Normally kept simple and stylish, some short red nails say elegance and grace. A feminine color of adventure and feminine power – you can keep them simple and elegant or really get creative and show your creativity.
This collection of short red nails should give you some inspiration for your own nails.
Let’s start with something a little interesting. Two solid red nails, one glittery dark red and the index is a shade closer to pink with some red hearts. Short red nails give you a lot of wiggle room if you want it.
Or a light red shade on short nails won’t look out of place from the morning meeting to the night out.
These short red gel nails show a darker shade that might suit your style better. If you like this deeper shade, check out my wine nail designs list as well.
Red and gold have always been an elegant combination but I love the little sparkle effect on the middle fingernail next to the gold. Such fantastic detail.
For something a little more minimalist we have some short solid red nails with two nude nails with red dots.
These short red nails look great but that little white and black heart fingernail has some lovely detail to it.
I love the polish used for these dark red glittery nails.
These short red coffin nails are a little longer than most of this list but for coffins, they’re a nice short shape.
These short red nail designs really work well. Light red on the outside and this deep slightly glittered look in the middle.
Fairly short nails with some light red french tips and the little flowery design really work well here too.
These short red acrylic nails are just to die for. The eyes on the little hearts! <3
I really like this deep red shade but the golden leaf separating the red from the nude color is just perfect. I love it.
Simple short red gel nails.
Some short red rounded nails. Simple and elegant.
Beautiful red polish which will really catch the light nicely.
Fantastic mix of short red v french tip nails with a metallic nail on each hand. These might be my favorite so far.
These short red nails would look good but this curving white really set this gels off nicely.
Another lovely dark deep red shade on some short nails.
I’m in love with this white background and leaf design set against these red nails. I keep saying this but a single nail as a defining place can look spectacular.
You don’t even need to do it with an entire nail. This cowprint design on half a nail really sets these short red nails off.
Or, keep it simple, how about a thin red french tip on one or two nails?
We are starting this collection off with these sparkly red nails. All of the nails are painted red, but we’ve got two nails that are filled with a ton of gold glitter.
The trick to wearing a bold color is to choose a shade that perfectly matches your skin tone. You can rock the entire look even without any added designs on top!
Red can be too intimidating at times, so it’s always a good idea to break it up with a colorless or transparent nail, just like this set did! If you don’t want to leave it bare, add some glitter to the tips!
Here’s a perfect example of lessening the boldness of your nails. This set added a clear nail and just topped it off with some red hearts.
Now, if you’ve got nails that are a bit too plain or are lacking in color, then you can add a red accent nail. I think that the red polish is the perfect addition to this white and gold look.
I love how these shimmery red nails look! It looks like there’s a lot of glitter inside the red nail polish. The red nails are paired with some black nails topped with white leaf stencils.
Here’s another red, gold, and white set. We’ve got three nails painted with red while one is completely covered in gold and one only topped with gold on the moons of the nail.
Here we’ve got a really bright orange-red shade. One of the nails is designed with a thin black flower stencil and a few gold leaves on the side.
These are some simple short red tapered nails, with one nail being designed with some black and white swirls.
We have here a set painted with rose-red polish and one accent nail with an alabaster white base topped with red flowers with stems.
This berry red shade has to be my favorite red shade because of how well it can fit any skin tone. It’s also a nail shade that can be used for any event.
If you’re looking for a more modern set, then try this one out. It plays around with abstract shapes on top of a milky pink base.
If you love floral designs, you’re going to love this nail set. We have sangria red square-shaped nails with two nails designed with some very intricate purple flowers.
This wouldn’t be a short red nail collection if we didn’t have the classic red French tips. This is a look that can be worn even in classy situations.
If you love having heart designs but want to step it up a little, try out these Comme des Garçons heart logos instead!
Lessen the boldness of your red nail look with these pink nails topped with white flowers. There’s some red detailing in the middle of the flowers to keep it looking cohesive!
Now, this is quite the unique look! Who would’ve thought of incorporating a blended animal print into a red nail set?
These red nails have this nice white accent nail in the middle that’s designed with this bunny silhouette.
Try matching your bold nails with another bold color but try keeping the design a bit more simple. Here we’ve got some pink nails designed with some red waves and curves.
If you’re tired of a full red nail set, then add a bit of shine to the moons of the nails! You can add it to just one nail or to all of them!
Mix up your red nail set by incorporating some fully painted nails with French tips! It looks really clean and classy, trust me!
These red square nails are designed with some really thick French tips. The accent nail is also a French tip, but it’s topped with some red glitter this time.
How could we forget about red marbled nails? This is an easy way to spice up your look!
We’ve got some matte tapered scarlet red nails. One of them is designed with two horizontal gold lines and some fancy black detailing.
We’ve got a full matte black and red nail set. The red nails don’t have any designs on them, but the black set is designed with tattoo-looking roses.
Matching these red sparkly nails with a white nail that has some “Valentine’s Day” lettering on it.
Here are some glossy carmine red nails with one nail having a pink carved-out heart on it. The inside of the heart is empty, which makes the design a lot simpler!
I love the white accent nail in this set. It’s got this exciting frame and white frame outlines. It also plays around with different geometric shapes, which I love!
This is one of the simplest designs you can add to your nails. Add a tiny white heart to your accent nail, and it changes your entire look!
These nails remind me of a fun variation of the Powerpuff Girls logo! We’ve got some red painted nails and pink accent nails topped with red hearts.
Here are some really simple red nails that you can dress up with your choice of animal print.
We’re adding a little bit of love and sparkle to your nail set with these red sparkly nails and these white nails topped with connecting hearts.
We have some red nails with an accent nail that reminds me of playing cards because of the red and black hearts!
If red is too bland for you and you want a nail set that’s a bit more posh and grand, try adding in some gold flakes. You’ll immediately see your nails go from simple to glamorous.
These nails are a mixture of a bunch of different designs. We have pink nails topped with white abstract lines, multi-colored glitter, and red hearts. We also have a red gradient nail.
If your red nails are a bit too bold, spice it up by adding a white accent nail with a minimalist stencil design.
This one’s another heart-accented nail set. It’s an easy way to add something different to your nails!
Here’s a darker nail set that’s a mix of cherry red and black. The black nails are topped with a looped heart design. The black polish makes it look quite edgy.
Here’s another heart design idea you can add to your red nails! One nail is designed with some hearts on top of sticks, and there are some dots surrounding the design.
This is another set that mixes red nails with some animal print. The accent nail has a strip of white outlined with glitter that’s designed with some cheetah patterns.
If you want to glam it up, then pair your red nails with a lot of shiny silver glitter. Adding these two bold elements together will surely give you a fabulous look!
Here’s a lovely floral set for those who love to switch things up. We’ve got an array of designs, from simple 3D flower toppers to more intricate artistry.
This red and white set has some plain red nails paired with white nails that have pink and red glitters on them.
We have here some red and white painted nails and a nude pink nail that’s designed with a small glitter tree.
I didn’t know that animal print could look so good with red nails! We’ve got some half-empty, half-animal print nails and some heart outlines with an animal print as a background.
We’re playing with red and white for this set. We have some white nails topped with candy canes, a red nail topped with a tree, and some diagonal red glitter nails.
We have some milky pink nails that are designed with a lot of shiny elements. We have some bold Swarovski crystals, some glitter French tips, and some shiny hearts.
do hope this has given you some ideas for short red nails If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your red short nail designs and we’ll feature them here.
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