Coffin shape nails also known as ballerina nails, are a tried-and-true nail shape for any occasion. They are popular amongst celebrities and influencers and are both extremely stylish and versatile. The coffin nail shape can fit any nail trend you want to explore and can be achieved with either your natural nail or acrylic nails. The coffin shape is both durable and feminine and offers so many options for colors, nail art and designs. When trying out the coffin shape at your next manicure be sure to explore some of these fun colors and design:
Coffin Acrylic Nails
While you can achieve the coffin nail shape with your natural nail, sometimes that’s not always possible due to naturally shorter nails or weakened nails from previous acrylics. Coffin acrylic nails are great for just this problem, and you can create a beautiful and uniform look while also maintaining whatever length you desire whether that be a long, medium, or short length coffin nail shape.
Blue Coffin Nails
The color blue is a great color option for coffin nails. You can go for a light and airy baby blue or a gorgeous and sophisticated deep blue and paint every nail to match. Or you can switch things up and go for different shades of blue on each nail. Blue is such a versatile color for any season whether it be representative of the sky and ocean in the spring and summer or ice and snow for the winter.
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Glitter Coffin Nails
If you really want to make a statement with your coffin nails, going for a glittery nail polish or design is a great way to achieve it. When going for a solid glitter nail you can stick to one color and go all the way or use the glitter nail as an accent color. Glitter can also be a great option for making nail art designs such as geometric lines and shapes.
Coffee Brown Coffin Nails
Shades of brown have been a huge trend for nails on social media and are a must try for your next coffin nail set. Coffee brown looks great on its own or as a matte manicure. It is also gorgeous when paired with other shades of brown to create a monochrome look or fun and trendy swirly brown designs.
Short Coffin Nails
If you’re worried about how long coffin nails are you can always go for a shorter coffin nail shape. Your nails will still need to extend a little past your fingertips to create that tapered shape but if you’re a busy person who uses their hands a lot then a short coffin is great for you. With a short coffin shape, you won’t have to sacrifice looks for usability.
Teal Coffin Nails
The color teal which is a mix between green and blue is another beautiful nail color. Teal comes in so many different shades between light and dark and you can do some much with them whether going for a solid look, a teal French tip or as an accent color in a fun design.
Spring Coffin Nails
Spring is the perfect time to try something fun and new with your nails. With spring nails it’s best to go for light and pastel shades of pink, blue, green, yellow, and orange. Take it a step further and go for a fun floral design to match the fresh flowers that are blooming in the spring.
Rhinestone Accent Coffin Nails
If you really want to elevate your coffin nails, a gorgeous and elevated way to do that is to add in some rhinestones. You can achieve this in tons of ways whether you do one main accent nail with an extravagant rhinestone design or smaller rhinestone designs on multiple nails. This look can be cute with deeper shades of red, black, and purple or lighter shades of pink, nudes, and whites.
French Tip Coffin Nails
French tip is a classic go to nail design for any nail shape but can look especially cute on a coffin nail shape. You can go for the classic and timeless white French tip or spice it up with a solid or multicolored French tip. This is a great option for a look that can work for any occasion whether at the office, an event or on vacation.
Nude Coffin Nails
Sometimes the bright colors and designs can be too much especially when working in a setting that requires a nude or natural nail color. Nude coffin nails are a great option for this problem and there are so many different shades to choose from to compliment not only your skin tone but also your favorite outfits.
Matte Polish Coffin Nails
Matte polish offers such a timeless and sophisticated look to any manicure you get but you can really elevate your manicure by pairing your favorite matte look with a coffin shaped nail. Matte nails also look great when paired with gold and silver glitter or rhinestones.
Summer Coffin Nails
Summer nails are an absolute essential to boost your mood and get you into the mindset for the summer whether you’re stuck at work or on a beautiful tropical vacation. Coffin shaped summer nails are great because you can do so much with them. For even more summer nail inspo check out our article about 20 Cute Summer Nails for 2022.
Long Coffin Nails
Another way to make a statement with your coffin nails is to go for a longer coffin nail shape. This gives you tons of surface area to explore a variety of designs and get really creative. Longer coffin nails are both bold and extremely stylish and can be achieved by filing the sides more towards the center.
Translucent Design Coffin Nails
Translucent designed coffin nails are a super cute design option that involves going for a natural or naked base and using a fun color to create a design on top of that base. You can really step up this look by going for a neon color to create a fun design or a classic black color to go for an edgier design.
V French Tip Coffin Nails
The V French tip design is a twist on the classic French design. This look takes the French tip and pulls it into a triangular v shape. This can be a fun and edgy look to spice up a basic coffin shape and you can get really fun with the colors you use to fit any occasion.
White Coffin Nails
White is a classic and extremely versatile color for your nails and one that compliments every skin tone. You can either go for a solid white coffin nail or use the color to create a design on top of a neutral or bright color. The next time you’re having trouble choosing between colors try white and it’ll be sure to become one of your go to colors.
Silver Coffin Nails
Silver is an absolutely gorgeous color and a lovely touch when paired with an elegant coffin shape. When paired with white or black polish you can achieve both a sophisticated or edgy look. You can use it as an accent color or to create a design. One design to try is a silver edge around the nail that creates a really bold yet sophisticated look.
Peachy Orange Coffin Nails
Peachy oranges are a really popular color this year and look absolutely beautiful on the nail. A solid peach color makes an adorable spring and summer nail, and you can make it fun and fruity by adding an accent nail with a peach design for a little extra cuteness. We talk a bit about cute fruit themed nails in our short acrylic nails article.
Black Coffin Nails
Black is the epitome of edgy and bold. They are extremely chic and look great both with a glossy or matte finish. You can get really creative by going for an edgy design such as a flame designed accent nail or adding in some gold or silver details. You really can’t go wrong with a black coffin nail.
Fall Coffin Nails
Fall coffin nails can mean different things to different people. For some this looks like going for a warmer tone of red, brown, or orange or it can mean adding a cute pumpkin or fall leaf design. Whatever it means it will look absolutely adorable when paired with a coffin shaped nail.
Gold Coffin Nails
Like silver, gold is another great accent for any nail design. It looks great when paired with black, red, blue, or pink and can really elevate your nail look. It also looks great when paired with rhinestones or used as part of a marble design.
3D Coffin Nails
3D coffin nails are a really fun trend that has become popular recently. 3D Nails involve adding extra dimension to your nail using studs, gems, or little pieces shaped like flowers or butterflies. This is a really fun way to get creative with your nails and you’ll be sure to get tons of compliments.
Red Coffin Nails
Red is gorgeous whether it be for a hot date, a fun event or a girl’s night. Red coffin nails are sexy and fun and look great with a glossy or matte finish. It’s a great option for tons of different holidays or just for an everyday look.
Winter Coffin Nails
Winter is another season where you can get really creative with your nails. You can go for a wintery snow look or match your nails with whatever holiday you practice such as Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza. A winter themed manicure can be a really cute way to get into the holiday spirit while still being able to have a manicure that still works in the office.
Pink Coffin Nails
Coffin nails often have a really dramatic and edgy look, but you can easily soften that look by going for a bubbly or light pink shade. This adds an adorable feminine touch to any manicure and is just a fun and versatile color to use. You can really never go wrong when using a shade of pink and you can add a nice touch by using gold glitter for an ombre design or some geometric lines and shapes.