August 22 2014

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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Deborah Lippmann


Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and founder of Deborah Lippmann nail lacquers and treatments

The Product: “I was a nail biter as a kid. My mom tried to get me to stop, saying your hands say a lot about you when somebody looks at you. Still, I couldn’t stop biting my nails, no matter how hard I tried. When I grew up, I started studying music; I wanted to be a jazz singer. I eventually landed my first performing gig and I remember being in a rehearsal and my voice coach saying, ‘What’s going on with those hands? You can’t hold a mike near your face with those hands.’ He took me to a manicurist who gave me porcelain nails—those were the artificial nails of the time. When I walked out, I went from having short and stubby nails to these long, almond-shaped nails. I couldn’t believe the difference in how I felt. I was ashamed of my hands, and now every time I looked down, I felt better about myself. It took some time, but I eventually stopped biting my nails; wearing the artificial nails helped me grow them out. I wore red nail polish to begin with and then I got into French manicures, which I still love today. Biting my nails was such a hard habit to break. But there was something about the beauty of nail polish that made a difference.”

Photo: Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

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