Short nails are often frowned upon in the glam-land of fashion nails… but they don’t need to be!

Short nails are often more practical, especially for active women, athletes, and moms. Regardless of the length of your nails, you can keep them attractive and stylish.

Many people who wear their nails short don’t really know how to take care of them. If you like yours short, set up a good nail care regimen that includes the pointers below.

Take Care of Your Cuticles: The better your cuticles look, the better your manicure looks. Make it a point to use cuticle oil and soak your cuticles before you push them back with a cuticle pusher. This will give you more nail surface to work with and make your nails look longer.

Moisturize: Moisturized hands always look great, but a lot of people skip moisturizing their nails. Use a good nail oil that will improve shine and strength, and your nails will stop looking dull and brittle right away.

File Your Tips: For those who don’t know, filing your nails not only keeps the tips from looking un-cared for, but it also helps strengthen the tips of your nails. The appearance will be neater, smoother and cleaner and obviously less raggedy.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out these nine short nail ideas we saw on (And check their link for even more!)