The 411: Zoe Pocock-------
In the annals of nail art history, Zoe Pocock plays a prominent role. The creative and technical whiz logged time as the head manicurist at a slew of cool London salons, Daniel Galvin and Windle & Moodie among them, before turning her attention to editorial work (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, et al.) and celebrity clients like Adele. That’s right; she of the incredible pipes and always-gorgeous talons is a Pocock regular; ditto Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, and, wait for it, Barbra Streisand. While Pocock earned a flurry of breathless accolades back in 2006 when she debuted the Louboutin manicure (a black nail with a bright red stripe underneath the tip, just like the sole of the famous shoes), it is in her role as creative director of Nail Rock that has left a lasting impression on the beauty world. The brand’s innovative nail wraps have become number one in the U.K., and Pocock has collaborated on special-edition versions with Meadham Kirchhoff (see image at left) and Mulberry. Here, as the Olympics continue to bring the world’s attention to London, Pocock shares some of her hometown beautifying favorites.
The Cool Colorist: Amanda Sheridan
“Although I’m very fair naturally, I do like to be gray in hair color. Amanda has always made me feel amazing through my hair.”
Daniel Galvin Junior Salon, 4 West Halkin St., Belgravia; www.danielgalvinjunior.com.
The Yoga Hot Spot: So Hot
“I visit a studio wherever I travel within London. Bikram is key for anyone who travels and works a lot to better the mind and body. It is Lady Gaga’s favorite, too.”
So Hot Bikram Yoga Studio, 1 Vandon Passage, Victoria; www.sohotbikramyoga.co.uk.
The Face Place: Sanctuary
“Their oxygen and collagen facial is my answer to facial heaven. Flying a lot dehydrates my skin terribly. After this facial I feel absolutely brand-new.”
The Sanctuary Spa, 12 Floral St., Covent Garden; www.thesanctuary.co.uk.
The Friendly Finger-Painter: David Barton
“I wouldn’t have my hands and feet tended to by anyone else. We trained together with Marian Newman all those years ago and I still miss working with him. We’ve both gone our own ways in the industry but still have great fun together when we catch up.”
Percy and Reed Salon, 157C Great Portland St., Marylebone; www.percyandreed.com.
The Luxe Lashes: Sue Marsh
“I tend not to wear makeup so waking up with long, tinted blue lashes gives me that confidence I need to carry on all day.”
Sue Marsh Lash treatment at Cosmetics a la Carte, 19b Motcomb St., Knightsbridge; www.cosmeticsalacarte.com.
The Liquid Asset: Crussh
“Fresh juices are a new craze of mine. Regular wheatgrass shots in the mornings keeps me feeling bright and breezy.”
See www.crussh.com for locations.
The Signature Scent: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
“It’s my favorite. I can’t wear heavy scents and this one is light, fruity, and fresh. And it reminds me of when I first smelled it on my gran many years ago.”