best Nail-Art Designs That Look Great on Shorter Nails 

1. Two-Toned

This simple split-color manicure has a sophisticated-but-still-fun feel to it.

2. The Far-From-Typical French

This edgy black-and-neon design is proof that the French manicure can be anything but basic — and pros are on the same page.

3. Geometric Half Moons

This festive red manicure isn't just perfect for the holiday season. Wear this cut-out, geometric half-moon design any time of year and you're bound to get compliments.

4. Floral Ombré

This lavender manicure with floral accents couldn't be easier to recreate at home

5. Emoji-Inspired

This adorable smiley-face manicure can be easily achieved with just three colors — nude, yellow, and black — along with a trusty dotting tool.

6. Hint of Animal Print

A little leopard print goes a long way — especially when it comes to spicing up short nails

7. Metallic Minimalism 

These green-and-gold nails are gorgeous and especially perfect for wearing to a party or any fancy occasion.

8. Flower Power

Everyone fancies some flower power now and then, and this cheerful manicure puts it at your fingertips.

9. Glitter Tips

Worried your short nails won't get noticed? Simply add some sparkle and you're good to go.

10. Starry Night

We're smitten with this subtle starry style, which can work with any nail color you want.

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