Back to black, the nail polish colour that’s taking over Instagram

Black nails are trending right now, taking over our Instagram feeds with modish manicures. The John Lewis department reports a 435% increase in sales of black nail polish versus last year, suggesting many of us are getting on board with the deliciously dark black manicure trend.

As a neutral colour, black works with almost any other tone on the colour wheel, making it one of the most versatile manicure options to go for – you won’t have to worry about the colour clashing with your chosen outfit or jewellery. No wonder the minimal manicure has long been a celebrity and red carpet favourite.

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While a great colour makes for an eye catching manicure, a long-lasting finish is all about the prep. With black polish especially, it’s a good idea to use the right base coat to avoid staining, and a fabulous finishing coat to seal the deal.

With a classic gloss finish, it’s easy to see why this nail colour is trending. Sophisticated, minimal and yet with a touch of daring-ness compared to the classic pink, red and beige manicures, this could be the ultimate day-to-night style.

For those not quite ready to jump in with both feet, this negative space manicure could be a less scary way to dip your toe into the trend. Consisting mainly of a clear or light pink polish with just a touch of black accents, it nods to the style while still keeping some of that classic French mani look. Of course, we’re not sure how talented you are at nail art, but this one may need to be done by a professional nail technician rather than at home.

For just that extra bit of glamour, this mix of matte and gloss adds even more oomph to the style, perfect for anyone who likes to add their own twist to trends. Paired with the square-shaped nails, this geometric design is ultra-modern yet subtle enough for any setting.

9 best products for the ultimate black manicure

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Chanel le top coat, £21.60, Bootsblack manicure

Essie nail colour 88 licorice nail polish, £7.99, Boots

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Ciaté London mini gelology paint pot total eclipse, £6, Look Fantastic

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Cowshed manicure kit, £20, Look Fantastic

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Nailberry l’oxygéné oxygenated nail lacquer blackberry, £14.50, John Lewis

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Revolution prep & hydrate base coat, £4, Boots

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Rimmel 60 secs Rita shades of black nail polish Black, £3.49, Superdrug

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The old street, £10, Shoreditch Nails


Essie nail care matte about you nail polish top coat, £8.99, Look Fantastic