17 Coffin Nail Designs You Will Love

January 21, 2022
By: Catharine Malzahn | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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If there’s one thing we love, it’s a fresh acrylic set. Coffin nails are one of our favorite nail shapes, and they’re equally loved by nail artists, style icons and celebrities alike. If you’re looking for a fun yet practical nail shape — the long, flat top makes them more durable than a stiletto-shaped nail — coffin nails are the way to go.

Ahead, learn more about coffin nails and check out some of our favorite coffin nail designs so you have all the inspo you need for your next trip to the nail salon.

What Are Coffin Nails?

Coffin nails are one of the most popular nail shapes right now, in part due to them being Kylie Jenner’s go-to nail shape for quite some time. With a long, flat edge on the top and squared corners, they get their name from looking like a coffin itself. Sometimes called ballerina nails, the coffin shape also resembles a pointe shoe as well. 


Coffin nails are usually created using a set of acrylics — unless you’re one of the lucky ones blessed with long, strong nails, it’d be pretty difficult to create that shape using your natural nail. But, if you’re not ready to commit to acrylics just yet, there are tons of fun press-on nails you can try to feel out the shape and length of a coffin nail. Press-ons are becoming more and more popular, so they’re easy to come by and available in a wide variety of lengths, shapes and designs.

How Long Do Coffin Nails Last?

While coffin nails aren’t the weakest nail shape, they’re not the strongest either. As Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder and CEO of nail care brand Olive & June said, a round or squoval shape will be the most resistant to breakage thanks to the lack of sharp edges around the nail. Without sharp edges, there are no weak points in the nail. The sharp edges of a coffin nail may not last as long as a more rounded shape. 


The amount of time a coffin nail will last depends on the application, the strength of your nail and a variety of other factors. To keep your nails healthy, acrylic nails should be changed approximately every four weeks .

Wondering how to help make your manicure last longer? Try applying a cuticle oil, like the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, twice a day for stronger, more hydrated nail beds.

Coffin Nail Designs

Short Coffin Nails

Short coffin nails are a fun way to rock the trend if you don’t feel comfortable with a longer set. Even with shorter coffin nails, you can choose a solid color, French tips or a subtle design like polka dots or checkers. Yin-yang nail designs are one of our favorites right now.

Medium Coffin Nails

If you’re not sure how you feel about a set of long acrylics, medium-length coffin nails are the perfect introduction to get more comfortable with long nails. Choose a design that speaks to you, like swirls or stripes. We’re loving negative space nail art.

Long Coffin Nails

Long coffin nails are especially fun, thanks to the extra real estate on the nail to come up with creative designs. If you want to let your personality shine with bejeweled nails or a really bold design, like the ones celebrity nail artist Chaun Legend creates, long coffin nails are the way to go.

Coffin French Tip Nails

A French tip doesn’t just mean a white tip anymore! French tip coffin nails are super popular right now and are being done in new and creative ways. From pink to green to rainbow or pastel color schemes, you can find ways to make a French tip look different and more exciting than ever.

Summer Coffin Nails

When we think of summer, we think of bright, vibrant colors. With so many color and design options, summer coffin nails can look like anything fun and festive, from floral to fruity designs. You can show off a trendy maximalist style with prints and art like never before.

Winter Coffin Nails

If you want to get cozy, opt for a more neutral color for your winter coffin nails. From light blue to a classic snowy white, your nails’ hue may help get you into the holiday spirit. Plus, with nail designs being so popular right now, you can try a snowflake design or pearly-finish accent nail for extra holiday cheer.

Marble Coffin Nails

The only thing more fun than wearing marble coffin nails is watching the TikTok videos of nail artists creating the marble effect for a client. Marble coffin nails can work for any length and almost any color, too, making them extra versatile and full of personality.

White Coffin Nails

Sometimes a classic white nail just does the trick. They can be perfect if you’re headed to a wedding or if you’re looking to keep it simple. There’s nothing quite like minimalistwhite nails, but if you want to add a little extra oomph, try adding a single polka dot at the bottom of the nail or a little jewel to bedazzle your style.

Nude Coffin Nails

Like white, nude nails are forever classy and a great go-to. They’re also the easiest to wear since you can count on them matching with nearly everything. Simple and chic, you can rock nude coffin nails on their own or with a bit of rhinestone work to up the ante. They look great in a high-gloss or matte finish, and you can even try adding an accent nail if you want to switch things up.

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Red Coffin Nails

Red nails are iconic for a reason, and they look especially fierce paired with a coffin shape. You can try anything from a bold, vibrant red to a more muted burgundy or a deeper, cranberry hue for the holidays. Search for the best shade of red to match your skin tone!

Pink Coffin Nails

Pink nails are fun all year round. They can range from bright and bold, like a cotton candy shade, to pale and muted, almost mimicking a nude nail with a ballerina slipper shade. Regardless, they’re beautiful, timeless and sophisticated for an always-stylish look.

Green Coffin Nails

Green is the color of 2022. From bright greens to deeper forest hues to the ever-relaxing mint green shade, there are tons of ways to show off green coffin nails right now. You could even try a tonal green design and rock several shades of green at the same time.

Blue Coffin Nails

Cobalt blue, baby blue, sky blue — we’re here for all of it. Like green, blue coffin nails can be soothing and stylish in almost any hue. Nail designs get more and more exciting every day, so there’s an option for everyone. We’re especially in love with pale blue nails.

Black Coffin Nails

Black nail polish is a must-have for every beauty lover. Black nails with a black and white checkered accent nail is especially fun right now, as is the black false stiletto look.

Purple Coffin Nails

There’s nothing like a lilac nail. It’s soothing, satisfying and manages to match almost any outfit. For someone looking for a fun, versatile pastel set of nails, purple coffin nails are an ideal choice. We particularly love swirl nail art right now, and purple swirls could be a great option for you.

Matte Coffin Nails

Matte coffin nails look good in nearly any color and design. Whether you want to do a single-color, fully matte nail or the increasingly popular shiny French tip with a matte nail base, matte coffin nails are sexy and fun to wear for any occasion.

Ombre Coffin Nails

Ombre coffin nails are subtle and delicate while still packing a punch. They can be created in a beautiful range of colors, from pink to blue for a cotton candy-style nail or a singular color for a super natural look. You can even try a glitter ombre nail design!

Coffin nails are a classic choice that’s here to stay. Whether you want to show off an intricate nail design or you’re opting for a solid color — or anything in between — your nails will look great with the coffin shape. With so many design, length and color options, you can try a new style of coffin nails every time you go to the salon and never repeat your design twice!

Photos: @bombnails_aurora, @nailsamazing7

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