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Nail Art: The Evolution


Frequent readers of this blog are aware that we’ve moved on from our one-time obsession with nail art. When some of the fashion world’s biggest influencers signaled a backlash to all things glitter-encrusted, animal-printed, and the like at the Fall 2011 shows by popularizing a neutral nail palette, we were right on board with them, embracing the new-era nude manicure in all of its clean, fluid-silhouette glory. Hand designs and the like aren’t going down without a fight, though. “Nail art is not going away,” Deborah Lippmann confirmed yesterday at Donna Karan (more on that in a bit). But there seems to be a movement afoot backstage in New York, in which polish pioneers like Lippmann and Essie Weingarten are publicizing a new kind of nail art, a chicer nail art, a nail art for “a luxury woman,” according to Lippmann. What does that kind of nail art look like? It’s unadorned and simple, like the two coats of Deborah Lippmann Fashion, a mauve-y taupe, that the manicurist topped with a French tip of her burgundy Single Ladies for Karan’s show; the similarly styled mix of NARS Edelweiss, a sheer cream that nail artist Kim D’Amato topped with its Kata, an onyx, backstage at Thakoon, above; and the Japanese comic book-inspired “1/8 of a moon” of Essie Blanc, painted vertically and then topped with its Licorice, a dark black, and Chinchilly a warm gray. “It’s nail art in its most sophisticated form,” Weingarten surmised. We’d have to agree.

Dr. Frank Lipman’s Breakfast Of Champions


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail

I am a total breakfast failure: I either skip it or carbo load. Can you offer up some guidance for how I can start my day on a better track?

You want to start the day with protein, good fats, and some high-quality carbs. I think a breakfast smoothie is the perfect rhythm-restoring, nutritious, delicious, and efficient way. My patients are always telling me how they go to bed at night dreaming of their morning smoothie. Smoothies are easy on the digestive system, so the body doesn’t need to work to break down the food and nutrients. Digestion takes up a lot of energy, so by partially resting it, you can save on energy that can be used elsewhere. And though it seems unusual, avocados are a great smoothie ingredient. They add a wonderful creamy texture, plus healthy fats and magnesium, and they have less sugar than bananas. I’m also a big fan of my new Recharge . It’s a blend of whey protein and nutrient-dense greens designed to boost energy and revitalize your system any time you are feeling exhausted or depleted. The whey protein comes from grass-fed cows for optimal purity, and helps build lean muscle mass and speed muscle recovery, which also makes it great post-workout. And it’s infused with organic, nutrient-rich greens for a healthy dose of veggies in every shake.

Dr. Lipman’s Favorite Smoothie Recipe

Greena-Colada Avocado Smoothie

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 cup coconut water (or if you can’t find it, use almond milk or plain water)

1/4 avocado

1 packet Recharge

1/2 to 1 tbsp coconut oil

4 ice cubes

A native of South Africa, New York-based Dr. Frank Lipman is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. The founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, Dr. Lipman has two wellness-minded books under his belt—not to mention countless high-profile acolytes: Donna Karan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Maggie Gyllenhaal all keep him on speed dial. His latest venture—Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a collection of supplements and nutritional cleansing products—is out this month.


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Lips And Tips, A Love Affair


Nude nails made a comeback at the Fall shows and continued to dominate more outlandish, allout nail art experiments for Spring—with a few notable exceptions, that is. Missoni and McQueen got minxed and Sophy Robson etched individual hieroglyphics onto tips backstage at Topshop Unique, while Jin Soon christened the “slim silhouette” backstage at Prabal Gurung. But as the battle between neutral and next-level manicures raged on, we noticed another trend rearing its pretty polished head: matching lips and tips. Before Mary Quant started picking nail lacquers according to clothes rather than lipsticks in the 1960s (the British designer revolutionized more than just hem lines), it was all about corresponding pout and polish colors. Both Jason Wu and Donna Karan reprised the tradition with classic crimsons and deep burgundies at their shows in September—and makeup artist Maud Laceppe and manicurist Michina Koide have modernized it in the new issue of Numéro with an electric blue mouth and fingers lacquered in the same powdery shade. We’ve personally moved on from the-crazier-the-better varnishing acts, but we’re always plenty happy to give credit to creativity where credit is due. Would you do blue?

Photo: Sebastian Kim for Numero #129; Luca Cannonieri /

Spot Treating For Spring


We first saw them last season at Chloé, where Charlotte Tilbury was crafting the “chicer side of hippie”: freckles—lots of them, stenciled across the bridge of the nose and onto cheeks, “just where the sun would hit you,” the makeup artist explained. It was a quirky touch that worked with the rocker chick, music festival vibe she was going for at the time, and one that continues to have legs for Spring. Tilbury has turned sun spots into a season-spanning affair, etching them onto clean complexions at Donna Karan in New York and Nicole Farhi in London with MAC Lip Pencil in Hodge Podge—and she’s not the only one making beauty marks. Val Garland reached for MAC Lip Pencils in Cork and Burgundy and its Eye Pencil in Coffee backstage at Jeremy Scott for her “Daisy Duke goes to Paradise City” homage, Lucia Pica chose its Eye Brows in Lingering backstage at Roksanda Ilincic, and just yesterday, Pat McGrath followed suit at D&G. It’s an interesting move, considering the skincare establishment’s emphasis on SPF products to prevent freckles from ever rearing their cute little heads. But since we happen to have a permanent faceful of them, we’re not complaining. What do you think of the technique: better left on the runway or totally worth trying come spring?

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Out Of Africa And Into The Eighties, Backstage At Donna Karan


Since the nail art craze commenced two seasons ago, the old-school mandate of matching lips and tips pretty much went out the window (while a leopard-print pout is not unattainable, it is inadvisable). But there seems to be a backlash against all that for Spring, as corresponding lacquers and lipsticks are making a bit of a splash. “It’s quite eighties,” Charlotte Tilbury said of the practice backstage at Donna Karan, as she painted a dark burgundy-almost-chocolate pigment onto models’ mouths using MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bittersweet—a near perfect match to Deborah Lippmann’s rich sanguine Just Walk Away Renee polish. It was a “sexy, strong” homage to Yasmin Le Bon, Tilbury said while pressing lips with a translucent powder to remove any semblance of shine (“I’m into matte now,” the flame-haired face painter declared of her lip finish of choice). For a nice dose of juxtaposition, cheekbones and lids were given a glossy sheen and Tilbury drew on a “splattering of freckles” across the nose bridge using MAC Lip Pencil in Hodgepodge.

The fierce makeup look worked with Karan’s collection, which featured tribal prints and body-con shapes; ditto Eugene Souleiman’s “sharp, sleek” ponytails, which were heavy on Wella’s silicone-based Shimmer Delight Shine Spray. “I know [Donna] and I know what she wants,” the Wella global creative director said as he sheared off the ends of long extensions with an electric razor for a straight edge. This season, that was a hint of Africa and Souleiman delivered with a braided leather cuff that he cleverly affixed with strips of Velcro and closed around the base of his updos.

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