NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 16: Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are seen on October 16, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

After years of detailed nail art, the hottest manicure of the season is refreshingly understated. As seen on the likes of Hailey Bieber, Adele and Megan Fox in recent weeks, the most popular shade of the moment is actually a simple, solid black.

As makeup looks are increasingly leaning towards a late 90s cybergoth aesthetic – see also: the black lipstick trend – it seems nails will follow suit, with deeper and darker shades set to dominate our digits.

Kourtney Kardashian, who has really been living out her goth girl fantasy this year, opted for a glossy black manicure only days ago, which will now be forever immortalised in those engagement snaps from drummer beau Travis Barker‘s loved-up proposal.

As the star’s manicurist Kim Truong revealed on Instagram, Kardashian chose The GelBottle Inc™’s Jet Black shade. Prior to trying on solid black for size, Truong also gave the reality star a micro French manicure with ebony tips in place of the classic ivory shade.

Bieber has also been dipping her digits into the black nail design trend, as the model posted a picture to her Instagram account recently wearing a similar solid, glassy black hue to Kardashian.

Also like the future Mrs. Barker, the moody midnight shade provided the perfect neutral backdrop for the impressive diamond sparkler on her ring finger.

Fox chose the subdued shade for her Boohoo campaign, which she debuted earlier this week. In the accompanying imagery, Fox is seen with a long almond-shaped manicure in a single uniform shade of black.

Even Adele has been almost exclusively wearing the deep black shades during the promotion for her new album. Like Fox, the singer was spotted rocking long black nails in a delicately rounded almond shape during a recent Instagram live with fans.

So if you’ve been feeling a little over the excessive nail art of late, why not try mixing it up with a black nail design next time you’re at the salon?

Hey, if it’s good enough for the Kardashian-Barker engagement album…

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