must-try. Black matte nail designs get overlooked too often. Waaaay back when it was maybe a plain and boring look but nail art has come a long way. This look can be exciting, attention-grabbing and still sleek enough for the workplace and everyday wear.
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thousands of matte black nails to show you our favorites and highlight just how fun this style can be. We’ve covered a little bit of everything whether you want a simple look or something a little more adventurous. Copy a style or show off your own individual twist with this matte look.
might also want to check out our matte gray nails. Sticking with this zero-shine-allowed vibe but with a slightly lighter colorway.
Let’s start this list with some leopard prints on your middle and ring fingernails. This set is perfect for a classic look.
Go pure black with this matte base with glossy squiggles. Authentic and flawless, no one will dare say that these nails are lifeless.
Black on black again with this set, but a subtle cheetah and/or leopard style this time.
The mandala nail art on her ring fingernail looks like a crown. I can praise it all day knowing that it’s handpainted. So artistic, right?
Water dripping all over your matte black nails… these glitters are shining extraordinarily. They are absolutely stunning.
Believe it or not, these are handpainted roses. However, there are stamps available if you are not that good at drawing. While I love the simple black polish look, I’m a sucker for black matte nails with designs. It really highlights the little bit of color.
Here’s another set of handpainted flowers, but a bit more intricate. Love the pastel colors she used to contrast with black.
If you don’t have time to go to the salon, you can always do your nails on your own with simple designs. Glitters are the key.
Fill your nails with flowers on each fingernail. You don’t need to be an expert artist to create these drawings. Determination is enough.
Don’t like flowers? Try leaves and/or grassroots instead. As you can see, these are press-on nails that can readily be applied.
I love a playful polka dot nail design normally but the colorful dots really pop against the matte black. If it was a lighter or glossy background they just wouldn’t stand out nearly as nicely.
Simply add bling if you don’t want it too fab but still with style. You can change the position of the bling according to your preferences.
If you want some geometric nail designs on your fingernails, you can buy these stamps. Don’t they look gorgeous?
Another design for your DIY cravings, you only need polishes in matte black and glossy black. Follow the french tips patterns, and you’re done.
This galaxy-inspired set is a bomb, and I am obsessed with it! I especially love the dusty and starry night design in the mixture of green and blue.
Another pure black set, but with a more detailed design. They are called astrology nails, too, as you can probably notice with the stars and constellations.
A black matte base with silver metallic polish will always be one of my favorite combinations. Copy this design if you are doing your own nails.
You can also go for modern matte black with gold french tips in a diagonal form. This is splendid for those with short, square nails.
If you want to go fancy and fab but still all-natural, ask your nail tech to remake this design. These handpainted mushrooms and gold leaves are marvelous.
A mixture of matte black, nude, and gold foils can make your nails classy and elegant. Good job on the gold foil, by the way. Love the placement. A black and gold nail style always looks like luxury.
Go fiery and hot with this design. The blazing red flames may signify your personality… fearsome and dauntless.
Let me just catch my breath… Seriously?! These butterflies were handpainted?! While I love them, most butterfly nail art is done with nail decals and usually with brighter colors but damn I can’t argue with the results here.
Ooh, these constellations are too stunning not to include. It’s great that they used gold to make the whole set more charismatic.
It can never go wrong with abstract or geometric lines, so here’s an inspiration for all our DIY nail art beginners.
I love the shade of red the artist used as it thoroughly blended well with the matte black color. The use of holographic glitter was a clever move.
Are you fond of moon designs? If so, you can use this moon phases concept as an inspiration for your next nail session.
The silver butterflies shine brightly like your eyes upon seeing this inspiration. I know you want to try it, too. Go ahead and save it on your list.
I’m not sure what the inspiration for nail art is, but it looks unique and rare. Some may think it is a bit creepy, but I love its radiance.
Try putting some life on your matte black nails by adding white and yellow abstract daisies.
Cow and milk stamps for your cow-inspired nail art. I love how they look like chalk-written and chalk-drawn stuff on a blackboard. Cow nails have been blowing up on Instagram but this matte black background gives a unique opportunity for a different take on the design.
Go marble with the colors of yin and yang with these nails. As the artist said, the contrast between white and black is definitely one-of-a-kind!
Wanna have it in sexy baddie style? You might want to try imitating these nails… silver glitter on fire and a badass sticker print.
Starry, starry night… a picture of the night sky painted on your fingernails. Wouldn’t that be magnificent?
Matte black and red foils may look too dark, but they are still sassy and chic. Such a nice combo to make your nails go elegantly bombastic.
If you want it a bit bright and vibrant, these nails are your allies. The mixture of the colors is a success in this set, especially the one on her middle and ring fingernails.
It was brilliant to put the butterfly stamps over the glossy finish. Otherwise, they wouldn’t look grand. The plain matte black perfectly complemented the gold designs.
Ain’t those daisies lovely?! Don’t worry because you can easily have these nails. Some matte black polish and a few daisy stamps. Perfect.
Freestyle nail art that turned out to be impressive. You can apply your own style, too, by using these silver foils.
Here’s a design inspiration to save to your list for those who like coffin nails. The brown butterflies are sticker prints.
Oh, I love the marbles on this set. They kind of look like a smoke scene. I am definitely trying this one!
Rainbow nail art sprawling over your matte black nails may be a lovely pattern to try and really makes those bright colors stand out. Love the placement of the stars and sparkles.
I love some asymmetry to my nail designs. I love some black and pink nail art. There’s something I love about this set but I just can’t put my finger on it…
These flowers are truly magnificent! I’m gonna try wearing them one of these days.
Matte black and silver chrome look dazzling in long stiletto nails, especially with the black ink dripping effect. Elegant and stylish.
Whoa! I never knew that white and black ombre with leopard prints would look fascinating! Not to mention that the leopards have a pink touch. So cool!
Have it in a classic and uncomplicated style if you want to go all-natural. Draw a simple black heart over a nude-colored polish. You can try other colors, too.
Shh… tone it down because the snake designs will hear you! Kidding aside. Don’t you just love the quality of the matte black polish used here? It’s neat and flawless!
The marble designs are giving me thunder and lightning vibes. I am in love with the kind of metallic silver she used. It looks so spotless and refined.
Looking for a snowflake-inspired design? Got you, girl. Here goes something you can wear whether or not it’s winter. Who cares as long as they look good, right?
I just thought that some of you might be looking for a design with leaf stamps. You’re welcome!
Did you say you wanted to add striking colors? Oh, good thing I included this design. I love how the combination of blue, purple, and green created a vivid effect on this set.
Now, ain’t that bear so adorable? I love those gold hearts in abstract lines as well! This set seems to have almost everything I like!
If you don’t have the same love for black matte nail designs as I do by now… your next manicure is on me. Some things need to be seen to be believed. Try it for yourself and let me see your face when you fall in love with them. Better yet, let me see your fabulous nails! Our inspiration photos come from user submissions and open sources and we’ll always give credit. All of the fantastic styles belong to their respective owners. If we’ve got a credit wrong or you’d rather we don’t feature you – just drop us an email.