August 27 2014

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7 posts tagged "Lippmann Collection"

Deborah Lippmann’s Open Season


Fall in New York is pretty spectacular: sweater-dressing, the changing of the leaves, apples as an ingredient in every course on the menu—the list goes on. Making the seasonal transition all the more exciting is a new trio of autumnal nail lacquers from Deborah Lippmann. This year, the singer-turned-nail guru has borrowed names from her favorite music tracks. Single Ladies is a rich, oxblood red; Brick House is a shimmering rust; and, our personal favorite, Billionaire is a forest green identical to the classic Hunter wellies that we expect will get some serious traction in the months to come. Though the combination of green and red isn’t a favorite of ours, Lippmann’s versions are warm enough in tone to make it feel right—even now—which means that our pinks and neons are officially getting a rest as summer winds its way down.

Photo: Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

Better Off Bare


The Fall shows saw their fair share of in-your-face nail art (think: Prabal Gurung, Ruffian, and Topshop), but things took a turn for the subtle during the second half of the season, with foundation-inspired hues turning up at Jean Paul Gautier, Yves Saint Laurent, and Giambattista Valli. Unlike picking out a classic crimson or muted gold, finding the perfect flesh-toned nail color can be a daunting task, which is presumably what inspired a few brands to launch one or more of their own. Here, our top five picks for going nude.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Naked

This clean, bare beige from Lippmann’s successful spring collection is a boon to medium complexions with a cool undertone.


Rococo Nail Apparel in Lab Nude 3.0

As seen at Roland Mouret, this semi-sheer almond is one of six comprehensive hues in the brand’s new Nude Wardrobe collection.

$16.50, available September 1 at

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Grammy Beauty: And the Nominees Are…


Fashion week may be dominating the style set’s attention right now, but come Sunday, the spotlight will shift to the music world as the Grammys get under way. A grandiose excuse for overexposed pop stars (and their labels) to pat each other on the back, the awards show does offer up a welcome and amusing respite from the serious styles of the Oscars and its film-focused cohorts. Glitter makeup, elaborate nail design, and a lot of wigs will presumably hit the red carpet. In anticipation of the big event, we tracked down some of the nominees’ go-to primping experts to get an insider’s look at what we can expect to see this weekend. All you have to do is press play.

Nails’ New Naked Ambition


Sand, flesh, taupe—whatever you want to call it, the nail color that cropped up on many a fingertip at the Spring 2011 collections wasn’t much of a color at all. At Marc Jacobs, Creative Nail Design crafted foundation-hued manicures; at Narciso Rodriguez, Deborah Lippmann topped beige nails with a coat of shiny shimmer; at Erin Fetherston, the polish of choice was Dashing Diva’s Chelsea in the Buff; and at Prabal Gurung, the glimmering nude Without a Stitch from the designer’s collection for Sally Hansen was accented by a narrow stripe of coral. This new breed of nail lacquers is a big departure from Spring’s traditional candy colors, but after many months of crimsons, purples, and grays, it’s a welcome palette cleanser. Along with go-to barely-there shades like NARS Candy Darling and Butter London’s Yummy Mummy (Alexander Wang’s backstage favorite), there are three new options to consider. Deborah Lippmann’s Naked is, as the name implies, a clean beige; it graced nails at both ADAM and Richie Rich, where it received a black accent nail (obviously). Creative Nail Design’s Perfectly Bare Pair is a limited-edition duo of perfect, peach-tinted lacquers in cream and shimmering finishes that can be worn alone or in tandem. And Essie’s Sand Tropez is a warm limestone that will no doubt prove to be an easy transition for all you greige devotees. Sometimes, it’s the most subtle statements that speak the loudest.

Deborah Lippmann Naked lacquer, $16,; Creative Nail Design Perfectly Bare Pair, $20,; Essie Sand Tropez, $8, at salons nationwide.

Photo: Gianni Pucci / at Marc Jacobs; Courtesy of Deborah Lippman; Courtesy of CND; Courtesy of Essie

Five Days Of Glitter: Part Five


Glitter nail polish is one form of the sparkly stuff that everyone, no matter how conservative their beauty tendencies may be, can—and should—get behind. It’s glitter for the people, if you will, and it’s had plenty of moments in the fashion spotlight this year: During the Spring 2011 shows, fingertips at House of Holland, The Blonds, and Topshop Unique were noticeably sparkle-dipped. As you already know, here at Beauty Counter, we believe you can never have too much polish in your repertoire, so I put three glittering new varieties to the test for my final day of this shiny, shimmery experiment.

The Glitter: Lippmann Collection Boom Boom Pow, Revlon Copper Penny, and Mattesé Elite Nutty Hat Guy.

The Application: Easy. Revlon’s Copper Penny is more metallic than glittery, but we couldn’t resist including the rich bronze lacquer with minuscule bits of shimmer. One coat is gorgeous, two feels almost Minx-like. Lippmann Collection’s Boom Boom Pow was inspired by a shoot Deborah Lippmann did with Kate Moss, which gives the polish immediate street cred. Gold glitter and perfectly circular paillettes swim in a clear base; it’s incredibly chic against a clean, bare nail. Finally there’s Mattesé’s Nutty Hat Guy, a whimsical rainbow-colored glitter that is, as its hilarious name implies, a party in a bottle. Much like Boom Boom Pow, it’s beautiful alone, but also adds extra dazzle to a red or fuchsia polish.

The Upside: It’s pretty much impossible to glance at sparkly nails and not smile; glittery fingertips equal fun. The fact that two of the three polishes can be layered over lacquers you already own and love is a major bonus.

The Downside: As delightfully dazzling as they look on the nails, removing glitter polish can sometimes feel akin to rubbing gravel. Instead of tissue or a cotton ball, use a more durable polish pad, like Cutex Essential Care One Step Nail Polish Remover Pads.

The Final Word: Would it be too much to encourage you to buy them all? Because you should.

Photo: Courtesy of; Courtesy of Revlon; Courtesy of Mattesé; Courtesu of Lippmann Collection