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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betty sue on

OMG how amzin is jessica she is just so awesome!!:) u go girl

Sam on

I think it looks really cool

PurdyGurl on

Revlon’s “Vixen” is my all-time favorite dark polish – very french.

jessica on

ive been paniting my nails black for a while so its nothing new to me


I DIG IT!!!!!

jessica on

I found an affordable black satin nail polish by Rimmel in drugstores

reba on

Nail polish for $50 bucks give me a break…try wet-n-wild 99 cents.

Belinda on

Totally luvin it!


she needs to re-color it !! ı hope :)

Refried on

I find it quite interesting that people try so hard to defend their choice in style, and yet put down that of others. Stop pretending you do it only for yourself and that you don’t care. The truth is that you (those who negatively stereotype “trendy folk”) DO care. You care NOT to be trendy because you are superior to those who conform to trend, yet you conform to the un-trend. You care so much you will go to great lengths NOT to do anything the general public might find attractive for fear of being “normal” (what a sin that is). I mean think about it – you (as are the rest of us) are on of all places looking up trends from one of today’s most currently trendy names – Jessica Simpson! Stop trying to be offended. If you just don’t like the current trendy look and are experimenting with your own style, good for you. But don’t put down others who like to go with the current trend.
Oh, and black nails? Not the biggest fan – not sure if it would look good on me, but am always surprised when celebrities can pull things off the way I’ve seen them pull off black nails. Kind of like “Jem and Holograms” – they made long blue hair look completely normal and beautiful.

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