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There’s something to be said about the perfect deep, dark nail color. It makes an impact, turns heads, and if applied precisely, can look like a work of art. What I love the most? Dark polishes aren’t just different shades of black. In fact, there’s almost always a moody counterpart to your favorite bright. Think emeralds, midnight blues, rich browns, and more, says Syreeta Aaron, salon owner and LeChat Nails educator.
To get a gorgeous finish, it takes some special prepping when it comes to dark shades. First, make sure your nail beds are clean, free of any polish, and are filed. The next step, and possibly the most important, is to apply a base coat. Because bold colors can potentially stain your nails, you want to protect them with a barrier, advises Aaron. When it’s time to start applying your color, thin layers are the way to go for a smooth, even result.
Ready to go dark? Find the best dark nail colors, below.
Classic, creamy, and chic—this jet-black polish goes with everything. Think of it like an LBD for your nails.
When classic black feels a little too deep, this dark gray is the perfect choice. Equal parts glossy and creamy, it also features strengthening biotin and green tea to encourage overall nail health.
Is your nail polish collection even a collection without a wine shade? A sophisticated version of classic red, this deep burgundy is a winner all on its own. Juicy, rich, and pigmented, it’s a best-selling color for a reason.
This vegan and toxin-free formula has everything you could want—myrrh extract to promote nail strength, biodegradable caps, and recycled plastic components. Plus, this multi-tone metallic navy has a shimmer finish that seems to change with every move.
Hey, purple can be super-chic, too. Just take a look at this perfectly gloomy shade—it’s dark and creamy but still feels vibrant. Remember to follow up with the brand’s top coat to seal in the formula.