plenty of long acrylic designs but I’ve wanted to look at some trendy short acrylic nails for a while now. Shorter nails are more durable and useful for daily life and they can sometimes look better. There’s some old-school idea that long nails look the best but I think we’re moving away from that.
We’ve scrolled through
thousands of short acrylic nails looking for our favorites and we’ve brought you a little bit of everything. There’s just so much you can do with this style but whether you want a style to copy or just some inspiration for your next mani – we’ve got you covered.
Shorter nails are becoming more popular. There’s also some middle ground here, you might want to take a look at our medium-length nail designs.
Check out these purple Frenchies! I love how the duo-tone design kind of looks like zebra stripes and how the base alternates from the darker and lighter shades.
Here’s a little pop of pink! We’ve got some cute classic Frenchies in Barbie pink, pastel pink, and pink glitter. Topping it off with a bit of crystal too!
These are for the girls out there who love something a bit more demure and classy. We’ve got some muted pink nails and some clear nails with flowers and gold foil.
There’s something about French tips on square nails that hits different. We’ve got these sky blue micro tips on top of this white milky base.
This is life in color. Dishing out these fun multi-color U-shaped French tips. You don’t just have to choose one color!
Marble is in and so is pink! We’ve got this fun duo-tone pink marble on some clear nails topped with a bunch of gold foil.
Here we’ve got some gorgeous orange micro tips on top of a pink base that matches the original nail color. Trendy short acrylics with trendy thin Frenchies. What’s not to love?
These nails have been trending for a while now because of how natural and classy it looks.
If you’re going for something classy and clean, try out these clear nails topped with some sparkles and pearls.
This shade of pink has been very popular lately and I’m honestly here for it!
If you want a funky Spring set, then you’ve got to give this set a try! It’s got some fun waves and this cute white daisy!
Powder blue is such a popular hue. Try out these micro tips designed with a bit of 3D flowers.
Try out these funky nails for summer this year! Each nail is painted with two complementary bold colors and is divided by this wavy polka dot line.
We’ve got some coffee nude painted nails and a little bit of sparkle. Adding a little bit of shine to some simple nails is an easy way of sprucing them up!
These nails feel like I’m enjoying my summer vacation in the town of Crema in Northern Italy.
We’ve seen a lot of Easter nails but this is a new fun one! These nails are shaped into Easter eggs but they have some negative space in the middle. So chic!
Nothing gets trendier than this! Check out these fun shorties. We’ve got a mixture of monochromatic and colorful designs. My favorite definitely has to be the cow print design!
I love maximalism. Despite this set’s monochromatic theme, it’s still stylized and brought to the next level with the gorgeous silver and pearl toppers.
There’s something about black detailing that makes nails look so elegant. Here we’ve got nails that are designed with some black micro tips, a checkered design, a simple heart, and a minimalist cross.
Swirls really are such a huge trend nowadays. Make it a bit classier with a white and gold color combination!
Absolutely gorgeous! We’ve got these short almond-shaped nails with some simple black detailing. I especially love the french tip outline the most.
I absolutely love these nails! They just seem so classy, especially because of their glam color combination. I also like how the tips are outlined with a darker shade of the same color.
These nails have got me thinking about the ocean! I love these two shades of blue. This gorgeous ombré French tip set topped with glitters is just so lovely!
If you want a pop of color but you still want something classy, try out these gorgeous gradient nails!
We’ve got another similar design but this time in a tapered shape. This looks a lot more glam while the almond-shaped ones are a bit softer.
This shade of green has been trending recently! It looks so cool to the eyes which is why it’s so easy to wear!
We love a pink monochromatic look! Here we’ve got two shades of pink. The lighter one is painted on the entire nail set while the darker shade is used to create a bunch of details.
Here’s for all the glam girls who want to try a shorter set. This set is a mix of shimmer and pinks, This combination together produces a very bold look!
Daisies really make a look! Every look I’ve been seeing recently has a bunch of lovely daisy designs incorporated into it.
Add something different to your tips this time around. We’ve got some diagonal gray tips that are topped with a bit of black abstract lining.
Here’s another sleek black look. We’ve got some nude nails with some black French tips and nails painted with black polish.
Check out this purple nail design! We’ve got a variety of designs that all look similar to each other but my favorite one is the border-like design that’s outlined with some silver polish. This might be my favorite from the entire short acrylic nails list.
Check out these sharp stiletto nails. We’ve got blue and lavender tips while the other nails are painted with a nude shade and topped with some heart designs.
White French tips will never go out of style! Most especially if they’ve got some zebra stripes on them!
These nails are just perfect if you’re going for a posh look! I love the combination of the bright green and the pearls on top.
I love myself some tie-dye nail designs! This set has some half tie-dye designs on them peeking at the side of the nails! These would look so good during a fun summer trip!
Life is too short to have boring nails! We’ve got some trippy smileys, the evil eye symbol, and some wavy abstract nails.
If you’ve got a bunch of designs on your mind that you can’t seem to pick one, why not just incorporate them all? This design did just that and it came out great!
Some bold vibrant nail tips create this fun look. Vivid colors look fun in any style but short nails mean that small tips stand out more.
We’ve got a combination of a bunch of modern designs. We’ve got some tie-dye, abstract swirls, clouds, and a cute vibrant flower!
Here’s a classy cherry bomb! Top your simple white Frenchies with a bunch of cherries and watch your nails go from simple and classy to fun and cute!
Green is in! We’ve got two shades of green in this look. My favorite design has to be the duo-tone zebra stripes!
Everyone needs a bit of animal print in their lives! This one’s got some partial animal print topped with a bit of gold. Oh, and did I mention that it’s in neon green?
I’m in love with this look. It’s very sleek but also very trendy at the same time. I really love how a cute crocodile pattern looks on a nail set!
Keep it bright with these purple Spring nails! We’ve got some purple flowers topped with a bit of gold foil.
There’s just something about multi-colored vibrant colors on your tips that make you feel so happy! Having this set on my nails would surely brighten my day!
Aren’t these round nails just adorable? We’ve got a milky white to lavender ombré base topped with a bunch of minimalist stickers.
I’m getting hungry because these nails remind me of ice cream! We’ve got this three-tone layered nail design that kind of looks like it was painted with watercolor!
Adding butterflies to your nails is always a good idea! We’ve got some white nails that are designed with these gorgeous yellow-orange butterflies. Simple but surely beautiful!
Get your groove on with these tri-color layered waves. I hope these nails don’t go out of style soon because they just look too good!
These trendy short acrylic nails are some of my favorite designs we’ve covered this year. Such a
fantastic look and the smaller nail base helps highlight the design and you don’t need to worry about breaking them. If you do some short acrylics yourself, let us see! Our inspiration photos come from user submissions and open sources and we’ll always give credit. All of the fantastic styles belong to their respective owners. If we’ve got a credit wrong or you’d rather we don’t feature you – just drop us an email.