Eye-Catching Nail Designs For Dark Skin – Reveal Your Inner Diva

by Stephanie Yankova

It’s that time of the month again – you need to choose a design for your next nail appointment. There are so many trends circulating on the World Wide Web, it’s literally impossible to keep up with everything – when exactly did the glazed donut nails go out of style, and why does all of a sudden almost every celebrity have short nails? The Devil works hard, but the beauty industry works harder! That being said, every new trend goes hand in hand with one colossal question – Is this going to suit my skin color? It’s fair to say that there is no such thing as one size fits all, and that’s what makes us humans so incredibly exciting and unique. However, this article is dedicated to all the brown skin ladies out there looking to get inspired – you’re in for a treat! Take a look at our envy-inducing selection of nail designs for dark skin complexions, guaranteed to keep all eyes on you!

What are the Hottest Nail Designs for Dark Skin Tones?

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From soft and dainty French nails to pastel hues, metallic shades, and bright and vivid colors – the hottest nail trend of 2023 is unparalleled expression of self. Every length of every shape and every color is having a moment this year as we are celebrating new beginnings, pushing down boundaries, and embracing our long-lost, or new-found personal style.

Aura Nail Designs for Dark Skin Tones

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Credits: nailsbymei

For all my spiritual baddies looking for a nail design that represents their true nature – the aura nail trend is just for you! It’s not necessary for you to know the exact colors of your aura in order to rock this trend – just pick a few that resonate with you at that particular moment. A little heads up – before you book your next nail appointment with this design in mind, make sure that your nail artist has an airbrush, as this is how this color-blending effect is achieved!

Abstract Nail Art in Bold Colors

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You carry a creative spirit, and you want every inch of your body to emulate that, including your nails. We see you, and we got you! These quirky, pop art illustrations are a true expression of self, and they look especially well on long almond-shaped nails. Don’t be scared to go crazy and make bold combinations – swirls and stripes, polka dots with geometric forms, and pastel tones with vibrant colors.

Metallic French Tips

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In the spirit of St Patrick, these green metallic French nails are an absolute show-stopper! Chrome nails are one of the biggest trends of 2023 and when incorporated into the classic design of the French manicure, they create a stunning symbiosis of timelessness and trend.

Animal Print Nail Art Designs for Dark Skin

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The animal print variations for nail art are endless! This interpretation shows an elegant half-half design of a bold leopard pattern and clear nude nail polish. These Gemini nails are perfect for those of you who want to express both the gentle and playful sides of your personality.

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Why commit to only one design when you can have 10 at a time! These mismatched nails with fun, colorful illustrations are a guaranteed conversation starter and a great way to express your quirky personality! Polka dots, evil eyes, smiley faces, swirls, animal prints – the sky is the limit!

Reverse French Manicure

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 Nude shades and French tips are a timeless classic. But what happens when you put these two trends together? We’re taking some notes from Justine Skye, whose interpretation of reverse French nails in light and dark shades of nude is low-key a genius twist. If you’re feeling frisky, add a couple gold nail piercings and decorations for a little edge.

RGB Nails

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Speaking of classics, the RGB (red, green, blue) color scheme works well not only for monitors but for manicures, too! You can mix and match true red with pastel shades of blue and green for a more elevated look, or opt for more vibrant hues for a bold and assertive look.

Bejeweled Acrylic Nail Designs for Dark Skin Tones

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When in doubt, bring the gold out! These clear acrylic ballerina shape nails with gold and pearl jewels are an absolute statement piece! One thing is for sure – those are some royalty-worthy nails that will make you walk, talk and feel like an absolute queen.

Milky White Squiggly Nails

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It’s tried, tested, and absolutely foolproof – milky white nails are the new nude. They’re super clean, super 90s, and super-duper trendy, so what are you waiting for? Run to the nearest nail salon and hop on this trend ASAP – you won’t regret it! In fact, why not take it a step further and add some red squiggly drawings – after all, we don’t do basic here, do we? Red is one of the trendiest nail colors for 2023, however, I do understand that a set of classic red nails can be a bit overpowering. This is a simple yet effective way to incorporate both trends into one effortless and fun design.

Tie-Dye Nail Art Design

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Credits: nailsbymei

Get in the Coachella spirit with these colorful tie-dye nails that are bound to keep you in the festive mood 24/7. Bring your inner hippie to light, open up your heart and let the sunshine in!

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