Ballerina (Coffin) Nails Guide

What are ballerina (coffin) nails?

Ballerina nails are also known as coffin nails. Ballerina or coffin nails are basically like almond and stiletto nails (more like stiletto nail shape), however in this case you need to cut it’s front straight. Ballerina cut nails took it’s name from ballerina shoes because of it’s shape. It’s shape also resembles coffin, however we prefer ballerina because it feels better.


This nail shape also being prefered by many celebrities. Ballerina (or coffin) nails are Kylie Jenner‘s signature nail shape.

Ballerina/coffin nails have made it’s fame on Instagram. Especially Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have both huge role on that with the photos of her nails.

You have to know that if you want to wear ballerina/coffin shaped nails, you should grow your nails first. They need to be so long that both sides can be easily narrowed towards the tip. Never forget that this nail shape definitely requires naturally strong nails.

What you will find in this article:

  • Coffin Nails vs Ballerina Nails
  • Personality and Characteristics of Ballerina/Coffin Nail Shape
  • Why You Need It & What to Forget
  • Types of Ballerina/Coffin Nail Shapes
  • Celebrities with Ballerina/Coffin Nails
  • How to make ballerina/coffin nails

Coffin Nails vs Ballerina Nails

What’s the difference between coffin and ballerina nails?

First of all, we got to make this subject clear. Ballerina nails and coffin nails are the same nail shape. So if you are looking to compare these two nail shapes, just don’t do it. Read this guide and you will understand everything about ballerina aka coffin nails.

Personality and Characteristics of Ballerina/Coffin Nail Shape

People with ballerina style shape nails are definitely look so feminine. This type of nails are also for people who work hard to achieve their goals. People with ballerina/coffin nails do everything towards their ideals.

However, they are also impatient when dealing with people. They don’t like others who are too relaxed. So it’s hard for them to be good team members.

Why You Need It & What to Forget

Even though ballerina/coffin nails are suited for all types of fingers, this shape is definitely not for everyone. As it requires very long nails, you will need to forget about the comfort of short nails.

However, you need this because it is so popular and trendy! With dozens of celebrity wearing ballerina/coffin shaped nails, this shape is one of the most popular nail shapes around the world today!

Types of Ballerina (Coffin) Nail Shapes

There are many types of ballerina (coffin) nails. Just two types:

  • Short Ballerina (Coffin) Nails
  • Long Ballerina (Coffin) Nails

Short Ballerina (Coffin) Nails

There aren’t too much example of this type when it comes to nails of celebrities, however short ballerina (coffin) nails are very useful, look so cool and so feminine. It’s not hard to make obviously because it’s short and they are much stronger than long ones.



Long Ballerina (Coffin) Nails

Long ballerina (coffin) nail shape is one of the most popular nail types used by celebrities rather than the short one. It might be harder to maintain than the short one, however it definitely attracts much more eyes to your nails!


However the best use of this type of nail shape is when it’s combined with shiny and neon colors!


Pink Ballerina Nails

Here’s an example of shiny pink ballerina nail shape.


Ombre Ballerina Nails

Ombre is another style definitely looks good on ballerina/coffin nails. Here’s an example of it with the colors white and pink.


Black Ballerina Nails

Black ballerina nails are definitely being loved by many celebrities. Here’s matte black ballerina nails with a small detail of diamonds on little finger.


Purple Ballerina Nails

Whatever the color you choose for your ballerina nails, you should find something matches with it. In this example, color of nails are matching with car’s indicators.


Celebrities With Ballerina/Coffin Nails


Kylie Jenner

As this nail shape is Kylie Jenner’s signature nail shape, we should look at Kylie’s nails first. Here’s Kylie’s pink ballerina nails. She definitely loves them as you can see from her story.



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Obsessed with @rad and their clothing 💜 #radshop #ad

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She loves showing off her yellow neon nails.


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baby pink @kimmiekyees

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Sometimes Kylie loves showing harmony with her nails and Givenchy handbags.



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Halsey definitely won ballerina nails game with her Gucci nails!


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@paytonselzer got me HFK roses ☺️❤️🌹

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Here’s Helsey again with her red and yellow ballerina nails.

Blac Chyna


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Blac Chyna loves to be shiny! Her neon ballerina nails are definitely matches her style.

Khloe Kardashian


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Matte black ♠️

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Khloe Kardashian certainly agrees with her sister Kylie on nail styles. Look at her shiny brown ballerina nails!

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s hand is looking sexy with red ballerina nails.

How to make ballerina/coffin nails

Here’s is a video showing you how to make coffin nails for under $6!

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