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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jo on

I have always worn black nail polish, and now that the trend is in, I will start doing my nail in some other color. I have always marched to the beat of my own drum, so now I guess I will paint my nails with polka-dots.

Rajaa on

I love it, the black satin from Chanel is the best balck polish, it’s so shiny and won’t chip. It’s a great look for this winter, everybody is wearing it here in France…

Joann on

I love it. Anything Jessica Simpson wears is awesome.

Mary on

Andi, there’s something admirable about a girl who goes and does her own thing. Be an individual…don’t go out and buy black nail polish because Jessica Simpson is wearing it. Girly girls don’t need to mimic every move a celebrity makes. If you like it, you like it. Period.



Alexandra on

Another nice dark color is Revlon shade #570 (Vixen) it’s a good, dark, reddish purple., it’s 4th from the left in the second row from the bottom; it’s a lot less purple in real life.

Angel1982 on

Did you know that a coat of silver or gold sparkled clear polish on top of the black looks really good? Looks like a starry night

lauren on

jess is amazing..she always looks great…just add this to the list!

Amber on

I don’t really like the black nails trend, it seems kind of goth like.

rt on

Also OPI Black Onyx is good, it is discontinued but I get it on Ebay at this store

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