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Ballerina nails – tips and tools with which the manicure trend succeeds.

Ballerina nails are the manicure trend par excellence. Tikbow reveals what exactly is behind it, how to achieve the look and which polishes are best suited for it.

You can see them on the catwalks and on the fingers of stars like Rihanna or Kim Kardashian: ballerina nails. The great thing is that the flattened trapezoidal shape of the nails immediately makes the hands appear narrower and the fingers more delicate and longer, resulting in an extremely feminine and elegant look.

What are ballerina nügels?

The so-called ballerina nails are named after the shape of a ballet shoe, as they are strongly reminiscent of a ballerina’s pointe shoes. In the USA in particular, this manicure trend is also referred to as coffin nails, as the nail shape is reminiscent not only of a dance shoe, but also of the outline of a coffin.

For the perfect shape, the nails should be long and narrow in the direction of the nail tip, but not sharpened, but filed flattened. The nails are therefore similar in shape to the stiletto nails, long and tapering narrowly towards the front. The nail tip, however, is then filed straight, unlike the stiletto nails, so that the result resembles the shape of a ballet shoe.

How are Ballerina Nails filed?

A prerequisite for the perfect ballerina look are long nail gels, whether natural or artificial gel. To achieve this, simply file the sides of the nail from the center of the nail plate and shape. Then flatten the tip, which is narrower towards the front, horizontally to form a trapezoid shape of the nail and adjust it to the desired length. Finally, round off the corners slightly and paint the nail, ready.

Do ballerina nail gels also work with natural nails?

Since ballerina nails are characteristically rather long, gels are particularly suitable for this purpose, since they are firm and flexible at the same time and therefore hold the shape particularly well. The shape of the nails can also be modeled with natural gels. However, these can break more easily, as they do not have the same strength as gels. For the natural look, the gels should therefore ideally be very robust.

How should the n gels be prepared for the ballerina look?

Wichtigste Voraussetzung für Ballerina-Nägel sind lange Fingernägel, die in die charakteristische Ballettschuhform gefeilt werden. Damit der Nagel auch mindestens genauso perfekt daherkommt wie eine Ballerina, sollte vor dem eigentlichen Varnishieren die Nagelhaut vorsichtig mit einem Rosenholzstäbchen zurückgeschoben werden. Um die Nägel bestmöglich auf die anschließende Maniküre vorzubereiten, den Nagel entfetten und Nagelschüppchen entfernen und die Nageloberfläche im Anschluss noch mit einem Buffer glätten. So hält die Color später besser auf dem Nagel.

How to make ballerina nails

To get perfectly manicured ballerina nails, there are several ways:

  1. In the nail studio: The easiest and fastest way to perfect ballerina nails is to go to a nail studio. There, an expert models them and then also fills them up again at regular intervals, so that the look remains beautiful for a long time.
  2. At home: Ballerina nägel can be modeled well at home with a little Übungung. In addition to nail files, buffers and rosewood sticks for preparing the nails, the gel version of the ballerina nails also requires the matching gel polishes, base and color polish gel(s), a matching top coat, a UV or LED lamp and some practice. For the version with long natural nails, a classic nail polish or shellac and the appropriate base and top coat are sufficient.
  • First apply a thin layer of gel base coat.
  • Then apply 2 thin layers of the desired UV nail polish shade on the nail and let it react and harden under UV light according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Repeat the same with the top coat, and the gel varnish from the home studio is ready.

Welche Colorn passen zu Ballerina-Nägeln?

Besonders chic wirken Ballerina-Nägel in zarten Rosa-, Nude- und Pastelltönen. Da die zarten Colorn ebenfalls in die tänzerische Ballettwelt entführen. Aufgrund ihrer Länge sind Ballerina-Nails aber auch perfekt für verschiedene Naildesigns, Glitzerapplikationen, auffälligere Colorn und Muster geeignet. Hier sind der Kreativität keine Grenzen gesetzt.

How long does Ballerina nägel last?

Ballerina-Nails mit Gelnagellack versprechen für mehrere Wochen einen schönen Look. Sie halten je nach Zustand und Länge der eignen Naturnägel und Nagelwachstumsgeschwindigkeit etwa 3–5 Wochen und sollten dann wieder (vom Profi) aufgefüllt werden. Bei Naturnägeln ohne Gel hält der Look meist nur ein paar Tage. Die Haltbarkeit hängt besonders stark von der Stabilität der eigenen Nägel sowie der Qualität des verwendeten Nagellacks ab. Sollte der Nagel fest sein und nur die Color des Varnishs absplittern, lässt sich der Look jedoch schnell wieder mit einem neuen Varnish auffrischen.

What is the cost of the ballerina nägel manicüre?

In professional studios, prices vary greatly due to the studio location and experience of nail artists. On average, the new modeling of ballerina nails in a nail studio costs around 50 euros. For the Auffüllen after a few weeks then again about 15–30 euros are fällig.

Gel nail starter sets for home consist of at least one base coat, top coat, color varnish and a suitable UV lamp, however, are available from around 30 euros. The amount of gel polish included is usually enough for a few applications.

The best products for Ballerina gels

NeoNail UV nail polish 7.2 ml – Top Shine Bright

Top Shine Bright ist ein sogenannter Finish-UV-Nagellack, dessen Formel eine glänzende Maniküre ermöglicht, die besonders widerstandsfähig gegen Kratzer ist. Dieser Varnish wird zum Schutz und zur Haltbarkeit als letzte Schicht auf den Nagel aufgetragen.

Quantity in ml 7.2 ml
Textureen Gel, varnish
Color Transparent
Effect Cures in 60/90 sec. under LED
Properties Long lasting
Finish Glossy

Advantages and disadvantages of the NeoNail UV nail polish 7.2 ml – Top Shine Bright
+ Top Coat keeps shine of the color longer
+ paint does not require any further treatment with the cleaner after curing
+ Lacquer forms hard, scratch-resistant coating
– curing only possible with suitable UV lamp

NeoNail Simple Xpress UV Nail Polish 3in1 – Graceful (7,2 ml)

Klassisch, zart und zeitlos – der Simple Xpress UV NagellackGraceful färbt die Nägel in einem kühlen Beigeton. Das 3in1-Multitalent verbindet Halt, intensive Color und Spiegelglanz in einem einzigen Produkt – und das Ganze ohne Base oder Top Coat. Der Varnish benötigt deshalb auch nur ca. 20 Minuten Zeitaufwand und der Look ist für die kommenden zwei Wochen gefixt.

Quantity in g 7,2 g
Texture Varnish
Color Mauve
Properties Long lasting
Finish Glossy

Advantages and disadvantages of NeoNail Simple Xpress UV Nail Polish 3in1 – Graceful (7.2 ml):
+ 3in1-Multitalent: Halt, intensive Color und Spiegelglanz
+ easy and quick application
+ ready in 20 minutes für up to 14 days long hold.
– relatively high price

Semilac UV Hybrid Base (11 ml)

The transparent Semilac Base protects the nail and ensures a relatively long life and safety. A thin, but not runny consistency makes it easy to apply. Both for experienced fans of UV nail polish manicüre and for newcomers to this method. The base provides a perfect foundation for a smooth and shiny manicure without looking artificial.

Effect Protective
Quantity in ml 11 ml
Texture Gel, varnish
Finish Transparent

Advantages and disadvantages of Semilac UV Hybrid Base (11 ml):
+ dermatologically tested
+ in a simple way fast, natural effect.
+ Protection and increase adhesion of the lacquer to the natural nail plate 
– Removal of the polish compared to normal nail polish more time consuming.

Sensationail Nail Polish gel color taupe tulips

Die hochwertigen Farbgellacke von Sensationail lassen sich ganz einfach und in nur wenigen Minuten auftragen. Die Colorn werden innerhalb von Sekunden mit einer LED-Lampe ausgehärtet und halten bis zu 2 Wochen ohne Absplittern oder Verblassen.

Quantity in ml 7.39 ml
Texture Varnish
Color Taupe
Properties Long lasting
Finish Glossy

Advantages and disadvantages of Sensationail Nail Polish gel color taupe tulips:
+ precise color application
+ Durability up to two weeks without fading or chipping
+ Curing in only 30 seconds
Use only with suitable LED lamp necessary
can impair the appearance of your own natural gels in the long term.

OPI Gel Color Brazil Collection (15 ml)

Der OPI UV-Nagellack bietet bis zu drei Wochen perfekte Haltbarkeit und intensiven Farbglanz, ohne dabei den Naturnagel zu beschädigen. Stattdessen wird der Nagel durch den Varnish sogar noch gepflegt. Die Colorn sind über den gesamten Tragezeitraum brillant sowie kratzfest.

Quantity in ml 15 ml
Texture Varnish
Properties Long lasting
Finish Glossy

Advantages and disadvantages of OPI Gel Color Brazil Collection (15 ml):
+ fast LED cure in just 30 seconds
+ easy soak-off removal after the period of use.
+ No damage to the natural nail.
more suitable for professional use

CND Shellac Gel Polish Power Romantique

CND Shellac is as durable as a gel and as easy to apply as a normal nail polish. Best of all, at least 14 days of flawless shine are guaranteed.

Quantity in ml 7.3 ml
Series CND Shellac
Textureen Varnish, Gel
Type of packaging Glass vial
Properties Long lasting
Finish Glossy

Advantages and disadvantages of CND Shellac Gel Polish Power Romantique:
+ guaranteed 14 days scratch-proof hold – in combination with the original CND SHELLAC Base & Top Coat
+ perfect high gloss finish
+ no UV lamp needed
– lower durability and strength compared to gelsägels.