Short & Sweet: 12 Summer Nail Art Ideas Perfect for Shorter Nails

I want to have long, healthy and strong nails. After years of acrylics or gel manicures, my nails are starting to look a bit worse for wear. So I decided to embrace my shorter nails this summer, and treat myself to some cute nail art to celebrate the warmer weather.

In the past few months, I have learned that short nails are very chic. They are not only stylish, but also very practical. When it comes to summery, fun nail designs, however, I thought that they might be a bit restrictive. How wrong I was. There may be less space for nails, but it hasn’t prevented some of my favorite nail artists from creating stylish designs.

Here are some of my favorite short summer nail designs that are fun and stylish. There is something for everyone, from neon colors to monochrome nail finishes and dainty designs. What are you waiting? Scroll down to find all the inspiration that you need before your next appointment…

The Best Summer Nail Ideas for Short Nails:

1. Neon Shades

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You can’t go far wrong with neon nail varnishes if you want to create a summer look that is bold. These colours look amazing on shorter nails.

2. Jelly Nails

@harrietwestmoreland sheer pink manicure

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Remember jelly sandals? Although I no longer own them, I’ll be choosing jelly nails for this summer. The trend involves using glossy, sheer polishes to give your nails a “jelly-like” finish.

3. Floral Nail Art

@imarninails colourful, floral nail art

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Flowers aren’t only for the spring. This colourful floral nail design screams Summer.

4. Palm Tree Nail Art

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Why not try this monochrome palm-tree nail art instead if florals aren’t your style? Keep the rest of your nail art minimal to achieve a sophisticated look.

5. Sparkly French Tips

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You may already be familiar with the French tip trend, but why not add a little sparkle to your look this summer?

6. Sunset Shades

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You will receive so many compliments on this sunset orange nail color.

7. Multicoloured Nail Art

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What a cute summer manicure! The simplicity of the lines is great, but I think the vibrant colours keep it fresh.

8. Gemstones

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(Image credit: @raelondonnails)

Are you going to a summer festival? This manicure will be perfect for a festival this summer.

9. Pastel Shades

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This season pastel shades are very popular. I like this design with the multicoloured pastels for something different.

10. Glazed Nails

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This summer, glazed nails will be everywhere. This trend is great on short nails and for those who like a neutral finish.

11. Colourful French Tips

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This baby blue French tip design is so stylish on short nails.

12. Summer Squiggles

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It’s so cute!

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