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16 Cool Nail Designs for Short Tips

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Lone star

Courtesy of Morgan Taylor Lacquer
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Lone star

Keeping nail art to a minimum, like this single shooting star, may be best if you don't want to draw too much attention to your nibbled tips.

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Flower power

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Flower power

Tiny bouquets work well on pretty much any length nail and can camouflage bitten tips.

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Faux edge

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Faux edge

If your tips are trashed, try redrawing them with polish.

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Cuticle decal

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Cuticle decal

If your nail tips aren't in decent shape for a design, add the art at the cuticle line.

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Edge of darkness

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Edge of darkness

Hide uneven edges with a dark navy painted just at the tips.

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Mix & match

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Mix & match

If some nails are a little shorter than others, use the same colors to create a different design on each finger like this mural nail look.

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Glitter tips

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Glitter tips

A chunky glitter stripe is an easy fix for uneven edges.

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Tangerine tips

Shana Trajanoska for Marc Jacobs
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Tangerine tips

Edwards suggests sticking with a bright orange polish as a distraction from biting.

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Cobalt teardrop

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Cobalt teardrop

A teardrop shape works well on short, rounded edges.

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Unicorn mani

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Unicorn mani

Seriously, who'd want to chew their way through this fun French?

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Metallic French

Carissa Lancaster
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Metallic French

A shiny edge is almost like an optical illusion that can make shorter tips appear longer.

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Double French

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Double French

A French mani is ideal for shorter tips, but even better is an updated version with multiple stripes.

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Off the nail

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Off the nail

Lengthen the nail, at least visually, by taking the art down onto the fingers.

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Bright the bite

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Bright the bite

Bright pink is another color Edwards suggests to help curb the urge to bite.

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Faux real

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Faux real

Prepainted press-ons may help you resist the urge to bite and will give you some fun nail art options to play with.

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