How to Get Black Nails Like Jessica

10/26/2006 at 06:00 AM ET

Chanel’s most in-demand Black Satin nail polish, priced originally at $18, is selling for more than $50 on Ebay, making it an official beauty craze! Not since the brand’s dark Vamp nail polish hit in the mid-90’s have so many women ditched their light pink polish and gone for the dark side. Not just for teens, black polish looks chic and sophisticated on all ages. But darker polish does require a little bit more finesse. We’ve got a few pointers to help you wear it well — and how to get the look for less. Click through to the next page to see our tips.Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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1. Black polish looks best on short, square nails. Go too long or too pointy, and you look more like Elvira than fashionista.

2. Chips in dark polish are much more apparent. A protective top coat, like Barielle Manicure Extender, will help keeping your digits look perfect.

3. To get the color consistent across your nail, try 2-3 coats over a good basecoat, like Seche Base, $7. One coat will end up looking too streaky.

4. If you don’t feel like breaking the bank for the Chanel Black polish, try getting the look for less with Urban Decay Perversion Polish, $5 or Essie Licorice, $7.

5. If black is a little too dramatic for you, try a dark red like Nars Chinatown, $15, or a deep plum, like Essie Charleston, $7.

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Rita on

I don’t know if it exists in the US but in Portugal we have a great (I mean really great) brazilian polish called Risqué Niasi and it costs around 2,50€, which I think it’s almost the same in dollars. They don’t have a black one but they have one called Café Brasileiro (Brazilian Coffee), which is a brown so dark that it looks like black. I’m fifteen and here we have had lots of emos lately so at first I thought it looked really dramatic and gothic but then I saw it on Scarlett Johansson when she made her appearence on Justin Timberlake’s videoclip “What Goes Around”, and I thought: “Wow! She looks really elegant!”, so I trade my lipstick red and my dark red for it and I love it! I wear it on my medium hand nails and on my toes too and it matches every single outfit I have! You just have to take care because it lasts very little and when it starts to chip you look really trashy.

Rachel on

The black kinda scares me. It too gothic and Im not into that stuff anymore.

Carly on

Love it! I’m totally gonna wear black nails for Back to School! I don’t give a spleef what anyone thinks! I’m unique, and uniqueness ROCKS!

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