16 ideas for your next trip to the nail salon
Fun nail art is especially doable when it comes to more real estate. Enter: Coffin nails. The name might sound morbid, but it’s fitting, given the form. Also known as âballerina nails,â coffin nails are typically long, tapered towards the point, and square at the ends – just like, you know, shaped like a coffin or point.
You can opt for acrylics or grow your actual nails (just be sure to file down the sides for a shrinking effect and trim the ends to get a blunt tip), but rest assured there will be plenty of room for rock intricate patterns, color combinations and designs.
While coffin nails can be achieved with medium length nails, it’s a bit easier to go longer in order to achieve the pronounced taper effect and avoid looking square, says Rebecca. Ludwig, professional nail artist and member of the ManiMe nail artist community. She adds that in order to keep the edges of your coffin nails crisp and clean, it’s a good idea to keep a nail file like ManiMe’s Glassy File on hand for easy touch-up.
In terms of designs, you can get nail art ideas from celebs like Hailey Bieber, Lizzo, Saweetie, and Kylie Jenner (the Coffin Nails MVP) – all of which are known to rock a really cool manicure – or browse some experts. approved styles the next time you fancy a change. Bellacures nail technician Savanna Galvan tells Bustle that the marbling, swirls, minimalist lines and French V-shaped tips all work especially well with coffin nails “because they make a bold statement to complement the long, tapered edges of the shape of the nail “.
Below, Ludwig, Galvan, and other nail professionals share their favorite designs that look especially cool on coffin nails.