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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Elaine O'Brien on

It’s black nail varnish, get over it!!!

candy on

I just love Jessica. I always have. I’m an individual, like most, however, Jessica does have a good fashion head on her shoulders as far as brands and labels go. She’s Just going through a rough spot, like we all do! ps-I own a boutique and its a mandatory rule that all employees wear black nail polish! (j/k) it’s not mandatory, however, we all do, wear the black polish!!! : )

Susan on

I really like dark nail polish for the fall. You do have to keep your nails short for it to look the best. I recently put OPI’s Lincoln Park after Dark on my toes and it looks wonderful. This trend is one I will keep for the rest of the season.

Angie Turner on

I have always liked the black nails look. I am glad that someone is finally trying it out.

katgrrrl on

Elaine O’Brien, LMAO! I’ve been wearin’ black nail polish since I was 10 back in 1980 (whew! times flies)! I loved it then and I love it now. Although then and throughout my high school/punk rock years, I couldn’t wait for it to start chipping. Now, when I wear it, no more chips (although I’m still into my punk rock stuff). My black nails have to be perfect. Polished, if you will.

KS on

I LOVE the look! I use Chanel’s Black Satin for the pure black but if you want something with a touch of sparkle and color Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Revamp is incredible!

Jill Lattanzi on

I love it!!! Maintain the classy look with a daily coat of clear. It will stop it from chipping and look fresh!

Sam on

I thought this article was a hoot. I am currently wearing black nail enamel after having gone to a Halloween costume party as Death Warmed Over last weekend. I had no idea my $2 Wet n Wild costume nail color would show up in Off the Rack this week! Who needs $50 nail color? Hit the Halloween super store!

christine quimbo on

I love the look of black nail polish… even before Jessica Simpson wore it. If you don’t want to go too shiny black, OPI’s Black Satin is a beautiful black with a touch of shimmery silver gray.

Mari on

I wear black all the time, don’t give a $#@! about the “trend” of nail polish.

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