Nails inspired by The Night Circus

Black and white has long been my favorite color combination. Checkered. Striped. Blocked. Polka dotted. Swirled. I just think these two colors look fantastic together. It’s a classic combo. They are opposites. Yin and yang. There is no starker contrast. We pack a lot of meaning into the duality of these colors. Light versus dark. Two sides of an issue. Good versus evil. They make everything in our world appear simpler than it actually is.


Black and white nail art


Makes you wonder why Erin Morgenstern decided to wrap her fantastical circus in a world of black and white, doesn’t it? What significance do you believe the color palette of The Night Circus holds for its characters?

The Night Circus belongs to the fall, specifically to October. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I encourage you to do so sometime soon. You won’t regret it! Whether you’ve read it or not, these nails are the perfect way to salute the Le Cirque des Reves. There’s a touch of spookiness to them that’s on point for the season. Give them a try!

Your black and white nails will probably be different from my black and white nails. There are so many striking ways to combine the colors, so use your imagination! Try simple stripes for something easy or a more intricate pattern if you want to try something advanced. I’ve included some ideas here for you, so use them as inspiration or do the same exact design. Whatever you’re into!


Black and white nails


You can achieve black and white nails with just the brushes your nail polish comes with, if that’s what you’re working with. Seriously, even if you just do alternating nails, that will look amazing! If you want to try more detail, some tools you might consider using to create your designs are:

  • nail stylus
  • toothpick
  • fine point brush
  • tape

Have fun with it!


Black and white Night Circus Nails


Did you know that The Night Circus got its start with Erin Morgenstern participating in NaNoWriMo? One hell of a success story, right? If you’ve not heard of it before, NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) is a chance to use the entire month of November to write a 50,000 word draft of a novel. You can track your progress and earn badges along the way. I won’t be jumping in this year since I already have a few other projects I’m working on, but if you’d like to sign up or learn more, check out the NaNoWriMo website. I highly recommend it!


The Night Circus nail art


Enjoy your spooky October!




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