Coffin Nails Are the Bold Shape That’s Everywhere Right Now

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If you want a bold manicure but the stiletto nail shape is just a little too extra for you, then you should consider coffin nails as a perfect compromise. The style, which looks like an oval mani with square tips, has won over plenty of fans due to its versatility and simplicity to re-create.

Coffin nails flatter fingers of all shapes and sizes since the style is tapered at the ends. This creates an effect that thins and elongates your hands. Although coffin nails may look high-maintenance (and whether you need acrylic tips is solely dependent on your natural length), they are deceptively easy to maintain. Plus, due to the unique shape, they don't break easily. Ahead, we chatted with Miss Pop, an editorial nail artist, who broke down everything you need to know about the trend, including how you can get the look at home.

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Miss Pop is an editorial nail artist based in New York City.

What Are Coffin Nails?

Coffin nails are typically long in length, tapered, and have a square tip. For the most part, "You can wear the [coffin manicure] with natural nails, no acrylic enhancement necessary," Miss Pop tells PS. But nail biters take note: "You will need long nails that are well over the fingertip, because this shape needs space to be achieved."

How to Get Coffin Nails

As you begin to shape the nail, Miss Pop says to file at a "slight diagonal angle from each side of the nail." This creates an almond — or oval — shape. Be sure that you're using a nail file that is 220 grit or higher — this Professional 240 Grit Nail File ($7) will do the trick. As you're filing, "stroke in one direction" to maintain precision.

Miss Pop says that "once you have an almond nail, simply stroke straight across the top, again in one direction, to square the very tip off." After that, Miss Pop likes to round the sides of the tip to prevent breakage.

And voila! You've just achieved the covetable coffin nail. If you're in need of inspiration, we rounded up some of our favorite iterations of the trend.

Classic French Coffin Nails

If you want to combine two nail trends in one — this style and the ever-popular french manicure — rest assured that you can. In fact, coffin-shaped nails look great with french tips.

Mismatched Coffin Nails

Can't design on one color? Luckily, you don't have to. This coffin-nail design features blue and green with rhinestones, a different color for each hand.

Ombré French Coffin Nails

This ombré french design is gorgeous, and we love the addition of 3D embellishments to elevate it even further. This is a matte take on the design, but you can always opt for a glossy finish.

Daisy Coffin Nails

This long coffin-nail design features an accent fingernail with daisies and a second accent fingernail with rhinestones. You can get creative with the colors and opt for brighter shades in the summer and darker options in the fall.

Abstract Coffin Nails

This abstract coffin-nail design features a circular pattern and interesting 3D accents. It's a fun twist on the aura nails trend.

Galaxy Coffin Nails

These long coffin nails feature a galaxy design with bright, abstract art and planets on a few fingers. You could even opt for a glow in the dark polish to make your manicure stand out — even in the dark.

Marble Coffin Nails

These marble french nails are perfect for anyone who likes a classic coffin-nail look but wants something a little different. They also feature an accent nail that's entirely marble.

— Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez

Alaina Demopoulos is a former junior staff writer for PS Beauty.

Renee Rodriguez is a staff writer and social producer for PS. She writes across all verticals, but her main areas of expertise focus on fashion and beauty content with an emphasis on reviews and editor experiments. She also produces social content for the PS TikTok and Instagram accounts.