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Black is the darkest color, associated since the Middle Ages as the symbolic hue of solemnity and authority. It was one of the first colors used in cave paintings and in the 14th century it was worn by royalty and clergy in much of Europe. Over the following centuries it became the color most associated with elegance, secrets, magic, witches and even death.
It is the preferred color in fashion to portray elegance, followed closely by silver, gold and white. One of the defining moments in the history of black, was the invention of the simple black dress by Coco Chanel. It has since been portrayed in the same light in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Devil Wears Prada and so on.
It is not surprising that black and silver nails have become a staple of elegance, a favorite of goth fans and the absolute go to color of most of the world. They are chosen by royals like Meghan Markle, singers like Miley Cyrus and even designers like the late Carl Laggerfeld. Black nails are and will forever be one of the most loved and chosen colors in nails.
Black and Silver Nail Designs
Queen of the Night Black and Glitter Mix and Match
If you can’t decide between black, black matte and silver nails… You don’t have to! Try this artist’s eclectic mix and do them all.
Long Square Nails with Silver and Black Glitter Manicure
Long square nails always look amazing and elegant, but this composition of full coverage silver glitter, black glitter and glossy black is particularly dashing.
Almond Shaped Goth Nails
Goth style is the perfect match for black nails, add an almond shape to the mix for that pointy claw look and you are ready to go!
Bling Rhinestone Design over Long Square Manicure
Double down on the bling factor with super shiny rhinestones or Swarosky crystals and pair them with a thin stripe of silver foil for a deluxe effect.
Classic Black Nail Polish with a Dash of Silver Glitter over Almond Nails
The most classic style is undoubtedly the glossy black nail polish. If you want to add a little shine to make your manicure stand out but keep it classy, go for a full silver glitter nail and a thin stripe on your pinkie finger.
Multi-colored Glitter and Black Matte Nail Polish
A different take on the black and glitter combo is to go for a multicolored glitter and swap your glossy black for a matte nail polish.
Vampire Princess Black and Gold Glitter Manicure
For the greatest contrast, pair black matte nail polish with shiny glitter and rhinestones. Black and silver stiletto nails make for an amazingly fierce manicure!
Short Square Black Nails with Glitter
It is easier to go crazy with complex designs when there is more area to cover, but short nails can also look amazing. Try this black glossy nail polish topped with glitter, you will never get tired of it.
B&W Cheetah Print Design
Make your nails stand out with black nail polish, cheetah animal print and a silver glitter pinkie.
Glitter & Rhinestones Dark Short Round Manicure
Transform your dark nail polish manicure into a sweet princess do with a little silver glitter and a tiny princess crown made of rhinestones.
Dark Matte Diva Nails
Silver glitter and black matte nail polish are a very playful combination, especially this triangle geometric design that is great for a one nail emphasis manicure.
Artistic Silver Design
Silver foil on black nails creates the perfect contrast effect. You will instantly stand out from the crowd with this artistic manicure.
Long Coffin Cosmic Manicure
Be a space princess with glitter on glitter ombre and rhinestones on black nail polish in this mix and match manicure.
Star Glitter Ombre Short Nails
Are you tired of your everyday black nail polish? Mix it up with a silver glitter and create this fantastic ombre effect for an instant upgrade!
Gothic Silver Almond Design
Black glossy nail polish and silver full coverage nail glitter are a match made in heaven, take this amazing manicure as proof!
Iridescent Snake Manicure
Take some inspiration from this manicure and go for an iridescent shade on top of a black nail polish. Don’t they look like scales to you?
Harlequin Silver on Black Nails
In this case, round nails done in silver nail polish get a harlequin treatment with thin stripes of black foil. They look ready to rock!
Grey & Black Silver Speckled Design
Grey is a neutral color that goes well with everything. In this manicure, it goes from demure to outstanding with just a touch of black and silver.
Artsy Black and Silver Manicure
If you are feeling like getting artistic and trying that awesome brush set you just bought, this is the perfect inspiration for you. Those swirls look so cool!
Argent Snow on Dark Nails
Black and silver nail art is amazing without adding anything else, we can all agree on that. But this winter take with tiny snowflakes is even better.
Dark Reverse French Manicure
Romantic, dark, glittery, this french manicure in reverse is the perfect black and silver nail idea you had been waiting for.
Ombre Glitter Over Dark Nails
Tired of full coverage glitter? Maybe it is time for something like this mixed transparent glitter in a snowing effect. Makes it feel like the nails are in a snow globe.
Stripes and Dots Design
French manicure and a polka dots design will never, ever, be out of style. Those nails give us cuteness overload!
Geometric Silver Design
This manicure might be an ode to a camera or might just be a life line, who knows? What we do know, it’s that it looks amazing!
Glitter, Marble and Rhinestone Manicure
Spice things up with black and silver coffin nails with rhinestones, glitter and a dark marble effect that make these nails look like jewelry unto themselves.
Cutest White Glitter and Rhinestone Nails
Bring on the shine with these pearly white rhinestones combined with white glitter over black long nails.
Elegant Black Matte & Glitter Manicure
We will never get tired of saying so, black matte nails and silver glitter are the most perfect combination.
Dark Almond Shaped Nails with Glitter Tips
Halloween nails? Yes, please! Black long almond shaped nails with glitter dipped tips make for an ideal witchy look.
Dark Winter Design
Let your dark Elsa loose with this dark winter manicure of stiletto nails and snowflakes.
Long Square Multi-colored Glitter Nails
Get you black nail polish shining like crazy with this multi colored glitter ombre effect.
Floral Glamorous Rhinestones Design
A delicate flower with a rhinestone center takes center stage in this rhinestones black nail polish manicure. Cute, daring and unique!
Rudolph and Stars Manicure
Rudolph is one of Christmas’ most beloved characters. Take him with you these holidays with a black matte manicure with glitter stars.
Harlequin Diamond Glitter Nails
Black and silver designs grace these black and silver acrylic nails full of glitter.
Goth Silver Rose Design
The artistry behind this manicure is incredible. It combines silver ombre, black nail polish and white roses in an elegant design that is total mastery.
Shiny Bow Inspired Manicure
This design gives us cuteness overload with iridescent foil stripes, silver glitter and a tiny bow.
Glitter Long Coffin Black Nails
Super long coffin nails in transparent jelly, plus a black and silver ombre design make this manicure super flashy and super goth.
Silver Fire Tipped Square Short Nails
Turn your black nails on fire with silver glitter!
Shiny Bow Dark Nails Design
We could not get enough of this manicure, so a full picture was absolutely necessary!
B&W Silver Cheetah Manicure
This darker take on a cheetah manicure combines super glossy rhinestones and a dark grey glitter nail here and there for a balanced and super packed design.
Short Square Black Matte Nails
Elegant, classy and sparkly. Black matte nails with just a touch of glitter look so good!
Snow Capped Round Short Design
We collected every type of snow capped nails we could find. This one looks particularly striking for the winter holidays.
Shiny Dark Almond Shaped Nails
This is the perfect black and silver glitter manicure to bring out your inner goth princess to life.
Long Round Glitter Manicure
Black nail polish can also look good with glitter on top. Pair it with silver glitter with a line of black rhinestones for some added glamour.
Short Round Glitter Nails
Another take on the snow capped tips: instead of doing all the nails, decide on a few and voila!
Detailed Artistic Design in Silver
A swirl of silver decals decorate these black nails making the manicure stand out due to the original silver and black nail designs.
Long Coffin Nails with Black and Glitter Manicure
Long coffin nails with glitter on the sides add a lot of shine to this manicure.
Elegant Black Glossy Nails with Silver Stripe
The most perfect manicure ever, this square short nail manicure combines black glossy nail polish with a thin line of silver foil to create the perfect balance of elegance and notoriety.
Mix and Match Black and Silver Design
Go crazy with your designs and combine your black and silver nails any way you want.
Floral Black and Grey Nails
Another take on the floral design, this white decal over an ombre white on black nail looks totally stunning.
Space Silver Marble Manicure
Last but not least, this super shiny manicure creates a marble effect with silver and black nail polish and combines silver nail polish with tiny black rhinestones for a focal effect.
After all these amazing inspirational pictures there is no doubt, if there ever was, that black and silver nails are some of the easiest nail polish colors to pull off. There is literally no way that you can go wrong with them. They combine beautifully with any skin color, with any makeup and with any ensemble you might decide to wear. Have fun trying new styles!
Which black and silver nail design is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!