Why not experiment with something a little bit new this season if you’re trying to shake up your nail game a bit?
Having black nail polish on your nails is a chic and upscale method to add some glitz to your overall appearance. When it comes to general fanciness and getting dressed up, a little black dress is a good go-to, some might call it a glam standard — and celebrity manicurist Rachel Messick says that she likes to extend this concept to black nail art. [Celebrity manicurist Rachel Messick] says she likes to extend this concept to black nail art. “Black is both daring and understated, and it offers countless choices for art to complete your look for the holiday celebration.”
There is a design for black nail art that will work for you no matter what kind of appearance you’re going for—bold and edgy, sophisticated and understated, or somewhere in between. From smooth and shiny finishes to clean, uncluttered lines and art that makes a bold statement. We asked Messick and celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec to share some of their favorite black nail art designs with our readers so that you will have lots of ideas to choose from to make your fingers look their best this winter.
1. Ombré Black Sparkle
Choose this black ombré pattern with a dazzling glitter shimmer if you want your nails to seem cute but don’t have the time or energy to go to the manicure salon on a regular basis but still want your nails to look cute. According to Messick, “this glittery black nail design will make regrowth look nearly undetectable.”
“To achieve this look, grab a makeup sponge, and dip it into a dark nail paint, such as Essie’s Licorice, which will do the trick. Apply the polish to the nail with a little dot, beginning at the free edge (the tip) and reducing the amount of polish as you move toward the middle. Continue doing so until the desired level of opacity is achieved, and then apply a layer of clear top coat. Sprinkle some silver reflecting glitter on the nail while it is still wet, and then apply a second layer of top coat to secure it and complete the look.
2. Matte Outline
Her client wanted a style that was a little bit feminine but also a bit macho, so Kandalec says she applied the matte outline to this look to lean into a cooler androgynous manicure. This look was inspired by the client’s request. “To begin, I painted my nails with two coats of black nail polish by Ava Dean Beauty Alexander James. After that, I painted a top coat on them and waited for them to dry.” To complete the look, I grabbed a liner brush of size 1, dipped it in a matte top coat, and then went around the nail’s perimeter with it.
3. Mod-Block French
Try out this mod-block French for a look that is reminiscent of art deco from the contemporary era. According to Messick, who likes this style, “I love it because every nail is different and there are no restrictions.” “Begin by applying one to two layers of your preferred sheer nude nail polish; I used Earl Greige by Dazzle Dry. After the polish has completely dried, create mod blocks of color by adding detail with a liner brush like the DoubleMoss Arte Liner #2 Brush and a slow-drying black polish like the Dazzle Dry Black Stamping Polish.
4. Spikes and Studs
The addition of texture will take the design you’ve chosen for your black nail art to the next level. This style harkens back to the glitz and glamour of the ’90s, and we adore the way it captures the light from every direction. Kandalec crafted this design by putting a shellac top coat, which she did by hand, one at a time, over CND shellac, in order to secure the faceted studs she had previously placed.
5. Charmed French
According to Messick, “when given the opportunity, I will always say yes to charms,” and she says this with complete conviction. Even the most basic manicure is elevated to a higher level of opulence as a result of their addiction.
The nail technician began the process of creating this look by adding flat-black charms to the client’s nails using a small amount of nail glue and a thick top coat. The manicurist advises, “Once your French manicure is completely dry, apply a drop of nail glue where you’d like your charm to stick, and use tweezers to gently place them onto the nail, applying one charm at a time, until you achieve the desired look.” “After your French manicure is completely dry, apply a drop of nail glue where you’d like your charm to stick,” she says. After the adhesive has had time to dry, you may finish the job by applying a thick top coat such as Seche Gel Effect Top Coat.
6. Matte and Metallic
We advise going with this design for your black nail art if you’re seeking something that is understated yet sophisticated. The sophisticated look of “effortless chic” is conveyed by the rich gold design on the matte black background.
“For this look, I utilized only OPI products,” she said, “says Kandalec. After performing a flawless waterless manicure with Chip Skip as the base, I proceeded to apply Onyx Skies black polish, Gold Digger gold chrome powder, Chrome Effects Top Coat, and a matte top coat. I finished off the look with a matte top coat.