Whether you want simple elegance or something more attention-grabbing, nailing black and white nail designs is an art. It’s the perfect way to make a statement with your nails while keeping them sophisticated and polished. They’re chic, timeless, and perfect for any occasion.
Whether you’re going for a minimalist look or want to mix and match textures and designs there’s a look to suit. We’ve scrolled through
thousands of different looks to bring you a collection of our favorites. There’s a little something for everyone here so you’re sure to find some inspiration for your next manicure.
The designs on these nails are hard to understand at first but the closer you look you realize that they could be anything from ribbons to leaves, to bow ties.
Dressing these yin-yang symbols up! The yin-yang symbol is shaped into a heart and is drawn on top of a clear base nail. It’s then scattered with some gold flecks. The plain black and white nails on the other hand have some nice pretty gold butterflies on top of them! If you’re liking this design you should check out our yin-yang nail art.
Use these funky-shaped smiles as your reminder to smile!
Don’t look too close or you’ll be hypnotized! These nice abstract swirls remind me of the web of the Other Mother from Coraline!
Some clean abstract tips. These have a nice cool-toned nude base and white French tips that are topped with some abstract lines.
Here are some Euphoria-inspired nails. These are some very long square nails that are perfectly contoured by the black curved edges. It’s then glammed up with a bit of jewel on top.
Add a bit of shine to your life with these white French tips topped with some black sparkles with silver gems in the middle.
A little love heart’s river. It’s so cute how the thick curved line looks like a flowing river with some scattered hearts on it.
You can notice that a lot of thought was put into creating this set. I love the leveled-up version of the French tips and the very unique pattern on each nail.
A spring design in black and white can be just as pretty as a colored one. This set is for all the monotone Spring nail lovers!
Look at these adorable baby yin-yangs on top of these pretty natural nails.
Nothing feels better than seeing these celestial bodies on your nails. The contrast in nail colors on each hand levels up the entire nail set as well!
Happy Halloween! The white nails resemble a cloth which a hand and face stick against. Quite eerie if you ask me.
This nail set is all about balance. I love how each hand uses the contrasting color on the other. This set stays true to its yin-yang theme.
Here are some black and white marble French tips. The pretty simple design has an added dot in the middle as a final touch.
I think that the black to clear ombre is just beautiful to look at. I also love how in between the solid color nail has a nice blend of each color.
Add some thunder to your look with these short thunderbolts topped onto a reverse French tip design. Add a little more pizzaz by sparkling some gold glitter on top!
Aren’t these just so fun to look at? We’ve got a round dotted border that’s thicker on the nail tip. There are also some hints of flowers on the edges. It reminds me of a beautiful picture frame!
If you’re sick of bold nails, try these very simple ones instead. As a base, we’ve got a nice sheen that matches the normal nail color and a few thin leaf stencils on top.
Black and white have never looked these good! These nails are just absolutely gorgeous and I feel that the artistry is on another level. The design focuses a lot on layers and cracks and it sort of reminds me of butterflies’ wings or a black and white tie-dye design. So majestic and cool at the same time!
This design is so trippy. I love the wavy outlines which are layered with alternating colors. It looks pretty 3D and even a bit hypnotizing to me.
This is a nail set for the queen of hearts! If you want a monochromatic look for Valentine’s, these would be a great set to try out!
I like how these nails look like a mix of crocodile skin and some bleached light denim.
This nail set is honestly quite breathtaking. I love the beautiful marbled effect that just looks so classy. I also love the white long French tips that are topped with some beautiful silver 3D nail art toppers.
Here’s a two-tone nail set. One set has black tips while the other has white tips. They’re both topped with pretty silver jewelry which ties the entire look together.
Are you a fan of luxury fashion or are you channeling the luxe life? Try out these Valentino-inspired nails. We’ve got some sharp stiletto nails. I personally love the gold final touches on this one. Black and gold nails are a great combination but a little splash of gold on black and white design really works.
Absolutely love these little Comme Des Garçon ninjas! They’re the perfect design if you just want something simple.
A mix of florals and French tips. I personally love how a really thin curved French tip looks. When matched with these pretty black and white daisies I can only think of the prettiest monochrome Spring nails!
Here we’ve got a jet black set that’s designed with some goofy smiles. Black can oftentimes be too intimidating but this design definitely lightens the look up a bit.
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you! I love these pretty white galaxy elements on top of the pretty matte black base.
Here’s another play on yin-yang, but this time it’s Valentine’s themed! We’ve got too asymmetrical waves but instead of a dot, we’ve got some cute hearts in the middle instead.
If you’re sick of French tips but you still want something simple and classy, try out these small little triangles at the lower edge of your nails. They still look pretty and they’re so much more subtle than a full tip.
I am so in love with these swirls! We’ve got another modern Spring set in black and white. The trick is always to apply just the right amount of each color.
Here’s another two-tone set. These are such a classic. I especially love the minimal silver crystal detailing added to the middle of each nail and black square nails give a sleek look.
I love how we’ve got a cute matte candy cane design! I especially love the matte black base with the really long black gloss French tip and the final heart pom detailing.
Here’s a black and white poly gel infill with a checkered design!
If you’re not sure how you can make black and white cute, here’s how! I really love how we’ve got a black and white heart design on a matte bare base but they both give off such a different vibe!
Here we’ve got a milky nude base that’s topped with a white or black French tip that’s then topped with a nice fire design of the opposite color. Don’t forget about the pretty gem toppers!
Here’s another set that has a variety of different designs. I love how one hand was kept simple and the other one was filled with these gorgeous playful designs!
These nails are a whole moo-d. It’s so cute how the artist also decided to create cow nail patterns on top of a nude base, it makes the entire look more diverse.
Feeling cute with these pretty French tips topped with a pretty abstract shape. Simple and can be worn on any occasion!
Here’s another long coffin nail set. The majority of the nails have a white French tip with jewels on top. The accent nail has a nice silver cross topper with some gems on top and on the bottom
Now here’s how you make the most out of a black and white nail design. Choose all the classic monochrome designs and see them come together in one set!
These are some pretty abstract cow print-looking nails. This is a set that I would love to have on my nails!
These nails are dreamy. We’ve got another wavy French tip variation that’s topped with some beautiful sparkles.
These nails are perfect if you’re feeling a little neutral lately but still want to incorporate some fun subtle designs.
Going back to the basics with this set. We’ve got some alternating black and white French tips. We’ve also got some nail moons that contrast the tip shade. So beautiful!
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I do hope this has given you some ideas for black and white nail designs If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your own design and we’ll feature them here.
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