September 2 2014

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A Moment Of Magical Minimalism


With nail trends erring on the side of nominal after a Spring show circuit that made nude varnishes the polish protocol of the season, we’re trying to adopt a less-is-more mentality with our manicures. There are certain things that we’ll never part with, of course, namely classic shades of cherry red and deep shades of aubergine and bordeaux. But there are simpler ways to add a touch of excitement to tips without going overboard, and YSL just came out with a great one. As part of its Northern Lights holiday collection, the brand’s creative director of makeup, Lloyd Simmonds, has created a brand-new bottle of La Laque Couture. No. 33 Première Neige is actually a clear topcoat, rather than a pure pigment polish, that is flecked with micronized violet, midnight blue, and emerald shimmer in homage to the lunar highlights of the Aurora Borealis. It can be applied over any base—even shades of nude, if you’d like. We’ve become accustomed to wearing it on a clean nail, though, so that what appears as an unlacquered finger gives off a fleeting flash of sparkle when caught in a moment of reflection. It’s minimalism, at its most magical.

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Photo: Courtesy of YSL Beaute

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