24 Trending Red and Black Nails You’ll Love

Updated on January 2, 2024
Tatiana Cooper By Tatiana Cooper
Tatiana Cooper

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    24 Trending Red and Black Nails You’ll Love

    When you hear red and black together, if you think of Christain Louboutin shoes or really anything other than red and black nails, we’re going to need you to switch your mindset.

    Think red and black nails and imagine all the different designs you could create. Actually, on second thought, let us do the work.

    Forget your favorite fast food order because this red and black color pairing with long nails is the only combo you will need. Sit back and relax while we show you all the various red and black nail designs we think are worth trying.

    Black and Red Nails

    Incorporating two colors together is a fun way to elevate your manicure. These black and red nails upgrade your manicure due to the beautiful color contrast and the intricacy of the nail art. Nail designs are a fantastic way to elevate your manicure so that you stand out.

    You can add and use nail designs such as:

    • Nail decals
    • Gemstones
    • Hand-painted designs
    • Glitter
    • Sparkle polish
    • Nail art stencils

    How To Do Red and Black Ombre Nails

    If you were a big fan of the red and black ombre nails look, you are in for a sweet treat. We have created a step-by-step guide on how to achieve that look at home. So grab your Rosalind gel nail polish set and get painting!

    What you’ll need for your red and black ombre nails:

    1. Base Coat
    2. Top Coat
    3. Red nail polish
    4. Black nail polish
    5. Makeup sponge

    Step #1

    Apply a layer of your base coat to each nail to help protect and prime them. Ensure you let them fully dry before moving on to the next step.

    Step #2

    Paint each of your nails a red color. You can add as many layers as you want, but we suggest at least two and no more than three.

    Step #3

    Once your red polish is dry, grab your makeup sponge and paint on the red and black colors stacked horizontally. You can put black or red at the bottom, but we suggest black.

    Step #4

    Dab the sponge onto your nails several times until you get the desired ombre effect. You might have to reapply the polish to the sponge a few times to get a fully saturated nail.

    Step #5

    Once everything is dry and you are happy with the ombre, add a layer of your top coat to seal everything in and add a glossy finish.

    Gothic Black and Red Nails

    If you like the spooky effect of things, then you’re going to die for these gothic black and red nails. The excellent ombre effect gives the nails a unique dark appearance, while the stiletto shape of the nail radiates an evil yet beautiful look. The rose design, the perfect gothic movie or novel trope, gives these nails their gothic appeal.

    Red and Black Ombre Nails

    We will always recommend ombre nails if you’re ever searching for a unique manicure. These red and black ombre nails are stunning and spooky all at the same time. The gradient effect between the red and black is so satisfying it’s hard to look away. These would be the perfect Halloween nails.

    Coffin Red and Black Nails

    These coffin red and black nails keep on track with the spooky theme. The nails have nothing to do with death, but the shape resembles a coffin, hence its name. Adding flame designs onto your nails is perfect for incorporating red without overdoing it.

    Red and Black Acrylic Nails

    You’re in luck if you have short nails and want to add some length! Acrylic nails are a great way to add surface area to your claws. Just remember, the more nail, the more room for designs.

    If the coffin nails from the inspiration pick above weren’t your vibe, you don’t have to completely write off acrylic nails. There are many different shapes and sizes you can choose from. Check the table below for the most common acrylic nail shapes for your next red and black nails.

    Red and Black Acrylic Nail Shapes Description
    Coffin Shape
    • Long
    • Tapered at the sides
    • Filed flat at the tip
    • Pointy
    Almond shape
    • Any length
    • Slender on the sides
    • Wide at the base
    • Peaks at the top
    • Resembles the shape of an almond
    • Any length
    • Straight sides
    • Rounded at the edges
    • Any length
    • Straight sides
    • Sharp and pointed at the edges
    • Long
    • Spiky
    • Point curves to the base like a triangle

    Black and Red Halloween Nails

    Get your BOO on with these black and red Halloween nails. If you want to impress your friends this Halloween season, these black nails with red blood droplets are a perfect way. A matte top coat over the black will help make that blood pop and add to the uniqueness of the manicure!

    Red Black and White Nails

    These fabulous abstract almond-shaped nails perfectly incorporate red, black, and white. What we love most about this manicure are the different angles the colors are lying. It reminds us of an abstract painting.

    Black and Red Valentines Day Nails

    Nothing says Valentine’s Day like hearts. These black and red Valentine’s Day nails are perfect for showing off your love for love and your love for your nails. It might be helpful to use nail decals or nail art stencils to help get the perfect little heart on your nails if you do your manicure at home. Just try out red ombre nails for valentine’s day if black feels too dark for the holiday.

    Black and Red Stiletto Nails

    These red bottom nails are one of the most uncommon and different manicures we have seen. Due to the stiletto nail shape being so long and pointy, there is plenty of surface area at the back of the nail, leaving room for creative designs like these.

    Glitter Red and Black Nails

    Glitter is a great way to incorporate fun into your manicure if you aren’t into designs. We suggest a black base and a red glitter coating at the tips for the perfect glitter red and black nails. This manicure is another way to tackle the ombre effect.

    Black and Red Christmas Nails

    What makes red and black nails Christmas nails are the added details. Adding snowflakes, candy cane swirls, snowmen, or any other Christmas-themed item will give your manicure that touch. We heavily suggest adding white designs for red Christmas nails, as the combination of red, white, and black works so well.

    Red Black and Gold Nails

    Upgrade your red and black nails by incorporating gold glitter!

    These red black and gold nails are the perfect trio you won’t want to miss out on. Think of it as a red and black ombre with some gold accents. Wearing your favorite gold jewelry with these nails will make all that shine, shine even brighter.

    Red and Black Marble Nails

    These red and black marble nails are the new ‘it’ nail trend. They’re unique but classy, perfect for going out but appropriate for an office environment. Due to the intricacy of the marble design, we suggest finding press-on nails with the marble pattern already printed on them.

    In case you are wondering how to remove press-on nails before getting them to put on, there are four different ways, such as:

    1. Nail polish remover
    2. Pure acetone
    3. Rubbing alcohol
    4. Hand soap

    Red Black and Silver Nails

    For these red black and silver nails, you can incorporate some silver in a few different ways.

    You can either add:

    • Silver glitter
    • Silver gems
    • Silver nail polish

    Whichever option you choose, the combination of red, black, and silver looks unbeatable. These red black and silver nails will leave you never wanting to change your manicure again.

    Red and Black French Tip Nails

    Red and black French tip nails present a unique twist on the classics. Everyone gets white French tip nails. Dare to be different and try a new color combination of red tip nails.

    Red and Black Matte Nails

    Hop on the hottest new trend, matte nails. These red and black matte nails are wicked, and we love them. If you want to be like the cool kids, we highly suggest these claws for your next manicure.

    Cute Red and Black Nails

    What could be cuter than miniature-sized flowers? These cute red and black nails are the cutest darn things we’ve ever seen, and you, too, can have them. These may be tricky to tackle at home, but your nail technician will know exactly what to do.

    Red and Black Long Nails

    Trust the process with these red and black long nails. It may seem unconventional, but using two colors (preferably red and black) on two other hands is the new cool thing.

    Black and Red Gel Nails

    Are you constantly on the go? Do you have zero time to sit and wait for your nails to dry? If this is you, we have just saved your life. With their quick drying and long-lasting formula, black and red gel nails are perfect for people on the go. However, with something this good, there’s always a downside. Check out the chart below to see the pros and cons of gel nail polish.

    Pros of Black and Red Gel Nails Cons of Black and Red Gel Nails
    • Long lasting
    • Almost zero dry time
    • Nearly chip resistant
    • Makes nails look and feel thicker
    • The colors can dull when worn for too long
    • Can cause brittleness of the nails
    • Can cause nail breakage
    • Can cause prolonged nail damage

    Red and Black Nails With Rhinestones

    Red and Black Nails With RhinestonesInstagram@jn_nailzPIN

    Red and black nails with rhinestones are the secret to elevating your manicure. If you have ever seen someone’s nails and couldn’t stop thinking about how good they look, the chances are they had some rhinestones attached.

    Black and Red Nail Polish

    If you have been digging these red and black nail ideas, chances are you are interested in purchasing some nail polish. Now there’s no such thing as red and black nail polish together, but there’s an excellent duo pack that we think you should 100% invest in.

    The Rosalind gel nail polish set is the perfect black and red nail polish combo you have been searching for. These gel polishes are easy to use and have safe and healthy ingredients.

    Key features include:

    • Long-lasting
    • Low odor
    • Made with natural resins
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Lightweight and portable

    Red and Black Plaid Nails

    We don’t know about you, but we’re always trying to find new and cool designs to incorporate into our manicures. These red and black plaid nails are the perfect candidate for something fresh and fun to try.

    Red Black and Green Nails

    Red, black, and green are the colors of thermal!

    These nails are super cool, fresh, and fun; we’re sure you have yet to try them. Show this picture to your nail technician; we feel they will know just the proper steps to create this for you.

    Black and Red Prom Nails

    Prom is all about the glitz and glam. We want you to stand out at your prom but still look classy. These black and red prom nails are the perfect length and shape for a prom or dance. They aren’t too over the top, but just fancy enough to make you look all done up for the big day.

    Black and Red Almond Nails

    Black and red almond nails are a classy yet distinct manicure. The shape and colors are perfect, and guess what, so are you! Three perfect things coming together; what could be better?


    • What Do Black and Red Nails Mean?

      There isn’t a meaning behind black and red nails; it’s what you make it. To us, someone who wears red and black nails is daring and confident. They like to experiment with color and don’t follow the beaten path.

    • Which Skin Tone Works Best for Red and Black Nails?

      The great thing about black is that it’s a shade, not a color; therefore, it works on any skin tone. Red, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. Red has hundreds of shades; therefore, if you find the right shade, it can work with any skin tone, but there isn’t one universal red shade that looks perfect on everyone.

    Paint the Town Red (And Black!)

    Hopefully, now that we have reached the end of this wild journey of red and black nail designs, you no longer think of anything else when you hear of red and black together. We also hope that you found something you like among the many options.