55+ Eye-Catching Red and Black Nail Designs

These red and black nail designs take a classic colorway into overdrive with modern styles. The combination is timeliness chic, but you get this incredible and eye-catching look if you add even a slightly modern design. The dark black gives you an understated and sleek look and contrasts against the red so well.

There’s so much flexibility to this look. It can give you a real chance to show off your unique style while sticking to this fantastic colorway to match an outfit. We looked through thousands of red and black nails to share our favorites, and we struggled to narrow it down this far. From the simple to the glam, we have a little bit of everything.

red and black nail designs
It’s loud and clear. These marble claws are shouting sexiness and excitement. Ain’t those smoke-like features lovely?
red and black nail polish design
OK, these nails are on fire. I can’t believe they are handpainted. You can absolutely do them on DIY mode; just follow the patterns.
red and black nail polish design
This beautiful red and black set is for our Mademoiselles who like florals and corsets. That flower sticker is slaying it, no?
red and black nail design
Oh, this set is simple, but I really like it. I also included it here since it looks like something you can quickly get done independently.
red and black nail design ideas
Here’s another DIY set that is rather neat and easy. Also, it’s friendly for those who like all-natural and short nails.
red and black nail design
Won’t you have these rose stickers on your fingernails? They’re not 3Ds, but they were painted to make them look like that.
red and black nail polish design
Yes, as you can clearly see, the black vines and designs are handpainted. Add a few crystal 3Ds to make them more outstanding.
red and black nails
How about some cheetah inspiration? They look handpainted, but the artist said these are stamps. You can easily find them anywhere. Animal print nail art has been having a moment on Instagram lately and while it works in all sorts of colors, I really like the black lines against the darker shade of red.
red and black nail design
Don’t you love those star-inspired inkblot designs? This set is pretty simple and should be very uncomplicated to apply.
red and black nails
red and black nails
We have here a skull lace design for matte lovers. These laces are easy to find and can be smooth to put on your own.
red and black nail design ideas
Red and black ombre… you want? Surely, yes! And, I do love those silver glitters in a curved line swing. They’re fabulous!
red and black nail designs
Are there any music lovers out there? A minimalist black design in thin black lines looks great in contrasting colors like this.
red and black nail designs
Or maybe you’re an artist, and you want some sleek abstract vibe. Then, get your hands and nails ready for this set.
red and black nail design ideas
Let’s get back to the classics, shall we? You might find these red and black V-tips adorable. Slay them even on DIY mode.
red and black nails
Do you like cards and bandanas? If so, this set would be perfect for you. However, I’m still in awe upon learning they are handpainted.
red and black nail polish design
Another ombre style, but with a touch of dark glitters this time. I particularly love the glitters; they remind me of a shiny night sky.
red and black nail designs
How about trying it like this: black on the one hand and red on the other? Make the set look more extravagant by adding 3D crystals and gems.
red and black nail art
If you want it simple but still with a lovely design, you can try this one. You only need silver glitters and a fine brush for the heart design. I have a soft spot for short red nails, but the highlights really make them pop.
red and black nail art
red and black nail designs
I obviously included this design because of those adorable hearts… and their eyes. It’s practically cuteness overload. Also, they’re easy.
red and black nail art
Fond of flakes? Grab this design and save it on your list. It perfectly fits those with almond-shaped nails.
red and black nails
Here’s another heart-inspired design. I think they will also look good if you reverse the color: red background and black hearts.
red and black nail designs
Calling all my matte girls out there! This one’s for you. I always wonder how they create the ombre effect in a very fashionable and neat way.
red and black nail design
Lace designs always look classy and sexy. So go for these nails if you are aiming for that vibe.
red and black nail art
Matte red base, black squiggly lines, and abstract gold flakes… what a lovely combination! Would you like to try them?
red and black nails
Have a little trip to Disneyland with these Mickey Mouse-inspired nails. I love the polka dots, french tips, and small Minnie silhouettes.
red and black nail design ideas
This is similar to the one I listed above, except it has a red polish overlay to emphasize the skull. Also, it has a 3D one for a more creepy feel.
red and black nail polish design
Abstract lines are always my favorite, so this was an easy pick for me. They are so attractive and neatly made.
red and black nail design ideas
red and black nail design ideas
If you are a fan of squiggly nails, you will probably love this one. For me, though, it’s the silver foils on her pinky that nailed it.
red and black nail designs
How about a clash between smoke-filled and geometric lines? They look fantastic in long stiletto form. But I wonder if they’re OK on coffin ones.
red and black nail design ideas
Marble nails, anyone? I’m torn between red and black on which one looks better. Doesn’t matter. I’ll have them both, anyway.
red and black nail design ideas
Shining and shimmering… I love how these nails look so awesome. It will probably take a lot of work to finish them, but they are worth it.
red and black nail design
Cherry blossom designs never fail! Look at how these nails look pretty and cute despite the simplicity. So pleasing to the eyes.
red and black nail polish design
Here’s a treat if you want something badass. Giddy up for this cowboy-inspired nail art. Some of the designs are handpainted, by the way.
red and black nail polish design
Venom is one of the most underrated Marvel heroes, in my opinion. I love him, and I am certainly getting these nails!
red and black nail design ideas
Black, red, and silver in majestic stripes. Make it straightforward if you are tired of the fab and shiny sets.
red and black nail design ideas
Or you can try geometric lines to go down the barrier between plain and fab. These are handpainted and easy to apply.
red and black nail designs
red and black nail design ideas
Squiggle, squiggle ~ I fell in love with the nude color base, not much on the red and black design. So pure and clean.
red and black nail design
Maybe marble nails are your jam, so here’s one for you.
red and black nail polish design
I love how glossy these nails are. Also, they look so dramatic. I feel like I’m looking at a historical Japanese painting.
red and black nail design ideas
It’s raining hearts on this list. I guess it’s because hearts (and roses) are always the best drawing combo with red and black.
red and black nail designs
Look at how elegant these nails look. They speak of elegance and culture. Get them if you want to show fierce and bold.
red and black nails
Cute heart french tips for those who need a quick change and do not have time to go to the salon.
red and black nail design ideas
Hot and sexy black and red nails for the classy yet spontaneous girl. Love the kiss mark design; it’s so cute!
red and black nail art
Another baddie style for our “naughty and nice” collection. My favorites are the stiletto shoes and ‘love’ prints. Also, it’s matte, so it’s 100% yes!
red and black nail designs
Astrology enthusiasts will surely and absolutely like these nails. I’m not quite sure why so many astrology nail designs are in red and black, but I can’t argue with the finished result.
red and black nails

Whether you copy one of these red and black nail designs or you come up with something else, we want to see it! It’s such a flexible look. There’s just so much you could do with it. 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.

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