Sometimes there's just something to be said for the crisp, deliciously-dapper look of black-and-white. And in our humble opinion, it's especially eye-catching when layered onto nails during the darker months of fall and winter. Oh, and did we mention it's the quintessential combo for Halloween? But TBH, black and white tips are appropriate all year round.
However, finding black-and-white nail looks that are 100 percent chic—not cheesy—can be harder than you'd expect. So we took out the guesswork and rounded up 40 above-and-beyond black-and-white nail looks to inspire your next manicure. Check them out below.
For those with a weakness for all things astrology, take note. This black-and-white moon phase nail design is everything.
Negative-space nail designs are still en vogue, and this polished black-and-white version currently has our hearts.
Recreate this checkered mani with easy-to-apply nail stickers like the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Check, Please! Nail Polish Strips ($8). And, for an extra fun take, rock them with everyone's favorite black check Vans for a matchy vibe.
Need a nail look in less than five minutes? Swipe these simple black and white stripes across your nail bed. To keep lines straight, use the Winstonia Pro Nail Art Long Striping Brush ($6).
There are days when barely-there nail art is a must. To pull off this base-level design, make sure your cuticles are well-groomed and hydrated. One of our favorites to reach for is the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil ($20).