19 posts tagged "Jin Soon Choi"
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.
Between the nonstop shows, the potential for inclement weather, and a party schedule that can make you tired just looking at it, fashion week is an incredibly grueling seven days—no matter who you are. From makeup artists and designers to front-row regulars and street-style hopefuls, everyone needs a little pick-me-up when the Fall collections descend upon New York. Here, ten of our favorite insiders open up their makeup bags to reveal the beauty essentials that help brighten up even the darkest moments.
The news broke yesterday in the late afternoon via Twitter and Instagram: Chris Brown and Rihanna were canoodling at the Staples Center as the Lakers took on the Knicks in a Christmas Day nail-biter. Then came the tabloid onslaught as media outlets, reputable and otherwise, picked up on the fact that it was the first time in recent memory that the one-time couple arrived at a public event together following 2009′s assault charges and the persistent on-again, off-again rumors that followed. But no one’s talking about another interesting detail spotted courtside, namely Rihanna’s opaque white manicure. The “Stay” singer has ditched crazier nail art and pointed talons of late in favor of classic shapes and colors, making ivory polish a predictable choice, considering its huge showing on the Spring runways. From Rag & Bone and Kate Spade to Honor and Moschino, manicurists like Jin Soon Choi and Deborah Lippmann were seeing alabaster backstage. Try two coats of Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Spirit or Deborah Lippmann’s Amazing Grace for similar results—and to properly accessorize your wardrobe of winter whites. Thoughts on Riri’s latest pro tips?
Between all the gifting, drinking, and hostess-ing that surrounds the holidays, there’s little time left over to keep up your beauty routine. That said, any service involving the words “private,” “pampering,” and “at home” has a certain ring to it this time of the year. Joining the ranks of facialists like Gucci Westman-approved Georgia Louise, who makes house calls, master nail artist Jin Soon Choi has been quietly dispatching her expert aestheticians to clients’ apartments up and down the isle of Manhattan. The service is actually reminiscent of Choi’s early days as a freelance manicurist, when she would ride her 10-speed bicycle to meet clients for private visits, a pastime that earned her the nickname “Bicycle Jin”—true story! These days, it’s more likely a member from her pro team that will arrive at your door equipped with all the necessary buffing, soaking, and smoothing tools needed to perform the Steven Meisel favorite’s signature spa mani/pedi in your living room. As for polish, “You can request a certain shade or a range of colors for us to bring. We can also work with the polishes you have at home,” says Choi. While the service has been mostly known through word of mouth up until now, Choi plans to make it official and list it on her spa menu in the coming months. Appointments can be booked Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but there may be some flexibility for regulars, hints Choi, just in case you need an excuse to make this a weekly indulgence.
For more information, call (212) 229-1070 or visit www.jinsoon.com.