I did a little blog surfing and settled on a "fade to black manicure" that I found at Runway DIY. Here's how I did it:
1. Start with unpolished nails (even if they're scary like mine)
2. Paint them pink (or the non-black color of your choice)
3. Dab a teensy bit of black nail polish onto the base of the nail, then immediately paint over it with a clear top coat while the black polish is still wet. This step will turn your top coat's brush black, so make sure it's a cheap one that you don't care too much about.
And then you're finished! The hardest part for me was trying to apply the same amount of black to each nail so that it would spread out the same way every time I brushed the top coat over it. At fist I was a little bit frustrated that I couldn't make all my nails look the same, but by the fourth nail I had embraced the idea that it was more artsy if each nail looked unique.
I thought this was so fun that I'm thinking you will definitely be seeing more nail art from me in the future!