The Biggest Trend Right Now: Coffin Nails

What Are Coffin Nails?

Coffin nails, also known as ballerina nails, may have started with A-listers like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, but it has quickly overtaken the nail world. They’re named for either the angular shape of a coffin or the flat toe of a ballerina’s slipper and have a tight C-curve, tapered sides, and a straight free edge.

Of course, once you create the shape, you can art whatever art or color you’d like to the nail, but we’ve noticed that whites, nudes, and wine reds seem to dominate, sometimes with gold accents. Frequently the color is topped off with small rhinestones and/or a matte finish.

And unlike the “bubble nail” or “aquarium nail” trends that have garnered a lot of media attention lately, the coffin nail is a major trend that everyday people are actually wearing. Even if you briefly check the many Instagram posts marked with our #nailprodigy hashtag, we noticed that about half of all the submissions featured a coffin nail shape. Rising fashionista Kylie Jenner in particular has helped the style spread throughout the beauty world like fire – her Instagram feed is full of snaps with her lengthy talons.

Kylie Jenner’s Coffin Nails


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To achieve coffin nails, start with a regular square nail shape on a long or extended nail. Slowly file the corners down near the free edge to get that tapered shape.

To give you inspiration for your own coffin nails, here are a few examples of artists who have nailed the look.

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