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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Sarah on

I have never liked the black nail polish look, for some reason it looks cheap to me.

jennifer on

its like so hot!!??!?!?!? lov it hate it gotta have it!!

Steph on

I heart the look…although the Ashlee Simpson poppy punk thing is so PLAYED OUT. I just wanted to say that Dr. Drew from Lovelines says that every Heroin addict he ever treated had black or purple nail polish……

Sarah B. on

Um, Excuse me??? Black nails have been going on for years!!! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Lots of people started doing this before sweet little Jessica did it, but does anyone care about them? No. So, let me get this strait…because Jessica started wearing black nails, it is now a “trend”?!? I really don’t understand that. People, listen…the “fashion” world does not revolve around HER. I wonder how many people actually follow her and do what she does. I cringe at the thought!!!

Christine on

I didn’t think it would look good, but guess what??

IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

candace on

I don’t see why we all have to go with a bunch of different trends. If you like something then try it, but if your just doing it because everyone else is what does that say about yourself?

Samantha on

I think it’s classy, as long as you follow the ‘rules’ – no chipping, short and rounded nails, etc. Deep dark reds (like a raisin color) are goregous too. However, I think such dark colors should be reserved for fall and winter; in the spring and summer they look gothic!

noa on

i’m from israel and here it started to be trendy too’ so like the red nail polish’ but on jessica it looks classy’ i neer thought that black nails canlook that good!!!

Melanie on

personally, i love black nails. Their sophisticated, but cool.
I really think Jessica Simpson is trying hard to change and we should give her another chance.

soleil on

i luv the black its sexay ha

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