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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shannon on

The first time i saw Jessica wearing the black nails i decided to try it also.The next day i went it to get my nails done.As she put the polish on i was a little worried it wouldnt look right,but ever since then ive been sporting the black nails. I LOVE IT!!!

Claire Mc Hugh on

black nail varnish is vry cool n i think it luks really well and classy with of course the right outfit!!

Jordon on

hey omg i love black nail polish. i have some o write now. but will you pleasee send me an email at and tell me if it’s ohk to wear it on your toes. because i know it looks good on your nails but what about your toes?!??

with the answer

thanks. byee

peppermint patty on

you can still get the chanel polish in australia.
i saw it on monday.
i wear opi onyx. its hot. but before that i just wore whatever balck polish i could find over the years. its another perfect example of fashion going full circle oh and a whole lot of people wanting to be hardcore hehehe.
don’t let fashion make you – you should make your own fashion xx

Dazys on

how annoying to those of us that have always worn black nail polish, that all of a sudden its become a ‘fad’. Trust a celeb to mess up a cool, underground, sometimes artsy, sometimes goth look and turn it into a short lived trend that every other girl and her mother are wearing. SIGH

Asahina on

I had my nails painted black when i was in highschool… i was part of a progressive youth group and we did it as a ministry tool… odd i know but it worked… kids at school would come up to us to ask us if we were into witch craft… and we would spin it on them that we were into jesus… i loved the look and carried it into college but once i got into the real world… you know the work world… i couldnt wear it anymore… its fine for a weekend hanging out with friends… but do not do not do not bring it into monday morning meeting with the boss… its not professional and its trashy in the business world… get over what ever hot trend is right now… it will come back in three months anyways… as “the new thing that no one has done before”… find your own trend and stick to it…

Bethany on

Looks like Jessica’s sister Ashlee is having an influence on her…..Ashlee was wearing black polish way before it was ‘cool’…Way to set a trend, little sis!

kristin on

I disagree with half the comments regarding “it used to be gothic!” Black does not make one gothic, ESPECIALLY not black nails. If you recall, black has been trendy for quite a while. In the late 90’s people suddenly became afraid of the word “goth” and assoiciated it with everything black and it became taboo, but made a comeback circa 2005.

As for the person who commented on always wearing black nail polish and it being ruined–you don’t own black nail polish. You shouldn’t get offended when other people start to wear it.

On a last note, pale and black nails does not look like you’re trying to be “goth.” The ‘classic’ look (aka pale)is extremely chic. Black nail polish is chic. Chic + chic = ultrachic. Duh. If anything, being extremely tan and wearing black nail polish looks bad.

Brandi on

I love the look of black nail polish. People may think it is “gothic” or “goth” but i think it’s classy paired with the right outfit and looks really good.

fez on

she looks cute

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