47 posts tagged "Deborah Lippmann"
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.
The manicures in Milan and Paris have been rather subdued for Spring 2014, with metallic and lipstick red polishes occasionally being slicked on tips. The bottle broken out most, however, seems to be Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Ballerina. And the crowds attending the shows have been sporting equally simple paint jobs (beauty editors included, as most of us have naked nails at this point in the season).
New York, however, was a different story. Everyone was fresh out of the gate and the nail game was fierce. To capitalize on the manicure competition, lacquer legend Deborah Lippmann set up a manicam backstage to capture not only the looks she created (her favorite being the “almond-etto” shape with a white base, pewter point, and bright horizontal stripe at Kate Spade), but those of backstage attendees as well. “I love watching each set of hands walk,” Lippmann said, “There are some that skip or dance down the runway, others are very focused and walk with real intention; while a few sexily slink down the catwalk—it all depends on the color they’re wearing.” She plans to capture more manicure footage by keeping the camera rolling in her office and any other places she goes with great nails. The art on your tips, similar to the clothes that you wear, are a form of self-expression, Lippmann explained, “and this is a great way to allow someone to flaunt it.” Check out the best of the best from the Big Apple in the video above.