Linear Minimalist Nail Art For Short Nails – Day 3

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minimalist nail art for short nailsThis minimalist nail art is very easy, if you have a great striping nail art brush. Start by painting the middle lines on all fingers. Next, add lines to each side, I did multiple colours on each finger – red, silver and black. The red and black are contrasting enough to make a statement but the lines are also ultra-thin, which looks softer and more elegant. The silver lines separating red and black add an interesting twist – during the day silver, Dance Legend Katana, is almost invisible but during the night it shines like crazy, instantly transforming your minimalist look into an evening manicure.

This stripey minimalist nail art is particularly great for short nails as vertical stripes visually elongate your nails. The trick is to keep the lines as thin as possible to accentuate the elongated effect.

This nail design will also look great as a negative space manicure. Just paint the lines on bare nails and seal with a top coat. In fact, that was the original idea but the crazy teal polish from yesterday’s manicure stained my nails so badly – stain removers didn’t work. So I had to improvise and called on OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy to cover the teal’s mischiefs.

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  • Dance Legend Katana – silver
  • OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy – beige
  • Essie Jump In My Jumpsuit – red
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl – black
  • SoNailicious 03 Spear striping brush
  • Essie Good To Go top coat

Wearing:  Dainty Midi Ring (Platinum).

I’m quite satisfied with how this Linear Minimalist nail art turned out. It has great potential to be done in a variety of colours and suit any outfit or mood. Next I’ll try it in black with bright pastels.

Now, over to you!

Are you keen to try it? What colours would you choose for your Linear Manicure?

If you try this nail design, I’d love to see you work – Tweet or Instagram me a photo with the tag #sonailicious.

– Maria, xx

P.S. This is the third post from the Nail Designs For Short Nails series. See previous post – Paisley Nail Art For Short Nails.

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