How To: Dark Vampy Nail Trend For Winter/Fall

Darker nails, much like darker lipsticks make an appearance every year around the fall/winter season.  For a really long time, though, I won't even look at a darker nail colour.  I had tried a couple of plums and berries, and they just looked terribly dated and aging on my hands.  I would never have bothered going beyond the "safe" neutrals if not for a Lakme black nail polish I picked up instead of a liquid eyeliner.  I loved it, and I have been hooked to the dark nail trend ever since.  Black might not be everyone's first pick when it comes to a darker nail, but for a similar effect without the goth factor, a "vampy" shade would be just right.

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From the deep, dark, reddish-browns, burgundy, and plums to purples, browns, and even black, I lump just every dark, almost-black nail polish into this category.  Done right, I think vampy nails can look quite classic, and doing it right definitely isn't rocket science.  Start with scrubbed, clean well-moisturized hands and follow these basic steps.

1. Don't skip the base coat...or the top coat.  Base coats are a good idea with any nail polish, but this gets more important with the darker colors as they tend to discolor nails faster.  Also, because even the teeniest chip is so much more obvious on that fabulous dark nail polish, optional but definitely a good idea is also following up with a top coat.

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Currently using:  Essie All In One Base Coat and Sally Hansen Super Shine Top Coat
Wait for the base coat to dry completely before applying the nail polish to get the best finish.  Most times, I need at least 2 coats of a darker polish to get a good finish, and I apply each coat in thin layers and allow it to dry completely before adding on the next coat - and that's a safe rule to follow for all polishes!  Wait for the polish to dry completely and then finish off with a glossy, chip-resistant top coat.  I know I said a lot of "waits," and the next rule is just that!

2.  WAIT...some more!  Darker polishes tend to be thicker and dry slower, so if you want a perfect manicure, ensure that you have at least 20 minutes (to an hour) set aside where you won't be opening clutches and chopping fruits...or sleeping.  I have lost count of how many times I have woken up with "textured" nails!

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The only thing that works for me is to find a nice book and get reading - won't notice the time go by and I don't run the risk of ruining the wet polish.  Listening to music would work too - I tend to fall asleep that way, though, and we are back to the "textured nails" :P  Basically, stay hands-free for a good portion of an hour to keep your polish looking glossy and smooth.

3.  Keep it short and keep it clean.  This last one is sort of my personal preference.  I like to keep my nails short if I am sporting a darker nail color (okay, honestly, I like to keep them short all the time :P).  Recommended nail length:  About a 1/4 inch past the finger tip.  To avoid making the nail looks too stubby, keep the edges more rounded rather than a square tip.  Again, that's just my preference, but if you like longer nails and feel they look fabulous with that dark polish, go ahead!

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On my nails:  Chanel Accessoire
Since dark polishes are so awfully difficult to get off and tend to stain the skin edges around the nails so easily, I leave a teeny tiny bit of gap all around the edge as I apply the nail polish.  Another tip for cleaner edges, run a thin brush dipped in an acetone-based nail polish remover along the edges to clean up.

That's it - just 3 simple rules (if you can call them rules) that really make pulling off that vampy nail polish so much easier.  As for my current favorite dark nail polishes - last year it was all darker grey/black nails with an occasional dark purple, but this year is all about deep dark plums, berries, and variations on the oddly named but oh-so-popular oxblood.

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My favorite dark nail polishes this year
Chanel Provocation
Chanel Accessoire (looks quite different in the bottle/photo)
Chanel Rouge Noir
Chanel Malice
I tried a whole lot of Chanel nail polishes this year, starting with a lot of brighter/pastel shades and ending the year with some lovely dark ones.  Malice and Rouge Noir would definitely be my top picks for a perfect vampy nail, but every nail polish brand has at least a couple of lovely "vampies", so there is sure to be a color for everyone!

What about you - do you switch over to darker nails in the colder weather or do you prefer neutrals?  What's your favorite vampy shade?  Do share!