25 Edgy Black Nail Designs

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Having the perfect nails is a must.  It’s summer time but that doesn’t mean you have to always wear bright colours, especially on your nails.  Many people choose to add colour with their accessories and outfit, instead of their nail polish.

We have come up with 25 edgy black nail designs that will look amazing for fall and winter, and in fact, all year round!

1. Black Lace Nails

Lace is always a lovely delicate design. This is fun, girly and perfect for weddings.  This design will make you stand out from the crowd and we can guarantee you will receive so many compliments.

Black Lace Nail Design Idea

Source: @badgirlnails

2. Black Matte Coffin Nails

If you didn’t know, matte nails are trending right now. The usual shiny glossy nails are still stylish but matte nails are far more dramatic.  They tell a mysterious story and work so well with black nail polish.

Black Matte Coffin Nails

Source: @glambymeli

3. Stripe Nail Design

Go for stripes. These eye-catching stripy nails will be trending wherever you go.  Try and alternate like the photo above by having a white base and then black.  The white base stripy nails will instantly catch people’s eyes.

4. Black Matte & Negative Space Nails

These nails will certainly take the spotlight. Negative space nails are similar to cut-out clothing which are also trending right now.  Half-moon, centre gap and semi-circles are a few of the designs you could have.  The bold black nail polish will enhance the designs so make you choose quirky and unique styles.

Cool Black Matte and Negative Space Nail Design

Source: @mvargas_nails

5. Black Glitter Nails

Add a touch of sparkle. Having a black base is striking alone but by adding the glitter, will immediately add a touch of glam and shine.

Black Glitter Nail Design

Source: @hemmyberlin

6. Black Marble Nails

Marble nails look so details, yet they are so easy to do. Apply a few coats of black shiny nail polish.  Then you will need a second colour, either grey or white for the marble effect.  Pour a few drops of the second colour onto foil.  Grab some cling film, scrunch it into a small ball and dab it into the nail polish on the foil.  Dab your cling film over your nail.  To finish the look, apply a few marble lines with your nailbrush.

Black Marble Nail Art Design

Source: @tammyhembrow

7. Black Matte and Glossy Zebra Nails

Take a little nail inspiration from zebras. Don’t go for the standard zebra colours, black and white.  Keep to matte and shiny black.  This will create a dark subtle zebra effect that will look amazing.

Black Matte and Glossy Zebra Nails

Source: @ane_li

8. Black & Gold Nails

Black and gold nails! What more could you ask for.  Black and gold are a great combination.  A shiny black nail polish base with a gold design will set you aside from everyone.  If you are unsure about the designs you would like, maybe having a doodle session with a pen and paper before you want to commit on your nails.

Black and Gold Nail Design for Short Nails

Source: @nailsbycambria

9. Matte & Glossy French Tip

Black matte base with shiny tips look fabulous. You can see how the shiny tips make the nails come alive.

Black Matte and Glossy French Tip Nails

Source: @thenailtrail

10. Matte Black Stiletto Nails

Stiletto nails are trending and have been for a while now. Everyone is going crazy for stiletto nails.  If you are unsure what stiletto nails are, the names kind of gives the game away.  They are pointy like stiletto shoes.  They look sexy and vampy.

Long Black Matte Stiletto Nails

Source: @chaunlegend

11. Black Matte Nails with a Pop of Color

Summer colours look bright and fun on a matte black base. The vibrant colours instantly stand out and create a fun, bubbly design which everyone will love and envy.

Black Matte Nails with a Pop of Color

Source: @badgirlnails

12. Black French Tip + Rhinestone Accent Nail

Rhinestones will add the sparkle you need. Black nails can be a little harsh and dark for many people but we have come up with a solution.  Add rhinestones to one nail.  This way you will still have the dark side from the black nails but you will sparkle.  Make sure you add shiny black tips to the matte black nails for that extra touch.

Black French Tip Nails and Rhinestone Accent Nail

Source: @sloteazzy

13. Pop of White

If you’re not feeling black nails, maybe you could add a little touch of white? This is perfect if you are wearing a white outfit.  You can team your outfit colour with your nails.

Black Nails with a Pop of White

Source: @nailsbycambria

14. Matte Black Nails with Glossy Details

Wow… this is all we can say about these nails. These nails look detailed and so intricate.  Unbelievably, these nails aren’t hard to achieve.  If you look closer, you can see that these nails are all based on a matte black base with added extras.  The extras are nail gems, shiny black nail polish designs and that’s it!  This is simple to do yet so effective!

Matte Black Nails with Glossy Details

Source: @nailsbygina

15. Zebra Accent Nail

Animal prints are great designs for nails. Zebra nails add that special something to your nails but in a subtle way.

Black Nails with Zebra Accent Nail

Source: @thenailtrail

16. Black Matte Nails + Lace Accent Nail

Do you want to create a softer matte black design? If you answered yes, this is the design for you.  Paint your nails matte black but keep an accent nail.  The accent nail will need to be painted a lighter contrast colour, for example an off white or ivory.  These colours work better with the black lace design.  If you aren’t confident on your lace freehand skills, you can always buy a lace stencil which will have the same outcome.  Just remember to wait until your base coat is fully dry before you start on the lace.  To finish the look, add a few diamantes to your lace design.

Black Matte Lace Nail Design

Source: @newlypolished

17. Black Matte French Tip

Nude and black nails look divine. Nude base nails will show off your elegant and delicate side, whilst the matte black tips will create the intense side.  The accent nail is optional but we think it looks great.

18. Black French Tip Stiletto Nails

If you tend to have stiletto nails, maybe you could try this. This will show off your nails as well as the design.  By not painting all of your nails in a shiny black colour, you are drawing attention to the stiletto nails.

19. Half Moon Design

This works on short and long nails. Mixing matte and shiny black will show off your character and style.  Adding half-moon designs to your cuticles boost your nails and make them stand out.

20. Black Nails + White Marble Accent Nail

Accent nails will show off your design even more so. Having a contrasting accent nail looks fab!  Matte black stiletto nails with white marble accent nails look fierce.  This is screaming fashion and style.

Black Stiletto Nails with White Marble Accent Nail

Source: @chaunlegend

21. Black Quilted Nails

We are loving these black quilted nails! If you are thinking that these somewhat look familiar, maybe you’re thinking of the quilted handbags!  We can see these nails are channeling the iconic Chanel quilted bag and we think it’s amazing.  This is quick and easy to do.  Apply two coats of black nail polish to your nails.  Wait for a few mins until it’s still soft to create the quilted lines.  Then use a ruler to mark the lines, one way then the other.  Wait for your nails to fully dry then apply a top coat.

Black Quilted Nails

Source: @thenailtrail

22. Cool Design for Short Nails

Do you have short nails and worry that they look as good as long nails?  Think again! This is the perfect nail design for shorter nails.  The black outline will give the illusion that your nails are longer.

23. Matte Black Design

Matte black looks elegant and delicate. Team your matte nails with a gorgeous design that looks striking and unique.

Black Matte Nail Art Design for Short Nails

Source: @ane_li

24. Henna Mandala Accent Nail

Why not add henna to your nails? This will set you aside from anyone else with black nails.  It will show off your creative side and your character.

25. Pop of Gold

Everyone loves a bit of gold. Add that extra shine with a few gold nail gems to gorgeous black shiny nails.  No need to add the gems to every fingernail – less is best.  The ones you choose to decorate make sure you paint these a matte black nail polish so the gold stands out.