19 posts tagged "Jin Soon Choi"
“When I’ve done nails for shows, I’ve never done anything with them,” reminisced designer Tess Giberson. “I’ve always been like, ‘Oh, I’ll just do nude.’” When she met polish pro Jin Soon Choi two seasons ago, however, her philosophy took a dramatic turn. For Fall 2014, the duo developed a “monochromatic French manicure” using gunmental at the base and white at the tip. And similar to how Giberson twisted the “L.L.Bean classics” she grew up with in New Hampshire—like a puffer jacket and farmer check shirt—and turned them into something women would want to wear now, so did Choi with traditional Fall shades like forest green, eggplant, and slate. “I wanted to transform these colors and add a fun, glamorous, or sophisticated dimension,” Choi explained. She did this by incorporating textures that mimicked those found on the runway—like the sheen of a silk dress or nubby finish of a chunky knit. The result? The lineup in her latest collection (seen here, from left): Nocturne (a burnished black-gray); Pastiche (a shimmery apricot); Heirloom (a metallic turquoise); Mélange (a silver laced with dark gray speckles); and Farrago (a purple flecked with gold). As for Giberson’s former theory on nude nails, consider it colorfully updated. Choi said she didn’t have to do any convincing when it came to these rich hues. She didn’t have to twist my arm either—when sweater season rolls around again, you better believe I’ll be pairing my pullover with this paint palette…and fingerless gloves.
JINsoon Tess Giberson Collection, $18 each, available this month at jinsoon.com
“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.
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.”