The Best Black Nail Polishes (& Alternatives), According To The Pros
No other lacquer shade can turn heads and create debate quite like the very best black nail polish. And just in case you've ever wondered if you, too, can pull off the dark-as-can-be shade: Of course you can. "Black works well for any skin tone," Elle, a celebrity nail artist who's worked with Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, and Jennifer Lopez, tells The Zoe Report via email.
So, that's settled then. But Elle does have a secret to share that might come in handy if you're completely new to embracing the darkest shade nail brands have to offer. "I love mixing a black and a dark shade if a client is scared to wear black," she explains. "Dark colors are all opaque. The tints of other hues underneath take the edge off of being so black, and it's a fun way to express style and wear black differently."
Not terribly into the idea of mixing your own nail polish shade? Spring for a color that's almost black, but not quite. "Below are my favorite black go-tos, depending on what works best with their wardrobe or the look someone wants," Elle continues. "If you’re sceptic to wear black because it feels like Halloween, these are a great alternative as they are blackened hues with a little tinge of color."
And just in case you are a seasoned black nail polish pro, looking for the best of the best, TZR also caught up with Chillhouse Lead Nail Tech, Molly Romah. Ahead, both artists' recommendations for the best black — or nearly black — nail colors, plus more fan favorites from across the web.
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Zoya's Willa is genuinely full-coverage, so you won't spend all night swiping on coat after coat, a scary option with a color as noticeable as true black. "If you want to go bold and black, this is a true black opacity," says Elle.
"CND Vinylux [in] 'Black Pool' is my go-to for black polish," says Romah, adding that it's full-coverage and a "creamy liquid."
Holo Taco's One-Coat Black is one of the best black polishes you've probably never heard of. The under-the-radar nail brand from YouTuber Simply Nailogical made waves with it when it first released — because it actually *is* a one-coat black color.
Described as a "midnight moss," Elle says this ultra-dark forest green "gives off the look of black with a hue of green."
Romah says that she also uses this Emilie Heathe nail color the most, and that it's great for nail designs.
Sally Hansen's Back To Black is a simple, affordable, and accessible color for those looking to add a polish to their cart next time they swing by the drugstore. Even better? The Insta-Dri formula claims to dry in just 60 seconds flat.
Similarly, this color will deliver the impact of black with a hint of something else. Elle calls LeChat's Serene Reflection shade "a navy blue black, so it combines a dark creme black with a twist of blue."
Habit's nail colors check all the clean boxes — vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic — while also looking *very* stylish. Diabolique is the deepest brown possible, almost black, for an edgy and minimal take on the shade.