10 Black Nail Ideas to Try in 2023

September 06, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Picture of a mismatched black and silver manicure of red gradient graphic background

There’s no hard and fast rule saying you have to trade your hot pink or bubble bath nails for a darker mani come fall — but there's also no denying the allure of an inky black nail polish. Black nails are a neutral complement to every outfit that can be altered to fit any aesthetic, from effortlessly cool rockstar girlfriend to Pinterest-pinning princess. Below, we rounded up our favorite black nail designs to take with you to your next nail appointment, plus some DIY-friendly options

The Best Black Nail Polish Ideas

Chainmail Designs

Embrace the edgy, mismatched nail trend with this chainmail- and chrome-accented set.

Black Aura

When you imagine aura nails, you probably think of a vibrant, multicolored mani, but we’re here to tell you the aura trend looks just as cool in shades of black and gray — especially when paired with an elongated coffin shape.

Baby Bows

Delicate pearls plus petal pink bows plus black French tips equals a coquette manicure that’s perfect for fall.

Simple Swirls

If short nails are more your style, try this striking yet simple swirl design. Subtle gold stripes and pockets of negative space add interest to an otherwise minimalist mani idea.

Black Flowers

Daisy accents and French tips make black nail polish feel feminine and sweet. This guide will help you DIY the flower design at home — all you need is a dotting tool and black and white nail polishes, like Essie Licorice and Essie Blanc.

Black and White Dip

A scattering of rhinestones add subtle sparkle to this swirly, mismatched manicure with French tips. 


Adding an oversize silver charm to one or two accent nails is an easy way to dress up a plain black manicure. You can find tons of ornate designs, including these metallic butterflies, on Amazon. 

Sheer Stockings

Give your nails a lingerie-like look with a sheer black base and glossy black accents on top. The combination is equal parts moody and seductive. 

Texture Play

Black-on-black looks even cooler when done in contrasting finishes. To DIY the look, paint a thin French tip using a glossy top coat and finish the rest of the nail with the Essie Gel Couture Matte Top Coat


Leave a blank space for whimsical, negative space stars. The contrast is extra bold against a high-shine, patent leather-inspired manicure.

Photo: @nailsbyskyelinh,  Design: Juliana Campisi

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