The Coolest Black-and-White Nail Designs, According to Instagram

Updated 04/29/19

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 demure atop our nails during the darker months of fall and winter (although, there are plenty of other trending colors to choose from this season as well). Oh, and did we also mention it's the quintessential look for Halloween? Not to give you a bad case of the August Awfuls, but the holiday is already on our radar.

However, finding black-and-white nail looks that are 100% chic—not cheesy—can be harder than you'd expect. So we took out the guesswork and rounded up 14 above-and-beyond black-and-white nail looks to inspire your next manicure. (Trust us: Your tips will love us for it.)

Below, find 14 black-and-white looks we've fallen head over heels for this season.

Black-and-white nails: Dalmatian

Forget the leopard or tiger print this winter. It was puppy love at first sight when we laid eyes on this Dalmatian-inspired black-and-white nail design.

Black-and-white nails: moon

For those with a weakness for all things astrology, take note. This black-and-white moon phase nail design is everything.

Black-and-white nails: stars

A dusting of majestic stars in bold shades of black, white, and nude keep this nail design from looking saccharine with sweetness. 

Black-and-white nails: stripe

Keep it simple this season with a polished application of black highlighted by a stoic diagonal streak of white. So simple, so chic. 

Black-and-white nails: negative space

Another glamorous take on an epic black-and-white negative-space nail design, this one alternates between white, clear, and black polish. We're infatuated.

Black-and-white nails: geometric

For a cool geometric twist, start with a crisp white base before adding strategic shapes in an inky shade of noir. 

Black-and-white nails: galaxy

Why paint your nails exclusively black or white when you can bedeck the statement nails of your choosing with an application of black and chrome glitter or a celestial-inspired print?

Black-and-white nails: paisley

Forgo the traditional shades of red, black, and white and opt for a black-and-white paisley nail design instead.

Black-and-white nails: dots

One of the simplest (albeit adorable) nail designs in the bunch. What's more demure than a stark black base accented with a barely visible dusting of snowflake-like polka dots? Nothing. 

Black-and-white nails: design

Black-and-white polka dots? Check. Negative space? Check. Bold geometric allure? Double check. This nail design truly delivers on all fronts. 

Black-and-white nails: accent nail

An all-white nail look complemented by one statement nail with intricate geometric designs makes for a mani that's one part dramatic, one part understated.

Black-and-white nails: stripe negative space

Negative-space nail designs are still en vogue, and this polished black-and-white version currently has our hearts. 

Black-and-white nails: stripes

Thanks to the clear-coat background and barely-there stripes, this black-and-white nail design is as demure as they come. Plus, it will perfectly transition from the office to cocktail hour in the blink of an eye.

Black-and-white nails: eyes

If you're one for a touch of whimsy on your tips, why not accent nails (your base could be black or white—take your pick!) with a set of adorable eyes? The cool black-and-white palette gives it a taste of professionalism to boot.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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