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15 Short Nail Ideas And Designs To Add To Your Manicure Options

I swear, all of these are way cute.
PHOTO: (left) instagram/betina_goldstein; (right) instagram/oliveandjune

I've been seeing suuuuper long nails everywhere recently—Instagram, the red carpet, on celebs like Billie Eilish, Rihanna, literally everyone in the Kardashians... you get the idea. But quick question: How do you actually get anything done with those nails? How do you text? Can you type an email? How would I take my contacts out? Seriously though, IMO, long nails are way too complicated. That's why I opt for short nails with cute nail art designs—and you should too. Ahead, the 15 of coolest short nail ideas and designs for you.

  1. Short Nail Idea: This Leopard Print Manicure

    Leopard print doesn't just have to be something you wear—you can rock these pretty spots on your nails too. Use gold foil to create the spots, like nail artist Betina Goldstein does here, or a gold nail polish color.

  2. Short Nail Idea: This Pink and White Manicure

    Y'all, how cute is this pink manicure? And I love how the white stars add a super fun element without overpowering the look.

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  3. Short Nail Idea: This Gold Minimalist Manicure

    If you want to wear a simplistic nail design on your short nails, these minimalist gold lines are the way to go. Gorgeous, right?

  4. Short Nail Idea: This Patterned Manicure

    Opt for nail art with shapes and patterns to give your manicure a more graphic look.

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  5. Short Nail Idea: This Yellow Marble Manicure

    This yellow marble manicure is so fresh and unique, you'll have people doing double takes at your nails.

  6. Short Nail Idea: This Mickey Mouse Manicure

    If Disney+ has renewed your love for your favorite childhood characters, may I suggest this adorable Mickey Mouse mani?

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  7. Short Nail Idea: This Pastel Manicure

    Why pick just one nail color when you can wear them all, right? This rainbow of pastel hues is sooo damn dreamy.

  8. Short Nail Idea: This Geometric Manicure

    The combo of bright red nails with a cool geometric shape creates an eye-catching manicure that you're going to want to repeat again and again.

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  9. Short Nail Idea: This Flame Manicure

    This mani def isn't for the faint of heart. But if you want to go all out, this flame nail art is an extra colorful and fun option.

  10. Short Nail Idea: This French Manicure

    If you think you need extra long nails to do a French manicure, think again. By using slim lines, you're able to create a modern French that looks so pretty on short nails.

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  11. Short Mani Idea: This Two-Toned Pink Manicure

    A subtle, yet chic, way to add some flair to your mani? Paint your nails in two shades of the same color, instead of opting for just one. It adds a cool dimension to your nail look.

  12. Short Nail Idea: This Tortoise Shell Mani

    I'm bringing a screenshot of this mani the next time I go to the nail salon. It's a super-fun take on the tortoise shell nail design you're about to see everywhere.

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  13. Short Nail Idea: This Orange Plaid Mani

    Match your plaid skirt with a plaid mani and try out this design on your short nails. The pop of color is bright and bold without being too over the top.

  14. Short Nail Idea: This Smiley Face Mani

    This mani is the perfect pick-me-up to get you through your day. I mean, how could you not smile at these nails?

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  15. Short Nail Idea: This Neon Pink and Yellow Mani

    I'm a huge fan of switching it up and not sticking to just one color on my nails. But, if you want to baby-step it into the multi-color mani trend, you can start it with just painting one of your nails a different color, like this.

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