Check Coquette Nails Ideas for Your Sweetest Manicure Ever

June 11, 2023 0 Comments

If baby pink, delicate lace, bows galore and pops of cherry red sound like your thing, you probably already know of and adore the coquette aesthetic. If you don’t, allow us to introduce you: Coquette style takes the romance and femininity of 18th and 19th century fashion and gives it an updated, Pinterest-ready spin. In addition to coquette makeup and fashion, we’re also seeing plenty of coquette nails circulating on our Instagram feeds and our favorite Pinterest boards. Below, editorial manicurist and brand founder Jin Soon Choi helps break down the trend, and we present 25 coquette nail ideas that will send you rushing to the salon.

What Are Coquette Nails?

“Coquette nails provide a playful, playful vibe with an almost child-like yet sophisticated cuteness,” says Choi. “I feel that the flapper era is representative of coquette nails in their use of long, almond-shaped nails with hot red, classic moon or silver metallic nails. The modern take on coquette nails employs white pearl or silver chrome on almond or round shapes and black ombre, all of which most certainly deliver this stylish coquette nail look.” Feeling intrigued? Keep scrolling for 25 coquette nails we have our hearts set on.

Coquette Nails Ideas

Lace-Up French Tips

Baby pink bows, lace-up detailing and classic white French tips converge to make the perfect coquette-meets-balletcore manicure. If you’re attempting to DIY this look, you’ll need bow nail charms and an opaque white polish, like Essie Blanc.

Pink Plaid

Match the gingham of a pleated tennis skirt to your nails with this dreamy pink plaid set. Bows, pearls and sweet heart and bear cutouts add extra whimsy.

Peaches and Cream

These buttermilk-colored French tips feature a peachy-pink stripe and chunky bow accent nail. For a similar DIY look, try the shades Essie Expressie Busy Beeline and Essie Beachy Keen.

Cotton Tail

This set combines everything we love about the coquette aesthetic — an innocent bunny motif, flowers, ribbons, gingham and pearly details.

Maximalist Coquette

Don’t be afraid to shy away from maximalist mismatched sets when emulating the coquette aesthetic. This set is giving us flashbacks to the pastel goth posts all over Tumblr in the 2010s.

Spring Roses

For nails that look straight out of a storybook, give this baby pink and dove gray manicure a spin. Bonus points for rosette rings and charming hand-painted bows.

Swan Lake

Delicate swan details and white glitter are unforgettably girly and sweet. If you don’t have a ballet on your itinerary, these would look equally dreamy at a summer picnic.

Hearts and Stars

For nails that look straight off a Pinterest page, try this blush set. They’re reminiscent of Korean blush nails, which nail artist Choi previously deemed one of the top nail trends of 2023.

Cherry Cola

What’s sweeter than cherry cola? A heart-stemmed and red gingham-checked mani, of course.

Strawberry Fields

Itsy-bitsy strawberries and a delicate scattering of pearls make for a girly yet refined manicure.

Princess Pink

Make your nail pics even cuter with pink French tips and subtle white accents.

Antique Touches

For nails that would look right at home applying powder in front of an antique vanity, look no further than this vintage-inspired set.

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