15 Ways to Wear the Coffin Nails Trend (aka Ballerina Nails)


@lifeofashley / Design by Camden Dechert

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 then there are coffin-shaped nails, which are here to be your edgy middle ground between the two.

If you can't quite picture what coffin nails—also known as ballerina 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.

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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.

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Wavy Ballerina Nails

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicures Wavy Ballerina


Choose a few complementary colors against a neutral base and you've recreated this gorgeous mani.

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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's 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.

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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 they say—rose quartz is the crystal of love, so it's no wonder this manicure has gotten so many likes on the 'gram.

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Polka Dot Coffin Nails

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicures Polka Dot


Be springtime fresh year-round with this cheery polka dot design, which features mismatched colors in a matching pattern for the ultimate intrigue.

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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.

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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 the pink and blue polish of your choice.

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Taupe Ballerina Nails

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicures Taupe Ballerina


Neutrals go a long way with coffin nails.

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Neon Negative Space Coffin Nails

Nude, neon, and negative space? What's not to love? These more keyboard-friendly coffin nails are simple as can be with just a pop of diagonal color on each corner. You can DIY the look with a little striping tape and a touch-up brush nearby.

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Tie Dye Coffin Nails

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicure Tie Dye


We can't forget Kylie 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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Water Marble Ballerina Nails

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicure Watercolor Marble


The tips of these nails look like they were dipped in the ocean.

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Peach Gradient Ballerina Nails

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicure Gradient


We love gradient nails that feature different shades within the same color family.

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Paisley Ballerina Nails

Two accent nails are better than one.

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Medium-Length Mauve

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicure Mauve


Mauve is in all year 'round.

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Contrasted French Ballerina Nails

Pretty Coffin Nail Shape Manicure Contrasted Black French


White tips and a black nail bed make for a highly contrasted French mani, ballerina nails style.

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