10 Bright and Colorful Manicure Ideas That Will Look Good on *Short* Nails

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by Cheska Santiago   |  Mar 11, 2022
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Contrary to popular belief, manicured short nails are the *best*. While long nails look pretty and elongate your digits, short nails are hassle-free! Plus, you don't need to shell out money on press-on nails or acrylic manicures to maintain them. 

If you thought manicures for short nails have to be plain and boring, we're here to change your mind. We've gathered 10 of the cutest bright and colorful manicure ideas that are easy enough to be DIY-ed—we promise! Get ready to screenshot them below:

10 Colorful Manicure Ideas for Short Nails

1. Using one color for all your digits is a thing of the past! You can totally use all of your current favorite nail polishes for your next manicure session.

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2. With this bright orange polish, you can get away with just using one color for all your nails—this hue totally stands out on its own.

3. Trust us, you'll never go wrong with red nail polish. Bonus: It'll complement your gold accessories!

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4. Nail art can have a tendency to look intricate and difficult. We're happy to report that this one only requires the use of a dotting tool. 

5. These white flowers may look like they're painted on, but they're actually nail stickers! They're your best friend if you have unsteady hands.

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6. The addition of the glittery silver polish on the ring finger gives the entire look more ~texture~. Don't be afraid to just stick to one finish!

7. Here's another color that won't fail you: Pantone's Color of the Year for 2022, Very Peri.

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8. If you prefer neutral tones, we suggest giving this color story a try.

9. Here's another way you can use different hues on your digits. Pick the ones from the same color family and arrange them from lightest to darkest.

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10. If you have a ~steady~ hand, you can try drawing on one of your nails to let it serve as your accent nail! 

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