August 31 2014

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Walk Down the Aisle Wearing a Piece of History


Walker + Walker—a new Brit beauty brand conceived by Rococo Nail Apparel’s sister duo, Ange and Vernice Walker—knows how to make an entrance. The range of bespoke lacquers dubbed Exhibitionist launched in tandem with Victoria & Albert’s much-anticipated Wedding Dresses: 1775-2014 exhibit that opened this month in London. For its capsule collection, Love and Romance, the sisters were inspired by some of the world’s most astonishing bridal gowns—worn by equally astonishing women (including Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani, and more). They also closely looked at dresses from centuries past, including the striped cream silk number patterned with floral sprigs belonging to 19th-century It girl Eliza Larken.

All six varnishes ($24 each) were created with the big day in mind. Halo, Serendipity, and Love’s Young Dream are classic and demure pastels. But for the bold bride, or perhaps the after-party, there are three hues that pack significantly more punch: Unconventional (coral), Wed in Red (crimson), and Exotica (a plum similar to Dita Von Teese’s purple iridescent Vivienne Westwood gown, worn when she wed Marilyn Manson in 2005). Also included in the lineup is the Rose Diamond Treatment Basecoat ($28), formulated with rose oil and diamond dust to strengthen tips. And like a bouquet, the rose scent lasts for hours. The Sterling Silver Veil Topcoat ($34) boasts real silver particles to add a subtle bit of bling to your basic manicure and reflects the longstanding aristocratic tradition of weaving sterling-silver thread into a bride’s veil. While not all of the marriages showcased at the museum ended in happily ever after, these classic colors, treatment, and special effect are designed to stand the test of time.

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The 411: Rococo Nail Apparel’s Ange And Vernice Walker


Rococo Nail Apparel may only be a few years old, but the sisters behind it, Ange and Vernice Walker, have been in the beauty biz for over a decade, doling out manicures behind the scenes on music videos and during London fashion week. Their forward-thinking brand landed stateside in 2009 courtesy of Space NK, and we’ve been smitten ever since. This year saw the birth of the colorful Geisha collection and the duo’s Nude Wardrobe, an array of flesh-toned basics that became an integral part of Spring’s neutral manicure madness. Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting the sisters Walker know that they are as cool as the polishes they dream up. Here, they divulge their own favorite beauty essentials for pro tips and beyond.


The Nail Routine: Personal Best

“I’ve been massaging in our Essential Nail Oil as it’s started to get colder. Ange gave me a really flattering shape—the almond nail is on trend at the moment so I will keep the length this winter—and I’ve been wearing our The Darkest Emerald as an alternative to the dark reds and blacks of the season. I like to experiment with colors so I really love to put our Gold Leaf Lacquer on top.”

Rococo Nail Apparel, available at Space NK,

The Makeup Must-Haves: YSL and Lipstick Queen

“I love makeup, it’s like my armor. I have a thing about eyeliner; it’s something I wouldn’t leave the house without! Makeup artist Fred Letailleur introduced me to YSL’s False Lash Effect Cream Eyeliners as they are great to wear all day. Deep Black is really black and the brush makes it easy to apply. When I am feeling brave I enjoy wearing color on my lips. Lipstick Queen’s Red Sinner is the perfect matte red and has a silky feel.”

Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner, $25,; Lipstick Queen Sinner Red, $18,

The Complexion Perfector: Dermalogica

“I have a simple routine and I like to stick to what I know! I’m a Dermologica fan and use their Special Cleanser, Multi-Active Toner, and Active Moist Moisturizer every day. Two or three times a week I use the Daily Microfoliant to exfoliate and brighten my skin.”

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Rococo Nail Apparel Is Learning Japanese


Last time we checked in with Rococo Nail Apparel’s Ange and Vernice Walker, they were revolutionizing the nude nail movement with a six-piece collection of “nail foundations” for fall—which, it should be noted, should still be in heavy rotation come spring. (Burberry’s Christopher Bailey had models’ fingertips painted with the neutral shades at his show in September.) The sister act’s holiday release is decidedly more colorful, though, inspired as it is by Japan and the country’s mysterious, theatrical courtesan tradition. The Geisha collection is composed of five enticing options: Deadly Nightshade, a dark ballpoint blue; The Darkest Emerald, a glimmering teal green; Hypnotic Luxe, a bright magenta; Flower Town, a ballerina pink; and New Geisha Luxe, a metallic mushroom. We’re particularly fond of lacquering the shimmering New Geisha on nails and reserving the ultra-feminine, dense pink Hypnotic for toes.

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