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These Black Nail Designs Are Giving Anti-Valentine's Day

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Black nails are the ultimate statement, whether dark and moody is your everyday aesthetic or you're looking for tips that say "Not today, Valentine's Day." If you've been considering a black manicure, winter is the time to get one—and we're not just talking about simple solids; black polish can be used to create some of the most beautiful designs. So before spring comes around and bright pastels flood your feeds, scroll through these 13 black nail ideas to try next.

Matte French

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Matte black with glossy tips—in a trending square shape, no less—achieves just the right balance of edgy and elevated.

Centered Sparkles

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Another perfectly balanced manicure, this one features clean polish on the thumb and pinky fingers with pointed French flanking a single sparkly middle finger.

Gothic Valentine

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If you're not into pinks and reds but still want to feel the love, this black and white version also does the trick.

Clean Lines

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Did we mention that square-shaped nails are trending? The lines seen here are a modern take on the French manicure.

Galactic Matte

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For those astrologically inclined, try this matte look on almond nails—another no-fail shape you're likely seeing everywhere.

Floral Matte

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If your season of choice wavers between winter and spring, try this matte floral design in a neutral palette of black, white, and beige.

Short & Sweet

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Nothing beats a classic! These nails were shaped and shortened to just the right length for a clean, glossy polish.

Moody Prints

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Nothing makes black polish pop like negative space, especially when alternating between solid lacquer and abstract prints.

Dainty Hearts

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Speaking of negative space, it's also the ideal canvas for sweet little hearts in black, white, and gold.

Chain Link

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We love it when goth and glam meet. The silver chain design here adds just the right amount of detail and elongates the extra-pointy nail shape.

Snow Leopard

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You've probably tried timeless leopard print, but have you tried snow leopard?

Almond Matte

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Meet the Jordan almond's dark, mysterious cousin—so smooth and pretty, you'd almost want to take a bite.

Pantyhose French

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You know you see it, too. Tights are a wintertime staple, and this chic polka-dot French manicure channels the same energy.

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