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We know all too well that short nails often get overlooked in favor of their longer, sleeker counterparts. In addition to enhancing one's physical appearance, long nails can also provide a sense of empowerment and control. For centuries, long nails have been associated with the wealth and leisure time that is typically reserved for women in a place of privilege. This long-held belief dates back to 5,000 BC when archeologists discovered Egyptian mummies with dyed fingertips and kohl-colored nails.  

Times have certainly changed, but our love of manicured nails has not. But let´s be real: short nails are just more practical for our busy, modern lives.  And lucky for us short-nail cheries, short nails are IN this year.  From the best colors to the hottest shapes and designs, we have this year´s best short nail trends that you can do right at home. 

The Best Colors for Short Nails

Minimalist Elegance

Minimalist nails, or “quiet luxury” nails continue to be all the rage right now, and they're perfect for short nails. We love the less-is-more approach with clean lines and neutral color palettes. Think sleek stripes, simple dots, or a single accent nail in a muted tone. Our collection of neutral gel polish colors is the perfect base for simple nail art ideas and our nail art tools, like Le Dottie or Le Liner, make it easy to get these designs right at home. Try our best-selling Coconut Yogurt, a translucent and creamy pinkish-white, perfect for all skin tones.  

Le Mini Macaron´s favorite short nail trends.

Pretty Pastels

We are loving the pastel nail trend this year. Perfect for short-nail enthusiasts, pastel hues are synonymous with springtime and are an ideal choice for short nails. Soft shades like Creme de Lavande, Pistachio, a soft mint green, or Bleu Ciel, a baby blue can instantly brighten up your look and add a touch of whimsy to your nails. Experiment with gradient effects, or subtle ombrés to create a pastel paradise on your nails. 

Le Mini Macaron Bold and Bright Nail Trends.

Bold and Bright Nails

Who says short nails can't make a bold statement? Break the rules and opt for vibrant, eye-catching colors that demand attention. From electric neon like Party Babe, an electric yellow polish with hints of lime, to fiery reds like Cherry Red, don't be afraid to let your nails do the talking. Experiment with bold patterns like polka dots, chevron stripes, or color-blocking to add an extra dose of personality to your manicure.

Le Mini Macaron short nail trends for 2024.

Metallic Magic

Metallic nails are a timeless trend that never fails to impress. For short nails, metallic shades like silver, gold, and rose gold can create a stunning effect that catches the light and adds instant glamour to your fingertips. We like Le Metallique Chrome Powder for a high glam, high shine finish, or Golden Glow, a shimmering rich metallic gold for the most fabulous mood.

Whether you opt for a metallic accent nail or a full-on chromatic finish, embrace the magic of metallics for a dazzling manicure that shines bright.

The Best Shape for Short Nails

Short and Natural Nails

With the rise of minimalism and natural beauty trends, short nails with a simple, rounded shape have become increasingly popular. Properly polished and trimmed short nails effortlessly enhance the natural beauty of the nails while maintaining a polished appearance. This glam look is chic with or sans polish. 

Squoval Nails with Soft Edges

Squoval nails with softened edges offer a modern twist on the classic shape. By rounding off the corners slightly, this shape provides a softer and more feminine look that is flattering for short nails.

Short Almond Nails

Believe it or not, almond-shaped nails are not just reserved for longer lengths. They look equally stunning on short nails as well. Short almond nails offer a chic and elegant look that elongates the fingers and adds a touch of glamour to short nails.

Graphic Designs on Round Nails

Often overlooked, round nails our a fave as a canvas for graphic nail art designs. From geometric patterns to abstract motifs, graphic nail art can add visual interest and personality to short nails.

Textured Finishes on Coffin Nails

Short coffin nails compliment textured finishes such as matte, glossy, or metallic polishes. These finishes add depth and dimension to short nails, creating a striking and eye-catching effect.

Short nails may be small in size, but they pack a big punch when it comes to style. Whether you prefer minimalist elegance, pastel paradise, bold and bright hues, metallic magic, or playful nail art, there's a short nail design trend to suit every taste and occasion. So, go ahead and give your short nails the attention they deserve with a fresh and fabulous DIY manicure from Le Mini Macaron.