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Black Ombre Nails

Ombre nails have had a special place in our hearts for a while now. We’re going to go ahead and assume you’re a fan of ombre nails, too, since you’re on this page. Something about ombre nail design never gets old and continues to look modern, fun and trendy. While the main concept of an ombre design is creating the look of colors seamlessly fading into one another, there are countless ways to incorporate the aesthetic onto nails. We’re feeling pretty inspired by this particular nail trend and wanted to share a few of our current favorite black ombre nails – just in time for fall/winter!

1Amethyst Inspired Ombre

Matte black is synonymous with super edgy nail design. We adore the way this black ombre nail look incorporated a deep amethyst color. The color combination is stunning, but with black making up more of the nail it still lends to an edgier feel.

2Ombre Meets French Manicure

Hello French manicure, transformed! This is the time of year many of us stick to darker nail colors, particularly black. Combine ombre AND French manicure designs together for a totally unique design. Even if pale pink isn’t really your preferred color you can rock a design like this using any other color scheme.

3Glimmering in Black and White

Is there anything more classic than black and white? Whether it’s clothes or nails it’s a great color scheme. We particularly love black and white when it’s incorporated into an ombre design. Leaving a majority of the nail black, with the white painted on just the ends of the nails keeps the look seasonally appropriate for the fall/winter!

4Pops of Cobalt Blue

Ok, we’re fully obsessed with this black ombre nail design! You’ve seen a lot of ombre nails in the more traditional sense, we love the way this nail look incorporates the ombre design in a completely different way. Painting the faded effect in different areas of each nail, over black nail polish, is so chic. Cobalt really stands out next to black, but you can use this concept with any other color you enjoy.

5Embellished Ombre Cobalt

Another black ombre nail look incorporating the gorgeous cobalt blue hue. This time with a matte finish. Instantly transform the feel of a classic ombre design by changing the finish to matte instead of a shine. Take the look up a few notches by adding embellishments or a fun design onto an accent nail.

6Elevated Ombre Style

Matte black turns even more edgy with this design. The matte finish is perfection when black is mixed with a beautiful deep red nail color. It’s got that vampy type of style that’s every edgy girl’s dream! The 3D effect is a unique twist.

7Edgy Floral Ombre

Combine feminine and edgy styles together for a nail design like this one! Painting dainty flowers onto nude nails feels incredibly modern and feminine. We have to say we’re really into the way they brought a lot of edginess to the flowers by creating an ombre effect over the flowers. Unexpected and unique!

8Galaxy Ombre

Galaxy designed nails have been quite popular for a while now. Understandably, with the fun colors the trend includes! Bring the galaxy trend up to date with a fresh look by adding an ombre element to the design. Adding pink and purple colors to the ends of these nails really highlights the glitter used over the back polish.

9Geometric Ombre

Give the ombre design a completely different aesthetic with this take on the trend. While this isn’t the traditional ombre design, it incorporates the concept of fading colors. Talk about making the trend your own, right?! This is such a fresh perspective of ombre.

10Black Golden Ombre

We don’t think we will ever get tired of black and gold nail colors used to create an ombre design. It’s classic, glamorous, yet always feels up-to-date. Regardless of your nail length or shape this is going to be a winning black ombre nail look. Perfect for the holiday season, too!

11Turquoise Glam Ombre

Aren’t these black ombre nails stunning?! Glitter turquoise polish is a perfect complement to black nail polish. Turquoise adds a pop of color to black, the glitter element brings in a great texture to the polish combo. We’re loving the way they rotated placement of the ombre on the nails for added depth to the design.

12Emerald Fade

Need nail inspiration for the holiday season? This black and green ombre nail design is a great option! Black nails are effortlessly brought into the holidays with emerald green added with an ombre effect. Ideal for the woman who wants to get into the holiday spirit with a bit more subtly.

13Iridescently Ombre

You’ve probably seen us chat about the holographic nail polish trend. Well, it’s not going anywhere! And honestly, why would it? It’s fun, colorful and unique! Add your favorite holographic polish in an ombre design over black polish for a dark contrast to the iridescence.

14Holographic Edge

This may be one of the most unique black ombre nails we’ve ever seen. Incorporating the gorgeous iridescent polish gets a completely different look with this take on ombre. It looks like an incredibly detailed design but all you need to do is use tape to section off the nails in this shape and paint the ombre accordingly!

15Black Leopard Ombre

Leopard print + ombre + black = sign us up! This manicure found a way to incorporate three epic nail looks into one complete design. Black ombre nails get a fierce twist when it’s painted over the top of leopard print. Leaving the base color clear under the leopard print adds the perfect modern touch.

16Edgy Ombre Glam

So often we see ombre designs where the light or brighter color is applied to the ends of the nails. These black ombre nails flipped the script and instead painted the ends of nails in black and faded this beautiful purple tone towards the base of the nail. It’s gorgeous on its own but the gold glitter down the center really enhances the ombre effect.

17Matte Edge Glamour

Add a modern lightness to black ombre nails by leaving the base of the nail clear! Starting with a true black polish fading into a grey tone and then an ultra nude color gives a whole new look to black ombre. This looks great on long nails but don’t be fooled, even if you have short nails you can rock this black ombre design.

18Dark Ombre Style

We wanted to make sure to show you at least a few black ombre designs on shorter nails, just to prove it’s a design that looks great on all nail lengths. These black ombre nails are simple but don’t lack interest or style! Combining black and a dark grey color is so great for the cold weather months when you want to keep your nails dark but add a fun twist.

19Rotating Ombre Shades

Love black ombre but want a pop of a bold color? This is perfect for you! Using bright shades of blue, like cobalt, to fade into black is a major nail win if you ask us. We love the way they added this delicate black design over the ombre effect for even more personality.

20Mixed Ombre Vibe

Can’t choose just one ombre look? You don’t have to! Combine various ombre designs into one manicure for nails that are total standouts. Using black as your base color will create some cohesiveness to the manicure, even when the ombre designs are done using different textures and polishes.

21Ombre Goes Modern

Our jaws dropped when we stumbled across these black ombre nails. Clear and nude nails are here to stay and we have loved seeing how so many people are using that trend in fresh ways. Applying an ombre effect, leaving the center blank gives this an incredibly modern feel.

22Red Fading Stripes

Red and black is another classic color combination. It’s a great option for the holiday season, if green isn’t really your thing, but it also looks great throughout the rest of the fall and winter. For the times you want a black ombre nail design with a pop of color – this is a great idea! Painting a thin black line down the center of the nails brings even more focus to the ombre effect.

23Stiletto Style Shade

If you’re into edgy style you’re probably in love with these black ombre nails. Black ombre, with just a touch of clear nail left at the bottom, look incredible on stiletto shaped nails. We adore the way they brought this design up a notch by painting two simple dots onto a couple of nails.

24Black Ombre Glitz

Another short look for the win! We told you black ombre looks great on any nail length. Black fading into clear polish is the latest take on the design. It’s easy to see why, as it looks great on every nail length and shape. Of course, the addition of black glitter in triangles adds even more style to this look.

25Ombre Mixed with Glitter

By now you’re seeing how black ombre got its modern update with clear/nude base added to the design. Fortunately, there are still ways to implement this design using those colors in unique ways. Like this design shows us, adding glitter in fun colors!

26Glitter Ombre Colors

Glitter lovers unite! We’re all about glitter polish. Using glitter is an easy way to bring a glam twist to black ombre nails. Keep it classic with black and silver glitter, or add a subtle touch of color like they’ve done here with the very tip included pink glitter.

27Pink to Black

Black ombre nails don’t always have to be super edgy, they can also be designed with a girly twist as these nails show us. Painting pink and/or purple in combination with black brings the perfect dose of color to black ombre nails.

28Classics Amplified

Love red nails but looking for a subtle update to the color? These ombre nails are perfect for you! Painting the base of the nail in a bright red tone, fading outward into a black polish gives the illusion of a French manicure in a modern manner.

29Reflecting Ombre Design

Ok, we’re not quite done with red and black ombre nails. After we saw this take on ombre design we fell in love. It’s sophisticated and minimal in the overall design. But it’s the way they’ve rotated the design on the ombre painted nails that elevates the overall look of these nails.

30Rhinestone Black Ombre

Black and white go glam with these nails. Don’t forget to try using various types of black polish to create your black ombre nails. As they’ve done here using black glitter polish it really gives ombre a different aesthetic. Leave as is or add even more glam with rhinestones – you can’t go wrong with more glam!

31Scaled in Ombre

Hello gorgeousness! We’re obsessed with these black ombre nails and we’re sure you can’t blame us. Who would have thought to paint a scale design in combination with matte black?! The ombre effect makes the scales look as if they’re peeking through the black polish. Stunning!

32Shaping Black Ombre

We can’t get over how so many people have found their own artistic ways to apply the ombre aesthetic to nails. This is another very unique design, using the principle of ombre design with fading colors. Add structure and shape to ombre with a look like this.

33Metallic Edge Fade

When you want to rock matte black nails but also want some glam mixed in. This is a simple nail design that’s going to be a hit anytime you rock it. Silver glitter ombre painted over black polish gives that gorgeous shimmer to nails and looks even shinier next to contrasting matte black.

34Slithering Ombre Style

Keep the overall ombre design simple and classic by mixing black and fading into white. It’s a great base design to really have fun and use your creativity to add embellishments or fun designs. These nails have a gold snake painted across them, since it’s painted over ombre it looks even more special!

35Snakeskin Shade

If painting an actual snake isn’t really for you, you may prefer snakeskin pattern instead! These nails are so chic and trendy. You’ve probably seen snakeskin boots in just about every retailer right now. Whether you’ve jumped on that trend or not you can bring it to your nails. Complete the look with a subtle ombre effect painted onto the tip of the nails for added dimension.

36Ombre Snowflake

37Stiletto Ombre in Black

38Striped in Ombre

39Texturized Ombre

40White to Black Spots