48 posts tagged "Deborah Lippmann"
It’s hard to imagine that Deborah Lippmann’s dazzling career as one of fashion’s top manicurists actually started as a day job to support what was supposed to be her true calling as a jazz singer. Even her future husband, Jude Severin, a former manager at Birdland, a landmark jazz club in New York City, did not realize Lippmann could belt a tune until their second date, when she took him to a Knicks game…and then opened it by singing the National Anthem.
“I was the world’s worst waitress, so I figured if I went to cosmetology school, I could sit down all day and hold hands with people, then stand up and sing in clubs at night,” she reminisced during an appearance at Colette in Paris, before accepting an impromptu request to sing a few bars of her recent composition, “Until Your Dreams Come True,” for a small gathering of editors. (More on that song in a moment.) Fast-forward fifteen years: Lippmann counts Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o among her clients, and she’s tagged along on the Lady Gaga “rocketship” more times than she can remember. “She pushed me beyond what I ever thought I would do with a nail,” Lippmann laughed of the over-the-top pop star. When polish pro launched her eponymous nail color line, in 1999, she named her twenty-seven debut colors after favorite songs. Treatment products soon followed. (The Cure cuticle cream and Rich Girl hand cream are consistent top sellers.)
But back to that song: To celebrate her brand’s 15th anniversary, the manicurist put fifteen of her favorite shades into a black lacquered music box ($250, fifty available at Barneys in September), with the pro herself providing the vocals for the limited-edition coffer (when you open the lid, that same tune Lippmann sang on the beauty floor at Colette, “Until Your Dreams Come True,” starts playing). The lineup includes a smattering of glitters for which Lippmann became famous (“almost accidentally,” she notes), house classics, new colors, and her latest “matteen” Chrome finish. “My true calling is to help smart women be as smart and demanding about their nails as they are about their hair and face,” she said. Mission accomplished.
With Paris fashion week in full swing, staying awake long enough to watch even the red carpet was next to impossible. Lucky for me, I had quite an impressive force on the ground taking notes. Here, manicurist Deborah Lippmann shares her behind-the-scenes snaps:
DL’s Kit: “What started off as organized has gotten out of control! And in just one day.”
Even the Pros Primp: “My personal glam squad getting me ready. Loving this new mascara—a special gift from my lovely friend [and Lupita Nyong'o's makeup man] Nick Barose.”
Pre-Red Carpet Love: Lupita and her brother Junior.
Ultimate Photo Op: “Ever the photographer, Nick getting a shot of Lupita through the window.”
Triple Threat: “All of the fabulous women who helped complement [and create!] the amazing Jennifer Lawrence’s look.” Lippmann included (seen at left).
JLaw’s Lacquer: “A special combination of Sarah Smile and Tiny Dancer.”
Manicurist Deborah Lippmann snapped an exclusive behind-the-scenes SAG Awards diary for Style.com. Here, she shares all the details leading up to Lupita Nyong’o's big night—including the winning combination of lacquers used to get her gilded tips:
Lippmann’s jam-packed kit.
A beauty triple threat: Lippmann with hairstylist Ted Gibson (left) and makeup artist Nick Barose (right).
The inspiration behind Nyong’o's metallic mani: her shimmery minaudière.
“The glam squad.”
“Her nails were a big decision. In fact, this combination of Swagga Like Us and Chain Reaction was the fifth combination of colors we used. First we went with Believe, then Nefertiti, and then we tried each of the colors alone (Swagga Like Us and Chain Reaction). We ended up [here] because it was bold—and award shows deserve a little va-va-voom! Looks like it all paid off.”
Inez van Lamsweerde (half of the husband-and-wife photographer duo Inez and Vinoodh) does not wear nail polish—she’s a buff-and-shine kinda girl. Well, at least she was until she teamed up with Deborah Lippmann, a manicurist she’s worked with on shoots for almost two decades. The new “bubblegum techno-babe hue” that launched on Net-a-Porter today was developed out of Van Lamsweerde’s love of Mad Men and the characters’ perfectly pointed and lacquered tips. Unable to find a color that captured what the “uptown New York woman” of the 1950s would wear “on a holiday to Palm Springs,” the photog began concocting her own—finally settling on a combination of Lippmann’s Daytripper and P.Y.T. Pleased by her discovery, she rang the polish pro to see if a custom bottle could be created, and thus Break 4 Love (named after Van Lamsweerde’s favorite techno song) was born. Emblazoned on the box is a self-portrait of Van Lamsweerde (seen here)—the only element missing: a creamy pink paint job.
“It’s like being with a bride on her wedding day. It is so special and means so much to me. It is such a special group of people who are with these women on their big day.”
For first-time Golden Globe nominees, the red-carpet experience can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting. Lippmann, who did Lupita Nyong’o’s nails, provided a Zen-like, pre-award-show morning for the star—a welcome break from the hectic months of endless promotion for her film 12 Years a Slave—complete with laughing, singing, and, of course, pampering. On Nyong’o's nails: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Naked and Diamonds and Pearls. On the duo’s playlist? Beyoncé.