Proof there are plenty of options beyond pastels.

By Erin Lukas
Updated Mar 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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Beauty trends tend come and go with every season, but nail polish colors are pretty predictable. Moody navy blue, burgundy, and burnt orange are for fall, while sheer blush pink, lavender, and mint are for spring. But with a new decade in full swing, this spring's trending nails colors are just as surprising as the weather.

The proof is in all of the black nail polish celebrities have been wearing on the red carpet. At the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Lucy Boyton paired her cotton candy-colored tulle gown with unexpected half moon nail art, while Cynthia Erivo went with classic glossy black nails for the 2020 Golden Globes.

The black nail polish inspiration doesn't stop at the red carpet. Mel Shengaris, a celebrity manicurist who works with Jorja Smith, Shaliene Woodley, and Lucy Boynton says, "Black is such a chic, sophisticated color that goes with everything, so it can be worn at any time of the year." It also looks amazing on every single nail shape and length.

To keep black nails feeling fresh, Shengaris likes playing with different top coats. A high-shine top coat will give you a classic manicure, but a matte top coat will create an edgier look.

Here, check out close ups of how celebrities are wearing black nail polish to get inspiration for your own DIY manicure, plus the black nail polishes to use to copy the looks.

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Cynthia Erivo

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The actress' glossy onyx, almond-shaped nails demonstrate a glam way to wear the nail polish shade.

Lucy Boynton

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Who knew that a black half moon manicure and frilly pastel dress could be such a sweet combo?

Heidi Klum

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There's only one word to describe Heidi Klum's stiletto jet-black nails: chic.

Zazie Beetz

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Zazie Beetz switched up the classic French manicure with matte black square tips.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Pitch Black

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Shengaris swears by this Chanel polish because not only does the color goes on perfect every time, the brush shape makes it easy to apply without getting it all over your skin.

To buy: $28; Chanel.com.

Essie Nail Polish in Black Licorice

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If you're looking for a solid drugstore option that will stay chip-free for days, this Essie shade is your best bet.

To buy: $7; Walmart.com.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Onyx-pected

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Sally Hansen's nail polish gives you the long-wear, high-shine finish of a gel manicure without having to stick your hands under a UV light.

To buy: $7; Walmart.com.

NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer in Back to Black

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This 100% vegan, cruelty-free, 7-free polish is also one of Shengaris's go-to black shades.

To buy: $16; Nclabeauty.com.

JinSoon Nail Polish in Chamonix

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Think of this JinSoon shade as nail art in a bottle. Inspired by leather jackets, the polish dries down with a cool pebble-like texture.

To buy: $18; Jinsoon.com.