It's no secret that long, healthy nails are a feat that sits atop many beauty wishlists. We're always on the hunt for the best nail-growth products and expert practices for achieving extended talons, but that doesn't mean we don't love a good short-nail moment from time to time. After all, there are few things more liberating than the carefree attitude that comes along with freshly chopped nails. Opening cans and picking up coins are just a couple of simple pleasures that become infinitely easier.
Though keeping your claws cropped means having a little less real estate to use for nail art, there are still tons of short-nail designs that will satisfy even the most adventurous aficionados. Ahead, we've rounded up 13 decorative ideas to try on short nails, along with all the supplies you'll need to get the job done at home.
The key to getting this design right might already be in your desk drawer. These hole reinforcers are perfect for creating that crescent-moon shape at the base of your nail. Simply stick it on slightly above the cuticle and fill in any nail space between the sticker and your skin with nail polish.
The key to the perfect fluffy-cloud design is the perfect white nail polish. This one by People of Color Beauty (a black-owned brand we love) is 10-free and totally opaque. Cloudy days are on the horizon.
It's so easy to repurpose your classic French-manicure supplies to achieve this graphic look. Simply trace along the top and bottom of these curved polish guides and then connect the lines on either edge of the nail.
Smiley faces provide the whimsical nail art we all need right now. (Just ask Harry Styles!) No matter how long or short your nails are, you've surely got enough nail real estate to accommodate this happy little design.
The best thing about floral nail art is that it's so simple to create. All you need to do is arrange little dots of polish in a flower formation. You can get the job done using the tiny ball at the end of a bobby pin.