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18 posts tagged "Jin Soon Choi"

Glowing in the Dark, Backstage at Vera Wang


vera-wang“She’s a beacon of light in her face,” makeup artist Lucia Pieroni said backstage at Vera Wang. Seeing as the collection—described as “a bit wicked” by Pieroni—was composed entirely of black and gray, she decided to contrast it with an angelic, ethereal complexion. Two shades of Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer (Delicate Pink and Pastel) were dusted across the tops of cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose. Lids were based with a shimmery pink hue, silver was dabbed on the inner corners and center of the eye, and the upper and lower rims were subtly defined with a plummy brown—all colors from the forthcoming Eye Color Quad in Silver Eclipse. Lashes were curled but not coated with mascara, and a “biscuit-y” nude was slicked on lips. The emphasis was placed on a “strong, boyish brow,” which was made straighter with powder. The ten icy blonds that walked the runway, however, were the only models whose arches were left untouched. “They are the super angelic witches,” she said of the platinum crew.

The hair was “considered,” but “disheveled,” explained Jimmy Paul. A side part was made, Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish spray was blasted over the crown to flatten strands close to the head, and the ends were left clean. “This is real-girl hair,” he added. Nails were topped off with two coats of Jin Soon’s Mica—a charcoal lacquer boasting “chromatic” glitter particles that stood out against the matte wool tartans, but complemented the lamé cocktail attire.

Photo: Livio Valerio;

Jin Soon Choi x Space NK


Jin Soon Choi’s name is synonymous with world-class manicures. The nail guru trusted by some of the industry’s biggest names—Steven Meisel, Prabal Gurung, and Derek Lam, to name a few—launched her own line of lacquers dedicated to “high fashion” last summer, focusing on classic shades of burgundy, crimson, and pink, as well as more daring navy, gray and hunter-green varnishes that manage to make a statement without ever looking vulgar. It’s Choi’s acute sense of color that attracted Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird, who enlisted her to create a limited-edition, two-piece polish collection exclusively for the retail outlet. Voile is a creamy violet, and Gossamer offers a sheer coat of opalescent shimmer with flecks of pink and purple sparkles. Get them while the getting’s good.

Photo: Courtesy of Space NK

Jessie Ware Nails It


British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware’s stock is on the rise. In addition to receiving rave reviews for Devotion, her debut album that comes out this month, Ware has booked the Big Three of summer festival slots and will perform at Coachella next weekend, followed by Glastonbury in June and Lollapalooza in August. This week, Ware is in New York for two sold-out shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall—and last night’s launch party for Paper magazine’s “Beautiful People” issue, for which she plays cover star. A sucker for eyeliner and big gold hoops, as we learned in’s Spring Beauty Guide, the songstress displayed a penchant for nail art, too, as she posed on the red carpet with a V-shaped moon manicure—or a “skinny V,” as nail guru Jin Soon Choi called a similar design she created for Prabal Gurung’s Fall show. Thoughts on Ware’s graphic black-and-white manicure motif?

Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Jin Soon Choi


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 thesticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Jin Soon Choi, founder of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spas.

The Product: “When I was growing up in Jeongseon, a province of Gangwon in South Korea, a few times each summer, all of the girls in my village would get together and color our nails with balsam flowers. We picked the flower petals, leaves, and cat pulls from our gardens or the schoolyard, then added alum powder and smashed the ingredients with a stone until it became an orange paste. Then we applied the paste on each fingernail, wrapped our fingertips with pieces of plastic, and tightened the plastic with thread. Sometimes I went to sleep with the wrap on, so I could get a super strong color, but that also stained the skin around my nails. The only shade we made was an orange color, similar to a henna tattoo. We were most certainly not fashionistas! It was a natural way of getting my nails done, and it lasted until my nails all grew out—there is no comparison with a gel manicure! It was my favorite thing to do, and it was a big part of my childhood; I will treasure this memory forever. I recently found out that a face shop in Korea has developed this as a product, [but] my JINsoon Coral Peony polish is a similar color to the one I wore as a child.”

Photo: Courtesy of Jin Soon Choi

“Future Girls on Earth, Not Star Wars,” Backstage at Theyskens’ Theory


Last season, the beauty look at Olivier Theyskens’ Theory show was very much a reflection of him at the time. The designer had just sheared off his shoulder-length hair in favor of a chin-grazing crop, and hairstylist Odile Gilbert subsequently gave models the same cut via pastel-colored wigs. For Fall, Theyskens’ beauty team, which includes James Kaliardos on makeup and Jin Soon Choi on nails, was thinking more about Theyskens—and his woman—in the future.

“I’m a big futurist,” Kaliardos said backstage. “I like to think of a time when we can go to bed and get injected with vitamins and wake up feeling better—and looking like we have perfect skin,” he continued of the kind of makeup he was striving to achieve. Starting with a base of MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel to fully hydrate the complexion, Kaliardos mixed its Prep + Prime Beauty Balm with its Face and Body Foundation in White for an ethereal glow. Contouring cheeks with is Sculpting Cream in Coffee Walnut—”So the girls look like they have overhead light on them at all times,” he joked—Kaliardos employed pink and peach pigments from MAC’s Concealer Palette to create a “plump-y, fleshy-y” effect. Lips were taken down with MAC Lip Erase before Kaliardos applied a few dabs of its Lipstick in Au Natural. Nails got a similarly clean, perfected treatment with one coat of Choi’s new eponymous lacquer in Tulle, a sheer cream, finished with two layers of glossy top coat.

Odile Gilbert was thinking similarly futuristic thoughts when she prepped strands with Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor Milk and constructed severe center parts that segued into a “veil” of precisely straight flatironed locks. “We’re creating headbands with their own hair,” she said of front sections that had been tucked behind the ears and gathered into a ponytail at the nape of the neck before being covered with lengths. “It’s a future young girl on Earth,” she emphasized; “not Star Wars.

Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo