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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Meredith on

omg girl….its tight~!

Andrea on

Okay so the black nail polish is O.K. I agree with a previous poster.. I think you need to have a nice tan or otherwise if you’re pale you might look gothic. Also, I have always heard that if you wear extremely dark polish that when you take it off your nails will have turned yellow. Is this true? I heard it even happens if you put a clear coat of polish underneath.

Shasha on

Do you really think Jessica does her own nails. She is so fake her dad is her maneger/commender from heck and jessica wears it and it becomes a trend? Puh-lease a lot of other celebs have been doin it for a while aka Keira Knightly, Nicole Richie,and alot of other people.I’ve been doing this forever as well so just because a fake-o like Jessica Simpson we should too? You should do it ’cause you want too,not cause it’s a trend

Melissa on

I don’t care who wears black nail polish…who ever does has problems. Unless your trying to be creepy don’t wear it.

cassie deangelis on

the black nail polish looks awesome!!!

Stacy on

who cares? tons of people wear balck nails and she is defintly not the frist

Olivia on

FYI sweet lily: I just got my Chanel black satin yesterday & I am loving it. Nordstrom got another shipment & I was on the waiting list, so I guess it does pay off to wait for great things!

Malorie on

I love Jessica and this trend looks very classy on her. I plan on trying it but i don’t think it will look as good on me.

Erica on

I’ve had black nail polish in my beauty bag for years. I am not goth either. My mom used to wear it in the 70’s, so did my grandmother! It’s not as extreme as people think. But when I used to wear it in HS people were so “shocked” Ha! It’s just a color! I stopped wearing it for a while since my 90’s teen years, but now that it’s in style I just did them a week ago. Didn’t have to buy it, just went took it out of my makeup bag. And it’s not chanel, it’s the cheapo brucci that I’ve literally had for years just sitting there and works just fine (not messed up after so long!).
Save your money and buy a cute outfit, or buy chanel lipsticks instead (they’re worth the 29 bucks) Nail polish isn’t!!
Do a base coat, three thin coats and a top coat. The key to keeping them neat is when they chip just paint that chip, not the whole nail. It’s so dark it will blend right in. And have fun girls, remember this is all for fun anyway.

Jennifer on

Wow Melissa. Way to judge a book by it’s cover! I had pink hair in college and my friend was a punk guy with multiple piercings who wore chains. He also did not do drugs, had a straight A average and was the most gentle person in the world. To say people who wear black nail polish have “problems” is laughable! I am a pretty tame surburban chick now, but I would never judge someone just cause they like to experiment with their look. Talk about discrimination!

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