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10 Pretty Pastel Manicure Ideas To Try If You Have Short Nails

Short Pastel Manicure Ideas
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Instagram/thehangedit, Instagram/oliveandjune

One of the things we miss the most about our pre-pandemic life is getting manicures—we think it's the perfect way to relax after a tiring work week. While we don't recommend heading over to your go-to nail salon to have your digits prettified just yet, you can definitely do them yourself. Below, 10 pretty pastel designs for short nail manicures that are simple enough to be DIY-ed—we promise!

  1. Nude Nuances

    Nude nail polish is the easiest way to make your digits look more put-together.

  2. Happy Hearts

    Feel like your pink manicure is lacking ~something~? We recommend drawing some red hearts on top! If you don't trust your drawing skills, nail stickers are your BFF. ;)

  3. Ice Cream Chillin'

    Nude, baby pink, and lilac just go really well together.

  4. Earth Tones

    Not really into pink tones? This combo of pastel yellow and green hues are too cute for words!

  5. Easter Eggs

    DIY nail art can look hard because of all the intricate-looking designs. We're happy to report that you only need a dotting tool to create this super cute Easter egg design!

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  6. Festive Fingers

    This Christmas-themed nail art looks complicated, but the trees were actually made by dipping a toothpick in some green polish. Cool!

  7. Delicate Daisies

    These delicate daisies look painted on, but they are actually decals! If you have a hard time drawing designs on your digits, we also recommend nail wraps for picture-perfect manicures every time.


  8. Starry Digits

    Manicure looking a little too ~blah~? Pop a few white stars in there to make your digits stand out!

  9. Simply Sparkling

    French manicures are so early 2000s. Give your tips a 2020 update by using glitter polish for extra sparkle!

  10. Glitzy Glitter

    Keep things interesting by using a different texture for one nail. Case in point: The ring finger is accentuated by this pretty sparkly silver polish.

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