Acrylic or press-on nails are as beautiful as they look. But sometimes, you have to choose the nail design that best suits your lifestyle. These coffin-shaped nails are perfect for women who type, write or use their hands a lot for their jobs.
It’s also more subtle than stiletto nails that might poke or cause scratches on your skin. So if you’ve decided on square or coffin-shaped acrylic nails for your next nail appointment, we have compiled a list of 35 beautiful nail art designs to choose from.
What is a coffin-shaped nail?
A coffin-shaped nail is a style of manicure where the nail is filed into a tapered shape with a flat tip, resembling the shape of a coffin.
It is similar to the ballerina-shaped nail, which is supposed to mimic a ballerina slipper. This coffin style has become increasingly popular recently and is often seen with bold and dramatic nail designs.
Are coffin nails practical?
Coffin nails are practical as they provide a reliable and durable platform for applying nail polish over gel or acrylic extensions.
However, depending on your lifestyle, coffin nails may not be practical for everyday activities as their length can make it difficult to do certain tasks without damaging the nail.
Do coffin nails require high maintenance?
No, coffin nails do not require high maintenance. The maintenance required for coffin nails is the same as any other nail shape, which includes regular filing, cuticle care, and moisturizing to keep them healthy and strong.
The only additional steps required may be to refill or replace the acrylic or gel extensions if they start to lift or chip, but this is not specific to coffin nails.
How long do coffin-shaped nails last?
The lifespan of coffin-shaped nails can vary but typically it’s recommended to keep coffin nail extensions in for up to three weeks before needing an infill or to be removed.
Do coffin nails look good on all nail lengths?
Coffin nails can look good on all nail lengths. So, it’s up to you what you like. Short coffin nails can be great if you don’t want an overly long and pointy look while still getting the benefit of a unique shape. While longer coffin nails tend to look more dramatic and eye-catching.
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1. Milky White Nails with Freestyle Gold Design
Make the most of longer length nails by adding 3D art. These gold designs will make the milky white pop against your Black skin.
2. Nude and Marble Nails with Hand-Painted Detail
Nudes and natural pinks will always be a classic look. So ask your nail technician to get creative with marble designs and hand-painted faces.
3. Fall Color Nail Art
This red and pumpkin nail design will look gorgeous in the fall. The hand-painted designs show ways you can elevate a simple colored nail.
4. Glitter Twist on Classic French Tips
Pink and white French tips look stunning on Black skin and with sparkles like 3D gems or encapsulated glitter, these are perfect for any special occasion.
5. Colorful Hand-Painted Matte Nails
Coffin or square-shaped nails don’t have to be glossy. You can try out some nail art using bright matte colors to achieve a similar look above.
6. Abstract Leopard Print Nails
If you can’t decide on the color you want for your next nail appointment, choose a few and recreate a vibrant leopard print-inspired look.
7. Geometric Print Nails
These geometric printed nails look radiant against melanated skin tones. Bring attention to your hands with these brilliant colors.
8. Multi Colored French Tips
If you’re used to a white French tip, switch it up with these brilliant colored designs. Include chrome foils and hand-painted art to let your nails stand out.
9. Vibrant Colored Nails with Design
Colors like yellow and green are great choices for summer. Mix and match with nail art designs and this can last up to three weeks.
10. Aztec Inspired French Tip Nail Art
The pop of color used on these French tips is just what you need to transform your coffin nails. Keep them matte as we see above or ask for a glossy top coat to finish.
11. Gold Foil on Monochrome Nails
Black, white, and gold are a faultless color combination on Black skin. So try them for your next nail art design.
12. Black Girl Magic Inspired Nails
Bring some creativity to your coffin or square nail designs by celebrating your Blackness. Include positive words or images, and these will look impressive all year round.
13. 3D Gem Twist on White Nails
White coffin nails could use a gold 3D gem upgrade. A style like the one above can last up to two weeks.
14. Freestyle ‘Afro Culture’ Nail Art
Similar to the Black girl magic nails, include some African-inspired cultural prints and empowering hand-painted images to achieve this.
15. Classroom Design Nails
You can get nail art ideas from pretty much anything, like these fun classroom-inspired designs. Play around with the shape if you want to mimic the stiletto pencil nail exactly.
16. Multi Black Panther Nails
Show your love for Black representation in a film with these Black Panther-inspired nails. Ask your nail artist to freestyle each one to give you showstopper styles like above.
17. Clear ‘V’ Design Nails
For something quite simple, add a clear ‘V’ to your coffin nails. It will elongate the shape and make your nails look longer lasting up to three weeks.
18. Bold Colored Nails
Bold colors like these resemble colors found in various African flags, topped off with gold Egyptian pharaoh gems for a regal finish.
19. Coffin and Stiletto Combo Nails
You don’t have to choose one nail shape. Coffin or square styles compliment the sharpness of stiletto shapes. So play around with the color and nail art on each.
20. Intricate 3D Art Nails
Nails like these will look breathtaking on those special occasions like weddings, vacations, and birthdays. With proper care, they can last up to two weeks.
21. Two Tone French Tips
Shorter square or coffin-shaped nails can benefit from classic designs like a French tip. Vary the shape of the tips and include nail art for something different.
22. Festive Season Style Nails
Get in the holiday spirit with these snow, candy cane, and gift-wrapped inspired nails. The white art and pink glitter are a pleasing pair.
23. Pink and Chrome Glitter Nails
Sometimes one nail design per hand is all you need to make a statement, especially with pink chrome glitter that can look good for up to three weeks.
24. Yellow Nails with Encapsulated Gems
Rich yellow complements Black women’s skin tones. These nails show a matte, glossy, and encapsulated gem mix, which is great for the summer.
25. African Fabric Print-Inspired Nails
African fabric print designs are a work of art in any medium. So if you have any traditional African garments in your wardrobe, why not let that be your next nail art look?
26. Neon Nails with 3D Gems
Spring and summer are ideal times to bring out the neon nails. Bright orange will look amazing on you even with added gems, as we see above.
27. Short Colorful French Tips
Whether you go for a gel extension or an acrylic tip, these short French tips will give you a less dramatic color-filled look.
28. Jeweled French Tips
We love sparkly nail designs on melanated skin, so ask your nail technician to glue on some beautiful silver gems and glitter those French tips.
29. Pastel Colored Design Nails
Almost any color will work on darker skin tones, as we see with these pastel colors above. Finish with hand-painted art and these will slay for up to three weeks.
30. Lace Printed Nails
Printed nails like these can either be done by hand or using a stencil. So see what your nail salon has available to recreate these black and silver designs.
31. Hand Painted Floral Nails
Longer length coffin nails can make any nail art look the focus, as with these floral painted designs. Keep them glossy, and they will stay fresh for three weeks.
32. Nude and Yellow Nails
We love nail designs that are different on each nail. You can go for a simple nude, a simple yellow, or a combination of both on your nails.
33. Abstract Patterned Nails
Choose fun hand-painted patterns that you may not usually go for, like these abstract art designs, and watch yourself fall in love with the versatility of coffin shape nails.
34. Neon Tribal-Inspired Nails
Whether you’re going to a festival or going on vacation, let your coffin nails do the talking with intricate neon tribal-inspired designs.
35. Bridal Nail Design
Coffin or square-shaped nails can give you a dramatic yet elegant look. They’re an edgy accessory to any outfit that can be decorated with a range of eye-catching art designs. So if you’re ready to try a nail shape that gives the perfect balance between classic beauty and modern flair, choose coffin shapes at your next appointment.