Matte black is one of those nail polish colors that often gets overlooked when choosing the perfect shade for your next mani. But we have a newsflash for you: Black is a must-try nail color that can be worn by anyone, any time of year.
While we’re not ones to overlook the fact that matte black is often associated with gothic garb and Halloween, we’re also not ones to totally ignore an edgy shade with so much potential. Plus, it all comes down to how you wear the color, not the color itself.
Since that can be a tricky concept to grasp, we’re here to illustrate it for you with 30 of our favorite matte black nail designs snagged off the ‘gram. Ahead you’ll find a mixture of all-black, part-black, and mixed-finish manicures worth saving for your next nail appointment. Who knows, you might even want to bookmark a few by the end of this post.
1. Black + White
These matte black nails have the simplest white accents for a minimalist manicure we can’t wait to copy.
2. Black Roses
If you’re not ready to dive headfirst into the matte black nail trend, consider these nude nails that feature black floral detailing.
3. Matte + Marbled
Here’s another nail art idea for those who aren’t quite ready to go full black with their manicure.
4. Matte Florals
Matte black can seem like a super harsh color choice, but pair it with pastel florals and you have yourself a feminine nail look you’ll want to wear on the reg.
5. Shiny + Matte
We can’t stop staring at these matte black tips. With a stripe of high-shine lacquer at the base of each tip, this high-contrast manicure is every bit stylish.
6. Lunar Moment
The astrology-lovers in us can’t get over this simple matte black nail art idea. The silver-glitter moon really makes the look.
7. Abstract Lines
8. Holo Matte
If you can’t decide between matte and holographic nails, opt for both. This cool-tinted, dual-finish nail look is sure to inspire you.
9.Written in the Stars
10. Gold Foil
It’s no secret that black and gold pair beautifully together. Just look at these foil-accented nails if you don’t believe us.
11. Dark Hearts
Nude and black is another color combo you can’t go wrong with. Add a few mini hearts to the mix and even better.
12. Neon Dots
We love this easy-to-recreate dot manicure. Simply start with a matte-black base and top it off with a line of dots in the shiny neon shades of your choice.
13. Outlined Faces
14. All Eyes on You
15. Almond Drip
16. Champagne Cuticles
17. Faux Stiletto Tips
If you love the look of stiletto nails but aren’t ready to sharpen your tips, consider this coffin shape with artfully-applied paint for a pointy nail look.