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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ilovejohnmayer on

it looks horrible as soon as it starts to chip, though .

kelsey on

love it love it so much

Jennifer Gonzalez on

Im really digging the black nail polish. Its a huge contrast from your typical classic french manicure.Ive been wearing the color for quite some time. Just dont forget to wear nails short and square for an elegant look.Chipping make nails look dirty and skanky.By the way, Macys will be restocking Chanels Black Satin as early as next week so call immediately for your bottle for I have already reserved mine.For ladies that dont like black polish, a Macys personal shopper has informed me that Chanels Vamp Rouge Noir wich is a blackened red will be available soon also.Rouge noir came out in 1994 and was one of the most best selling polishes around.

Princ3zzC on

um i dont think its herrr style maybe pink n black

Sandy on

I love her….She looks good in anything!

Courtney on

Not Jessica’s style, she is too goody goody girly.

But I love the trend.

Taylor on

I think jessica looks good with black nails! Pink works too!

christine on

i love it i wear it all the time. it is fun and tendy.

Shakira on

Black is not a pretty color but it’s fun because it’s new to most people.

Peter C on

Sorry girls, you’re way behind the curve. Black nails have been fascinating me for over a decade. Dark and daring is what the world needs.

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