Regardless of the length of your nails, you can pull off nail art. According to Eleanor Langston, Paintbox’s chief creative director, “Shorter nails are easier for real life and you can still do cool art on them.” But what does nail art for short nails look like, exactly? “Designs with negative space (especially at the base of the cuticle) work well with short nails, as it elongates the nail bed and works well with grow out, too,” Langston tells us. “I think intricate, full coverage designs would be the only exception for short nails.” Intrigued? We’re serving up some of our favorite short nail mani inspo, ahead.
Keep scrolling for the 15 best nail art ideas for short nails.