nail polish color says a lot about what you're into at the moment, which is why we often gravitate toward seasonal colors like soothing sage green, moody burgundy, or earthy terracotta. Still, as great as that burnt orange looks with a pair of vintage jeans and a plaid blazer, there's nothing that emotes quite like a classic black manicure. Not to mention, from a fashion perspective, it goes with everything in your closet. Whether you're looking to DIY a chic, patent-leather mani/ pedi, or you want to know the best shade of inky gel to ask for at the salon, we tapped seasoned nail pros to help us compiled the best options. Find your foolproof guide to fall's most wearable dark nail polish, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. JINsoon Absolute Black
Jin Soon Choi
tells us that a black manicure is not only practical, but also a great equalizer. "I think the all-black manicure will be huge this fall, because it's
and inherently gender-free," she explains. "Nothing makes me feel more confident than when I'm wearing Absolute Black — my go-to rich, shiny black gloss."
Jin Soon Absolute Black, $, available at
Jin Soon More Essie Licorice
Essie's global educator
black polish — the shade Licorice — is a fall staple. "This time of year, when you want a darker color, this patent black is a no-brainer," she tells us.
Nail Polish in Licorice , $, available at
Ulta Beauty More CND Vinylux Black Pool
You'd be hard-pressed to find a nail salon that offers
and doesn't stock the entire CND collection. Choi tells us that the shade Black Pool — which is available in the brand's Shellac gel or Vinylux long-lasting polish — is one of her favorites.
CND Vinylux Long Wear Nail Polish in Black Pool, $, available at
Target More Ella + Mila Lights Out
tells us her criteria for differentiating a good black polish from a bad one is the shine factor. "The high shine of Lights Out by Ella + Mila reads super elegant on a manicure or
," she says.
Ella + Mila
Nail Polish in Lights Out, $, available at
ella +mila More OPI Lincoln Park After Dark
Where midnight meets dark purple is where you'll find
OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark
, a not-quite-black shade of aubergine. It's a salon staple and nearly every nail artist we've interviewed has a bottle on hand.
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, $, available at
OPI More Chanel Pure Black
We trust the color forecasts of nail pro
, who gave us the head's up that
green would be trendy for early September
. Now, she tells us she's very into Chanel's Black for a seasonal color refresh, calling this shade "the perfect October nail polish."
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Pure Black, $, available at
Chanel More Kiss Gel Fantasy Color Nails Aim High
If you're looking for a chic jet-black manicure
without the dry time
, consider a press-on option. It's a no-commitment manicure that can be easily peeled up when you're tired of it — no nail-polish remover necessary. There are a rainbow of color options (and sizes), but we're partial to smooth, shiny black.
Kiss Gel Fantasy Color Nails Aim High - 28 Ct, $, available at
Target More OPI Black Onyx
This long-wearing gel color is the exact polish nail pro Miho Okawara used to create
's shiny black manicure at
this year's Grammy Awards
OPI Gel Color in Black Onyx , $, available at
It's impossible not to feel like a fancier version of yourself wearing an almost-black polish with undertones of emerald. "This dark green
like black until you get up close," says nail pro and Olive & June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle. "It’s a strong statement color and low-key chic at the same time."
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Fiction, $, available at
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