I have a friend who has the tiniest hands I’ve ever seen. I have small hands (or so I thought) and hers are just dwarfed in mine. To make matters worse, her fingers are stubby and wide, so her hands look even shorter. We tried a few experiments to make her hands appear longer, and here is what works, and what doesn’t.
We started with the shape of her nails. My nails grow square naturally, and while I have small hands my fingers are long and thin (my nickname in High School? Among others it was “witchy fingers” due to my spindly fingers and wider knuckles), and I wear a size 4 ring. My friend? Her fingers are about 2 centimeters shorter than mine and she wears an 8 size ring. Since square compliments my fingers and makes them appear a bit wider, we decided to try round-tipping her nails to see if it would make her nails look more pointed and thinner.
Did it work? Kinda. Her nails did look more complimentary to her fingers, but the rounded tip wasn’t her style. We reshaped her nails to a basic straight edge, which gave her fingers a more grown-up look without making her nails look shorter. It actually made her fingers look less like they just ended abruptly.
We then moved on to jewelry. She loves to wear rings, so we had her try a variety of styles at Walmart to see what works and what doesn’t. We tried tiny rings to see if they elongated her fingers, but they actually made her fingers look HUGE (as in fat). We then tried a wider band, which made her fingers look thinner but really drowned her hands. Then we tried a thinner band with a few jewels jutting out of it (like leaf designs and vines and spirals near the center jewel) and Voila! A ring that didn’t overpower her finger and gave it the sophisticated long look she was looking for.
So we’ve got straight nails to make the fingers look less stubby, a detailed (but not too thick) ring to make her fingers look slimmer, now what could make them look longer? Off to the nail polish aisle we go!
Turns out, the darker the color (like dark purple, red, black, blue), the stubbier the finger looked. What really worked were pale metallics, like pearl, baby pink, baby blue, mint green, and silvery white. These colors reflected nicely and gave the illusion of a longer nail and longer finger, where the darker, funkier colors gave her that little kid, nail biter look. We were pleased with the results.
So from our findings, the best ways to make short, stubby fingers appear longer is by detailed rings, lighter metallic nail polishes, and straight or round edged nails.
We didn’t try any fake nails as neither one of us are into them, but I would assume so long as the nail did not extend more than a few millimeters beyond the edge of the finger and were cut straight across or slightly rounded, this would help a shorter hand as well. Too-long nails would make the fingers look overpowered and have the opposite effect.