The Best Nail Art For Short Nails

Long nails may be all the rage right now, but there’s definitely still space for short nails to have their moment. As stars like Sofia Richie Grainge can attest, short nails can be just as elegant and chic as their lengthier counterparts. If you work a lot with your hands, short nails present far more of a practical option than long talons, plus they work well with a more natural beauty look, if that’s your aesthetic.

Regardless of your nail length, maintaining strong, healthy nails will always enhance any design. “Cuticle oil will be your best friend, as it will keep your nails in a healthy condition which will in turn help to strengthen and maintain your desired nail length,” says nail artist Faye Louise Dennis, who recommends the Elim Cuticle MD, an antibacterial cuticle rescue with a blend of ten oils to keep the cuticles in peak condition.

With that in mind, here is Vogue’s guide to some of the best designs for short nails.

The micro French

While it’s not about trying to make your nail length look longer, anything that makes your nail bed appear elongated will only add to the elegance. “I always recommend designs that will elongate your natural nails to give the effect of longer nail beds,” says Dennis. “Opting for a micro French manicure over a thicker tip, or having some fun with a reverse French tip where the line kisses your cuticles is a great design to have some fun with colour.”


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