Associated with power, strength, mystery, elegance, and sophistication, black is the darkest color. When you want to be elegant, you can’t go wrong with wearing black. And that applies to more than just your dress.
For many, black nails might look and sound gothic, alternative, and just wrong. But the truth of the matter is that black never goes out of style. And black nails are elegant, fierce, and just great to have. Today, I want to give you some ideas for black nails. Don’t be afraid to try and experiment!
1. Reverse Black Ombre with Glittered V-Shapes
We start you off with something more colorful than you would assume with black nails. Ombre is a great way to add color to black nails and make them more joyful.
2. Black Nail with Iridescent Broken Glass Effect
There are so many effects you can add thanks to black. The color is not only the darkest in the palette, but also one of the best as a base for other colors. The broken glass effect adds a dramatic touch to your nails, and makes them unique.
3. Black Sheer Lace with Butterfly Motif
I said at the beginning that black can be too dark for some people, which is why you can add some color. In this case, we have the opposing effect of dark and bright. But the butterfly and lace patterns definitely give you a more feminine, romantic touch.
4. Black Matte Nail with Neon Rainbow Dots
Speaking of adding color, nothing does that better than a splash of rainbow dots. Same as white, black serves as a perfect base for every other color. And that applies to your nails as well.
5. Black Half-Moon Nails with Silver Dotted Leaves
One of the big trends in manicure lately is the half-moon design. The trick here is to separate your nails into two parts. One is the half moon, located just where your nails begin. The goal is to neutralize the color of the main design.
6. Minimalist Geometric Black and White Nails
You can say that this is a play right out of the Scandinavian interior design playbook. In interior design, the Scandinavian style calls for geometry and minimalism coupled with black and white colors. We get the same thing here.
7. Triangle Color on Black Nails
The triangle is a bit sharper than the V section, making your nails more dramatic. You can play with different colors for the triangle. It all depends how you’re feeling.
8. Black with Gold Rhinestone Line
If you follow fashion, you know that this is something Versace likes to do. After all, Versace is known as the gold accessories brand. Everything is a gold accessory. Donatella started that style, and the fashion world embraced it.
9. Black Matte Gel with Ombre Metallic Glitter
Some people say that a matte color has no shine—that the color is flat and dull. But the opposite is true here. Yes, matte takes away the shine of the black. But that’s why we have the ombre glitter design, and the result is an elegant and sophisticated manicure.
10. Matte Black Nail with Golden Kiss
Another example of how you can utilize a matte color. The trick is to add an accessory or something else that will pop. After all, matte black is a great base for luxury and glamorous accessories, such as gold roses.
11. Coffin Black Nails with Neon Green Design
The coffin shape might be a bit too morbid for black nails. After all, it resembles a coffin, something you’re put in when you die. So, to make things less morbid and more cheerful, we add a splash of green. Smart move, right?
12. Black Cat Nails with Silver Glitter
At the risk of sounding stereotypical, women love to be cat-like. As in, they want to be as arrogant and sexy as cats. So, in that spirit, I give you the cat nails. You can definitely gently scratch your man with them.
13. Matte Black and Pink Nails with Rhinestone and Lined Design
You know the deal already, right? Matte black works great with subtle accessories. And pink is another color that can complement matte black perfectly.
14. Black Nails with Half-Moon Diamonds
Just so that you don’t think that matte black is the only way to add accessories. I want to make sure you understand that glossy black is a great base for silver and gold accessories as well.
15. Black Coffin Nail with Purple Swirls
We had black coffin nails with green for a lively design. Here, we have a different approach. The pink stripes look like something taken out of a psychedelic party. But they are playful, and definitely give you that disco spirit.
16. Black Nails with Gold Stripes
Here is a prototypical Donatella Versace manicure. You can be sure that this is something Donatella envisions when she designs her dresses.
17. Black Nails with Denim Rocks
I just love how you split your nails in half with some accessories. There are so many ways to balance black nails, and this is definitely one of the more beautiful.
18. Black with Marble Accent Nail
I think that the accent nail is something that will never go out of style. Same as black. Adding an accent nail has been a trend in manicure for so many years. In terms of the black manicure, a marble accent nail works wonderfully. And the reason is simple: marble contains a little bit of black in it.
19. Black Nails with Black and White Dots
Whenever I see someone with dots on their nails, I applaud them. Especially if they’ve done it themselves. It takes so much patience and attention to detail to paint all the dots. You have to be extremely precise, a talent not many possess.
20. Pointy Black Nails with White Roses
To be honest, these pointy nails are a bit too long for my taste. But I can’t dismiss the fact they look absolutely sexy. And besides, you can’t be practical all the time!
21. Stamped Black Nails
Stamping, which become very popular in recent years, is a very easy and practical way to make your nails unique. You can get a nail imprint kit that lets you easily stamp pre-designed images on your nails. Sound simple enough?
22. Matte Black Nails with 3D Gel Roses
Well, it’s about time to enter the 3D world, right? When you want to add depth to anything, you just add another dimension. The same applies to your nails. That 3D rose is just too perfect!
23. Black Leaves and Dots
Black nails can actually be quite romantic. If you don’t believe me, just look at those leaves. Not all black nails are reserved for drama queens!
24. Black with Detailed Colorful Roses
I’ve said it over and over again: black demands more colors. Just plain black nails are not something you want to go out in public with—unless, of course, you’re a drama queen. But for everybody else, adding a splash of color is the way to go. And flowers add so many beautiful colors!
25. Black Nails with Smoke Effect
There’s something unique about smoke. I never understood the beauty of it, but I admire smoke nevertheless. Some say it’s the mystery. But whatever the case, a smoke effect on your nails is a unique decoration.
26. Black Lace-Petaled Nails
Same as the color black, lace never goes out of style. So why not combine them for a unique and feminine look?
27. Black and White Nails with Lines
No matter if you’re looking at the fashion world, the beauty industry, or the interior design world, black and white is an everlasting combination. The simplicity of black and white is what people often crave. We have a perfect example of that combination for nails here.
28. Black and White Tribal Design
A tribal design is not something that’s easy to get. After all, tribals are one of the most complicated and unique symbols. But if you find a manicure specialist who can help you, absolutely go for it. Think of it as a tattoo for your nails.
29. Black Wrought Iron Nails
You can say that we get a little touch of that popular industrial style here. Nails looking like iron? Color me interested.
30. Black Nails with Colorful Flower Design
I frequently noted throughout this article that black nails command some color. Therefore, it’s only fitting that we finish off this list with colorful black nails. I also said that flowers are the best option for that purpose, and who doesn’t love flowers?
With that in mind, I leave you to it. I hope you found an inspiring design or two that you will be brave enough to try. And feel free to share your black nails in the comments section.