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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Nicky on

Love Love Love it!

Brittany on

I have always loved Jessica Simpson’s style so as soon as I saw her sporting the black nails quite a few months back i went out and bought some…i wear it on my toes and love it! back in the 90’s i thought it looked horrible and goth but now it looks really classy especially if you have the right outfit!

Karen on

Love the very dark nail polish – looks great – its a nice change from the light pink. I loved it in the mid 90s too! I am using Essie Sole Mate and its very close to black!

Mags on

FYI – OPI’s Black Onyx is just as pretty and going for a respectable price on eBay. (I got a bottle for $7.50 total with shipping)

And really – how many articles do we need on celebs wearing black nail polish?

beth on

I like it. However, if someone really pale wears it, it may look like you are trying to be gothic. And maybe you are; but if you have a decent tan, and a nice outfit, black nail polish can look elegant. I’ve been using Zoya Nail polish, and it’s a very dark purple – I love it! I find it matches just about everything I wear!

racheal on

Victoria Beckham has been wearing black nail polish long before Jessica-but it does look great on all!

laura on

yeah, it’s cute.

Laurie on

OPI’s “Black Tie Optional” is a great dark color as well. It looks black but it’s actually a deep deep purple. I actually have it on my short round nails right now. HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!!

Wendy O on

Short black nails are cute as long as you keep them up…there is nothing trashier looking than chipped away nail polish and the darker the color, the more it will show!

celebfan on

anything that stars like jessica simpson, paris hilton or lindsay lohan sport should not be deemed trendy. they all have hopeless and ridiculous fashion sense. For trends, we should look to timeless and classic icons such as jennifer aniston, courteney cox, gwyneth paltrow etc. For a wilder look, gwen stefani is great. Amongst young hollywood, rachel bilson is way better than most. Why on earth do we think people like lindsay lohan and jessica simpson are trendsetters when one wears unflattering oversized t-shirts and something that remotely resembles a glove on one hand and the others, who continues to think that mini skin hugging dresses are flattering, even after being criticized by the tabloids innumerable number of times???

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