23 Red and Black Nails to Copy in 2021

Red and black are very trendy and easy to wear nail colors. But have you thought about combining the two? The two colors compliment each other beautifully and they can look so edgy or glam depending on how you wear them. If all that wasn’t enough, the two colors create striking nail art too. To show you how amazing the color combo can be, we have found 23 of the best red and black nails on Instagram. So, take a look, you can try these at home and there is a design for everyone! If you haven’t tried this combo before it will become your favorite after this.

1. Glossy and Matte Red and Black Nails

The first nail idea is so stylish, easy to wear and simple to create. This mani features long coffin nails and they are in a black, red pattern. Not only that, but the red is glossy and the matte is black so it uses trendy textures too. This is a fun mani that you can do at home. You can keep the different textures or choose all glossy or all matte. Matte polishes are available online but another option is to use a glossy polish with a matte top coat.

2. Glam Stiletto Nails

Next, we have glam stiletto nails. For this look some nails are a rich red shade while the others are frosted with black art such as dots and lace. The mani is finished off with some rhinestones. It is a stunning mani and it will really make a statement. You can recreate this or you can try maybe black nails with red art instead of the frosted look.

3. Trendy Dark Red and Black Mani

If you want a more edgy and darker look, then this mani is for you. Most of the nails have a different design including black and red ombre, matte black and dark red glitter. We love this one because it uses a richer red wine tone which looks gorgeous. A nail color like this is great for those who prefer darker colors compared to the classic bright red. Recreate the whole look or you can try one or two designs on all your nails.

Trendy Dark Red and Black Mani

Source: @chaunlegend

4. Red, Black and Gold Coffin Nails

Red and black look amazing with other colors too, one of which is gold. This mani shows a stunning way to wear that color combo. Two nails are red, one is sparkly black and other is glittery gold. As you can see, the glitter and colors look so glitzy and glam! Nails like these will be perfect for a party. Recreate this or you can use glossy or matte polishes instead of glitter in similar shades.

Red, Black and Gold Coffin Nails

Source: @nailsbybano

5. Cute Disney Inspired Design

Are you a Disney fan? If so, this is perfect for you! Here we have nails with designs inspired by Minnie and Mickey Mouse! There are the classic polka dots, Mickey’s hand and more. This is just a fun and creative way to use black and red colors. Try the whole look or you can just one or two designs. All of these can be hand-painted but you can use stencils and a dotting tool too. The polishes used to create this look are all by Magpie Beauty and are in shades Bella rouge, Pica-lily, Black Betty and Plain Jane.

6. Red and Black Nails with Red Foils

This next nail idea is trendy and bold. For this look some nails are simply red and black. Two of the nails are also black with gorgeous red foils. As you can see, the foils really jazz up the mani. You can buy foils online and there are tutorials for application too. Recreate this mani or use the black and red foil design on all nails. This art would look amazing on stiletto nails as well.

7. Red and Black Ombre Nails

Speaking of stiletto nails, this next idea is just stunning! These nails are long and start dark red. About midway the nails change to black towards the tips. It is a beautiful ombre look and it looks so striking with the nail shape. There are ombre tutorials online and you can try something similar or you can swap the colors and start with black and add red to the tips.

8. Short Nail Design with Hearts

Next, we have a very cute idea. These nails are a little shorter than some of the others and most of them have different nail art. Some nails are red with hearts while another nail has black hearts. One of the nails is also adorned with rhinestones and pearls. It is such a pretty and fun look and it would perfect for Valentine’s Day. You can hand-paint hearts or buy stencils. This look was created with CND Shellac in shades Wildfire, Oxblood, Lovely Quartz and Black Pool.

9. Red and Black Chevron Nail Art

Chevron art is so stylish. Don’t just take our word for it, check out this next look. One nail is classic red, one is holographic black and the other two nails have black, red and nude chevron art. The chevrons look so statement making in these colors. You can create chevrons with stencils or nail tape and there are tutorials online. To create this look, Beyond from Color Club, My Vampire Is Buff by OPI and IsaDora in Pure Coral was used.

10. Edgy Snake Skin Nails

Take a walk on the wild side with this next mani. This nail art was inspired by snakes. Each nail has a different design including red snake skin, a black snake, drips and more. The colors look amazing together and the red snake pattern looks fabulous. There are lots of tutorials online for snake skin nail art. If you don’t want to hand-paint the pattern, then you can buy nail stickers. The stickers will look different but it is an easy way to try the nail trend.

11. Stylish Paisley Nail Art

This next idea is one of our favorites! Here we have red and black holographic nails. Two nails are simple block color while the other nails have ombre art. The ombre nails also have a black paisley pattern over the top. We love the paisley pattern, it is so cute and stylish. You can recreate this or try just red and black paisley nails. This mani was created with Last Doubt & Powerful by Fun Lacquer, Vibin’ Stamping Polish by Twinkled T and Stamping Plate 17-02 & XL clear stamper by Uber Chic Beauty.

12. Matte Red and Black Nails

Next, we have another trendy red and black mani to show you. This time we have long coffin nails. Some are red and some are black. Two nails are also matte black with red foil art on top. We love the matte texture because it makes the mani look so edgy and modern. This is another simple but striking nail idea that will make a statement for any occasion.

13. Short Red and Black Nails

Love ombre nails? If so, check out this idea. Here we have rich red nails that then change to black. We love the colors used and this mani shows how stunning ombre can look on shorter nails too. You can recreate this or put a similar ombre design on longer nails. Stiletto nails would look amazing with this art. The ombre was created with OPI Gel colors and Laqued Gel Matte Top Coat.

14. White and Black Nails with Red Rhinestones

Another color that you can add to your red and black mani is white and here is how to wear the combo in style. Most of the nails are black and some are white. Some of the nails have a little sparkle and one of the white nails has red rhinestone art. This is a subtler way to inject some red into your mani and it just looks stunning. Nails like these will be perfect for a party or a special occasion.

15. Red Rose Stiletto Nails

This next idea is another one of our favorites! Here we have sharp stiletto nails. Some are matte black and some are a rich red shade. Different nail art has been included to from sparkly hearts to red roses. It is such a stunning, creative and unique look. The nail art is also giving us fierce Queen of Hearts vibes. Nails like these are perfect for parties and occasions like Valentine’s Day.

16. Fun Watermelon Nail Art

If you like to wear bold and unique nail art, then you need to check out this idea. One nail is white, one is green and the rest have a red and black watermelon pattern! It is a vibrant, fun and fruity look. This mani will be perfect for the summer. You can recreate this or have the red and black pattern on all nails. There are tutorials for watermelon art online. You can use a dotting tool or a thin brush to create the black seeds.

Fun Watermelon Nail Art

Source: @kt_tk1

17. Red Nails with a Black Stripe

Next, we have a modern and trendy nail design to show you. For this look, the nails are all red with a black stripe down the center. We love this because the black stripe is simple but so stylish. You can create stripes with nail tape, stencils or you can hand-paint them. The red used is by OPI in shade Red Hot Rio. You could also try black nails with a red stripe.

18. Gradient Nails with Glitter Drips

Drip nail art is another popular look and here is how to wear it in style. Here we have a dark red and black gradient on the nails. There are also black glitter drips over the top. This mani is great for the fall and Halloween. It is just a fun and unique look. This mani was created with IsaDora Black Crush, OPI Amore At The Grand Canal, OPI My Gondola or Yours and Dripping Stencils by Whats Up Nails.

19. Black Nails with a Red Accent Nail

Want to wear red but don’t want your nails to be too bold? If so, check this out. All of these nails are black except for one. The little finger is bright red. As you can see, it is a stylish mani and as the red is quite subtle, it is easy to wear too. Recreate this or you can have all red nails with just one black nail.

20. Elegant Nails with Red Roses

If you like roses, then you need to check out these nails. Some of the nails are matte black and two of the nails feature red rose art. One nail on each hand also has rhinestones along the cuticle. The black and red rose combo is so pretty and edgy. You can buy red rose nail stickers online so you can create a similar look yourself.

21. Red and Black Plaid Nails

We love plaid nail art! Here we have black and red plaid nails! Two nails are simply black and the rest feature stylish plaid art. These nails are perfect for the fall and winter because plaid is a fashion must-have. This is a fun and cute mani that will suit everyone. It will look amazing on longer nail shapes too. There are tutorials for plaid nail art online.

22. Red Glitter Stiletto Nails

Next, we have another trendy look to show you. This time we have red and black textured nails with red and black glitter, ombre tips and more. It is a stunning mani and it is perfect for those who like statement making nail art. You can recreate the whole look or try one or two of the designs on all nails. Either way, your nails will look amazing.

Red Glitter Stiletto Nails

Source: @kez2107

23. Black, Red and White Nails

The last nail idea is super stylish and unique. One nail is black, one is red and the rest are white. The white nails feature red flames and a black grid pattern. We love the red flames, they look so trendy and striking. You can use stencils or hand-paint both designs. This is great for those who like fun and creative nail art.

Black, Red and White Nails

Source: @nailsrnd

We love these black and red nails and hope you do too. We want to try them all!

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Rebecca Puttock


One thought on "23 Red and Black Nails to Copy in 2021"

  1. zoe 619 says:

    these nails are brilliant ! I love them a lot especially the black ,red and white ones. I can’t wait to get my nails done

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