8 Classy And Modern Ways To Wear Short Black Nails

Posted by Ren Wu

Short Black Nails

Imagine a world where the grunge beauty trends of the 2000s are commonplace. Luckily, in 2024, short black nails have become the epitome of everyday sophistication! 

Our Favorite 5

  1. Square French Tips
  2. Deep Wine
  3. Simple Black Nail Polish
  4. Fun Black-and-White Designs
  5. Black Glitter & Elegant Designs

Whether your design of choice is a square-tipped French manicure or nude nails with dainty dark details, it's time to embrace the power of black nails. There's something so innately mysterious and gritty about this dark, simplistic look.

Keep reading, and we'll share our eight favorite ways to wear black nail polish on short nails.

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#1. Square French Tips

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Photo: @jennnails__

Black is a luxurious and versatile color that's easy to incorporate into your nail art. And these black squared French tips are proof of that! It's time to swap out your favorite cream color for our "Straight-Up Black" nail polish.

Square or almond shapes are ideal if you have shorter nails. If you're ready to give this elegant French manicure a try, use our "Classique: Pardon My French" nail stamping plate to recreate it.

Want to compare and contrast our top-selling black polishes? Check out this YouTube video below from our Maniology channel!

#2. Deep Wine

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Okay—technically, this color isn't black, but it's deep and dark enough to closely resemble it! If you want to add a warm hue to a black manicure, opt for a high-gloss plum or wine instead of black.

#3. Simple Black Nail Polish

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This one might be a bit too obvious. But if you want a simple, goth-inspired manicure, you can't go wrong with a clean coat of black nail lacquer.

However, this formula isn't your run-of-the-mill nail polish. Our Water-Based Black Peel-Off Base Coat can be worn alone, but it also works as a fantastic nail art base for glitters, foils, and powders. It's water-based and can peel off, making removal quick and painless.

#4. Fun Black-and-White Designs

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Who says you can't add some white to your black nail art? These cute and chic nail designs are edgy and exquisite at the same time and will be our go-to look this summer.

Mix and match your favorite patterns from checkerboard to smiley faces, which will be easy to DIY with our "Happy Face Nails" nail stamping starter kit (this kit even comes with our signature classic black stamping polish!)

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#5. Black Glitter & Elegant Designs

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Adding some sparkle will transform your manicure from dull to dashing. Made with our "Raven" black sand stamping polish, these picture-perfect nails are a great look for short- and medium-length nails.

This metallic polish is a high-pigmented and full-coverage formula filled with coarse silver holographic glitter.

#6. Neon Green French Tips

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To add a flashy finish to your manicure, paint a bright neon French tip before completing your design with black details. If green isn't your color, take your pick from our "School's Out" six-piece neon stamping polish set!

#7. Simple Swirls on Your Natural Nail

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These dainty and delicate nails offer a more sophisticated and serene approach to black nails. Instead of embracing the goth and gritty side of black manicures, these details look polished and pristine.

#8. Copper Duochrome Nail Art

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Shimmering and sparkling black nails are truly irresistible. These brown copper designs make these duochrome nails perfect for a fall look. Start with your favorite polish and add some iridescent designs using our "Twilight" nail art powder.

Final Thoughts

Though black nails top the charts come Halloween, there's no reason why you can't sport this mysterious color year-round!

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