35 TRENDY SHORT SUMMER NAIL DESIGNS FOR 2023

These are the cutest short nail designs and short nails you’ll want to recreate. They are super practical and for everyday wear.

You’ve already noticed that most women have been more into short nail designs these last few years as they are cute and practical.

I can’t say the same about myself. I’ve always liked mid-length nails thinking they are cuter.

When I got into real life, it was a bit harder to maintain my long nails as they really make it hard for me to do anything especially work.

Once I got into short nail designs, I never looked back again into anything else.

These short nail designs and ideas are for everyday wear and you’ll never get bored of them as I know we tend to get bored of our nail designs as quickly as the weather changes.

Trust me, you’ll never feel you’re into them until you try them out, and these cute short nail ideas will make you forget your obsession with long acrylic nails.

1. Let’s Go Simple

Even though this cream lacquer is very easy to use, it keeps your short nails appearing neat and tidy. Paint on a lustrous top coat to complete your look and increase gloss.

2. Leopard Short Nail Design

Although we don’t frequently see leopard print coupled with green, it works. Leopard print has been having a moment. It would be tempting to attempt the green nails.

To get the finest results, you might wish to show your nail technician the leopard print.

3. Simple Abstract Lines

Here, a pattern that is suggestive of a contemporary piece of art features light pink and white. Think of this as a jokier interpretation of the current fashion.

You might want to save this abstract nail art idea to your phone and ask your manicurist to make it come to life because of how detailed the lines are.

4. We Love Sage Short Nails

Muted nails naturally has the ability to seem cutesy without trying. Short nails completed the picture, creating a lovely pair.

Sage is a classy and sophisticated nail colour that always yields stunning results.

5. French Short Nails

We tend to associate French tips with oval or “squoval” nails. Here, we have the shorter, punchier version that creates an overall sharper effect. 

The result is a clean, polished, and a little more practical alternative to the much-loved classic.

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6. Purple Mix Nails

The manicure industry is currently dominated by swirls and vivid colours. With these short nail designs, we see the best of both worlds as flames, split French tips, and swirls are created on the nails using purple and white polish.

7. Patchwork Hearts Short Nails

The light pink base and white lines work together to create a relatively neutral aesthetic that is ideal for everyday wear.

Without exerting too much additional effort, the charming heart nail art makes this manicure even cuter.

8. Cute Frenchies with Cherries

Adding cute to adorable, these nails are the idyllic fruity combo that makes the most of both chic and fun vibes. 

One of my favorite ways to instantly enhance timeless French tips is to add some charming nail art, all the better if it gives color pop.

9. Fine Swirls Short Nails

This is a more refined take on the swirl trend. The finer swirls suit shorter nail designs, as there’s more room for curves that don’t overwhelm the nail. 

The ribbon-like swirls should be set to a neutral tone backdrop for best results

10. Pastel Dreams

Right now, everyone seems to like pastel colours. Fortunately, they complement short nails and make this combination stylish.

11. Lady Mani with a Twist

These French tips start with a milky-blush base that leads into more stark white tips with a strike through them.

 Interestingly, their beauty is rather easy to recreate as you only have to start with the base before applying the tip and using a toothpick to slick through the white polish.

12.  Rawr Short Nails

Everyone enjoys occasionally painting their nails in a savage manner. The colour and print of these nails are ideal if you’re just experimenting or generally like long hair but have to go short this time and want something a little extra.

13.Sunny and Cloudy

Using two different colors across your nails is a fantastic way to achieve professional-looking nails without the effort to match.

Here, we see an unusual but powerful mix of grey and orange with adorable polka dots to boot.

14. Skinny Green French Tips

Sometimes all you need is a little flick of nail polish across your nails to achieve an understated chic look that works for all occasions.

Be sure to file your nails before applying this look, as the sharper and more polished, the better.

15. A Little Touch of Leopard

Bring life to your short nails with this wildlife-inspired look that’s absolutely adorable. Black and white is always a winning combo, especially when applied as animal print.

 These nails are ideal for special occasions or for adding a little bit of fun to your nail collection.

16. White Polka Dots Nails

Nails that are casually stylish don’t have to be invisible. Instead, they can make a statement with tastefully placed white polka dots that elegantly border a blush background, producing a cute style that can be worn anyplace.

17. Set Yourself Free Nails

I can’t stress enough how great this look is if you’re waiting for your nails to grow. Your nails will appear longer than they actually are because to the optical illusion of length created by vertical lines.

Naturally, the vibrant lines look wonderful and are bursting with character.

18. Halloween Vibes Short Nails

The idea that themed nails are only appropriate for certain occasions or particular seasons of the year is a frequent one.

Why not allow the eerie vibes you’re experiencing now show in your nails? In order to create a stylish finish that can be worn all year long, these short nails combine black French tips with Halloween-themed nail art.

19. Gold French Nails

It’s a common misconception that themed manicures are only acceptable for specific events or times of the year.

Why not let your nails reflect the ominous sensations you’re currently feeling? These short nails blend black French tips with Halloween-inspired nail art to provide a fashionable finish that can be worn throughout the year.

20. Let’s Get it Green

I adore crescendo nails that begin gently, grow more dramatic or intricate in the middle, then start to taper off again.

It completely captures the eye and makes the most of the “extra” and minimalism trends.

21. Natural Look Short Nails

These traditional, minimalist nails are perfect if you want to have nails that you can wear to work but still look great out on the town.

They are simple to perfect and may even be utilised as a starting point if you decide to later jazz up your nails.

22. Olive Abstract Swirls

One of my favourite nail polish hues is olive since it gives off an impression of sophistication and elegance that looks stunning with rings.

It’s somewhat distinctive, especially given its abstract style, but don’t worry—it just means you can be a little inventive while attempting this stylish appearance.

23. A French White Mani

Who needs all those frills and frills when you can get a simple, ultra-chic, no-nonsense manicure in a matter of minutes?

Prepare your nails by filing them into squares, then apply layers of white nail polish.

24. Mini White Hearts

Every now and then, we all like a little fairytale charm, and this manicure provides it.

Although it’s not the simplest nail design to perfect, it’s well worthwhile because it can be worn anytime, anyplace and still look adorable.

25. Blue Steel Nails

This is the look I advise for people whose nails are on the verge of being both short and long.

The blue polish need a bit extra room to fully develop and display its beauty on your entire nail.

Apply the blue blobs anywhere you choose with this style; don’t be scared to get creative.

26. Full Nails Swirls

Many short nail design concepts steer clear of thick or complete lines that could crowd the nail.

But what we see here is the flawless application of a fashionable appearance that is almost too lovely to resist.

These vertical swirls, which resemble almost straight lines, provide the impression of length, making your nails appear longer.

27. Sand Nails

The undiscovered jewel of the neutral colour scheme is sand-colored nails. We completely anticipate them to receive the attention they merit in the upcoming months since they ought to be trending by this point.

This is the option for you if you want a gorgeous colour to wear every day and a stylish but simple manicure.

28. The Calm in the Chaos

Rustic nail art doesn’t come along very often, but I adore it. The neutral background sets the tone for the free-spirited appeal of these nails.

The accent nails are a lovely cornfield on a bright day, while the outside nails are a light sand colour.

You could want to let your nail technician do it as it won’t be simple to recreate.

29. Rose Quartz Nails

This captivating design, which takes the watercolour trend and makes it look wonderfully stony, combines pink and early white colorations.

Short nails seem nearly like tiny gemstones with this gem-inspired nail art design.

Although it’s possible to get this look, it’s best to let the pros add that smooth sheen that resembles rose quartz in the natural world.

30. Candy Nails

This mani literally leaps from your hand and glows brilliantly, almost like it’s LED-lit.

Neon lines of the same colour surround the orange and blue pieces, giving them an exciting appearance.

I must warn you, though, that it might be a little difficult to replicate the gloss coming from these lines. Maybe you should take this gorgeous one to your nail tech.

31. Classic White Nails

White polish on short nails is a lovely marriage made in heaven.

The delicately rounded form of the nails, which can be readily produced with a nail file, lends some warmth to the clean appearance.

If you want to liven up your nails, feel free to overlay with nail art and get inventive.

32. Feeling Blue Nails

These polka-dot nails have a timeless appeal, like a pristine sky. White dots on a navy background are completely beautiful and adorable.

You should definitely use a toothpick to create this stylish short nail design, in my opinion.

33. Zebra Prints Nails

Negative space is in at the moment making these nails one of the hottest on the list. Slivers of natural nail peep through the white stripes creating a zebra pattern without the contrast.

 This more parred back approach is ideal for short nails as it doesn’t overwhelm the small working space but rather makes the most of what’s already there.

34. Globe Short Nails

Acqua never really goes out of style, and these nails are the perfect example of why that is.

However, the classic look has been reimagined with a contemporary twist, using wavy swirls to create an almost oceanic appearance that’s completely mesmerizing.

 While I’m never strict on colors, I think the glitter nail varnish is essential to the charm of this short nail design.

35. Natural With Butterfly Wings Touch

Rarely have I ever seen a nail design so elegantly subtle. Although minimalism and neutral colours are currently in vogue and are displayed here in all their splendour, the delicate butterfly wings are what really set this manicure apart.

All it takes to accomplish this gorgeous look is blush nail paint and either a butterfly nail sticker or the time and talent to build a butterfly yourself.

Either way, these distinct nails are worth trying out.

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