If you're anything like us, you're constantly dreaming up your next manicure. While choosing your color gradient is one of the most crucial (and most fun) parts of a great mani, you should also consider your desired shape. Trust us—it goes way beyond square and round.
For example, squoval nails refer to ovular mid-length beds with squared tips, while stiletto nails feature long, dagger-like points. And just in time for spooky season, coffin-shaped nails are here to be your edgy middle ground between the two.
If you can't quite picture what coffin nails look like, just imagine Kylie Jenner's go-to manicure. It's all about long, narrowed, flat-edge nails that offer more space to bring stellar nail art to life. Here, our favorite looks to use as a reference at your next appointment.
Pink Ombré Coffin Nails
Despite their long coffin-shaped length, these nails radiate a classic appeal that flex from desk to drinks. The baby pink nail plate extends into a white tip, which mimics the effect of a natural nail. One of the easiest ways to create the look is with dip powder, so you'll likely want to enlist the help of a professional to bring the manicure to life.
Marbled Coffin Nails
These pink and gold geode nails are a surefire Insta-hit, taking a note from MAC's Electric Wonder collection packaging. Instead of going all out with marble, the manicurist focused the pattern on two statement nails to help create a more neutral manicure. If you're recreating this look on your own, be sure to have gold foil on hand to create those metallic glints.
Nude Coffin Nails
You can never go wrong with nude nails—and coffin-shaped nails are no exception to the rule. Here, we have an ultra-shiny neutral manicure that can be created with gel, shellac, acrylic, or powder dip. If you want to take the DIY route, file your nails into a coffin shape and paint them with Olive & June 7-Free Nail Polish ($8) in shade MM.
Black Marble Coffin Nails
Love the look of marble but want to make it darker? Invert the colors and opt for a black manicure with white marbled accents. To create the look, start with a black base coat and top it off with thin white stripes. Before the white paint dries, use a toothpick to gently drag and blur the lines for the cracked marble look.
Studded Coffin Nails
Another way to create a pretty coffin shaped manicure is to start with a neutral base and top it off with eye-catching details. Best of all, it's a super simple nail look to DIY. All you have to do is paint a layer of clear top coat over the nude color of your choice and place the flat-backed gems while the paint is still wet. Top them off with another layer of top coat et voila.
Minimalist Neon Coffin Nails
Love a neutral nail but want to hop on the neon color train? Us too. To get the look, merge the two with neon-bordered coffin-shaped nails. The long length allows for a bit more color than a short squoval shape, meaning you're that much more likely to turn heads in the process.
Red Coffin Nails
Just like a bold red pout, monotone red nails are guaranteed to make a statement. To cop this manicure, paint your nails with Smith & Cult Color Nail Polish ($18) in Kundalini Hustle. The ultra-pigmented nail lacquer goes a long way, so you'll only need one coat to nail the look.
Rose Quartz Coffin Nails
If you can't choose between simple neutral nails and statement nail art, look no further than this rose quartz coffin shaped manicure. The pale pink jelly color creates a neutral base for tiny swirls of white. And—you know what the say—rose quartz is the crystal of love, so it's no wonder this manicure has gotten so many likes on the 'gram.
Clear Coffin Nails
What if you could confine color to a short nail bed but still capture the essence of a long, coffin-shaped nail? Well, with this clear peach glitter mani, you can. The nail look requires professional skill, so be sure to make an appointment with a manicurist to bring the peach-pumpkin look to life.
Butterfly Coffin Nails
Ah, pink or blue? A tale as old as time. These coffin nails look like they came straight from Kylie Jenner's IG feed, featuring a fun jelly finish and Stormi Webster-inspired butterfly nail art. If you have super long nails all on your own, you can paint the base yourself using Le Mini Macaron Jelly Gel Nail Polish ($12) in Rose Jelly and Mint Jelly.
Shiny Black Coffin Nails
Who doesn't love a classic all-black manicure? This ultra-long version gets bonus points for its shiny allure. To create the look, use a high-shine nail lacquer like Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18) in Blacquer. Even though it's already a shiny color, it never hurts to top it off with a high-shine topcoat, too.
Electric Blue Coffin Nails
These bright blue ombré nails give us all the cool spacey vibes. If you want to try to DIY, drop a dot of light blue and cobalt blue next to each other on a paper plate. Dip a nail-sized sponge into the color and transfer it to your nail by pressing it on to achieve the ombré blend.
Neon Mismatch Coffin Nails
Crazy for neon? Same, same. If you can't pick just one bright color, opt for a "skittles manicure." Doing so will instantly create a head-turning manicure that's bound to earn you more than a few compliments. It's easy to DIY; the only skill this mani requires is switching up colors between nails.
Glow in the Dark Coffin Nails
These pale coffin-shaped nails may look low key in the daylight, but as soon as the sun goes down they'll glow in all their glory. While you can totally find neon UV polishes on Amazon, your best bet is likely to head to the salon for professional help. There you'll be able to find dozens of shades that will shine bright all night long.
Tie Dye Coffin Nails
Last but not least, we have Jenner's famous tie dye coffin-shaped nails. The pale, blurred design is a summer staple that can be updated for every season by simply switching out the colors. While her manicure was created by a celebrity manicurist, you can try to DIY the look by sponging your favorite colors on top of a white base coat.
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