. abstract short nails

Abstract designs are one such versatile styles that look damn good no matter whether you have long or short nails.

15. soft smiles

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @fleuryrosenails

Hop on the smiley trend with these cute little smilies over a nude nail base.

16. white bouquet

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @safinailstudio

White is a color of taste and elegance. And this short nail design represents just that.

17. short summer nails

In for a vibrant summer nail idea? How about this one with ombre and palm trees? Well, it’s an instant yes!

18. yin yang manicure

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Ditch the oldie black yin yangs for these pastel green ones and give a very modern yet cool vibe this season.

19. fall is coming

How gorgeous are these short acrylic nails? Firstly, the color combination is more than pretty. Secondly, these white flowers with glitter outlines are so darn adorable. *Chef’s kiss!*

20. silver negative spaces

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @lilitaylornails

Do something chic and modern with these holographic nail polishes and negative space shapes just like this.

21. shades of summer

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

If this is not the perfect bright nail design for summer, I don’t know what is.

22. cow print Frenchie

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @_nailsbyemmaa_

Cow print has been quite trendy these past few years, but it’s like we cannot get enough.

23. golden tulip

Omg, omg, how freakin’ beautiful are these short nail designs? I’m totally head over heels for this one. Look at the uniqueness and creativity; I mean wow!

24. sparkly short nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @paintboxnails

Want to keep it soft and subtle? Try adding some silver foil accents to your small nails and apply a shiny topcoat over them. This is how you get an easy yet pretty design.

25. summery sunflower

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Perfect to cherish the rays of sunshine, this sunflower idea is made to look great in summer, spring, or even fall.

26. blue fire

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @bonsoirkarma

Add fire to your nails (not really), but with this soft nail art, you are sure to set your nails for a glamourous rock party.

27. black galaxy

If black short nail designs are what you are looking for, these galaxy-style nails will look incredibly gorgeous and very fabulous.

28. pretty pink mani

Keep it subtly elegant by adding a pop of pink and daisies to your regular nude manicure.

29. cute evil eye nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Who doesn’t like keeping the evil eyes at bay? This nude nail design is perfect for short nails and all year round.

30. plaid nails

If you think plaid is only for winters, this idea will force you to think again.

31. confetti nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @mydumbnails

Get ready for the party called life with these confetti nails. They are super easy to recreate and look equally good on small nails.

32. bright swirls

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @giang_nails

Rainbow swirls are one of the prettiest but still very interesting designs for the season. Pick some beautiful bright colors that would complement each other if you recreate this design.

33. nude nails

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @vbnailslab

Can a design be any more simple? You just have to create two half daisies on a nude base, and you are good to go.

34. electric blue french tips

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @sassnailartistry

Switch your white french mani with this electric blue one and create this playful short nail idea.

35. peach rainbow

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @mainemanis

Rainbow doesn’t always have to be vibrant and this is the perfect example of that.

36. classic pink short nails

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Courtesy: @brooklynblushco

Oh gosh, when do classic pink nails ever go out of style?

37. a perfect spring

Let’s choose calming colors for short summer nails to complement the bright sunny days.

38. two shades

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @oliveandjune

Keeping it simple and sophisticated, try this two-tone diagonal nail art for short nails this time.

39. subtle blue flowers

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Apply a neutral base color and then either handprint or use nail stickers over it.

40. burnt fall vibes

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @mydumbnails

The fall vibe level on this idea is 100/100. All the colors and these daisies are perfectly made and placed.

41. clouds and sparks

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Bring out the artist in you with this pink clouds and sparkle nail art design.

42. honeycomb nails

Trust me, if you like to stand out from the crowd, this short nail style is made to set you apart. You can buy this nail set and DIY this at home.

43. peachy ass

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Take the inspiration from yummy peaches to create these cute short nails you can rock in summer or spring.

44. fuzzy delight

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @fizzzynails

The pink and orange color combination is all the rage for fashion videos, so why not play with it on nails as well?

45. nude flora

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @polishbyjoja

Let’s keep it simple and elegant with this small nail idea.

46. nude short nails

short nails
Courtesy: @polishbyjoja

What a pretty nude shade!! And with a hint of sparkle, you can easily pull this off and look stunning.

47. electric pink zebra

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @gelushstudio

Let’s get something bright like this for summer.

48. cute french tips

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @amberjhnails

I’m obsessed with these two-shade french nails. They are super versatile and look insanely adorable.

49. blue short nail designs

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @safinailstudio

If one can create these cute little flowers on such short nails, I’m telling you, you can try any nail art on them.

50. hearts of gold

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical
Courtesy: @paintboxnails

Wow, get this nail design for any formal, informal event, or even a wedding. Rock the shiny golden tips and heart accents even with short nails.

51. gold Frenchie

How about painting your tips with a solid gold color just like this?

52. marble with gold accents

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Smoky cloudy nails may not be something new, but they sure will look great on short nails.

53. shades of brown

Paint your half nails with the color family of one shade and rock the season just as beautifully as it sounds.

54. abstract faces

Get this nail wrap and DIY this short nail design at home.

55. pink + blue marble short nails

Get inspired with this colorful marble nail design with little gold accents. The best part is you can buy these nail wraps and make it so much easier for you to have them.

56. floral french tips

58 Cute Short Nails Designs that are Chic and Practical

Here’s another simple short nail design with a little flower crown as french tips.

57. animal print nails

Animal print may be a little too general, but with this nail color, I’ll try ’em!

58. little blue birdie nails

short nails
Courtesy: @safinailstudio

Jeeeeeeez, how damn pretty is this design? Who said short nails limit us of creative styles?

Conclusion on nail designs for short nails

Whether you’re looking for a sweet and feminine design or something with a bit more edge, we’ve got the perfect short nail ideas for you. So what are you waiting for? Get inspired by these cute designs and start painting your nails today! Which of these ideas is your favorite?

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