17 Goth and Emo Nail Designs for an Edgy Look

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Choose one of these goth or emo nail designs to give yourself an edgy look. These nail designs can be worn during any time of year, and some are great for everyday wear (including a day at the office) too.

Goth is a subculture that began in the United Kingdom during the early 1980s. It was created as an offshoot of the punk rock scene. Goth music typically has a dark, or eerie sound. The fashion style associated with the Goth subculture is usually black clothing and make-up.

Emo is a subculture that began in the United States during the 1990s. It was originally considered to be a subset of the punk rock scene. Emo music typically has confessional, personal lyrics. The fashion style associated with Emo is usually tight jeans, skinny jeans, t-shirts with band logos, and hoodies.

Below you’ll find a combination of both goth and emo nail designs. I hope you find the perfect design that fits your personality.

1. Pink and Black Emo Nails

These pink and black emo nails are vibrant and feature some pretty cool handpainted doodle art. There are checkerboard patterns, flames, and more.

Pink and Black Emo Nails
Credit: talons_tarot

2. Black Ombre Stilettos

These medium-length stiletto nails have a unique black ombre design. There are also small black dots placed on some of the nails.

Black Ombre Stilettos
Credit: spicycownails

3. Halloween Themed Nails

Here’s a design that would be especially perfect for Halloween and the fall season. The artist did a fantastic job with the handpainted designs.

black Halloween nails
Credit: snatchedbylulubelles

4. Gray and Black

Instead of using black as your base color, consider using a gray tone such as the one below. Instead of using black splatters, you could use pink or even red.

gray and black nails
Credit: smartnails_school

5. Black Hearts and Flames

Deck out your nails with tiny black hearts and flames. These nails have a length and design that are perfect for everyday wear.

black hearts and flames
Credit: nailwave_

6. Hello Kitty Nails

Fans of Hello Kitty (also known by her full name Kitty White) will enjoy these black nails that include a cute embellishment of the lovable cat.

black Hello Kitty nails
Credit: nailssar.ah

7. Black and Pink Tips

Add a little color to your day by trying out these black and pink French tip nails. Play around with different shades of pink to be sure your design suits your personal style.

black and pink French tips
Credit: nailss.by.gracie

8. Fun Emo Nails

Have a little fun with your look by trying this design that’s been done on natural nails. You don’t have to have long nails to have an awesome manicure.

fun pink emo nails
Credit: milly.nailz

9. Red and Black Goth Nails

Red and black and classic goth colors that look great together. Embellish your nails with rhinestones and more to make them stand out even more.

red and black goth nails
Credit: gothings

10. Choosing Your Nail Shape

The first step in choosing your goth or emo nail design is to choose the right shape for your nails. The most popular shapes are stiletto, coffin, and square. If you’re not sure which shape to choose, take a look at the mini-guide below.

different nail shape ideas
Credit: gothicbynight

11. Glam Goth Nails

Glam goth makes gorgeous goth-style press-on nails. Their designs are original, unique, and so fun to wear. You can send them a DM on Instagram to order.

glam goth nails
Credit: glamgoth

12. Black and Lavender

This simple design can actually be done without going to a nail salon. Simply paint your nails your desired color, and use heart stencils to add the hearts.

black and lavender nails
Credit: cutie_cules

13. Black with Silver Glitter

You can’t go wrong by adding a little or a lot of glitter to your nails. This look features two nails that are loaded with silver glitter. There’s also a nail with rhinestones on the cuff.

black and silver glitter nails
Credit: cirquedufreaky

14. Short Stiletto Nails

Stiletto nails don’t have to be too long. These acrylics are short to medium length. Each nail has a cool design that’s sure to make your nails stand out.

short stiletto emo nails
Credit: chulasnailsatizapan

15. Glossy Black Stilettos

If you want a simple look, go for a set of black stiletto nails. You can use glossy or matte nail polish. For a bit more pizzaz, add a few rhinestones to complete the look

glossy black stilettos
Credit: beauty_by_beckiexx

16. Gothic Gel Nails

If you enjoy wearing gel nails, you’ll love rocking these gothic gel nails. If you don’t want black nails, you can also go with pink or purple.

gothic gel nails
Credit: _nails_by_lou_

17. Red with Gold Flakes

I love how unique these nails are. The way the red was applied is pretty cool looking. Plus, the addition of the gold flakes makes them even more appealing.

red nails with gold flakes
Credit: casey__johnson

Whether you’re dressing up for a night out on the town or just trying to spruce up your everyday look, one of these goth or emo nail designs is sure to help you achieve an edgy appearance.

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