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Nails’ New Naked Ambition


Sand, flesh, taupe—whatever you want to call it, the nail color that cropped up on many a fingertip at the Spring 2011 collections wasn’t much of a color at all. At Marc Jacobs, Creative Nail Design crafted foundation-hued manicures; at Narciso Rodriguez, Deborah Lippmann topped beige nails with a coat of shiny shimmer; at Erin Fetherston, the polish of choice was Dashing Diva’s Chelsea in the Buff; and at Prabal Gurung, the glimmering nude Without a Stitch from the designer’s collection for Sally Hansen was accented by a narrow stripe of coral. This new breed of nail lacquers is a big departure from Spring’s traditional candy colors, but after many months of crimsons, purples, and grays, it’s a welcome palette cleanser. Along with go-to barely-there shades like NARS Candy Darling and Butter London’s Yummy Mummy (Alexander Wang’s backstage favorite), there are three new options to consider. Deborah Lippmann’s Naked is, as the name implies, a clean beige; it graced nails at both ADAM and Richie Rich, where it received a black accent nail (obviously). Creative Nail Design’s Perfectly Bare Pair is a limited-edition duo of perfect, peach-tinted lacquers in cream and shimmering finishes that can be worn alone or in tandem. And Essie’s Sand Tropez is a warm limestone that will no doubt prove to be an easy transition for all you greige devotees. Sometimes, it’s the most subtle statements that speak the loudest.

Deborah Lippmann Naked lacquer, $16,; Creative Nail Design Perfectly Bare Pair, $20,; Essie Sand Tropez, $8, at salons nationwide.

Photo: Gianni Pucci / at Marc Jacobs; Courtesy of Deborah Lippman; Courtesy of CND; Courtesy of Essie

Jerry And Georgia, Like Mother, Like Daughter; Emma Watson Acts Out; And More…


Proper skincare is apparently a family affair for the Jaggers, as mother Jerry Hall and daughter Georgia May headed down under this week to fête Invisible Zinc, the Aussie sunscreen line whose ad visuals the two women front. So that’s how Hall manages to look so good makeup-free. [Daily Mail]

The blogosphere erupted when actress Emma Watson lopped off her hair into a pixie this summer, and apparently the shearing was in fact an act of rebellion. In the December issue of Vogue U.K., the Harry Potter actress reveals that she was “contractually obligated” to keep her hair long and refrain from getting a tan to play pasty-faced Hermione Granger. [E! Online]

Fans of CND’s long-lasting Shellac polishes will be pleased to know that the two-week manicure line will add 12 more colors to its chip-free offerings next year. [BellaSugar]

Another thing to look forward to in 2011? A new version of Issey Miyake’s famed L’Eau d’Issey—a floral adaptation that looks essential for Spring. [Grazia]

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Jason Wu Gets Into The Beauty Game


Jason Wu and CND are consummating their eight-season-long relationship with a new limited-edition nail polish collection. A milestone for the designer and the nail company (this is Wu’s first foray into the U.S. beauty market and CND’s first designer collaboration), the four-piece range is also exciting news for lacquer lovers: It will add four new colors and one new effect to CND’s popular Colour & Effects line, which gives manicure enthusiasts the opportunity to beef up a selection of base coats with different top coats that impart sparkles and texture or a matte or high-gloss finish. The palette includes Miss Wu, Jason’s signature warm limestone gray that dries matte with a subtle chrome sheen; Brigitte, a retro pink; Sophia, a taupe-y mushroom; and Veronica, a blue-based oxblood red. The varnishes come packaged with a bottle of the clear Anna Effect, which has fibers in it for an almost tweed-like look. The collection won’t be available in stores until next May, but guests at his show this afternoon will receive a complimentary set on their seats. If Wu’s Spring presentation wasn’t already on your must-attend list, you should probably do some rearranging ASAP.

Photo: Courtesy of CND

Two Shows Down, Two Moon Manicures In The Books


After last season’s East London-fueled nail art explosion (think Gareth Pugh, Henry Holland, PPQ, and J. Maskrey), we had a hunch that Spring would prove equally exciting in the lacquer department. Having seen two shows already today, it appears as though the trend will indeed continue on. At Vena Cava, Butter London’s Nonie Crème broke out the press-on nails. “Because they’re not actually on your hand, you can play with the polish a bit more,” said Crème. She did so by using two coats of her greige Yummy Mummy and one coat of Black Jack on the moon portion of each nail. (Pro tip: Use fake nails that are pre-glued rather than those that require manual adhesive applications, and removal is easy with a few quick drops of baby oil!) Over at Ruffian, where Brian Wolk and Claude Morais have made the moon manicure their trademark for the last few years, CND’s Amanda Fontanarrosa brought in pre-prepped nails that boasted a custom-blended “flawless” ivory base with black moons and tips. The pièce de résistance? Each model’s ring finger got a hand design in the form of the Ruffian logo. Ladies, to your nail pens!

News Flash: Chipped Nail Polish To Go The Way Of The Walkman


This, dear readers, is a photo of my nails—not two minutes after a manicure, but two weeks after a trip to the salon. What kind of deal with the devil did I have to make to maintain pure chip-free red polish for 14 whole days without reapplying or touching up? None, thanks to CND’s Shellac, a new hybrid nail technology that applies like a polish, stays on like a gel, and dries instantly (literally, I rifled through my bag only seconds after I had this done and there was no smudging nor regretful mutterings of expletives). Here’s how it goes down: The professional system has a base coat, a 12-piece color line to choose from, and a top coat—all of which are “3-Free” so they’re completely devoid of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. After each step, nails go under a special UV lamp to seal every layer; what you’re left with is a completely perfect, glistening paint job. The key point of difference is the removal process, which involves individual acetone-drenched pads that fasten to your fingertips and loosen the polish in ten minutes without the need of soaking, drilling, or filing. My aesthetician did have to use a wooden cuticle tool and a little elbow grease to completely remove all remnants of Tropix, the scarlet lacquer I chose, but my nail bed didn’t experience the kind of damage I’ve come to associate with plain old UV gels and other commercial systems. The only downsides are that a) there’s no at-home version of the system (yet) and b) turns out, I kind of like the look of chipped polish so this was almost too flawless a finish for me! If you do happen to be in the market for precision, though, Shellac rolls out to salons nationwide in May. Click here to find a participating location near you.