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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Essie Weingarten


Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics.

The Product: “Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my mom putting Johnson’s Baby Powder all over me and my sisters. She did this after every bubble bath, before putting our clothes on. Even now, many years later, I never skip a day without dusting it on; it’s my secret beauty weapon. Not only does it remind me of my childhood, but it adds to whatever fragrance I’m wearing. I’ve gone through many scents—Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and Ralph Lauren Safari are two of my all-time favorites—but I always layer these over the Johnson’s Baby Powder. People are always telling me that I smell so good, and when I tell them what I’m wearing, they say it’s a familiar scent but better…It’s the baby powder, I promise!”

Photo: Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson

The 411: Essie Weingarten


Essie Weingarten could be considered the godmother of modern nail lacquer. The eponymous line she founded in New York City way back in 1981 after quitting her job as a buyer for Henri Bendel has, in the decades since, grown to be as ubiquitous a presence at mani/pedi spots as an emery board or pumice stone. What began with a dozen gorgeous, cleverly named lacquers has grown into a flagship salon that opened this summer and a coterie of over 900 shades (Weingarten predicts the plum Recessionista and the green-black Stylenomics will be hits this fall), which can be found gracing the fingertips of women the world over. Serving at the helm of a massive nail company means that Weingarten is very particular about her own tips—”I change my nail color once a week (in the winter every Friday, and Thursday in the summer) and my toe polish every other week,” she admits. Her go-to shape? “Sqoval” (that’s a cross between square and oval). But while Essie the brand is global, Essie the woman likes to keep it local when it comes to her go-to beautifying destinations. Here, Weingarten shares a few of her favorite New York pampering outposts.

The Hair Helper: Steven Rice at Samuel Shriqui
“I haven’t colored my hair in years; I just love the ease of keeping it natural. For my haircuts, I go to the Samuel Shriqui Salon to see Steven Rice, and when I’m out in the Hamptons I go to Xavier at the Xavier salon; love him!”
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The Nail Artisan: Josephine Allen
“I only go to the Essie flagship salon; after all, it has my name on the awning! I’ve been going to see Josephine Allen for years now; she was at the salon a long time before it became our flagship and she has trained all of our technicians.”
37 E. 65th St., NYC, (212) 473-6805.

The Brow Tamer: The Core Club
“I always go see the amazing Dominique at the Core Club. She’s only in New York a few days a month.”
The Core Club, 66 E. 55th St., (212) 486-6600,

The Skin Saver: Dr. Arnold Tobak
“My dermatologist Dr. Arnold Toback is the best. I credit him for making me absolutely diligent about my yearly skin checks and of course wearing SPF daily.”
2 E. 69th St., NYC, (212) 737-1440.

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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.