If you’re looking for a nail design that’s both edgy and chic, black nails are the perfect option. There are plenty of ways to create an eye-catching black nail look keeping it simple yet unique.
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thousands of black nail designs looking for the edgy and impressive, we’ve collected our favorites here. From simple designs to more complex ones, these ideas will help you achieve the perfect black nails.
Black is edgy. Changing the shape of your nails to something that’s sharper, like a coffin shape or an almond shape can drastically affect the look of your nails.
Here’s another duo-color nail set. We’ve got a white set and a black set which are topped with some nice smiley and fire designs using the opposite color.
You can make edgy designs look cute too! The way that the artist did it is to pair the black with a nice light pink shade and to add designs both in black and white.
I love how the black just serves as a nice structure for the nail set while the design is set apart with the nice snake design on nails with a white base.
This is a fairly simple nail design that’s made edgier with the popular fire design. It’s then topped with two gold stars.
Nail polish can still be edgy even if the entire color isn’t painted on. Here’s an example of how lines lined up against each other and in different directions can bring your look to another level.
We’re talking simple but edgy. I love a sharp stiletto painted with black and topped with some white spooky designs. A design for Halloween or every day, it’s up to you!
A way to liven up your nails that contain edgy designs is to add a bit of color to them. We’ve got a lot of bold colors here that are topped with some nice black designs.
Here’s a nice full-black sheen with some gold cuffs and a nice 3D gold gun design. We’ve also got a nice little bandana print going on.
Here’s a cute way to bump up your look! On top of your black base, just add in a nice wired pink heart design. Still edgy but now it’s a lot cuter too! The black and pink nails combination is one of my favorite mixes. Equal parts serious and fun.
Here’s a monochromatic look. We’ve got some grays, blacks, and glitters. The dark color palette makes everything seem a lot edgier without the need for edgy designs.
The tip to making your animal prints look more badass is to have them painted in black. It’s so much better if you surround it with some complementary colors, like a nice milky white and jet black.
Black paired with red always takes things to another level. We’ve got a nice ghost design and some 3D spiders. I think what makes this set to another level really is just the gold crystals found on top of the black shimmer.
A simple way to achieve an edgy look that you can wear absolutely anywhere.
Silver on black can either be regal or edgy. This one’s surely edgy, or maybe even a mixture of both.
Going a bit minimalistic with these by dressing up each nail using different shapes.
These nails are also a nice mix of classy and edgy. Black usually makes any look a bit rougher so adding in some nice gold patterns on top definitely takes the roughness away a bit.
Here’s another simple nail design. You can add some marbling to your black nails and even add in a few colors while leaving the rest of the nails bare.
These nails look like art has been taken from a gallery and transferred to your nails.
I love the use of different textures and finishes in this set. We have some nails with a matte rough 3D finish that are complemented by some nice sheen shimmers.
Black is edgy. Changing the shape of your nails to something that’s sharper, to either a coffin or to an almond shape can drastically affect the look of your nails.
Here’s a nice simple design using a nice black matte base topped with a silver round design.
Look at these beautiful black to red ombre. The deep red isn’t just a simple solid color but it seems like it’s floating in the water. I also love the glossy finish.
To complement the solid black, we’ve got a nice matte animal print French tip variation.
Here’s another example of how making small tweaks to your nails can actually change them drastically.
What a beautiful way to style an edgy set. I love the green chrome-like design in the middle surrounded by some nice gold gems.
Here’s a reminder that abstracts can be edgy.
Match your black nails with bright neon green. This color combination has been trending lately and for good reason! Just look at how this minimalistic abstract look works so well!
Here’s another way to wear silver and black together. Black highlights on a silver design work so much better than you’d think!
I’m amazed by this animal-scale-looking matte design. I like how both the scale design and the gold fold lining look 3D. It just makes the look seem more alive!
A slithery snake finds its way onto some matte gray nails. Simple, cute, but still edgy.
Again, I love the contrast of the different finished. The base of the nail itself is a matte black and the design is a bunch of nice glossy abstract lines. It’s crazy how this is made with just one color!
I love how these nails look. They’re a bunch of different black abstract 3D shapes on top of a bare base.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, black looks so good on milky pink! Look at how some very simple designs can greatly level up a look.
We just love how these large silver crosses look on these matte black nails. It’s crazy how an entire look can be made up of various crosses and still look so good?
Here’s a very interesting design. We have a contrast of white and black and the design reminds me of nice curved pocket knives.
I love how it takes a while for you to fully grasp what these nails really are. I love the silver abstract edges surrounding the gorgeous jelly-looking black along with the nice red and silver knife designs.
A bunch of cute edgy designs on top of a nice translucent pink nail.
It’s always a good time for some spooky nails!
Now, this is some next-level edginess over here! We’ve got a very detailed scream mask design along with a bunch of silver gems of all sizes. There’s also a nice silver matte glitter topped with this large gorgeous red crystal and a nice spider web design.
Obsessed with these! It’s a pretty simple design but it’s definitely a favorite. I love how the artist used a nice jet black gloss as a base and topped it with the famous fire design but this time in silver glitter.
I guess this set can either be edgy or classy. I think that adding in some crystals and glitters made this look a lot softer than it originally was.
A cute doodly set! The black nails are designed with some nice hearts and cute skulls.
We’re back again with the famous fire pattern but this time using white and black. The artist was able to create an accent nail where the white and black base met which makes the entire look less disconnected.
Adding in some silver piercings will always bring your look to the next level. Always!
A very minimalistic abstract design that you can wear anywhere.
We’ve got so much texture in here! I love how the black gloss animal print was painted over the matte black base.
A little bit of black and a whole lot of silver hardware. You can never go wrong with making your nails look rougher and more badass using these silver accessories on top!
How to DIY Edgy Black Nail Designs
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