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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Lisa on

Wow, so people just discovered black nail polish… I wonder what color is it that I’ve been wearing for the last 30 years…

casey on

i love the black nails look, i have been painting my nails black since freshman year, trying to make it a fashion statement — i’m the farthest thing from “goth” or “punk” but i think the black gives an edgy touch to the clothes that i wear — now all my friends are wearing it — which can get annoying at times — but i’m glad the celebs are making it a norm so people don’t think i look goth!

Megan on

Try OPI’s black satin with white polka dots. Its adorable. I think some of the comments people have made on here are rude. Jessica is a positive female role model to some. She has gone through different stages through her life. However, we change to. You also have to think that we don’t have paparazzi in our faces 24/7. Celebrities hae to act a certain way and play a certain part. We can actaully go out with a person asking for an autograph.

T on

I dont get it…no one makes a big deal out of PINK nail polish why all the hype about BLACK nail polish?? And all of you posters that think its goth…hello since when was black just a goth color?? Does wearing purple make you Barney? Its just another color!

Macko54 on

I can’t get ovet all this chat about black nail polish!!
what’s the big deal. Black nail polish was in fashion before Jessica freakin Simpson started wearing it. I have been wearing for years ever since Uma Thurman wore ‘Rouge Noir’ nail polish in pulp fiction!!! That was way back in the early 90’s and as many of the others on here have stated punks and goths have been wearing it since time and memorium!!

It’s only nail polish guys lets keep it in perspective!

Emily on

Black nail polish has been around for quite sometime, and I’ve been wearing it, before it became ‘trendy hip Hollywood.’ Just because Lindsay Lohan or Jessica Simpson has been wearing it as of late, doesn’t mean it’s the NEW thing. I’m not gothic neither, I just like it on my nails. I preferably go for the dark looking colors, and black is one of them.

Courtney on

great, now i cant wear black nail polish anymore. i hate that so many preppy girly girls are wearing it, and now everyone thinks its cool all of a sudden. cheerleaders are wearing it at my school, for crying out loud! im sorry, but can you say POSER??

stina on

omg!!!! like so totally adorable!!!!!

Brooke on

Yeah black has been around forever. I painted my nails black in like 5 grade. Sorry Jess you didnt start this “trend” If I wanted to do it again I would buy the wet n wild $.99 bottle. Its not like its any differnet from the $50.00 and if it is who is really going to be at your nails with a magnifying glass…???

lili on

i luv dark nails

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