Celebrate October With These Black French Tips Nail Art Ideas

October 04, 2023
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Photo of someone’s nails painted with black and gold French tips and sparkles, collaged on a rainbow tie-dye background

Between Halloween, the beautiful crisp weather and pumpkin spice everything, it’s hard to choose a favorite thing about fall. But spooky seasonal manicures are definitely up there. As soon as October comes around, we break out the black nail polish. Shiny black nail polish is perfect for creating striking, frightfully fun nail art — we love the shade Licorice by Essie. To get in the festive fall spirit, we’ve rounded up our favorite Instagram inspo for black French tip nail art, ahead. Keep scrolling for chrome cobwebs, sophisticated sparkles and more.   

Black French Tips Nail Art Ideas

Neon Flames

As shown here, black tips make the ideal base for eye-catching neon flames. Bright shades of blue, purple, pink and yellow contrast dramatically with the black nail polish. 

Chrome Cobwebs

Looking for a cute Halloween-themed mani? Take a cue from this nail artist and pair black French tips with metallic silver cobwebs. We like how these nails have a slightly pointed shape — it adds to the spookiness. 

Glitter Accents

At Makeup.com, we firmly believe that everything is improved with a little bit of sparkle. Spruce up a basic black French mani with glitter accents.  

Black and Gold Sparkles

From the gold shimmery nail polish to the black stars, we’ve officially found the witchy manicure of our dreams. This photo is proof that you don’t need to paint every nail with black tips to get the chic effect — they also work well as accent nails.   

Basic French Tips

When in doubt, keep it simple. Basic black French tips with a nude or clear base make for a timeless, sophisticated and effortlessly stylish combination. We suggest trying this look with long almond or oval nails, but any shape or length should work.


We can’t stop staring at these stunning charm-encrusted nails created by @_knaillounge. Rhinestone hearts and butterfly charms and silver glitter — oh my! Can you say obsessed?

Croc Print

If you’re looking for something slightly more subtle than solid black nail polish, try this cool croc effect look. For the sheer nude-pink base, we recommend using Essie Gel Couture in Fairy Tailor.

Matte Monochrome

This nail artist used matte black nail polish to adorn her French tips with adorable designs such as tiny hearts and polka dots. Note how the matte black accents paired with the shiny black tips create an unexpected monochromatic effect. 

Photo: @blackbox_nailcraft, Design: Juliana Campisi

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