06/11/2012 06:10 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DIY Nail Art: A French Manicure That Fades To Black

Kanye West, Theophilus London and Olivier Theyskens recently proved that Chanel's little black jacket isn't a classic piece reserved for ladies. And after discovering this matte black French manicure, I'm convinced that the dark hue can look just as polished (pun intended) on fingertips.

DIY nail art bloggers have raved this sleek mani created by Erika of the blog Chloe's Nails on every social media outlet known to man. However, many made a huge mistake when they assumed that it was done with black polish and a matte top coat. Erika reveals that the trick behind this black-on-black design is in fact purple polish. Read on for the three simple steps to recreate this look.

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Photos: Model on the Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2012 runway, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; OPI Lincoln Park After Dark; Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat; Chloe's Nails back to basics manicure.

First, prep nails with base coat. Then apply two coats of OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Matte (a dark plum shade). To finish, brush the nail tips with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat to achieve that glossy, high-shine affect.

What do you think about this matte black manicure? Would you wear it? Tell us in the comments section.

Meanwhile, check out this hot man-icure featuring Ryan Gosling, Robert Patterson and Pharrell.

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