These 30 Elegant Manicures Prove Black-and-Gold Nails Are Always in Season

Black and gold nails

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For spring and summer nail colors, our brains go right to pastels and bold brights—rightly so, as those are warm-weather classics. For winter, we have a different color scheme in mind as it's a little less traditional and a bit more opulent for the season. We're painting our nails a rich and luxurious combination of black and gold. It's a classically chic look that we've been seeing all over Instagram and at the salon. Think of it as a much-needed change as the temperatures drop and the holidays approach.

Take a scroll through some fantastic designs, each one different from the last, as we've curated a collection that ranges from ornate and complex to simple and minimalist. There's truly something for everyone. Find our favorite picks below.

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Abstract with Gold Studs

Delicate black wire nails paired with a single studded gold accent nail are perfect for people who crave something unexpected and unique.

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Star Cutouts

All you need for this look is a star stencil. After painting your nails using the stencil, outline the shape with gold studs.

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"Bindi Nails"

Black-and-gold nails don't have to be ostentatious, and can actually be quite delicate, just like Alicia Torello's "Bindi nails" prove. Use a nude polish and accessorize with stick-on jewels.

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Black and Glitter Color Block

We love color-blocking with shiny black and sparkly gold—it makes for an architectural and modern look. Try using a polish like Ella + Mila Elite Collection in Drippin' Gold ($11). 

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Square Cutout

This minimalist design is chic and easy to replicate. Go for a bold black base like Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Black Out ($3) then add a small cube at the top of each nail.

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Matte and Gold Stars

For a fun rock n' roll vibe, this elegant matte base looks sleek against contrasting gold stars.

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Twisted French

Black tips add an edge to your standard French mani. Coupled with twisted gold details across each nail, this surely isn't your typical fare.

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Black and Gold Celestial

By now you should know two things. We love minimal designs and an innovative twist. This mani is divine with individual detailing and its slanted shape. Don't want to go too over-the-top? Transform your look by trying out a fun nail shape.

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Tuxedo Nails

We can't help but refer to these nails as "tuxedo nails" thanks to the contrasting shapes and polished finish.

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Disco Black and Gold Waves

These disco-esque nails were created using a gold OPI polish called Mirror Escape ($4), from the brand's Alice Through the Looking Glass collection. Perfect for a Saturday night out, they give us Jerry Hall circa 1978 vibes. 

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Bejeweled and Framed

Certainly glamorous, with intricate gold jewel framing around an inky black center, we'll wear this elegant design on any occasion. 

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Golden Accessories

Yet another delicately accessorized nail design from one of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow, @nail_unistella

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Small Details

It's all in the details: a gold nail jewel, contrasting half-moons, and silver tinsel that's almost undetectable unless you zoom in.

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Accent Nails

Go for all black with a few different accent designs (like golden marble and traditional glitter) on each hand for a more striking effect.

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Censored Outlines

A little cheeky, these silhouettes incorporate gold stars for a pointed censor.

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Graphic Gold

We can't decide if these nails remind us of Mickey Mouse or some dystopian novel we read? Either way, we love the graphic design.

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3D Foil

Pair black polish with gold foil to create a 3D effect for a super-extravagant manicure.

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Gold Wire

Step outside the box with this creative black and gold freestyle design. Add a contrast nail by accessorizing with gold wire.

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Minimalist Stripe

This one's good for anyone with super-short nails. Break up a plain black base with a vertical gold stripe, adding a dash of elegance and lengthening the appearance of the nail.

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A Twist on Plaid Perfection

This one is for anyone who doesn't love bold black nails. Do as @oliveandjune did and flip the script by wearing a white base. Then, accent it with linear black patterning and gold detailing.

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Black and Gold Cuticle

This inverted French manicure incorporates a black and gold pattern modeled after fabulous Chanel earrings. It's minimalistic and elegant.

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Tiny Leopard Print

Fierce golden leopard print lines the edges of this delicate design. Add golden accessories on an accent nail for variation.

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Glitter Dipped

Add a fun twist to your mani with a dipped gold glitter finish.

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Gold Accents

Elegant, simple accent details give this shiny base a golden touch.

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Outlined Stars

Sensing a theme? Outline a few stick-on gold stars for an out-of-this-world manicure.

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Geometric Black and Gold

Incorporate white and nude polish into the mix, adding back and gold accents for a standout manicure.

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Half Moon and Gold Accents

This half-moon design gets an upgrade with a quick horizontal golden line dashed across the center, incorporating two minimalistic looks into one.

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Gold Foil

The inky black base has unique, abstract gold foil accents, essentially creating a tiny piece of art on each nail.

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Art Deco Mani

Positively art-deco, this manicure is easy to recreate. Let the black base dry and then use a detailing brush to paint golden stripes for a vintage design that's party-ready.

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Doodled Outlines

Manicures like this one look simple, but it takes a really steady hand to paint such intricate abstract portraits. The gold polished details give these profiles some sparkle.

FYI: Here's how to give your nails the extra love they deserve this winter.

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