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62 Unique Short Acrylic Nail Ideas For A Stunning Appearance

by Sherri Owens

Short acrylic nails are a modified version of your natural nails. You can decide to get a subtle design on your acrylic nails with pastel colors and simple swirls. Or you can go with the brighter looks done with neon nail polish, for a more statement-making look.

Whenever I get short acrylic nails done, I tend to have them painted with neutral nail polish like beige, grey, or baby pink to make them look like my natural nails.

Whether you're into more subtle designs or loud ones, you're sure to find a nail design here that resonates with your personality. Keep scrolling for inspiration.

Short Acrylic Nail Ideas For You

1. Cute Blue Butterfly Nails

Butterflies symbolize creativity, joy, nature, beauty, and growth. I love the shade of light blue used, as well as the transparent and crystal clear polish used on the middle fingernail and accent nail.

Cute Blue Butterfly Nails

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2. Short Nude Acrylic Nails

If you want to keep it simple yet classy, these shiny and glossy nude acrylic nails will get the job done.

Short Nude Acrylic Nails

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3. Cute White Acrylic Nails

These short white acrylic nails look simple, lovely, and refreshing. The cuticles look healthy and well-kept too.

Cute White Acrylic Nails

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4. Colorful French Tip Nails

If you're having a hard time choosing one of your favorite colors for your next design, you can use all of them in a creative way like this nail art right here. It has a lovely combination of pink, turquoise, teal, and orange tips on simple nude nail polish.

Colorful French Tip Nails

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5. Stylish Almond Nails

Combining dark colors with a bright or neutral color always comes out well. In this nail art, navy blue is combined with white and yellow. Two accent nails are added at the center with pretty swirls of white, yellow, and navy blue.

Stylish Yellow and Blue Almond Nails

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6. White French Tip Manicure

French tip manicures always look stunning. Here the short acrylic nails are square with a nude base and the prettiest patterned white tips.

White French Tip Manicure

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7. Cute Short Acrylic Nails

Nude nails remain a forever classic. In this cute short acrylic nail design, the french tips are coated with bright polish and flowers on the nude base coat. The short yellow acrylic nails are clean and gorgeous.

Short Acrylic Nails with French Tip and Flowers

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8. Light Pink Acrylic Nails

These short acrylic nails are painted with very light colors that make the whole design look pretty and dreamy. It has a mix of light pink, light blue, and white flowers.

Light Pink Acrylic Nails

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9. Colorful Round Nails

Light colors give a subtle, playful look to your appearance. This nail art is a great choice for summertime. It has different designs on different fingernails including smiley faces, hearts, sunflowers, clouds, and cherries. These combine seamlessly to give a fun and stunning finish.

Colorful Round Acrylic Nails

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10. Classic French Manicure

The nude ombre design has some sugaring generously applied to the ring fingernail. Two nails have white tips which add the elegance that comes with a french manicure to the nail design. This nail design is a classic and is sure to keep you looking prettier than ever for a special occasion.

Classic French Manicure

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11. Square Nude Acrylic Nails

A deeper shade of nude is used here to create this simple yet stunning nail design. Small flowers are drawn on two fingernails, adding spring vibes to the nails. What I love most about this nail design is the shade of nude used which looks like natural nails.

Square Nude Acrylic Nails

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12. Short Purple Acrylic Nails

French tips have been one of the most common beauty trends in the manicure world for a while now. They add a modern, sophisticated feeling to your nails and look perfect on all nail shapes.

Short Purple Acrylic Nails

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13. Mustard Yellow and Nude Nails

This nail design is super gorgeous. Nude and mustard yellow blend in a splendid way to give the nail art a majestic feel. The 3D flower and rhinestones are placed in a unique pattern forming a nail art that is a pure pleasure to have at your fingertips.

Mustard Yellow and Nude Nails

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14. Cute Short Acrylic Nails

This short acrylic nail art has a nude base with light blue color swirls on one hand and emerald green on the other. The pattern of the swirls is creative and artistic. It adds a subtle glow to your day.

Green and Blue Short Acrylic Nails

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15. Stylish Spring Pastels

Pastel nails combine soft colors, creating magic in the process. These pastel nails combine light blue and a light shade of purple called lilac. The accent nail has a mix of blue, lilac, orange, yellow, white, and black in a smokey style effect.

Spring Pastel Acrylic Nails

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16. Clean White Classic French Manicure

White is a timeless classic that will match any outfit you choose to pair it with. This french manicure takes a unique twist due to the addition of a neat, curved line beneath the tips of the Frenchies.

Clean White Classic French Manicure

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17. Rainbow Frenchies

Pink, purple, green, blue, and yellow are used at the tips of this nude french manicure for a cute look. The french tips are slightly V-shaped. Rock acrylic nails like this with your monochrome outfits to express your fun personality.

Rainbow Frenchies

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18. Dark Nude Short Acrylic Nails

These pretty nails are just what you've been looking for. The design is simple, incredibly easy to do, and elegant. I like how the light, soft colors are added in a flattering and creative way.

Dark Nude Short Acrylic Nails

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19. Short Lemon and Gold Acrylics

Nude nails are always cute, regardless of the design. They are versatile and can be worn all year round, regardless of the season. This nude manicure has creative lemon, white and gold glitter designs.

Short Lemon and Gold Acrylics

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20. Amazing Short Acrylic Nail Design

Decorate your short acrylic nails with interesting features to add a twist. These fashionable nude french nails with butterflies are designed in such a way that each wing of the butterfly painting is on separate fingers. This is creativity at its peak.

Butterfly Short Acrylic Nail Design

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21. Fabulous Blue Nails

Did you know that you can add a fabric pattern to your acrylic nail art? This fabulous manicure is the proof. The middle finger nail has a unique tie-dye design on the nude base nail polish.

I love how the rhinestones are on the tips of the accent nails. The silver glitter on the index fingernail makes the design sparkle.

Fabulous Blue Acrylic Nails

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22. Short Pink Acrylic Nails

Pink nails often add a bright, feminine feel to your glam and this soft pink shade is no exception. The bold, realistic hello kitten designs on the short pink acrylic nails are one of a kind. The tips of the nails are painted with white nail polish.

Hello Kitty Design Nails

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23. Short Coffin Acrylics

Coffin-shaped acrylic nails are probably the cutest nail shape for short acrylic nails. This nail design is unique due to the white ombre design and the silver rhinestones that make the manicure pop.

Short Coffin Nude and White Acrylics

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24. Hot Marble Nail Designs

This nail design is larva hot. It's a cute way to show your daring and fiery personality. You can get this nail design with different colors if you are not a fan of red.

Hot Marble Nail Designs

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25. Short Blue Nails With Pink Butterfly

A lovely shade of blue is featured in these short acrylic nails. The short nails also have pink butterflies and white dots drawn on the ring fingers giving an extra cute nail art look.

Short Blue Nails With Pink Butterfly

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26. White Trendy Short Acrylic Nails

Short acrylics are no doubt a classic choice. These short acrylic nails have a simple look with loose silver glitter on the accent nail. The colorful glitter adds a little sparkle to the whole manicure.

short acrylic nails with silver glitter

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27. Short Acrylic Nail Designs

Elegance means stylish, neat, simple, unique, and classy. That is what these short acrylic nails embody. The light color used is soft and subtle. The best part of this nail design is the chic nail art on the accent nails which have a splash of white, gold, and blue.

Light Blue Acrylic Nail with Floral Design

Image by @gh_nailss via Instagram

28. Simple Square Acrylic Nails

Square nail shapes are one of the best nail shapes for short acrylic nails. This design is simplicity at its peak. The simple coat of white nail shellac looks great and will go with several dark monochrome outfits.

Simple Square Acrylic Nails

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29. Elegant Almond Nails

This design has been done with a fun shade of brown and streaks of white. The design is unusual but cute.

Elegant White and Brown Almond Nails

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30. Short Emerald Green Nails

Emerald green is a rich, sophisticated, and luxe shade. This look is a simple and unique artistic nail design. You can wear these short acrylic nails to a wedding if green is the color code.

Short Emerald Green Nails

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31. Bright Pink Short Acrylic Nails

These pink short acrylic nails look so fun. The nail designs have a combination of bright colors, with lines and dots on the accent nails. In my opinion, round short nails are more beautiful than round longer nails.

Bright Pink Short Acrylic Nails

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32. Orange and Gold Glitter

This nail design is nothing short of amazing. The design is chic and has a classy vibe. The light orange and gold glitter lines on the nude base make the nails beautiful.

Orange and Gold Glitter Nails

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33. Black and White Short Acrylic Nails

Short nails are versatile and the possibilities are endless. This nail look has a bold checkered design on short natural nails. Black and white will complement any outfit perfectly.

Black and White Short Acrylic Nails

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34. Loose Glitter Acrylic Nails

Dare to express yourself with different color shades and accessories when doing your manicure. The best part of this soft, timeless nail set is the loose glitter on the accent nail.

Loose Glitter Acrylic Nails

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35. Winnie The Poo Nail Art

There's no limit to what you can do with short acrylic nails. This nail design is unique and features pink designs on one hand and yellow on the other. A picture of Winnie the Pooh is drawn on one finger and a pink dupe of the image is drawn on the other hand. If you're a cartoon lover, this nail design will appeal to you.

Winnie The Poo Nail Art

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36. Purple Short Acrylic Nail Art

Different shades of purple are used to create these short nails. The shades complement one another in an attractive way to create this charming nail look.

Purple Acrylic Nail Art

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37. Coffee Brown Acrylic Nails

These chic and pretty brown nails have a coffee-lover vibe if that's your thing.

Coffee Brown Acrylic Nails

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38. Acrylic Nails With Leopard Print

Animal prints like giraffes, cheetahs, tigers, and leopard prints are great short-nail ideas that symbolize wealth and status. This features a horizontal and vertical leopard print design with a plain orange nail. This nail design will also look lovely with long nails.

Orange and Animal Print Nails

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39. Beautiful Nude Base Nails

Soft colors on nude soften your appearance in a very subtle way. The colors are used to create gentle swirls close to the tip of the acrylic nails. This design will sit well on stiletto-shaped nails.

Beautiful Nude Base Nails

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40. Short French Acrylic Nails

Of all the elegant designs on each nail, the black patches on each white tip make this design stand out. You can DIY this nail design and save yourself the long hours at the nail salon.

Black Dot French Acrylic Nails

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41. Short Brown Acrylic Nails

You're going to feel and look confident with this unique short nail set. The shade of brown is cool. The shiny glitter and rhinestones of different shapes bring it to life.

Short Brown Acrylic Nails

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42. Short White and Nude Acrylic Nails

Express your creativity by getting different designs on each nail. Each nail design looks amazing, but those with the black heart and half-moon designs are a personal favorite.

Short White and Nude Acrylic Nails

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43. Green and Lemon Short Acrylic Nails

In this nude nail design, lemon and green designs are donw on the glossy nude base. The lemon and green stripes are drawn by the sides, the tip, and close to the cuticles.

Green and Lemon Short Acrylic Nails

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44. Cute Short Acrylic Nails

The nails have a nude base with shiny chrome to form French tips.

Cute Short Acrylic Nails

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45. Simple Short Acrylic Nail Design

Light pink looks absolutely great on short acrylic nails. To keep your nails looking neat and fresh, ensure that you visit the salon to get a fill. Professional manicurists recommend 2-3 weeks, depending on how fast your nails grow.

Light Pink Short Acrylic Nail

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46. Short Red Nails

For me, red is a fun, daring color. Red has that hot, daring, and striking effect. It's suitable for most events like weddings, housewarming parties, birthday parties, and prom, for a statement-making look.

Short Red and Blue Line Nails

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47. Floral Short Acrylic Nails

Short acrylic nail ideas are inexhaustible. These short nails have a realistic sunflower design and rhinestones. The mani looks cute enough to lift your mood on a bad day.

Short Acrylic Nails with Sunflower Design

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48. Short Ombre Nails

The ombre effect on short nails exudes a beauty that is unique to ombre short nails. The nude-white progression looks elegant and the neatness portrays the skill of the nail artist.

Short Ombre Nails

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49. Green Croc Nails

Croc nails have been hitting our timelines and I don't mind them one bit. The green croc nails have a mix of white, forming a tye-dye pattern at the tips of the nails. The ring fingernail has a bold crucifix accessory which makes this nail suitable for Easter celebrations.

Green Croc Nails

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50. Blue/Green Marble Acrylic Nails

Blue and green color polish are combined to form this cute marble nail effect. I suggest adding a gel topcoat to the nail if you would like it to shine better. Or you could sprinkle a little glitter for that extra shine.

Blue Green Marble Acrylic Nails

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51. Short Navy Blue Nails

These short acrylic nail ideas have navy blue shellac on three fingers. The other two are coated with white and decorated with gold glitter lines, navy blue spots, and rhinestones.

Short Navy Blue Nails

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52. Cute Acrylic French Mani

The smooth finish of these short acrylic nail ideas is the major highlight of the nails for me. The glossy finish, the cute little hearts and lines on the accent fingernail make the art exceptional. Wouldn't be bad for modest wedding glam.

Cute Acrylic French Nails

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53. Acrylic Holiday Nail Ideas

You can try out these short nail ideas to spice up your end-of-year look. Red signifies love and festivity, which makes the design suited for occasions like Christmas, wedding parties, and Valentine's Day. It has white and black swirls on the ring fingernail. A pink base with black and white at the tips and red nail polish on the other nails.

Acrylic Holiday Nail

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54. Teal and Amber Nail Ideas

The teal and amber color is sure to add a nice shine to your nails. It has a fun and exciting vibe which makes it suitable for the summer holidays.

Teal and Amber Nail Ideas

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55. Dreamy Pink Talons

Who wouldn't want to rock these light color mani with a different design on each fingernail? I know I will. The little finger has a pale pink color and the two middle fingers have elegant leafy designs.

Dreamy Pink Acrylic Nails

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56. Black Nails With Glitter

Black nails have a bold and daring look. To tone down the bold effect of black nails while enjoying the classy vibe, you can try out this black on porcelain mani. The glitter highlights lend some brilliance to the appearance.

Black Nails With Glitter

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57. Short White XO Mani

These white talons have hearts and XO designs, which signify hugs and kisses. What an interesting way to send love and light to everyone you meet.

Short White XO Mani

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58. Short Matte Claws

These orange matte claws have an abstract painting on the accent fingernail and an image of sunrise on the middle fingernail.

Short Orange Matte Claws

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59. Lemonade Mani

Here's a hot orange lemonade design to add some warmth to your aura.

Orange Lemonade Acrylic Nails

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60. Cerulean Talons

Almond porcelain talons with easy cerulean designs. The shiny, glossy finish makes the mani more appealing.

Cerulean Talons

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61. Short Round Porcelain Claws

Porcelain claws with french pink, flame, azure, key lime, lollipop art, and glossy top shellac.

Short Round Porcelain Claws

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62. Round Rock Acrylic Nail Art

This artwork is exceptional. It has a drawing of a little leaf on thin stems. The shades are unusual too.

Round Rock Acrylic Nail Art

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With these 62 beautiful nail ideas, you have to agree that short acrylic nails rock. Now make a choice and try out all your favorite nail ideas. Ensure that you go to a nail artist that is extra good to get a cute and clean manicure.

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