Coffin Nail Shape: How To Achieve It + Nail Care Tips

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As stated above, coffin nails are a bold statement. “The file is more tapered, creating a narrow nail shape, but instead of pointy at the ends like the stiletto, the edges are flat,” Truong says. This nail shape, also called “ballerina nails,” is sort of shaped like a pointe shoe. They’re long, round, and slim with a narrow but rounded top. “The coffin nail shape is for those who prefer a more square shape but don’t want the nail to be boxy and wide,” Truong says. It’s basically a happy medium between the square and almond nail. 

“Anyone can wear a coffin nail shape,” Truong says. “It’s edgy and fun, and I’ve seen all types of people rock this shape, from teenagers to CEOs.” And the good thing is there aren’t many rules when it comes to styling this nail shape, either. You can sport a bold or neutral solid lacquer, or you can sport tips full of graphics and nail art. The choice is yours. 


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