17 posts tagged "Jin Soon Choi"
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The Quandary: In today’s world of anything-goes nail lacquers, are neons acceptable at work or better left to the weekends?
The Expert in Residence: Jin Soon Choi of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spas in New York
The Advice: “It depends on the type of work you do. If you work in a formal setting, such as a conservative law firm, you may not even be allowed to use those shocking colors on your nails because they might be in violation of the dress code, whether written or not. If you work in a less formal setting, I would suggest moving toward a pink neon versus yellow, green, and blue neon polish. People are more familiar with pink colors for nails, so it is not such a big aesthetic leap to enhance a classic color to its neon version. In general, I recommend testing out bright polishes on casual Friday or right before you leave for vacation while wearing your cute, colorful summer dress so it looks like a part of your outfit. It’s also important to wear neon nails with clothing that has more pattern and color to it. This way, a glaring contrast between what you’re wearing and your nails can be avoided in any setting.”
Mothers may occasionally drive us batty (and can be more critical of our wardrobe choices than anyone else in our lives), but they tend to also be a pretty wise bunch—particularly when it comes to beauty matters. With Mother’s Day right around the corner (put your flower orders in now), we asked some of our favorite beauty insiders to share the wisdom, tips, tricks, and secrets their own maternal figures have passed along to them. The overlying advice? When in doubt, D.I.Y.
Pati Dubroff, Clarins celebrity beauty artist
“My mother always taught me not to forget the neck, the skin behind the ears and the chest when applying masks, face creams, even eye creams. Anything left on the fingertips goes beyond the face. Recently an actress who is my same age remarked that my neck was ‘holding up well,’ and I’m sure it’s a result of this practice.”
François Nars, founder of NARS Cosmetics
“Blush is one of my favorite products and it’s because my mother used to be so fond of it. She would never leave the house without it. And if she ever didn’t have blush on, she would pinch her cheeks. It always made her feel better.”
Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes
“My mother introduced me to authentic Turkish rosewater. She would always make sure I had a bottle and encouraged me to mist it on my face and hair. I don’t know if she even knew of the powerful antiaging components of rose, but I still use rosewater every day. And my great grandmother who lived to be 104 always told me to wash my face with buttermilk.”
Cynthia Chua, founder of Strip Ministry of Waxing
“One of the best things [my mom] has taught me is this wonderful remedy of myrrh oil for a mouth abrasion, which always works almost instantaneously. She also taught me to drink a glass of hot water infused with lemon first thing every morning to aid your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins from your body.”
Vincent Longo, makeup artist and founder of Vincent Longo cosmetics
“My grandmother always had the most beautiful-looking skin and gorgeous silver hair; it was long down to her buttocks and she would keep it braided and wrapped perfectly around her head. I remember how every morning before braiding it she would wash it and then comb a little almond oil through. She would then take an extra dab of almond oil and rub it over her face. To this day it’s my favorite product for my hair and skin and one of the only ones I always use!”
News flash: Winter boot season is over. This weekend, we put our lace-up oxfords in storage and now there’s no looking back. To spruce things up for the days of T-straps and peep-toes ahead (click here for 24 pairs of our favorite summer sandals), we consulted legendary manicurist Jin Soon Choi, of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa in New York City, and April Foreman, an L.A.-based manicurist whose well-lacquered clients include Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez, for some at-home advice. Here, a rundown of the essentials you’ll need for professional pedis, no trip to the salon needed.
Step 1: Set the Mood
We don’t like to get too froufrou about pedicuring at home (no palm tree toe dividers, please), and neither do the experts. When setting up her personal space for nail painting, Choi just prefers to fill the air with Brazilian or African tunes—Bebel Gilberto and Oliver Mtukudzi are on her playlist—and light a NARS Acapulco candle. “I love cocoa and vanilla scents; this one is magical.”
Step 2: Perfume the Waters
Nothing preps your feet for a pedicure better than a good ten-minute soak, says Choi. She likes to add essential oils, like Napa Valley Bath Co. Organic Lavender Essential Oil, into the lukewarm water. In a pinch, a bit of Epsom salts or even hand-softening liquid dish soap also helps remove dirt and soften calluses, Foreman adds.
Step 3: Use Salves and Stones
Buff thickened skin with a pumice stone (Choi’s tool of choice is Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone since “it has a long handle and is easy to use”) and apply a healing foot balm, like the ultra-nourishing Napa Valley Bath Co. Lavender Hoof Cream. Foreman also likes Kerasal Exfoliating Moisturizing Foot Ointment, which combines salicylic acid with glycerin to slough and hydrate your feet at the same time.
Step 4: Get in Shape
File rough nails into uniform shape, push back the cuticles, and rub in a few drops of olive oil—yes, olive oil; it’s rich in antioxidants to protect delicate skin from sun exposure.
Last year was the season of the nail, as far as we’re concerned, and with three days of shows under our belts so far this week, it’s safe to say that pro tips will continue their dominance for Fall. Prabal Gurung can consider himself among the vanguard when it comes to fashion’s collective lacquer love as the designer partnered with Sally Hansen on a high-profile polish collaboration back in September. To show his continued dedication to the cause, Gurung has decided to go for round two with the mass market nail giant, debuting his second varnish collection at his show this afternoon. Among the five-piece range are Dorian Grey (a muted slate); a palette of pinks, reds, and oranges in Madame X, Ballet Rouges, and Courtesan; and Crinoline, a creamy pale pink that manicurist Jin Soon Choi used as a base at the show. But it’s what she put on top of it that really impressed us. “It’s inspired by Asian painting styles and calligraphy,” she said of the speckled black ink spills she hand scrawled onto individual nails with Sally Hansen’s Midnight in New York. “We thought about doing moon manicures but many people have done that already,” she explained of the printed polish’s inception, adding that she “wanted the nails to be as creative as [Prabal's] clothes.” To which we say, mission accomplished.
Backstage at Doo.Ri yesterday, an interesting stack of nail lacquers caught our eye. A single word was scrawled across each cylindrical bottle in white writing: Joe. “It’s Canadian,” we learned from makeup artist and Joe Fresh spokesperson Simone Otis, upon further inquiry. The beauty arm of the clothing brand of the same name, which offers a collection of fashion-forward basics that are sold in Loblaws supermarkets across Canada (yes, supermarkets), Joe Fresh launched a range of affordable cosmetics in 2009. “Last Spring we started with nails,” Otis said, pointing out that the colors that Jin Soon Choi was painting onto models’ fingertips were Cement, a putty gray, and Latte, a warm beige. The ethos is to “be more democratic about fashion in general,” Otis explained of the affordable Toronto-based line started by Club Monaco founder Joe Mimran. Intrigued, we asked where we could pick up more of the varnishes stateside. “Nowhere—yet,” Otis responded coyly. But that’s all about to change. “It’s coming here!” Choi, who discovered the brand while working on shoots up north, confirmed with excitement. In the meantime, look out for Joe and its pretty polishes backstage at Theyskens’ Theory.