Hey Lovelies!! You might think that short nails don’t offer enough canvas space for the elaborate nail art designs of your dreams, but while scrolling through Instagram this weekend, we found plenty of options. In fact, some of our favorite painted looks were made for manicures of the shorter variety. They may not be the iconic, bedazzled long nails of Symone D. Sanders, but there are definitely options.
We chatted with Essie celebrity manicurist Steph Stone and celebrity nail artist Eun Kyung Park (owner of the famed Unistella nail salon) about their favorite easy designs for those wearing short nails this season. “To me, short nails are fun to do nail art on because the effect is subtle and complementary,” says Steph. “Long nails will always be a statement, but you can still have fun playing up the polish.” You can easily DIY each of the below designs at home, but we asked Steph and Eunkyung to share their expert tips as well.
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From shimmer ombré and delicately painted flowers; to wire letter insets and graffiti designs, these are the 13 best nail art trends for short nails. Prepare to be inspired.