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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rocky on

Ipersonally think its beuatiful. i think itlooks great on jessica simpso n and it def. looks sexay on me

EChizzle on

Heartbreaker from the Lippman collection is Great. That nail polish was designed by Pat Benetar. Bath & Body sells the Lippman line.
I agree w/Angel1982 – Revlon’s Vixen is a winter color must have.

Carol Z on

It just isn’t Jessica. It takes from her true self and she needs to go back to the soft sensual colors that compliment her skin tones and hair. It looks like her sister Ashley is taking her old look and making it new.


Don’t let any man bring you down! They are not worth it, and there are too many fish in the sea!

Kelly on

I’ve been wearing this look a long time ago, finally people realized how cool it looks!!!!

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

lauren on

i love those nails i just had a baby girl9OCTOBER 19TH) and her name is apple rae jones i am 21 and have a 6 yr old girl megan! i am trying those my kids are like mommy u a witch!


ive been wearing black nailpolish since i was like 10. i love it sooooooo much. it never seemed gothic or anything on me, but on pale people, they have to watch out. maintaining it is soooo simple! i bought my black from a halloween store!! anything goes, right?!

beauty on

i think they’re cute, but not for every day polish

A.S. on

Love the black nails for Fall. Mine are painted black right now. Another great black polish is Sally Hansen *Hard as Nails* “Black Out” which sells at drug stores for about $6-$7.

Suzi Q on


Chelsea Levirs on

I hate how just becuase people that are famous wear things and then jsut becuase there famous people want to start wearing the same things… But I still like the black nail polish!

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