What Color Nail Polish Goes with a Black Dress for a Formal Event?

If you are not sure what color nail polish goes with black for a formal event, you do not need to worry. We have you covered. 

For formal events, your want a glamorous and elegant outfit and your nails form part of that combination. The color nail polish you decide on defines the look you are going for. Lucky for you, we have every color imaginable and our products are vegan and cruelty-free. 

We have concluded all the best colors that go with a black formal look, all you need to do is choose the best one for you.

What This Article Covers:

The Colors That Look Great With A Black Outfit And How To Wear Them


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Black is a nail polish color that goes with everything. A black outfit with black nail polish is a safe choice for anyone struggling with picking a nail color. It is suitable for both casual and extravagant events. You can also spice up your manicure and pedicure in different ways.

A plain black manicure can look great with a black dress and different colored accessories. That is a classic look that looks well put together.  

If that is too tame for you and you want to spice it up, add a glitter polish over the black base color. Try our In The Moonlight nail polish for the very best result. Suddenly your subtle accessory has a little sparkle, which is fun and unique. You can also opt for a black shimmer nail polish for a similar effect.

Ombre is also a good alternative for those who want to add a little color to their black nails, or you can do a simple nail art design. You can also try a black french tip to elevate the sophistication of your nail look.


You may have one question on your mind and that probably is “does white nail polish look good with a black outfit?”. The answer is yes. The combination has always been timeless, but there are ways to change it up a little.

There is nothing wrong with a classic white manicure, but for formal events, you may want to add a twist to your nail look. The goal is to look sophisticated and elegant. A great manicure to achieve that look is the French manicure. It is classy and is still a favorite among many people today.

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Like black nail polish, white nail polish also serves as a great base coat. You can top it off with glitter nail polish to add a sparkling touch. It is beautiful and makes your whole outfit look a little brighter, even while wearing black.

You also are not limited to using a classic white range. For something different, you can choose ivory or pearly tones, which also look stunning against black. 

These light colors look great with light makeup. All the attention should be on your outfit because that is the main piece. The nail polish and accessories should match or have complementing tones to finish off your look.


Nude colors are perfect for everyday nail polish because of its versatility. You can easily change your outfits from working day to evening glamor and it complements black tie perfectly.

It does not distract from the outfit and you will still feel comforted by the fact that you have a manicure that looks great for your formal event. It is a timeless style and serves as a subtle accessory. 

When wearing nude nail polish, we recommend that you select a color that is close to your skin tone. You do not want something that is an exact match. A lighter or darker shade is perfect. If your skin has a cool undertone, select a nail polish that compliments that undertone. The same goes for warm undertones. 

Nude nail polish also looks stunning because it is so versatile. You can wear it with a formal outfit, or you can wear it with something simple for an all-over simple, chic look. 

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Do not underestimate the power of nude colors, though. You do not have to opt for a simple nude manicure if you do not want to. There are so many beautiful options for nude manicures out there. You will certainly find a match to go with the look you have planned for your formal event.


Red is the epitome of a classic nail polish color. It is a vibrant, rich and bold color. Someone who wears red nail polish always stands out in a crowd.

This color is gorgeous and looks sophisticated for any formal event. Red nail polish with a red lip is undeniably beautiful and adds a great pop of color to your outfit. Red and black has always been a classic combination and in our opinion, looks great on everyone.

Our options for red nail polish are endless. From bright, orange based to deep burgundy, we have shades to compliment any and all skin tones.

Bright red is the perfect color for a confident and bold look. If you wear bright red, be sure to give the nail the moment it deserves. This means wearing color, or metallic accessories and light makeup with a red lip.

If you want a more subtle toned look, darker reds may be perfect for you. Because of the darker tones in the red, you have more room to play with neutrals. Deeper shades of red are a great look for evening events.

Brighter Shades

Brighter shades include, but are not limited to, your purples, blues, and pinks. Each of these colors adds a different perspective to your black formal look.


Purple nail polishes are divine and have an air of playfulness. Lilac nail polish is best suited for a black dress because it stands out against the shade. It also looks great against any skin tone. This color is perfect for events year round because of its bright nature.

Blue nail polishes also look great with black outfits. Blue and black are a nostalgic combination where everyone in the mid-2010s would pair these colors together. Any shade of blue looks good with black, but we recommend brighter blues for daytime events and darker blues for evening.

Similar to how blue nail polish is nostalgic with black, is the color pink. Pink nail polish can offer a very fashionable look, depending on how you want to style the black dress with the nail polish and accessories. You can run the style spectrum from Pretty in Pink to Pink and Punk Rock. 

These colors are also not limited to plain colored manicures. You can explore many nail art designs to create something perfect for the event you are attending. 

How To Do Your Nails for a Formal Event

Your nails form part of your outfit. It can either be a standout accessory, or a subtle one.

The type of manicure you decide on depends on the event you are attending. For a red carpet event, you may want to go all out on an extravagant manicure and accessories. However, a low-key formal event may call for a more subtle manicure. 

For formal events, it is always best to have a fresh manicure. Like we said earlier, your nails are an accessory, so a chipped manicure can put a damper on your look. 

Gel manicures are the best option for a long-lasting manicure. They often last for up to 3 weeks. If you prefer to do your nails yourself, whether a gel, or lacquer polish, you need to invest in the right products to achieve the best at-home manicures. 

A good top coat and base coat will decrease the chances of chipping and it will ensure that your manicure lasts longer than if you had only applied nail polish. You can also purchase gel nail polish, but be sure to have a UV light on hand to make sure that the manicure will be set.

what color nail polish with a black dress

If you would like to match your nail polish to your dress, you should opt for different colored accessories. You can try finding an exact color match or something similar in the shade range. 

If you would like to match your nail polish to your shoes, the same applies. You want something in a similar shade range or a match. Gold or Silver shoes look great with a glitter polish or keep it simple with a nude color

Another tip to note is that your manicure and pedicure do not always need to match each other. You can spice your nails up by having sheer nail polish on your fingernails and a complimenting creme nail polish on your toes. 

Assess the items of your outfit to decide which nail color you will love with your Black formal look. Remember that when you feel great, you look great.

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