17 posts tagged "Jin Soon Choi"
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.
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 Style.com’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?
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.”
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.“
“It’s all about a military look,” Jin Soon Choi said as Prabal Gurung’s women-on-the-front-lines mood board loomed large in the distance (more on the full beauty look in a moment). While female combat fighters likely don’t have time for a mani appointment, that didn’t stop the nail artist from devising a “simple, elegant” motif in their honor. “This is powerful nail art,” she offered, using Gurung’s forthcoming polish collection with Sally Hansen, due out later this year, to paint on a gold base with its lacquer in Coat of Arms, which she topped with two diagonal strokes of Loden Green, an army-inspired olive, creating what Choi described as a “skinny V.” “It’s the new moon manicure,” she insisted—or at least a fun new take on an old classic.