21 Totally Cool Black Nails Designs Inspired by Notable Runway Moments

Black nails art is super classy and totally sexy. Whether you opt for a classy black and white nail art design or some bold colors like black and gold or black and red, you’ll be in style!
Black easy nail designs are timeless! You can paint your nails shiny black and add some bold color for a French tip. Or you can add gemstones so that your nails sparkle in the sunlight!
From cute nails to all kinds of fun color combos, we have created a gallery of our favorites just for you!
Check out these totally awesome ideas for black nail designs! Remember to pin your faves for future inspiration!

Black Octopus on Ocean Blue Nails

Paint pretty light blue as the base color and then paint the body and legs of an octopus across 3-4 of your nails for a 3-D effect. You can do a tribal octopus if you want to give it a bit of an artsy vibe.

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Rainbow on Black Nails

Apply a shiny black base and then paint stripes in different directions using a nail tape and rainbow nail polish.

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Beads & Lace

This look is pure class with a clear base and black lace designs, but we love the silver beads that make this look extra chic and sophisticated.

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Black with Golden Triangles

Paint your nails matte black and then put metallic gold triangles on each finger. Add some golden gemstones for extra bling!

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Black and Pink Cute Nails

This modern French mani is chic and elegant with a pale pink base and diagonal black tips with a tiny white diamond gemstone where the 2 diagonal tips meet.

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Leather and Lace

Here is a slightly edgy take on the traditional French mani. Paint your nails nude with thick black tips. Then use a nail stamp to add black lace to the base coat for a look that’s stunning yet seductive.

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Black with Gold Stripes

Paint your nails shiny black and then use thin nail tape to make metallic gold stripes at the tips for a sleek and sexy mod of French manicure.

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Tribal Polka Dots

On a matte black base, paint tribal polka dots in a circle, starting with one in the middle and forming circles of polka dots around that until you reach the ends of your nails. These pretty matte shades of blue, silver, and pink give a totally tribal vibe that is hip and trendy.

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Ombre with Accents

This nude to black semitransparent ombre is super elegant on its own, but outline hearts on 2 fingers with glittery black nail polish for a totally gorgeous look.

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Watercolor Waves

We love this black and white watercolor effect that is easily duplicated by swirling the two colors together!

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Shiny Nails

Here is another take on the French mani with shiny black tips and glistening white and black rhinestones for an accent nail. You will definitely catch everyone’s eyes with this chic and stylish look!

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Pink and Black Floral Nails

We think these pretty pink flowers on a shiny black base are totally girly and fun for a chic look!

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If you love all things haunted, why not paint white ghosts on a black base to scare the pants off everyone you meet?

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Black and Silver Chevron Nails

Chevron nails are great in every color combination, but we think this black and metallic silver chevron pattern is extra stunning!

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Purple Diva

Purple Diva: We think these dark purple sparkly nails with a shiny black tip are absolutely gorgeous!

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Moonlight Magic

These half moons that look almost hidden behind dark clouds on a matte black base are dark and edgy for those who prefer a more dramatic vibe.

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Black and Gold Tribal Art

Tribal nails are tres chic this season, but these black, white, and sparkly gold tribal nail art designs are over the top chic!

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Spooky Spider Webs

If you love Halloween, you’ll flip for these black nails with thin white spider webs! If you want, you can even paint a spider on your accent finger!

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Copper Tips

These pretty shiny copper tips were done with a lace nail stamp. Use a shiny black base and then apply a clear top coat so that your nails are sleek and shiny!

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Black to White Ombre Fade

You can pull off this ombre look by painting matte black, gray, and white polish on a sponge and then dabbing it onto your nails.

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Mosaic Nails

This look is totally classy with its black, white, and gray mosaic tiles. Use a black nail art pen to make the mosaic tiles and then fill them in with alternating shades of gray, white, and black to complete the mosaic effect.

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So, there you go, 21 totally hip ideas for black nails art! Which one do you love best? We love them all!

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