10 Absolutely Gorgeous Black Nail Designs

1. Matte Black Leopard Nail 

Colorblocking and a black, matte finish make animal print nails even more appealing. Best of all, this nail art is easy to DIY. Dot your nails (don't worry about neatness), then outline incomplete sections using a fine-lining nail art brush. Apply matte topcoat and done! 

2. Minimalist Black and Silver Nail 

Consider a glossy micro French manicure with floral accent nails for minimalist nail art. Another easy DIY nail style. While Orly Half Moon Guides ($7) help produce sharp French tips, dotting tools make painting flowers easier than ever. 

3. Black and White Pastel Gradient Grid Nail 

Grid nails were popular this year, so try a black base to continue the trend. If you like colour, add gradient stripes for a '90s-inspired flair. 

4. Matte Black Crystal Nail 

The plain black nails in this set are easy to replicate, but the dazzling embellishments need ability, so call your nail artist. 

5. Black Mix-n-Match Nail 

How cool are black-and-white mix-and-match nails? French tips, aura accents, and glittering rhinestones make them stylish. 

6. Matte Black Smiley Nail 

Matte black nails resemble chalkboards. We promise the smiley faces will brighten your day. 

7. Dual-Finish Black French Tip 

Dual-finish French manicures look great in any colour. Going darker enhances the nail look, as shown below. 

8. Black Glitter Swirl Nail 

Swirl nails are trending again this year. Consider adding glitter to black swirls. 

9. Black Opal Heart Nail 

Black nail art doesn't necessarily need black bases. Some prefer a sheer, shimmering base with black nail art. An example? Such lovely heart-dotted nails. 

10. Translucent Black Heart Nail 

This jelly mani pairs hearts and sheer nails for a lovely, melancholy, and romantic gothic Valentine's look. The manicure was done by Dayanna I. Sapiens using Cirque Colours Nail Polish ($13) in Memento Mori and NSFW Jelly. 


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