31 Trendy Nail Art Ideas for Coffin Nails

Coffin nails are called coffin nails because they look like coffins…. In case that wasn’t obvious. Long, thin, and with a straight tip, they’re a relatively new nail shape but one that has taken the entire world by storm since Kylie Jenner flashed her beauties all over Instagram.

If you’ve been thinking of giving coffin nails a try, or just need a little inspiration for your next nail look, check out these 31 trendy nail art ideas for coffin nails:

1. Neutral Coffin Nails with Gold Glitter

It’s always a good day for glitter so get things going off to a sparkly start with these neutral coffin nails with gold glitter.

Nude nails are the best start when trying any new nail design. Everything looks great and sparkles against a simple and clean backdrop.

2. Matte Coffin Nails + Sparkly Rhinestones

A matte topcoat is an absolute essential if you want to be in trend and, as you can see, it’s a simple and stunning look that takes just minutes.

Rhinestone additions or not, you need a matte top coat in your nail polish collection. It’s a three minute way to revitalise any old, tired nail paint.

Matte Coffin Nail Design with Rhinestones

Source: @mindyhardy

3. Gold Glitter Ombre

Glitter ombré tips are so stupidly simply, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try them sooner.

Leave your base coat neural with just a slick of clear gloss, and using a sponge, dab the gold glitter effect just towards the tips.

4. Snazzy Pastel Design

Spring is coming and let’s face it, spring was made for pastel pops. Pinks and blues make the perfect color combo here but you could go for any pastel hue. With those decals, you could spice up any muted tone.

Pastel Coffin Nail Art Design

Source: @elize_nails

5. Mint Coffin Nails

Mint is a must-have shade for the up and coming spring and summer and if you haven’t tried this greeny shade for yourself, it’s about time you did.

Mint and gold are two colors that go hand in hand so mix your minty-mani with gold accessories for a bright look everyone will want.

Mint Green Coffin Nails with Gold Details


6. Black Matte Nails with a Pop of Gold

We’re singing that song right now – Black & Gold by Sam Sparrow. It was a great song and these are really great nails. Matte nails are perfect for coffin nail shapes and the black and gold design work just helps to bring it all to life.

Black Matte Coffin Nails with Gold Details

Source: @chaunpnails

7. Army Green Design

If you’re proud to be a military wife, or you just really like khaki green, these army green designs for coffin nails are another modern style to try.

The look is kept feminine with embellishments and decals but we can’t help thinking these would look amazing with negative space detailing also.

Army Green Coffin Nails with Golden Details

Source: @elize_nails

8. Super Long, Matte Burgundy Coffin Nails

Super long nails might not be the most practical but these long, matte burgundy coffin nails are definitely to die for. We think these would look amazingly sophisticated without the decals but they add a little something extra for a big event.

9. Pink & Neutral Design with a Pop Of Glitter

On the days where you want to keep your coffin nails simple, romantic and girlie, these pink and neutral nails with a pop of glitter are perfect.

Adding one featured glitter nail is a trick that not only takes a couple of minutes, but can totally transform your talons too.

10. Black Matte Nails + Lace Accent Nail

Black and lace go so well together, as you can see from these beautiful black matte nails and lace accent nail.

11. Neutral & Mint Coffin Design

We’re back to those beautifully minty shades here with these mint and neutral coffin designs.

It was Kylie Jenner who first made these nails so popular, Instagramming her latest must-have look. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us.

12. Matte Red Nails

When you want nails that pop, red nails are a must have. Passionate, fiery and romantic, there’s nothing you can’t team with classic red nails.

We love these matte red delights and those floral decals make them perfect for spring and summer. We can’t help but think they look a little oriental themed and that’s just fine with us.

Matte Red Coffin Nail Design

Source: @mindyhardy

13. Easy Purple Glitter Design

Don’t fancy red? How about purple? How about glittery purple?

On the nude, non-purple nails, simply add that ombre glitter to the tips, and you could even layer up gold and purple glitter for a more 3D effect.

Purple Glitter Coffin Nail Design


14. Grey Matte Nails with Golden Studs

We’re all wearing studs on our shoes so it just makes perfect sense that you accessorise your coffin nails with studs too, in this case a really luxurious grey matte with golden studs to add that pop of color.

With pointed studs, keep things to a minimum, perhaps one nail only? You don’t want to accidentally spike yourself.

Grey Matte Coffin Nail Design

Source: @riyathai87

15. Black and Red Glitter Coffin Nails

Black coffin nails are a bit gothic but all the celebs love them. If you want to try them, spice things up with a red glitter. Red and black always go hand in hand, and let’s face it, it just looks perfection.

Black and Red Glitter Coffin Nail Design

Source: @NailsByEffi

16. Nude and Navy Blue Nails with Rhinestones

Nauticual theme nails are a little too much for some but these nude and navy blue nails with rhinestones are a way to wear them on a more grown-up and sophisticated level. Keep things simpler with plain colors and plenty of gloss, or add rhinestones to feature nails to make them stand out. It’s up to you.

Nude and Navy Blue Coffin Nails

Source: @kayciekyle

17. Long & Neutral

They might have a pretty creepy name but there’s nothing creepy about these stunning long and neutral coffin nails, complete with rhinestones and negative space chevrons. In fact, negative space and chevron designs are two you should definitely keep an eye out for right now. We predict they’re going to be a big thing!

18. Blue Matte Design with Rhinestones

For nails that really stand out for all the right reasons, you seriously can’t go wrong with this lust-worthy royal blue matte designs with rhinestones. A steady, even layer is what you’ll need for nails this good, so try to concentrate on two or three coats of polish rather than one or two really thick ones. Otherwise you’ll have smudges, smears and uneven patches and that’ll just ruin the look!

Blue Matte Coffin Nails with Rhinestones

Source: @chaunlegend

19. Neutral Coffin Nails + Rhinestone Accent Nail

If you want to get imaginative, why not use those rhinestone gems to create a feature or a shape? Here you’ll find a simply teardrop design but you could come up with any shape that you liked. You could create that feature nail by using squares, hearts, stars, circles, any shape you like in fact.

Neutral Coffin Nails with Rhinestone Accent Nail

Source: @riyathai87

20. French Tip with a Twist

We all love the French manicure but these days, it’s a little boring don’t you think? There are so many different ways to wear your nails so it would be a shame to go with the same kind of design you’ve been rocking for the last few years. If you’ve always worn square tips, it might be time to make the chance. Go for something a little bit more abstract like these French tips with a twist.

21. Nude Pink Coffin Nails with Rhinestones

For the days when you can’t make your mind up, nude is the perfect nail. It goes with everything. It doesn’t matter how you wear your makeup that day, or what outfit you have thrown together, your nude nails will always go and this nude-pink shade is perfect for making that pearly shade pop. The rhinestones also help of course.

Nude Pink Coffin Nails with Rhinestones

Source: @chaunlegend

22. Burgundy Matte Nails with Black Details

We told you negative space nails were going to be big and here’s another example, mixing glossy burgundy, matte burgundy, and a feature nail, left nude but with black detailing.

23. Nude Coffin Nails with Silver Shattered Glass

Did you ever see shattered glass nails? Or broken glass nails as they are also otherwise known? Well, remember we told you that nude coffin nails were the perfect base? This is why… Just by adding one feature nail with those silvery shattered glass, holographic pieces, you have a brand new design, a brand new look, a brand new way of spicing things up.

24. Purple Ombre & Negative Space Coffin Nails

These nails are amazing for all the right reasons. Firstly, that purple and white combo, especially with the black outer line, is absolutely fantastic. You could do the same with red for bloody Halloween nails too! But the whole look is brought together brilliantly, negative space with black as the detailing, that beautiful matte purple which has been used to create that flashy ombre. It’s just a great look from start to finish. Definitely on the lust-list.

25. Matte Ombre + Glitter Accent Nail

Coffin nails, unlike the creepy name, don’t need to look Halloween-esque. You can counteract the sharp shape with beautiful features such as the little hint of glitter and the natural smooth ombre effect. You could wear this glossy or matte and it would look fantastic either way. Great nails for work too – discreet enough to call your own.

26. Pink and Nude Coffin Nails

If you love Mac nudes then you’ll love these nudes. That peachy pink, nude and glittery combo is perfect for any occasions. Wear the nudes to work, mix it up with the pinky tones for when you’re feeling fresh and funky, add a couple of embellishments and that wonderful glitter pop for the Friday night funk. Start on Monday and end up with a masterpiece on Friday. What a great idea!

27. Bold Black Design

If you’re going for a bold shape such as these amazing coffin nails, you’ll need a bold style to counteract them. Go big or go home, right?

Opt for a two-tone nail to really make a statement. This bold black design has just the right amount of white lining to bring it all to life.

Bold Black Coffin Nail Design

Source: @chaunlegend

28. Matte Purple nails

Just because you have the room and shape to play around with intricate and explosive designs, doesn’t mean you have to. We love the simplicity of the one-colour matte purple, and those rhinestones and decals stop them looking exactly the same as the nails you had last week. One color nails also make it easier to touch up at home if you get chips or smudges so there’s no need to keep rushing to the nail salon.

29. Blue Glitter

It’s the blue tips we want to focus on with these amazing coffin nails. The blue glitter tips in chevron design helps to elongate the nails and make them appear longer and thinner. The tapering effect is a very clever trick and when used with this light-defecting blue glitter, gives you a simple look that makes a big statement. Think of the different colored glitters you could use for this look.

30. Matte Burgundy + Cool Accent Nails

See, here we are again with those cool chevron nails. You’ve got the space to play around with a more complicated design so why not play around a bit? Use the black and white chevron as a cool background for those decals, and keep the rest of the nails simple and matte burgundy so that it doesn’t look too overdone. It’s just the right amount of bling – not too little, not too much.

Matte Burgundy Coffin Nail Design

Source: @mindyhardy

31. Pink & Grey Design

Who wants muted and boring anyway? For those days you don’t want to be the same as everyone else, go big and go sparkly, just like these amazing pink and grey designs. The pink and silver-glitter ombre nail is our particular favorite and it all reminds us of Barbie a little – girlie, feminine and super cute. We think these coffin nails would make great nails for a special occasion… You know like Valentine’s Day or your anniversary perhaps?

These 31 trendy nail art ideas for coffin nails are brilliant but we know there are a hundred and one ways they can be tweaked to achieve a completely different and brand new look. When you want unique nails, think outside the box. Mix color combinations you wouldn’t normally try just to be brave and see how it looks. Would you have thought of using pinks with silvers and muted greys? No, but the look was fabulous anyway, wasn’t it? Get creative, get inventive, we want to see your coffin nail creations!

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  1. Sharon Owens says:

    all matte colors are beautiful

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