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Deborah Lippmann Is Walking On Sunshine


If black is synonymous with elegance, and red with allure, then yellow—in all its cheerfully named incarnations, from daffodil to canary—could be considered the visual equivalent of happiness. The sunny color may have an emotionally uplifting effect, but it also happens to be one of the hardest to pull off, managing to extract the most unflattering shades from a variety of complexions. With the release of her latest lacquer, Yellow Brick Road, Deborah Lippmann may have solved beauty’s yellow conundrum—for nails, at least. If the polish looks familiar, that’s because Lady Gaga happened to be rocking it when she hatched from that Hussein Chalayan-designed egg during her Grammy performance of “Born this Way”—fitting, considering Lippmann’s varnish is the perfect shade of sheer yolk yellow. It’s not just perfect in the bottle, either; the happy hue flatters a plethora of skin tones. This is one road we plan on skipping down all summer long.

Available April 15, $16, at Barneys New York and

Photo: Courtesy of Lippmann Collection

Karlie Kloss Talks Lacquer Love


Karlie Kloss is probably best known for those brow-tastic Marc Jacobs campaigns and her impressive stature. At 5′ 11″, the Midwesterner towers over many of her cohorts, kicking her long legs out in front of her body for one of the most mind-boggling walks in the biz. Believe it or not, Kloss is also one hell of a good hand model. “I love nail polish,” Kloss revealed to us backstage at Donna Karan yesterday, where we snapped her in Deborah Lippmann’s Shape of My Heart, an opaque pastel pink lacquer, only a few short hours after she was spotted showcasing CND’s Dark Ruby at Carolina Herrera. “I love a bright red,” she said of her color of choice—”like an obnoxiously bright red. It’s like red lipstick; no matter what you’re wearing it makes you feel like Jerry Hall!” Kloss’ crimson wishes came true this morning at Rodarte’s prairie girls-inspired show, where Lippmann made a repeat appearance toting Jessica Rabbit, a scarlet sequins varnish that only Kloss and Kansas-born Lindsey Wixson were treated to. When we asked Kloss about her thoughts on nails’ newfound importance on the runway, she gushed. “It’s genius. It makes so much more of a statement than plain polish.” Her favorite ten-piece statement so far? CND’s deep bordeaux manis with extended gold smile lines at Jason Wu. “I saved them!”

Five Days Of Glitter: Part Five


Glitter nail polish is one form of the sparkly stuff that everyone, no matter how conservative their beauty tendencies may be, can—and should—get behind. It’s glitter for the people, if you will, and it’s had plenty of moments in the fashion spotlight this year: During the Spring 2011 shows, fingertips at House of Holland, The Blonds, and Topshop Unique were noticeably sparkle-dipped. As you already know, here at Beauty Counter, we believe you can never have too much polish in your repertoire, so I put three glittering new varieties to the test for my final day of this shiny, shimmery experiment.

The Glitter: Lippmann Collection Boom Boom Pow, Revlon Copper Penny, and Mattesé Elite Nutty Hat Guy.

The Application: Easy. Revlon’s Copper Penny is more metallic than glittery, but we couldn’t resist including the rich bronze lacquer with minuscule bits of shimmer. One coat is gorgeous, two feels almost Minx-like. Lippmann Collection’s Boom Boom Pow was inspired by a shoot Deborah Lippmann did with Kate Moss, which gives the polish immediate street cred. Gold glitter and perfectly circular paillettes swim in a clear base; it’s incredibly chic against a clean, bare nail. Finally there’s Mattesé’s Nutty Hat Guy, a whimsical rainbow-colored glitter that is, as its hilarious name implies, a party in a bottle. Much like Boom Boom Pow, it’s beautiful alone, but also adds extra dazzle to a red or fuchsia polish.

The Upside: It’s pretty much impossible to glance at sparkly nails and not smile; glittery fingertips equal fun. The fact that two of the three polishes can be layered over lacquers you already own and love is a major bonus.

The Downside: As delightfully dazzling as they look on the nails, removing glitter polish can sometimes feel akin to rubbing gravel. Instead of tissue or a cotton ball, use a more durable polish pad, like Cutex Essential Care One Step Nail Polish Remover Pads.

The Final Word: Would it be too much to encourage you to buy them all? Because you should.

Photo: Courtesy of; Courtesy of Revlon; Courtesy of Mattesé; Courtesu of Lippmann Collection

First Look: Deborah Lippmann’s Spring Splurge


Lacquer lovers that we are, we’ve come to look forward to a Deborah Lippmann sighting backstage at the shows. Last season at Zac Posen, we got to preview Supermodel, her bright red jelly polish, and sure enough, she turned up at Donna Karan yesterday, with a handful of new polishes in tow. While painting girls’ tips with Believe, a gold/silver metallic color that she created for a Cher tour a few years back, Lippmann produced another square glass bottle for our perusal. “Glitter in the Air,” she said, revealing the name of the sheer baby blue varnish with salmon and blue glitter flecks embedded in every stroke that will be part of her Spring 2011 collection. Lippmann wouldn’t tell us where the polish would make its runway debut, but we found out bright and early this morning when we spied it backstage at Badgley Mischka layered over Fashion, a creamy opaque mocha. Here, for your first viewing pleasure, yet another must-have for spring. Start planning your weekly manicures now.

Our Top Five Emmy Beauty Moments: The Good, The Bad, And The Ill-Advised


There were definitely a few award recipients on last night’s 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast that we’ve never seen or heard of before. Archie Panjabi, we’re talking about you. But you’ll be pleased to know that facial recognition issues didn’t stop us from sizing up the beauty happenings on the red carpet. The sea of one-shouldered gowns mentioned in our event coverage? We saw right through it, instead honing in on the hair, the makeup, the nail polish, and the self-tanner. Here, our top five beauty moments—both good and not so much.

1. Black Is Back

Anna Paquin’s bold-shouldered McQueen number got all the attention. But prolonged staring revealed something else, namely an expert black nail polish job. The obsidian shade and its almost-black jewel-toned counterparts were everywhere last night, adorning the fingertips of January Jones, Lea Michele, and Jayma Mays, to name but a few. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann deserves some of the credit for the ubiquity of deep hues, as she personally painted Jones with her deep purple/burgundy Dark Side of the Moon varnish, and treated Michele to a few coats of her as yet unreleased holiday color, Lady Sings the Blues, an opaque navy with silvery blue sequined flecks.

2. Lobbed and Lovely

After letting her corn silk blond bob grow out over the summer, Mad Men‘s Jones is now the proud owner of a shoulder-grazing lob. Her hair is exactly the length at which things start to look awkward on us, but the style suits her amazingly well, as did the matte texture of her undone ‘do, which came courtesy of her go-to stylist, Mark Townsend. Townsend’s collaborator, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, channeled Lisa Fonssagrives, leaving Jones’ face bare and re-creating the mid-century model’s signature extended eyeliner with Chanel’s Liquid Eyeliner in Noir. Two coats of its Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir on the top lashes and one coat in Purple on the bottom finished the look.

3. A Woman of Her Word

Claire Danes’ blond mane was also impressive, but it was her extreme lashes that really got us. Danes has been a spokesperson for Latisse for a few months now, and she takes her job very seriously; the award-winning Temple Grandin star is walking proof that the prescription serum works. Those things are lethal!

4. Bigger: Is It Better?

Sleek, straight looks were the style of choice last night, although there were a few dissenters willing to go the vertical distance. The Office‘s Mindy Kaling and Glee‘s Naya Rivera engaged in a high-hair-off, both sporting exaggerated, structural topknot situations that definitely stood out from the crowd.

5. Blinded by Bronzer

An over-tanned Heidi Klum got plenty of stares, and not just because of her super-short Marchesa dress. The Project Runway star went a little trigger happy with her self-tanner and bronzer. Everything in moderation, liebchen.

Clockwise from top-left: January Jones: Kyle Rover / Startraks Photo; Claire Danes: Gregg DeGuire / PictureGroup / AP Photo; Jayma Mays nail detail: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Anna Paquin nail detail: Jason Merritt / Getty Images; January Jones nail detail: Casey Rodgers / NBC / AP Images; Heidi Klum: Krista Kennell / SIPA Press; Nail polish, courtesy of Deborah Lippmann; Lea Michele: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Naya Rivera: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Liquid eyeliner: Courtesy of Chanel; Mindy Kaling: Jeff Vespa / WireImage