Matte Black Nail Art Look Ideas

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.

18. Leopard print

19. Lines + Dots


20. Heart Happy


21. Black and gold


22. Bee Nails


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