Black is the essential color of goth style. Even with outfits that include other colors like red, most goth outfits still have at least one black element in them. For that reason, black nail designs are a popular choice for the style.
Of course, it should be noted that not all gothic looks are the same. There are many variants of the look that are based on women’s individual preferences. Some prefer a cute gothic look, while others prefer a more elegant one.
Considering all these possibilities, it can be difficult to know where to begin when you’re creating a gothic nail look of your own. But no need to worry! Let’s take a look at some of the best gothic black and stiletto nail design ideas and inspirations.
This guest article is written by my friend Thalita from the blog Her Bones. Please check out her blog!
15 Gothic Black and Stiletto Nail Ideas and Inspirations
Black Sparkle Stiletto Nails
You don’t need elaborate nails to make a gothic statement. Keep things simple with some solid black nails with glitter accents.
Black Sparkle Stiletto Nails
Black Stiletto Nails With Spider Web
These nails are also on the basic side, but they still evoke subtle gothic themes thanks to the mostly black color palette and the addition of the spider web on the middle finger.
Black Stiletto Nails with Spider Detail
Black Smokey Stiletto Nails
Smokey effects aren’t just for eye makeup! With a little bit of color mixing, you can get striking smokey nails that have a beautiful yet mysterious vibe to them.
Black Smokey Nails
Black Stiletto Nails With Red Marble and Line Details and Rhinestones
The red against the black in this nail design makes for some striking contrast. Adding rhinestones is just what this needs to bring it from bold to positively glamorous.
Black & Red Stiletto Nails
Black Marble Stiletto Nails With Glitter
Thanks to the dark colors used in this design, the marble effect is subtle and gives the nails almost a smoky vibe. The glitter is also a nice touch to make the design stand out without going overboard.
Black Glitter Marble Stiletto Nails
Black Lace Stiletto Nails
Lace and goth go hand in hand, evoking images of beautiful black lace dresses that are traditionally associated with the style.
Putting the lace effect over another dark color makes for a subtly elegant look rather than being bold with contrast.
Black Lace Stiletto Nails
Black and Nude Stiletto Nails With Moon and Stars
Another style element that often goes hand in hand with goth style is celestial items, particularly the moon and stars. They coordinate perfectly with the color palette since they already belong in the night sky anyway.
I also love the jewelry look of the nail design with the small chains painted around the moon and stars.
If you already have some jewelry like black moon and star earrings, they would look perfectly coordinated with this design.
Black and Nude Celestial Nails
Matte Black and Red Ombre Stiletto Nails
Ombre nail designs are a personal favorite of mine in general, but they also look great with gothic style. They’re great for adding a subtle splash of color and for coordinating a bicolor outfit with your nail look.
Black and Red Ombre Nails
Black V French Tip Stiletto Nails With Black Bats
V french tip nails put an angular spin on the classic french tip nail design. One distinctive thing about them is that they look different depending on whether you have stiletto or coffin nails.
With coffin nail designs, both sides need to be filled in at the top to form a V. Meanwhile with stiletto nails, the V shape naturally follows the nail shape, giving it a look similar to classic french tip nails.
Black Bats and French Tip
Black and Gold Stiletto Nails With Skull
Black and Gold Stiletto Nails
These nails are gorgeous on their own with their luxurious gold and black color palette, and the skull gives this design a distinctive gothic flair.
Black and White Marble Stiletto Nails With Rhinestones and Glitter
This shows off more of a luxury gothic aesthetic with elements like the marble stone effect, glitter, and rhinestones.
Black and White Marble Nails
Black Silver and Grey Ombre Nails
Black and silver is a great gothic color combination. It adds a lighter element for some visual interest without having the stark contrast of white on black. It also coordinates well with gothic jewelry.
Black and Silver Ombre Nails
Black and Gold Celestial Glitter Nails With Rhinestones
These nails go all in on the celestial vibes, which really adds to the design as a whole. The stars and glitter give it a colorful flair while still fitting with the overall dark theme.
Black and Gold Celestial Nails
Black Stiletto Nails With White Stitch Detail
This nail design goes for more of a cute goth style with the white cross-stitch pattern on top and the hearts on both middle fingers.
Black and Nude Spiral Nails
The hypnotic spiral in this design gives the nails a spooky feel, especially because of the wavy linework.
Summary and Top Picks
So, did you enjoy looking at these gothic nail designs? From horror goth to cutesy goth designs, there are practically infinite possibilities. I love how these nail designs turn a simple neutral into a stunning nail look.
Of all of these, my three picks are:
- Black Smokey Stiletto Nails: I love the realistic smoke effect on these nails — it’s gorgeous and would coordinate well with pretty much any gothic outfit.
- Black Lace Stiletto Nails: The lace details on this design are beautiful and give it an elegant look overall.
- Black and Gold Celestial Glitter Nails With Rhinestones: I like how the celestial elements add some visual interest and pops of color to this predominantly black design.
But I’d love to know your thoughts. Which of these nail designs were your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!