50 Best Black and White Nail Designs

Black and white combination is timeless, elegant and there is no person who doesn’t love it. Because of its maximum contrast, this color match instantly draws the viewer’s attention. After that being said, the reason why we love black and white nails is obvious, right?

Classic black and white nail design doesn’t have to be boring. Although we are using only two colors, there are lots of options and variations. Check out our list of 50 best black and white nail designs and see it for yourself. You cannot go wrong with these two opposite colors.

1. Stiletto Gradient Nails

Stiletto Gradient Nails


Gradient or ombre technique is one of the most popular nail designs this season. The secret weapon for this method is makeup sponge. Once you’ve mastered this technique, you’ll be able to wear the gradient look on their own or combine it with other techniques like freehand nail design or stamping.

2. Cross Nail Design

Cross Nail Design


Some women might be against putting religious symbols on their nails but either way, this nail design looks great and is easy to make.

3. Zebra Nail Design

Zebra Nail Design


Animal print is always trendy. Spice your zebra nail design with some black and silver studs on the accent nail.

4. Cute Nail Design

Cute Black and White Nail Design


Although this cute nail design is in black and white, it will certainly brighten up your mood and day.

5. Black Tip Nails

Black Tip Nail Design


The classic French manicure is a timeless look but over time it can become pretty boring and dull. To avoid the boredom of wearing the same look all over again, we recommend this improved French nail design with black tips. It’s still sophisticated but more modern.

6. Matte Chevron Pattern Nails

Chevron Pattern Nails


You can’t go wrong with a black and white chevron pattern. This look is the definition of smooth and stylish.

7. Dandelion Nail Design

Dandelion Nail Design


Dandelion nail design is perfect choice if you want something sweet and soft on your nails. Start with a white polish as a base coat, and use a nail brush for drawing. Don’t forget to make a wish!

8. Cat Nail Design

Cat Nail Design


Even if you aren’t a huge cat lover, you must admit that this nail design is super cute. Meow!

9. Googly Eyes Nail Design

Googly Eyes Nail Design


Googly eyes aren’t only reserved for Halloween. This sweet mani can be rocked through the whole year. Apply your favorite black polish as a base coat and let it dry. Create white parts of the eyes with bigger end of a dotting tool and black parts with a smaller one. So simple and easy!

10. Splattered Nails with Studs

Black and White Splattered Nails


Want to have some fun while doing your nails? If yes, splattered nails are for you. This nail design is definitely easy but can get a bit messy, too.

11. Polka Dot & Bow Nail Design

Polka Dot and Bow Nail Design


Perfect nail design for staying on trend. You definitely have to try these nails!

12. Yin and Yang Nails

Yin Yang Nails


The most popular nail design in black and white is definitely Yin and Yang. Not only nails look gorgeous, but they also help harness your inner chi.

13. Houndstooth Nail Design

Houndstooth Nail Design


This nail design is attention grabber! You don’t have to be super artistic to be able to do houndstooth nails.

14. Diamond Nail Design

Diamond Nail Design


Diamonds are a girls best friend! Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a diamond on their finger but… you can always draw one on your nail! Close enough, right?

15. Pattern Nails

Black and White Pattern Nails


To recreate this trendy, playful look, you need steady arm and some extra time. It’s worth it because the end result is amazing!

16. Splattered Nail Design

Splattered Nail Design for Long Nails


Another version of splattered nail design but less ‘messy’ one. Which one do you like better?

17. Puzzle Accent Nail Design

Puzzle Accent Nail Design


Using dotting tool for nail art makes this puzzle design easy. If you want to try out other color combination on your accent nail – go for it!

18. Floral Design

Black and White Flower Design


A floral nail design is the perfect boost to get you in the warm-weather spirit.

19. White Accent Nail with Stones

White Accent Nail with Stones


Without black stones on the white accent nail, this mani would be just the ordinary one. Small details can do wonders!

20. Music Nail Design

Music Nail Design


This lovely nail design will bring music to your ears. Perfect mani for all musicians out there.

21. Suit And Tie Nails

Suit And Tie Nails


Suit and tie nail design is great, but it’s even more awesome in matte version. You can easily master this look with a little practice.

22. Interesting Floral Nails

Interesting Floral Nails


There are so many different ways you can modify this interesting nail design – different shapes, different sizes, different colors, etc. Be creative!

23. Half-Moon Nails

Black and White Half Moon Nails


Adding pearls, stones or rhinestones to a black and white nail design is an easy way to add some glam without being over the top.

24. Polka Dot Nails with a Pop of Color

Black and White Polka Dot Nails


We love this simple polka dot nail design with a red bow on the accent nail. Easy and cute!

25. White Matte Love Nails

White Love Nails


This is a simple nail design that we want to copy right away! Besides word ‘love’, you can write: fun, laugh, life, etc.

26. Checkered Nail Design

Checkered Nail Design


Checkered nail design can be easily achieved by using wraps. Your mani will still look natural and flawless.

27. Cute Panda Nails

Cute Panda Nails


Panda nails are one of those fun and adorable looks for your nails.

28. Interesting Design for Short Nails

Black and White Nail Design for Short Nails


Black and white nail polishes can create some pretty interesting designs. This is one of them.

29. Different Patterns Nail Design

Different Patterns Nail Design


When you cannot decide for only pattern, there’s no other way then using them all! Every nail will have it’s own design and personality. Lovely!

30. Cool Nail Design

Cool Black and White Nail Design


Get the steps for this look here – Tutorial

31. Back-to-School Matte Nail Design

Back to School Nail Design


The best way to cheat on your test without getting caught? Wrote the formula on your nails!

32. Stamped Henna Nails

Stamped Nail Design


This nail design is inspired by henna, non-permanent tattoo that’s used as skin adornment in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.

33. Stamped Sugar Skull Nail Design

Stamped Sugar Skull Nail Design


Stamping your nails isn’t hard, it just takes a little practice. This stamped nail design is additionally decorated with Swarovski rhinestones.

34. Black and White Nails & Gold Studs

Black and White Nails with Gold Studs


Use tape to get even and clean sides of black and white polish. Add nail studs in gold to make them pop even more.

35. Spiked Nail Design

Spiked Nail Design


This unique nail design was created with spike vinyls. Nail shields and vinyls can be used to create fun and easy designs.

36. Triangle Nail Design

Triangle Nail Design


This triangle manicure is the perfect way to rock trendy geometrical designs.

37. Swarovski Nail Design

Black and White Swarovski Nail Design


Another version of geometrical design but this time with nail rhinestones for some glam and shine.

38. 3D Rose Coffin Nails

3D Rose Coffin Nails


Pair a glossy black polish with a matte white for a trendy look.

39. Textured Winter Nails

Textured Winter Nails


Jazz up your winter outfit with these cute and easy textured nails.

40. White Tip Nails

White Tip Nails


This white tipped manicure is a subtle nail design for any occasion and everyday wear.

41. Elegant Nails

Black and White Elegant Nails


Negative space nails are the new nail trend. This lovely, elegant design blends a clear base with a swirl effect on the top.


42. X Nail Design

X Nail Design


Apply a base coat in black (or white color) and let it dry. Start by drawing X in the middle of your nail. On each side of the X, draw two other parts. Done!

43. Stones and Roses Nail Design

Stones and Roses Nail Design


Although short nails don’t offer much space for nail design, this mani is a proof that women with short nails can also rock some interesting and complex nail designs. Check out our other article with 80 nail designs for short nails  – they’ll surely inspire you.

44. Floral Accent Nails

Floral Accent Nails


A floral design with gold studs is a cute accent for shorter styles. With a black base coat, possibilities are endless.

45. Cheetah Nails

Black and White Cheetah Nails


Cheetah nails are always trendy, especially in black and white. This nail design has been around for some time and we really like it.

46. Suit and Tie Accent Nail

Suit and Tie Accent Nail


Another version of suit and tie nail design. This one doesn’t require a lot of time because you only need to do the accent nail.

47. Monochrome Stiletto Nails

Monochrome Stiletto Nails


When you’re in a hurry but you decided to rock black and white nails, we recommend this super easy and simple idea. It might look even better in matte version. Try it!

48. Striped Accent Nails

Striped Accent Nails


Keep it classy with striped accent nails and few shiny rhinestones.

49. White Accent Nails with Rhinestones

White Accent Nails with Rhinestones


This nail design is a gorgeous and fashionable way to rock two of the 2015’s hottest trends: matte and monochrome.

50. Black & White Nails with Rhinestones

Simple Black and White Nail Design with Rhinestones


This nail design is suitable for beginners – simple, easy to make and gorgeous!

About the Author

Mellisa Geyer

Mellisa Geyer is passionate writer and enjoys writing both informative and funny articles aimed to female population. She loves cold winter nights, watching rain falling down through window and eating cupcakes!


2 thoughts on "50 Best Black and White Nail Designs"

  1. koteen .bradshaw says:

    i like number 47. i love it so much.

  2. Afreen says:

    Such an amazing collection and i loved the 48 🙂

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