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47 posts tagged "Deborah Lippmann"

Nicole By OPI Launches a New Line of Country Strong Nail Polishes; Delevingne’s Arches Affect Google’s Algorithms; and More


The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Carrie UnderwoodManicurist Deborah Lippmann may have recently tapped former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson to produce a glittery purple lacquer, but Nicole By OPI announced today that it’s partnering with fellow Idol alum Carrie Underwood to produce a line of fourteen polishes, set to hit shelves in January. The predetermined hit designed for the country star: a gold textured shade aptly named Carrie’d Away. [Twitter]

In other nail news, Byrdie reports that celebrities such as Rihanna and Adele are taking a break from short tips and opting for sophisticated talons. Even Daria Werbowy sported an extra-long ruby mani for Céline’s latest campaign.

It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind…and her nail color, but buying a bottle of nail polish remover will soon force you to flash that always-unflattering driver’s license photo at the drugstore. In an attempt to curb the production of methamphetamine, CVS implemented a new policy in New England (soon to roll out chain-wide) that requires a valid ID to purchase acetone-containing products. [Fox News]

Birthday girl Cara Delevingne hasn’t just impacted the fashion world in a major way, according to an increase in online searches for the model’s name has affected Google’s algorithms. Search terms like “tweezers” and “eyebrow plucking” have significantly decreased in popularity since November 2012. The Internet giant and super’s arches have officially spoken: Bigger (and bushier) really is better.

Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage

Throwback Thursday: Shimmer Shimmer


Elaine-Irwin-by-Bert-Stern,-Elle-US,-1986_resizeThrowback Thursday is a regular feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Elaine Irwin

The Moment: Shimmering Nails

The Motivation: We admit we’ve always been fans of a shiny finish (rather than a shimmering one) when it comes to nails, but when we came across the above Bert Stern-lensed shot for a 1986 issue of Elle magazine, we had to reconsider our position. Shimmering nail finishes have been gaining in popularity recently. Chanel has added glimmering particles to some of its formulas, glitter nail polishes have taken off (thanks, Deborah Lippmann!), and many other brands are revisiting the look. Next time you visit your local salon for a mani-pedi, why not add a little sparkle?

Photo: Bert Stern, for Elle, 1986; Courtesy of

Beauty Etiquetter: A Memorandum on Nail Filing in Public


Deborah-Lippmann-Smooth-OperatorBeauty Etiquetter addresses your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@

The Quandary: I know public nail clipping is off limits, but what’s the protocol on public nail filing?

The Expert in Residence: Deborah Lippmann, founder and creative director of Deborah Lippmann

The Advice: “When you have a chipped nail or frayed edge, you should clean it up as soon as possible, not only because of the appearance but, more importantly, you don’t want to further break or damage the nail. If you don’t address the problem, you’re at risk of worsening the nail. I’m in total agreement that clipping nails in public is inappropriate. At the same time, filing nails in public isn’t very acceptable either, so it’s important to find a solution that works best for the situation.

“I recommend going to the ladies’ room to quickly file the nail, if you can. You can also be very subtle about it if you’re in a social setting and hide your hand as you file and just file the nail enough to address the concern. You could even put your hand in your purse and file it quickly and then pull out a lipstick, if you don’t want it to be obvious that you were filing. It’s extremely important to always have a file, like my Smooth Operator, with you, because you want something very fine to address the issue. The idea isn’t to shape the nail in that moment but to file the edge until you’re in the proper setting to really fix the nail.

“To that end, biting the nail or cuticle is worse than filing in public. If you think that you will be tempted to bite the nail rather than wait to file it, I would certainly opt for pulling out a file. Resist the temptation to bite, because that will make the problem worse, whether it’s a cuticle or rough nail. It’s very common for people to try to use their teeth, so it’s important to be prepared with a gentle file to help avoid temptation. One of the most important aspects of growing nails is having all of the edges smooth.

“A great tip for something that you’re able to do in public that actually stimulates nail growth is to massage the cuticles. The actual nail forms just below the cuticle, and when you massage the cuticle, you bring blood into that area of the nail, which promotes healthier nail growth—and this is something that you can do without anyone noticing!”

Photo: Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

The 411: Pamela Love


You know a piece of Pamela Love jewelry when you see it. In the six or so years that she has been crafting earrings, rings, bangles, and the like, Love has established a distinctive style that takes its cues from traditional tribal African patterns and astronomy, botanical drawings, and even ancient Mexican folk art, giving each one of her painstakingly created designs the feel of a modern artifact. Besides earning a host of accessory-fiend fans with her popular talon and turquoise offerings, Love has also collaborated with the triumvirate of major retailers (J.Crew, Opening Ceremony, and Topshop), and attracted plenty of attention and magazine real estate for her own eclectic personal style (her wedding last summer at Montauk’s Ruschmeyer’s was chronicled by Vogue). Here, the New York native shares some of the local primping outposts and the products she relies on.

The Instant Refresh: Joanna Vargas
“I go to her salon for the light treatments and triple-crown facial—when you leave here, you actually look younger and more refreshed. It’s absolutely incredible. And she makes amazing products. Her daily serum is so perfect for everyday and is great at moisturizing.”
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The Curl Conductors: Ouidad
“Ouidad Salon is great for anyone who has curly hair and doesn’t trust just any stylist to touch their locks. They really are the curl authorities.”
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The Wellness Authority: Dr. Frank Lipman
“I love Eleven Eleven Wellness by Dr. Frank Lipman for the amazing protein shakes and vitamins. Dr. Lipman has totally changed the way I see food. It’s more of a source of energy, so I’ve started trying to be much better about not eating junk, even when I’m stressed. His shakes are very important for vegetarians.”
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The Acupuncture Artists: YinOva Center
“Another great way for me to de-stress and clear my head is with acupuncture at YinOva Center. They have great practitioners who really get to the root of the problem.”
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Beauty Throwdown: Battle Gel Top Coats


We’ve never really been big gel-manicure fans. While the prospect of a two-week chip-free mani is tempting, the inability to switch polish at a moment’s notice, and the idea of having something adhered to our nails via UV light, is a little bit of a deterrent. Except, that is, during fashion month. There is barely enough time to sleep, let alone keep up with our regular nail maintenance during the month-long collections cycle, which is why the wealth of latter-day gel-polish formulas have been tempting us with their siren call of late. The newest revolution in the long-lasting polish arena are top coats that give the same effect as a gel manicure but don’t need the power of a high-watt UV lamp to cure them. You simply swipe on, remove with your own nail-polish remover, and enjoy an extended amount of perfect polish time. Deborah Lippmann and LCN are two brands eager to deliver on the promise of the next generation of extended wear, but do they actually work? Here, we pit one against the other to find out the answer. Let the throwdown begin!

The Newcomer: The silky thin formula of LCN’s Polish Seal is deceiving in that it doesn’t feel like you’ve applied anything at all. But when it’s completely dry—which takes about five to ten minutes—your nails feel super strong and look decadently shiny. After a week of furious typing, dish washing, and general life living, our polish was still intact, albeit a little worn around the edges.

The Old Standby: Lippmann’s formulas always tend to be denser than most, and her Gel Lab system is no different. The two-part process starts with a base coat that goes on thick, dries easily, and ensures that your lacquer of choice does not budge, almost on impact. The equally substantial top coat then dries in mere minutes, without smudging. An impressive shiny gleam—and a week-plus of perfect polish—is your reward for the reaping.

The Bottom Line: When it comes to matters that are easily quantified, there can only be one clear winner, and that honor goes to Lippmann’s Gel Lab, which lasted two to three days longer than LCN’s Polish Seal. Never underestimate the power of a good base coat.