10 posts tagged "Jin Soon"
I’ve steadily strayed from glitter polishes not only because they require a bit of elbow grease to get off, but they aren’t exactly sophisticated or chic. Leave it to Jin Soon, however, to push the boundaries and create bottles brimming with sparkles that are more glamorous than garish. The trio of lacquers launching in November are called “holiday toppings” and, in a way, serve the same function as sprinkles dashed across cakes and cookies—lending a festive touch to fingertips in seconds. What makes this manicurist’s formulas different from others on the market is the level and type of glitter used. Two coats of Gala (center), a blend of rose gold particles, provide an opaque finish—no additional color required. Soirée (right) is composed of slashed pieces of silver and onyx foil (almost like a shattered mirror) suspended in a clear base. Fête (left), my personal favorite, features a mash-up of black, craft store-like glitter, finely milled iridescent shimmer, and metallic pink tinsel-like pieces. The best part about all three is that they can hold their own on short, bare nails—a look I intend to work from now until New Year’s.
$48 for the collection or $20 each, www.jinsoon.com
Similar to Lam’s clothing for the season, the hair was all about “structured ease,” said Orlando Pita. While some girls wore theirs down with a turban tied over top, and others sported a ponytail, all had a slightly off-center part and a natural, wavy texture. To get it, he misted Phytolaque Soie light hold hairspray all over to act as a setting lotion and used the extra-large T3 BodyWaver to add movement—wrapping sections of hair under and over the barrel to form “S” patterns. For a second-day finish, he glossed over the surface of strands—as opposed to finger-combing, which creates flyaways—with Fiber Paste. Manicurist Jin Soon also kept things simple by layering two shades of her namesake polish in Nostalgia and Tulle for a non-muddy, universal nude.
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux’s response to the direction (one word: minimal) given by the designer was surprisingly not at all bare or boring. “I’ll give you three looks, how about that?” he quipped. The first one focused on rich textures—like creamy skin, a shimmery antique-gold cream shadow (part of a range developed by Lam, Pecheux, and Estée Lauder launching in January), and a moist nude lip. “I wanted to create a cuddle for the eye,” Pecheux says of the soft metallic shade. Since there was no blush, mascara, or brows, he added a subtle glow to the face by putting two drops of Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II in the palm of his hand and embracing the cheeks—leaving behind a dewy finish that catches the light.
The slightly edgier second concept built upon the first—with midnight blue eyeliner (part of the same forthcoming line) drawn in tilted rectangular shapes (inspired by the navy-checked fabric in the collection) on the outer corners of the eyes with a square lip brush. “It’s almost like you put on [a band of] liner and took two-thirds of it off—leaving only the essential part that lifts the eye,” he explained. Pecheux envisions a woman who is off to after-work cocktails or an exhibition adding this graphic element on top of her everyday shadow.
The most dramatic of the three looks accompanied the final four evening gowns in the show. This time, Pecheux sexed things up by applying the same navy liner to the inner rim and blending it onto the lower lashes—finishing with mascara for definition. “This [reflects] the lives of women today,” he says of his layered approach. “They don’t have time to take a shower, [remove] their makeup and redo it, or go back to their hairdresser for a blow-dry,” Finally, a face painter that gets me.
Liu Wen may have the Estée Lauder contract, and Sui He may have just been named the new face of Shiseido, but Fei Fei Sun is currently our favorite member of fashion’s new school of Asian supermodels. A face of DKNY fragrances and ck One Cosmetics, the Chinese knockout’s January issue of Vogue Italia—the first to ever feature an Asian catwalker on the front—is the stuff of legend. Lensed by Steven Meisel, who was inspired by Givenchy and Avedon muse China Machado, Sun is a revelation in Pat McGrath’s deep pink lip, Guido Palau’s wig-wrapped beehive, and a perfectly polished set of nails painted a shade of melon-tinged coral with Jin Soon’s new-for-spring lacquer in Tea Rose, by the manicure maven herself. Somebody get this girl a (bigger) beauty contract. Thoughts on Sun’s cover turn?
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The Quandary: I’m a regular at my nail salon. What’s the right amount to tip if I see the owner versus an aesthetician? The same or more?
The Expert in Residence: Jin Soon Choi of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spas in New York
The Advice: “From my experience, there are two opinions about which way to go. You either don’t tip the owner based on the American belief that the owner doesn’t need to be tipped because she or he directly benefits from the profit of the salon. Or you do tip the owner, and you tip a lot more than you would the regular aesthetician, because you feel special and honored to get your nails done by the owner. Personally, I think that regardless of the person you’re seeing, you should always tip because you’re receiving a personal service. I find that most clients tip between 15 to 25 percent and often more to the owners, although I don’t think that much is necessary.”
Nude nails made a comeback at the Fall shows and continued to dominate more outlandish, allout nail art experiments for Spring—with a few notable exceptions, that is. Missoni and McQueen got minxed and Sophy Robson etched individual hieroglyphics onto tips backstage at Topshop Unique, while Jin Soon christened the “slim silhouette” backstage at Prabal Gurung. But as the battle between neutral and next-level manicures raged on, we noticed another trend rearing its pretty polished head: matching lips and tips. Before Mary Quant started picking nail lacquers according to clothes rather than lipsticks in the 1960s (the British designer revolutionized more than just hem lines), it was all about corresponding pout and polish colors. Both Jason Wu and Donna Karan reprised the tradition with classic crimsons and deep burgundies at their shows in September—and makeup artist Maud Laceppe and manicurist Michina Koide have modernized it in the new issue of Numéro with an electric blue mouth and fingers lacquered in the same powdery shade. We’ve personally moved on from the-crazier-the-better varnishing acts, but we’re always plenty happy to give credit to creativity where credit is due. Would you do blue?