Minimalist Nail Art For Short Nails – Day 3

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minimalist nail art for short nailsMore nail art for short nails! This time I went for a linear minimalist nail art. It is very easy, if you have a great striping nail art brush and it suits nails perfectly 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.

If you wish to give it a go, just follow the steps below….


  1. Start by painting the middle lines in red and black on all fingers with a firm striping nail brush.
  2. Add silver lines* to each side. The red and black are contrasting enough to make a statement but the lines are also ultra-thin, which looks softer and more elegant.
  3. Using the same striping nail brush add red or black stripes to silver lines.
  4. Using this angular clean up brush dipped in acetone fix all nail art mistakes around cuticles.
  5. Allow 5 minutes for your design to set and apply 2 coats of a glossy top coat.

* 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.

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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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