21 Best Black Nail Designs

You don’t always have to go with bright, bold colors to make a statement with your nails. Sometimes black nail designs are the perfect choice, especially if you jazz it up a bit with a design.

Whether it’s for spooky season or a formal affair (or something in between!), there’s a black nail design perfect for your style. Find 21 great black nail ideas below for some inspiration!

Many of the below ideas are used using Olive and JuneUse this link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems.

Best black nail designs

21 Best Black Nail Designs

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1. Black Polka Dot

black polka dot nails
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Matte black with shiny dots on each nail is a super unique look that’s also easy to replicate! This is another manicure that could be done with any color combo — even mixing up two colors!

Color: Olive and June: E&M
Sally Hansen: Big Matte Top Coat

2. Zebra Tips

Zebra print nails
Image via @nailsbysmf

Go a little wild with the easiest animal print! Keeping the design just on the nail tip is a good way to ease into animal print if you’re worried it might be a little bold for you.

Color: Le Mini Macaron licorice and milkshake.

3. Black and White Checker

black and white checker
Image via @nailsbysmf

Black French tips are such a cool twist on the classic French tip. You could go with all black tips, or mix it up with a white tip and a checkerboard effect on the ring finger. Make it even easier on yourself by leaving some of the squares nude!

Color:  Le Mini Macaron licorice and milkshake.

4. Abstract Black and White Nails

abstract white and black nail designs

You can never go wrong with a classic black and white manicure! Start with a neutral nail color. Add a simple triangle accent and top it off with black dots!

5. Black and White Cow

black and white cow nails
Image via karanailedit

Here’s a classic black and white cow look that you can do all over your nail!

It’s the perfect look for your short nails for chic-fil-la day when you’re dressing like a cow or just to show your love for these gentle giant creatures. Or pass them off as Dalmatian spots for your Cruella DeVil look!

6. Black Hearts

Black heart nails

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Perfect for date night, Valentine’s Day or just a Tuesday! These sweet black hearts make your black and white manicure pop. Paint some small white dots in between and a starburst to really elevate the look.

7. Black Heart Accent

black heart accent nude nails
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Here is a fancy manicure using all neutral colors but definitely creates a stand out design! This would be a fun manicure to have when attending a wedding or other more formal event.

8. Black Tips With Stars

Black french tips with stars

Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

These black French tips are a little bit witchy or a little bit punk rock. You can freehand these stars or even use nail stickers if you’re not confident in your drawing ability.

Colors used: Olive and June E+M, HD and Stellar

9. Black and White Daisies

Black and White Daisies

Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

Black fingernails doesn’t mean they can’t be sweet! Paint some white daisies along with some black daisies for a fun black, white and yellow look.

10. Cruella Inspired Nails

Cruella DeVil inspired nails

Image via @nailfiesrus

Release your inner Cruella with black and red and some subtle Dalmatian spots. I love the rough pop of red! It really sets this mani apart.

11. Sparkle Black and Nude

Sparkle nude and black nail design

Image via @mani.of.the.moment

If you think black will look too dark or flat on your nails, add a layer of sparkle. You can also break up the darkness by doing some nails part nude and part black.

Colors Used: ILNP Snowstorm and Olive and June BEB

12. Moon Nails

Moon phases nails

Image via @mani.of.the.moment

Draw inspiration from just one of these fingernails or combine them all like this beautiful moon manicure does. Paint the phases of the moon on your nails in gold for a glam look.

Colors used from Olive & June: E+M with OJBH art

13. Leopard Black Nails

Black leopard print nails

image via polish_half_full

A black design on a sheer black background is such a cool idea. Use a stamp or even freehand the leopard spots. They don’t have to be perfect!

14. Black and White Swirls

black and white swirls

Image via @always.manicured

This manicure gives me retro vibes! Make parts of big circles on the edges of your nails and then white curvy lines in whatever pattern you like best.

Colors used from Olive and June: EC, BEB, HD, HJ

15. Halloween Nails

halloween nails

Image via @karanailedit

Sparkle plus easy eyes equals the perfect spooky-cute Halloween manicure. Use your dotting tools or even just Q-tips or toothpicks to make these adorable little peepers.

16. Black Solids and Dots

Black Solids and Dots

Image via karanailedit

Dress up your solid black manicure by doing a delicate black design on top of a nude fingernail. Tiny dots and a heart are the perfect pattern for a beginner even if you don’t have specialty tools.

Colors used from Olive & June: E+M

17. Black Sparkles

Big glitter on black nails

Image via karanailedit

Big pieces of glitter in a moon shape on the edge of your nail make a glam look for NYE, Halloween or a formal event. Use a high-shine top coat for the full effect.

Want black nail designs with stones? Head here!

18. Black Stars

black stars

Image via karanailedit

A manicure inspired by the night sky! Use small silver glitter on top of the black and then paint big shiny stars.

19. Black Heart Tips and Accent

Black Heart Tips and Accent

Image via @nailsbysmf

This black manicure is sweetened up with the gentle waves, the white accents and the adorable little hearts.

Colors Used: Le Mini Macaron licorice and milkshake.

20. Black Snake Nails

Black Snake Nails

Image via @paintbynaptime

Go full goth with an easy snake on one of your nails. You can use nail tools or even just the nail brush!

Colors Used from Olive and June: SD and BEB

21. Black with White Dot

Black with White Dot

Image via @mynailfielife

This might be the easiest idea on the list to do yourself (even on your dominant hand!). Paint solid black nails and then use a dotting tool or Q-tip to make small white dots. Make them as big or as small as you want, or even do a line of dots to mix it up.

There you have it! I hope you found some black nail designs to try out for your next manicure!

Don’t forget, use this Olive and June link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems!

Need more nail inspiration and opinions? Check out my reviews of Olive and June‘s mani/pedi systems and press-on nails.

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About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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