August 31 2014

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The 411: Charlotte Knight of Ciaté


Nail-polish disciples owe the U.K. a certain debt of gratitude, as the city has birthed some of the most progressive brands around—Rococo, Butter, Illamasqua, and Nails Inc. among them. But if there is one London label that has singlehandedly changed how we think about texture, it’s Ciaté. The name is an acronym for Color, Innovation, Aspiration, Trend, and Extraordinary, and is the brainchild of super-savvy founder and creative director Charlotte Knight. Born in London, Knight moved to Ireland in her twenties, where, despite having no formal nail training, she would open a widely successful chain of nail bars before taking her expertise back to her home city. The creator of the caviar manicure seen on many a fashionable fingertip (Rihanna et al), Knight has introduced the eager beauty masses to the world of 3-D DIY nail art, sequins, and even velvet tips. Here, just in time for LFW, we asked Knight to share some of her hometown primping favorites.

The Preferred Polish: Ciaté
“My favorite launch to date is our Caviar Manicure, as we really pushed the boundaries of nail art to create this finish. Now the challenge is to keep exploring new textures and finishes, so we keep our authority as nail innovators.”

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The Face Place: Sarah Chapman
“I absolutely love Sarah Chapman’s amazing facials. I have to travel so much for Ciaté, and my skin can get really dehydrated. The great thing about Sarah Chapman is that she creates bespoke facials for all her clients, and I always leave her Chelsea salon feeling detoxed and glowing.”
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The Decompressing Destination: The Grove Spa
“My absolute favorite place for relaxing and revitalizing is The Grove Spa in Hertfordshire; I always feel invigorated after a visit. The Grove has the most blissful surroundings, and the spa treatments are heavenly.”
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The Mane Man: Neil Woolley
“I’ve been going to Neil at Percy & Reed for cut and color for years. I completely trust him to know exactly what suits me, and I’ll always follow his advice. The salon is gorgeous, and I feel special and pampered every time I go.”
Percy & Reed, 157C Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London;

The Nail Know-It-All: David Barton
“My other favorite thing about Percy & Reed is David Barton. David is one of the best nail technicians in the industry, and it’s always been important for me to have manicured nails. No matter what I’m wearing, if my nails are done, I feel stylish and confident. Nails are my favorite fashion accessory!”
Percy & Reed, 157C Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London; .

The Skin Savers: Clarisonic and By Terry
“Clarisonic is amazing for everyday deep cleansing—my skin always feels clean, bright, and even-toned after I use it. I also love the Soins Purifiant range from By Terry. Their Grain De Rose is perfect for an instant beauty boost!”
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The Eau Mega: Escentric Molecules
“This is my all-time favorite fragrance. It has a deep, woodsy scent, which blends beautifully and always makes me feel incredible. I wear it every single day.”
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The Eye Opener: Shu Uemura Lashes
“Their false eye lashes are amazing. I buy all of mine from there and always pop in to have them professionally applied before a special event.”
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The Style Stop: Liberty London
“I find any excuse to visit Liberty; I just love everything about the store—from the design to the amazing sophisticated brands. Every time I go, they have something new to look at, and I adore their retro and vintage display units.”
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The Great Escape: The Maldives
“I don’t get the chance to take much time off, so when I do, I really just want to relax and spend time with my family. The Maldives is the most peaceful and beautiful place I have ever been. The beaches are incredible, and I just spend all day playing in the sand with my daughter.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Ciate

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