Coffin nails have become one of the hottest nail shapes in the beauty industry, thanks to the likes of A-list celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Billie Eillish. But what’s really a coffin-shaped nail, and why is everyone obsessed with it? Follow me as you get familiar with this trendy nail look while finding the coolest design ideas that will take your style to the next level.
30 Cool coffin nail styles to get at your salon
Coffin nails are characterized by their tapered shape that squares off at the edges, resulting in a cool and bold look. You can easily mistake coffin nails for ballerina nails, which have a subtle curve at the sides, as opposed to coffin nails which have a sharper look. That’s why coffin-shaped nails are the best option if edgy and bold is what you’re looking for.
What has made this trendy nail style become such a fuzz is its usually super long sand stylized shape, resulting in a bold statement look that often displays cool designs or color combinations.
However, coffin nails aren’t necessarily super long. You can perfectly step into this trend with short or medium length nails. It will all depend on how strong of a statement you want to create.
If you want to complement a classy look, short coffin nails will do the trick. If, on the other hand, a glamorous and edgy style is what you’re aiming for, elongate your nails with the help of acrylics for a sharper look.
Whatever your choice may be, there’s one undeniable fact: coffin nails are the best canvas for the boldest, cutest and most unique nail art. Jump into an endless world of possibilities with these 30 cool coffin nail design ideas!
1. Minimalist and sparkly coffin nails
These glamorous milky mauve nails are perfect for complementing an evening look. It’s an easy design that features this gorgeous soft mauve that’s been paired with light pink glitter polish on the ring finger.
For a cute twist, add a small rhinestone at the middle finger’s nail bottom edge, right next to the cuticle.
2. Cool one-tone iridescent coffin nails
This is an easy but cool coffin nail design idea that’s been perfectly pulled-off with a gorgeous iridescent white, creating a modern look that will add an extra edge to your outfits.
The coffin-shaped nails are key to achieving this cool look. If you want an edgy nail design, make sure to choose super long coffin nails.
3. The soft ombre effect on coffin nails
The ombre effect on nails is one of the most popular designs, but if you want to spice it up, try doing it over medium-length coffin nails.
First, start with transparent nail polish, and right in the middle of the nails, start blending it in with this beautiful light periwinkle nail color. Add an extra coat of high gloss for a polished look.
4. Edgy black and silver coffin nails
Black is always a great idea when it comes to nail art. However, if you want to show off your cute coffin-shaped nails, make sure to pair black with silver glitter and white.
Use black as the main color for your thumb, index and pinky finger, and add a cool spiral-like pattern on your middle finger using black, white and grey glitter stripes. On your ring finger, apply silver glitter only for extra shimmer.
5. Red Valentine’s Day-inspired coffin nails
Everyone loves themed nail art, and these cute red coffin nails are no exception. The key to achieve this looks is to choose long length acrylics and the perfect hot red nail polish color.
Over the middle and ring finger, apply a transparent base layer and finish with rhinestones that outline the half of a heart shape.
6. Cute coffin nails decorated with a kissing pattern
If hearts aren’t your thing, another cute Valentine-inspired idea for your coffin nails is this lip pattern that’s been paired with solid dusty blush pink to tone down the look.
A statement pattern like these fun lips works x as an accent detail that looks better next to a solid color. For a polished look, pair this design with soft pink clothes.
7. Modern French manicure for coffin nails
French manicures will never go out of style, but a little twist might sometimes be necessary to show off trendy nails like these coffin shaped acrylics.
This modern French mani style features a baby pink color that smoothly fades into a milky white, resulting in a classy and chic coffin nail design that will perfectly complement any type of outfit.
8. Pink and lilac cute ombre effect on coffin nails
Pink and lilac are girly colors that can be taken to the next level by wearing them over long coffin-shaped nails. This shape makes the now not-so-girly colors look vibrant and edgy.
Right at the first third of the nails, create a chic ombre effect by fading the pastel pink into the lilac. Finish with an extra layer of high-gloss polish for an extra glam.
9. Nude coffin nails with subtle gold rose foil detail
These nude coffin nails have been spiced up with a ring fingernail that features a gold foil that creates a crackling illusion when placed over a transparent nail.
It’s a minimalist nail design with a chic accent detail that can be easily teamed up with any outfit: from glamorous evening looks too cute and casual weekend outfits.
10. Mini butterflies all over coffin nails
This gorgeous coffin nail design is inspired by Kylie Jenner’s daughter, and she rocks it like a queen. You can perfectly imitate this look with glass-like long transparent acrylics and a soft baby blue.
All you need to do is use this blue as a base layer at the nails’ bottom edge and, right at the center, dissolve it smoothly to leave the tips completely transparent. Add four small metallic butterflies all over each nail for a super cute design.
11. Easy nude and glittery bronze short coffin nails
Nude looks absolutely great with any color combination, but if you’re looking for a glamorous look, these glitter coffin nails will do the trick.
It’s a simple coffin nail design that you can easily do at home: just choose a nude color that works with your skin color and a bronze-like glitter polish that will be applied only on the ring fingernail.
12. Galactic off-white long coffin nails
Clear acrylics are the key to a trendy and bold coffin nail design. This galactic look features super long coffin-shaped nails that alternate between solid off-white and an ombre effect with the same off-white which fades into clear glass-like tips.
Add small iridescent stars from the middle to the tips, only on those nails where you’ve done the ombre effect.
13. Unique candy-colored coffin nails
These cute colorful coffin nails are perfect for a cool summer style. All you have to do is choose your favorite colors and apply each one on different nails.
For a unique look, apply a blush nail polish on the nails’ bottom edge, right next to the cuticles, and fade it into each of your chosen colors. This colorful ombre effect is a statement that looks all by itself.
14. Fun multicolored coffin nails with a matte finish
This is a sophisticated and fun design that features long multicolored matte coffin-shaped nails; Use a bubble gum pink as the base color and blend it at the tips with bright blue, purple and pink.
This modern nail art has been glammed up with small rhinestones placed on half of the nail next to the cuticles, which adds an interesting detail and pop of shimmer to this bold style.
15. Dreamy coffin nails decorated with mini clouds
For a cute and adorable coffin nail design, these small clouds and stars placed over a dreamy blue ombre base layer will do the trick.
First, create the ombre effect with a soft blush pink that will fade in the middle and finish with aqua blue tips. Decorate each nail with white clouds and grey studded stars. This nail design will look great with cool colored outfits such as green or baby pink.
16. Stunning starry night over nude coffin nails
Who doesn’t love mini golden stars? This stunning coffin nail design is all you need for a sophisticated and unique look.
Simply choose a nude color and fade it into almost transparent nail polish for a natural look, and place small golden stars and moons all over your nails, except your ring fingernail. This one will be embellished with mini studs contouring the cuticle.
17. Glass-like acrylics and pastel blue coffin nails
Alternating colors or patterns among your nails is a cool way of showcasing a bold style. In this case, long coffin nails have been decorated using a solid baby blue and glittery transparent polish over clear acrylics.
Take this look to the next level with small metallic butterflies placed over these clear acrylics. It’s a perfect coffin nail design to show off your cool winter style!
18. Sophisticated black and white marble effect on coffin nails
This baby pink coffin nails have been glammed up simply by adding one black and white marble effect on the middle finger.
If you’re looking for a bold yet subtle coffin nail design ideas, you’ll fall in love with this one. It’s perfect for complementing your every-day outfits effortlessly.
19. Modern animal print detail on coffin nails
Animal print is one of the trendiest designs you can wear on your nails. These pink coffin nails are perfect for showcasing a modern style, with a glamorous pink glitter detail index fingernail that adds an extra pop of shimmer.
Choose a pale bubble gum pink and apply a solid coat over your nails, except for the index finger which you’ll leave with pink glitter only. Over the pink base layer on your ring finger, add black leopard spots and small pink glitter dots to create a gorgeous texture.
20. Minimalist iridescent polish on coffin nails
This minimalist coffin nail design is the only thing you need for a polished every-day style. Its simplicity makes it easy to pair with any type of outfit.
All you need is a pale iridescent nail polish which you’ll apply as a base color, a thin black line drawn over your middle and pinky finger, and small gold studs placed over these lines.
21. Girly and simple design for pink coffin nails
Need a cute and girly manicure? This coffin-shaped pink nails will do the trick. This easy design features a pale bubble gum pink nail polished used as a base layer, and a small “XO” written in red over the ring fingernail and a mini red heart over the middle fingernail.
It’s a simple but cute design that you can do at the comfort of your home.
22. Cute spring vibes taken to your coffin nails
If you’re looking for a cute way to spice up your spring outfits, these bright yellow coffin nails will come to the rescue.
You’ll need long coffin-shaped nails, a transparent and bright yellow nail polish, and a good nail artist to draw this easy but delicate floral pattern.
23. Glamorous earthly toned coffin nails
Earth tones and gold glitter make up an awesome combo for an elevated nail design. To glam up this look, choose super long coffin-shaped nails, and add an extra coat of high-gloss polish.
This cool coffin nail art combines different textures: solid and glossy, gold glitter, an ombre glittery effect, and metallic gold polish, resulting in a unique design that will take your style to the next level.
24. Easy pink degrade look for coffin nails
If you’re a pink lover, this cool coffin nail acrylic design will help you bring the best of your favorite color. It’s an easy look you can do by yourself at home, but you need to have at least five different and contrasting shades of pink.
The trick here is to create a degrade effect, applying the darkest shade on your thumb, and the palest on your pinky.
25. Luxurious pink and rhinestone decorated coffin nails
Iridescent nail polishes look absolutely stunning over coffin nails, and this nail art proves that a simple design can be taken to the next level with one single nail coated in iridescent pink.
If you want a luxurious look, add small pink rhinestones right next to your ring fingernail cuticles, creating a semi-circle outline.
26. Fun and unique pastel-colored design for coffin nails
Matte coffin nails are an awesome idea that will help you shake up your usual mani. If you want a unique design, try adding different pastel color-blocks to your tips, and add a fun element all-over your middle and ring fingernails.
In this case, a cute colorful lip pattern adorns these two fingernails, adding a fun pop of color into a nude base layer. The matte finish makes it look trendy and modern.
27. Awesome coffin nails bold design with eye motif
Looking for an unexpected motif over your pink coffin-shaped nails? Try adding a cool eye paired with other cool and geometric shapes.
A pastel pink serves as the base color for this awesome design, creating a cool contrast with the black bold lines that decorate each nail. Apply one single eye on the bottom edge of your fingernail for a fun coffin nail art.
28. Creative and simple color block design for coffin nails
If colorful is what you’re looking for, colorful is what you get with this design. It features a nude base layer that’s been paired with a pastel color placed on the tips as a diagonal block.
Choose your favorite three colors and alternate them between your fingernails. Pair this nail art with solid and simple outfits to add a fun pop of color.
29. Edgy and cool long coffin nails with neon color block
Neon yellow and nude make a great combo, especially when placed over long, edgy coffin-shaped nails. If you’re looking for a bold element to add to your outfits, try rocking this nail art.
The trick here is to choose super long coffin acrylics to showcase a truly edgy and bold look.
30. Burgundy glitter flecks and matte finish on long coffin nails
Wearing clear long acrylics is one of the easiest ways of showcasing a modern mani. Choose your favorite shade of burgundy and pair long transparent coffin nails with a matte texturized burgundy for a sophisticated nail design.
Add chunky flecks of burgundy glitter in a spiral shape over your transparent nail for a unique look. This coffin nail art will look stunning with your fall or winter outfits.
A manicure requires much more decision making than only the colors you’ll wear. The shape of your nails is also an important aspect you want to take into consideration, since choosing a trendy look is critical for a spiced-up style.
These 30 coffin nails demonstrate that the shape truly matters: a modern and edgy look can be easily achieved by choosing this cool shape. All there’s left to do is have fun with any of these unique nail designs for coffin nails!