8 Best Nail Designs To Make Short and Fat Nails Look Longer

Published on Dec 23, 2019

Manicures and pedicures are wonderful way of pampering yourself. They're fun, relaxing, and make us look and feel good.

Why not? These days, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to nail treatments. There are gel nails and extensions as well as fancy nail designs that promise to last longer.

But if you've always kept your nails short, you might be wondering: Why bother? Well, we're here to tell you why. There are now nail designs for short nails and nail beds.  

Here, we share some of our favourite design for short nails and where you can get them done. 

1. French tips


Since French tips require just a white line at the top of your nail, it doesn't require super long telons. 

French Nail Art for Short Nail by Branche Nail Salon

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

In fact, shorter nails carry off the look much better. We love that it incorporates design and sophistication while keeping the nail design low-key.

French Tip Nail Art by Branche Nail Salon

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

You can also do a coloured option to make it more fun!

French Tip Nail Art by Branche Nail Salon

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

2. Solid colour with an accented nail


Want a little more? Painting one or two nails a different shade has been a nail trend for a while now. The bonus of that look is that It makes it look like you spent a lot more time and effort on your nails than you actually did.

When the colours are complementary, it looks like you're someone who ventures out with fashion. And when they're more similar, it just looks super classy.

Accented Nail Art For Short Nail

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

You can go all out and get rainbow nails too!

Accented Nail Art For Short Nail

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

You can even opt for a fancier design on the accented nail. This makes it more detailed without look too OTT.

Accented Nail Art For Short Nail

Nails by 99 Percent Hair Studio

3. Glitter


We love looking shiny and sparkly, so why not add glitter to that accented nail? It takes the design up a notch with just a different nail polish colour!

Glitter Nail Art by Leekaja

Nails by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

When your hands move and the light hits the glitter, it'll be super eye-catching.

Glitter Nail Art by Leekaja

Nails by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

If you like something a little more for that special night out, you can request for glitter pieces that look more obvious.

Glitter Nail Art by Branche

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

4. Rhinestones


Who doesn't love a little bling ... or a lot! Gemstones are a great way to get that sparkle.

Rhinestone Nail Art by 99 Percent

Nails by 99 Percent Hair Studio

They aren't too bulky like big nail decals, but they still add interest and glitter to your nail design.

Rhinestone Nail Art by 99 Percent

Nails by 99 Percent Hair Studio

All you need is a rhinestone on one or two fingernails to make a big difference! 

Matte and Shiny Nail by Allumer Japanese Beauty Salon @ Raffles Hotel

Nails by Allumer Japanese Beauty Salon @ Outram Park Bukit Pasoh Rd

5. Flowers


If you're up for a more intricate design, go for a floral piece! You'll have to settle for a single flower instead of a bunch but it'll still create a beautiful work of art. 

Flower Nail Art by 99 Percent

Nails by 99 Percent Hair Studio

If you want something truly eye-catching, ask for a flower in full bloom. 

Flower Nail Art by Branche

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

Flowers that are more spaced out work better with short nails since the entire flower doesn't necessarily have to be visible on one nail.

Flower Nail Art by Branche

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

6. Marble designs


Marble designs are another gorgeous nail option. Because they're done freehand with no clear start or finish, doing them on short nails look perfectly acceptable.  

Marble Nail Art by Leekaja

Nails by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

Marble Nail Art by Leekaja

Nails by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

Pink Marble Nail Art by 99 Percent

Nails by 99 Percent Hair Studio

7. Watercolour


Similarly, watercolour patterns are abstract so they still look pretty even on shorter nail beds with little space!

Watercolour Nail Art by Leekaja

Nails by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

Watercolour Nail Art by Branche

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

You also get to have a splash of many colours despite the shorter nails.

Watercolour Nail Art by Branche

Nails by BRANCHE Nail Salon @ Capitol Piazza City Hall

8. Simple nail art designs


When you want to have a proper design drawn, just opt for simpler designs that aren't too large so that they won't look crowded or squished on your short nails.

We love this adorable watermelon design!

Fun Watermelon Nail Art by 99 Percent

Nails by 99 Percent Hair Studio

Go for a bright and fun design that won't make small nails look smaller.

Bright Yellow and Fun Smiley Nail Art by 99 Percent

Nails by 99 Percent Hair Studio

Abstract designs work wonderfully, too!

Abstract Nail Art by Leekaja

Nails by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

Planning to try one of these designs? Share your experience on BU.sg!

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