12 Dark, Short Nail Ideas for the Perfect Moody Manicure

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 Short nails appear longer with half-moon manicures, and we adore this contrast between light and dark shades of periwinkle and deep burgundy. essie's Bikini So Teeny ($10) and Beauty Pie's Black Cherry Bomb ($8) are excellent choices for almost the same appearance.  

1. Contrasting Half Moon

 You can accept dark nails while still having a little fun by combining silver and black (and maybe even some sparkle!). You may play regardless of your ability level by using nail stickers and varying up the artwork with a few stars here and a line or two there.   

2.  Midnight Sparkle

This moody French mani uses burgundy and black instead of neutral base and white tip. If you have good hand/eye coordination, you can duplicate it freehand, but a stamp or stencil makes it easier. 

3.  Dark and Moody French

 Hailey Bieber invented the tortoiseshell manicure, but it's not only for XL nails. Jin Soon Choi, editorial manicurist and founder of JINsoon Spas and Nail Lacquers, told Byrdie, "Tortoiseshell nails combine two nail trends in one:  

4. Tortoiseshell

 Use tortoise on a few accent nails and match it with a rich jewel tone for a more subdued look. 

5.  Tortoise Accent

 Gold sparkles elevate any manicure, and black makes a stunning punk-glamorous contrast. Using foil flakes and foil adhesive (different from press-on nail glue), gild all your nails or a few  

6. A Metallic Touch

 This basic mani proves that simple nail art can be striking. Simple but stylish, this matte black varnish with graphic white lines and dots is eye-catching. Simple black and white isn't too boring.  

 

7.  Lines and Dot

Red is always a good choice, and this deep crimson is wonderful. Our favorite suitable polish? Dior Vernish Nuit ($32). Simplicity never looked so chic. 

 

8.  Deep Red

 Hearts are trendy thanks to the coquette look, but you don't have to be super-girly to wear them. Make them more unorthodox with a dark color like black and add some carefully placed lines and waves for a cute effect. 

 

9. Hearts and Wave

This triangular technique lets you try dark nails without going full out. It keeps most of your nails bare with a flare of color at the tip. Paint your nails a neutral base color or try a color, then use a straight-edged stencil or paper to guide your work. 

 

10.  Triangle Tip

 Jackie Kennedy observed, "Pearls are always appropriate," and that applies to nails. Self-adhesive pearls brighten dark surfaces, especially when combined with gold foil.  

 

11. Foil and Pearl Detailing

Jackie Kennedy observed, "Pearls are always appropriate," and that applies to nails. Self-adhesive pearls brighten dark surfaces, especially when combined with gold foil.  

 

12.  Glossy Chocolate

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