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The 411: Essie Weingarten

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Essie Weingarten could be considered the godmother of modern nail lacquer. The eponymous line she founded in New York City way back in 1981 after quitting her job as a buyer for Henri Bendel has, in the decades since, grown to be as ubiquitous a presence at mani/pedi spots as an emery board or pumice stone. What began with a dozen gorgeous, cleverly named lacquers has grown into a flagship salon that opened this summer and a coterie of over 900 shades (Weingarten predicts the plum Recessionista and the green-black Stylenomics will be hits this fall), which can be found gracing the fingertips of women the world over. Serving at the helm of a massive nail company means that Weingarten is very particular about her own tips—”I change my nail color once a week (in the winter every Friday, and Thursday in the summer) and my toe polish every other week,” she admits. Her go-to shape? “Sqoval” (that’s a cross between square and oval). But while Essie the brand is global, Essie the woman likes to keep it local when it comes to her go-to beautifying destinations. Here, Weingarten shares a few of her favorite New York pampering outposts.



The Hair Helper: Steven Rice at Samuel Shriqui
“I haven’t colored my hair in years; I just love the ease of keeping it natural. For my haircuts, I go to the Samuel Shriqui Salon to see Steven Rice, and when I’m out in the Hamptons I go to Xavier at the Xavier salon; love him!”
For more information, visit www.samuelshriqui.com and www.salonxavier.com.

The Nail Artisan: Josephine Allen
“I only go to the Essie flagship salon; after all, it has my name on the awning! I’ve been going to see Josephine Allen for years now; she was at the salon a long time before it became our flagship and she has trained all of our technicians.”
37 E. 65th St., NYC, (212) 473-6805.

The Brow Tamer: The Core Club
“I always go see the amazing Dominique at the Core Club. She’s only in New York a few days a month.”
The Core Club, 66 E. 55th St., (212) 486-6600, www.thecoreclub.com.

The Skin Saver: Dr. Arnold Tobak
“My dermatologist Dr. Arnold Toback is the best. I credit him for making me absolutely diligent about my yearly skin checks and of course wearing SPF daily.”
2 E. 69th St., NYC, (212) 737-1440.

The Muscle Relaxer: Carla Gargano
“I have the most amazing massage therapist, Carla Gargano; she works both in the city and the Hamptons.”
For more information, visit www.hamptonsmassagetherapist.com.

The Destination Spa: The Wynn in Las Vegas
“I like to spend an entire day in the spa at the Wynn in Las Vegas. I love everything on the treatment menu; I just go there and get the works.”
For more information, visit www.wynnlasvegas.com.

The Green Grocer: Provisions
“I go to Provisions in Sag Harbor for my natural food store and The Juicy Naam for my juice fix; I tend to favor anything fruity and bright-colored.”
For more information, visit www.provisionsnaturalfoods.com and www.thejuicynaam.com.

The Makeup Bag Must-Haves: Prestige or Bust
“The three products I can’t do without are YSL’s Touche Eclat, Lancôme Definicils mascara, and Lancôme’s Lash Booster.”
YSL Touche Eclat, $40, www.yslbeautyus.com; Lancôme Definicils Mascara, $26, and Cils Booster XL, $23, www.lancome-usa.com.

The Signature Scent: Double Trouble
“I actually have two. It’s a toss-up between Ralph Lauren’s Safari and Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle.”
Ralph Lauren Safari, $69.50, www.macys.com; Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, $64, www.chanel.com.

The Caffeine Fix: Sant Ambroeus
“We cannot live without Sant Ambroeus—both in the city and out east.”
Visit www.santambroeus.com for locations.

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

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