We all want those rather not so attractively short nails to look longer, even while we prefer to be able to hold our babies without scratching them, or even play a game of bowling without breaking a nail in the process. Sometimes we are entirely too envious of those around us with beautifully long and perfectly painted digits, wishing our peeling nails would only cooperate for a little while. Best Nail Polish Shades to Make Short Nails Look Longer. Once you are done with nail care and nail shaping, the time has come for painting them. Before applying any color, you should use a nail polish base, which makes an essential step. This is how I paint my nails when they are very short. My method helps to stop the application being messy. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for watching and subscribing xx. 21 Adorable Manicure Ideas For Short Nails. Because short-nailed people want to be pretty too. Posted on August 14, 2014, 1520 GMT Alexis Nedd. BuzzFeed Staff. Share This Article. Any color can look good on short nails, but the color you choose will depend on the look you are trying to achieve. If you have fair skin try painting your nails dark reds and purples, as the contrast will make your nails more striking. Bright pinks and oranges look fantastic with darker skin tones.