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

To see stars with dark nails and more hot looks for fall, click here for our Would You Wear These Beauty Trends gallery. For more beauty stories on Off The Rack, click here!

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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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your mom on

news flash celebfan….>Rachel Bilson is sporting the black polish too….

bethany on

the black nail polish looks either gothic OR trashy…

Mary on

Get over it already…rockers have been sporting dark nail polish for ages. Why is it suddenly new and trendy now that Jessica Simpson and others wearing it? Go out and pick a style that’s yours! Trends are overrated.

jenny on

What is she trying to Pull? Shes all makeup and plastic.

yourdadcameoverlastnight on

jennys jealous…
its ok to be..

Dallas on

I bought the OPI color Lincoln Park After Dark last fall when the dark colors were coming back in style and I have loved it ever since. It is a great color and I get tons of compliments on it. It is a great brand and is only $7.50.

Crystal Falobas on

well…see…im 15…almost 16….i am gothic..and now to see preppy people wearing black nail polish…its ok and im fine wit it bein a free country and all but see…you gotta give us goths credit…we finally got SOMETHING right…so stop criticizing us.

Tresca on

Jessica knows fashion like she knows how to work on a relationship!

andi on

im commenting on the statement Mary made, it’s trendy now because it’s sort of unusual to see a pink loving, girly girl wear black nails. it kind of expected to see rockers wearing it!!!!!!!!!! DUH

Jessica on

It looks sort of trashy and low rent

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