Black nails are all the rage this winter – here’s why

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

If you wore black nail polish in the 90’s, there’s a pretty good chance someone would have called you a “goth.” If you wore it in the early 2000s, you were more likely to have been called an “emo.” Nowadays, there’s hardly a model, actress or singer who isn’t wearing it. What happened?

Whether it’s a fashion influence or our growing desire to experiment with all aspects of make-up, one thing’s certain – black nails are back! And rightly so. Why should you try it out?

1. It suits every skin tone – pale or dark, or anything in between, black nail polish doesn’t clash with any skin colour!
2. It suits every outfit – whether you’re in prints, neutrals or black itself, your nails won’t fight your outfit for attention.
3. It’s timeless – like white and grey, black doesn’t date. It works for both formal and informal occasions.
4. It adds some edge to your look – and who wouldn’t want that?


Here are some of our favourite black nail polishes for the season:

Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Little Black Dress, R123
SpaRitual Lacquer in Street Smart, R147
Sally Hansen Luxe Lace Nail Color in Ruffle, R99.95
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Blacky O, R109.95
essence The Gel Nail Polish in Black is Back, R24.95
essence Nail Art Cracking Top Coat in Crack Me! Black, R34.95
wet n wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Black Crème, R24.95

Are you wearing black nails this winter?

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Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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    I am not a big fan of black but it looks nice on other people.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ubiebo Ogulu

    Matte black is so classy! I recently had it done but with gel and I absolutely loved it.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    I have always been a fan of black nail polish, goes great with my pale skin!

    4 years ago •

  1. Linell Nyakutsikwa

    strange…I never saw myself wearing black nail polish and now that barrier has been bashed I love black!

    4 years ago •

  1. Joey

    Black polish looks stunning on any nail length, its a staple in my collection and comes in very handy for different nail art designs :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Leanie Foot

    Recently I’ve painted my nails black with holographic glitter on it and I just absolutely loved it. I totally agree it’s so elegant and timeless. Yes, I know people don’t really like to wear black on their nails, especially the older generations.

    4 years ago •

  1. Angela Chanel

    Not sure sure about black against my medium complexion. But will give it a try…

    4 years ago •

  1. Rivania Pillay

    I absolutely love black nailpolish! My favourite one at the moment is Licorice by Essie.

    4 years ago •

  1. Juwayra Januarie

    I love black nails. Goes well will almost everything I wear….

    4 years ago •

  1. mtsoka

    I love black nail polishes, it’s bold,dramatic and demands attention.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    It’s great for winter but I’m very fussy about having perfectly manicured nails so a tiny chip drives me crazy – which will be worse when wearing black compared to soft pastels.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    Yes I am! My nails are actually painted black right now.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cassie Nakar

    I love black polishes, especially now in winter time.

    4 years ago •

  1. Samisha Bhartu

    I have tried using black nail polish with different nail designs while using the normal matte top coat.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ayanda Mkhize

    I have got a TIP TOP nail polish right now, which is a dark purple colour that looks black. I’m loving it!

    4 years ago •

  1. Chantelle Thompson

    I’d love to try that Sally Hansen one, looks amazing

    4 years ago •

  1. Judy

    I personally love black or charcoal with a bit of glitter. Prettyyyy!

    4 years ago •

  1. Rashmee Bagirathi

    Lincoln Park After Dark by OPi is a deep plum that looks black and is worthy of trying.

    4 years ago •

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