Having thin and very soft nails makes wearing them long an extreme hassle, so I’m always trying to come up with manicures that work well on short nails. I never would’ve thought a French mani could be worn on short nails, but I finally decided to give it a try and…well, I think that turned out alright! The really fun thing is that the white tips give the illusion of long nails, so for me it’s really the best of both worlds: my polish stays put longer, but it gives me a break from stubby-looking short nails. To get the look I used Julep in “Jennifer”, a very sheer nude (applied several times for a solid consistency), Essie Luxeffects in “As Gold as it Gets” for a bit of extra sparkle, and OPI in “Alpine Snow”. This is my favorite white because it has just enough of a grey tint to give it some depth. I did the DIY take on the Frenchie here, using a piece of Scotch tape as a guide. Two important things to keep in mind if you do this is to leave at least a day between applying your base color and tip (otherwise the tape will pull your polish right off) and file your nails in as much of a square shape as possible, rather than rounded. It gives your mani a more accurate, realistic look. Et voila! C’est tres belle.