35 Gel Designs For Short Nails

  • Dress up your gel manicure with short nail designs.
  • If you’re on the hunt for short nail ideas, Instagram is loaded with inspiration.
  • We rounded up short gel nail designs from Instagram for your next trip to the salon.

As minimal beauty continues to trend, we’re seeing short nails become more and more popular. But why opt for a single-color manicure when there are so many nail designs for short nails to try? Gel manicures allow for infinite creativity, meaning the sky is the limit. Gel designs for short nails range from the basic french manicure to more intricate works of art like brushstroke nails.

Of course, there are pros and cons to getting a gel manicure. The polish lasts a lot longer than a regular mani, but if you don’t remove it properly, it can damage your natural nails.

If you’re ready to get a short nail gel manicure, you should gather some design inspiration before heading to the nail salon. On Instagram, there are a variety of nail-art ideas to choose from, and many can be adapted for short nails. Ahead, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite short nail designs to get for your next mani.


— Additional reporting by Naomi Parris

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