Black nails go with everything, from your cat’s third birthday party to an all-nighter in Ibiza. They’ll even match with your pajamas the morning after that night out in Ibiza. We love a versatile manicure!
And of course, there are more options than just a plain, solid color. We found tons of creative black nail art ideas, from a simple matte look to rhinestone bling to a subtle 3D pop.
So grab your favorite dark polish or head to your favorite salon and try out some of these moody designs.
The 25 Best Black Nail Design Ideas
1. Matte Black Nails With Rhinestone Bling
Your Sidekick is ringing — the early 2000s are calling! Best paired with low-rise jeans, a rhinestone-encrusted Ed Hardy tee, and kitten heels, this blinged out look is everything that younger you dreamed of. And those Gen Zers who want to bring low-rise jeans back.
2. Matte Black Acrylic Nails With Shiny Designs
These nails marry matte with shine for the perfect union. You may kiss the…nail?
3. Black and White Flower Nails
Flower power, but make it goth.
4. Matte Black Nails With Shiny Black Tips
These matte black nails with a subtle shiny tip mean business. And by “business,” we mean your next seance.
5. Negative Spacing Faces Nail Designs
Picasso, is that you? We like it!
6. Black Base With Rainbow Polka Dots Nail Wraps
Next time you have the urge to stick saran wrap on your nails, just try these nail wraps instead! Oh, you don’t usually have that urge? Right…neither do we…
7. Matte Black Ombre Cheetah Print Nails
It may not be the most colorful design, but you know Lisa Frank would approve of these cheetah print nails.
8. Black Marble With Gold Foil Accents
It’s time to remove those mermaid nails from Hot Girl Summer, because Goth Girl Fall is here! But you don’t have to stop there. This trendy foil look also works for Woe-is-Me Winter, Sad Girl Spring, or Superstitious Summer.
9. Cute Cow Nail Accent
Moooove over leopard print! Cow print is our new favorite nail pattern. The sheeps are a little offended, though.
10. Black Floral Nail Art
Florals? On your nails? Groundbreaking. But we think that these black flower nails really are different. Take that, Miranda.
11. Black Nails With Silver Foil Tips
Darn, foiled again! Well, just the tip anyway. Of your nails, for goodness sake. Get your mind out of the gutter!
12. Black Stiletto Nails With Glitter
We may not be able to walk two steps in stiletto shoes, but at least we can wear these glittery black stiletto nails. And yes, you can tell everyone they’re designer.
13. Black Nails With a Pink Pompom
Why go to therapy when you can just stick a pompom on your nails? Ok, ok, therapy is actually really useful. But now you can use the pompom as a tissue when you cry!
14. Black Tips With Negative Space
The beauty of black nails is that they make a negative space design so impactful. Who cares if you’re doing it because you were about to run out of polish?
15. Black Fire Accent Nail Design
Remember how to stop, drop, and roll? You better hurry, because these nails are (on) fire!
16. Black Striped Accent Nail Art
This manicure nailed it. And so did that pun.
17. Gold Stars and Moons With a Black Base
The perfect nails for spell casting. Wingardium Leviosa! Or was it Wingardian Levioso? Maybe we’ll just stick to watching other people do the spells. Our nails are still drying, anyway.
18. Bloody Black Acrylic Nails
You can have a killer black nail design without any other colors, but a pop of red really makes a statement. A killer statement. Are we going overkill with this analogy?
19. Black and Gold Foil Nails
Yeah, uh-huh, you know what it is. Black and gold, black and gold, black and gold. Those are the lyrics…right?
20. Gothic Iridescent Butterfly Nails
We’re only slightly obsessed with these black butterfly wing nails that look like stained glass. So is our pet caterpillar. Hey wait…where’d he go!?
21. Black Butterfly Nail Design
For a slightly different butterfly look, try this two finger design with gems. You may not be able to fly away on these wings, but you can make them flutter! Just like your heart when you see a fresh pizza coming towards you. Ahhh, true love.
22. Cow Print Accent Nail
No cows were harmed in the painting of these nails. But they did want to say that their lower left spot is just slightly bigger than how you painted it.
23. Black Nature Nails
Why bother camping when you can just stare at these nails instead? We just went outside and checked…it’s definitely the same thing.
24. Nails With Black Hearts
LBH = the new LBD. That’s “little black hearts” for anyone who can’t interpret our made up acronyms.
25. Black and Gold Glitter Ombre Nails
In this case, all that glitters really is gold. Just don’t try to pay for lunch with these.
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