19 posts tagged "Manicure"
Manicurist Madeline Poole was on hand backstage at Stella McCartney to paint models’ nails with a flesh-colored polish—a task that seems quite simple, but is in fact rather challenging considering that nude does not in fact equate to light beige (a point Christian Louboutin and Clinique recently underscored with collections of shoes and makeup). Choosing a nail lacquer is similar to selecting a foundation in that you need to consider both the opacity and the color, Poole explained. Based upon the state of your nails, you may want to prep with a primer (an opaque formula) and layer it with a “tinted moisturizer” of sorts (a sheer pink). Poole coated fingertips with unique combinations of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Cafe Au Lait, Nude Now, Shell We Dance, and Shore Enough according to each girl’s skin tone. And at $8 a bottle, you can afford to experiment and find your perfect match.
With Paris fashion week in full swing, staying awake long enough to watch even the red carpet was next to impossible. Lucky for me, I had quite an impressive force on the ground taking notes. Here, manicurist Deborah Lippmann shares her behind-the-scenes snaps:
DL’s Kit: “What started off as organized has gotten out of control! And in just one day.”
Even the Pros Primp: “My personal glam squad getting me ready. Loving this new mascara—a special gift from my lovely friend [and Lupita Nyong'o's makeup man] Nick Barose.”
Pre-Red Carpet Love: Lupita and her brother Junior.
Ultimate Photo Op: “Ever the photographer, Nick getting a shot of Lupita through the window.”
Triple Threat: “All of the fabulous women who helped complement [and create!] the amazing Jennifer Lawrence’s look.” Lippmann included (seen at left).
JLaw’s Lacquer: “A special combination of Sarah Smile and Tiny Dancer.”
Tattoos have quickly become more commonplace backstage—models are not the blank canvases of seasons past. Yesterday at Prada, I saw a makeup artist hard at work with a concealer palette in hand, doing her best to camouflage a feather inked on a model’s neck. And of course, Cara Delevingne’s many tats made an appearance at Fendi (albeit all were covered up, either by white gloves or a face-framing fur hat). One spot I haven’t seen get much attention, however, are the cuticles. Sure, Delevingne has a lion permanently drawn onto her forefinger, but the area surrounding her nail still remains pristine. Leave it to London-based Ciaté—the company that brought velvet, caviar, and chalkboard manicures to the masses—to change all that with its latest launch: Cuticle Tattoos. These temporary transfers featuring bows, blooms, stars, and diamonds are designed to be positioned on the skin just outside the nail bed. It seems beauty brands have moved beyond nail art and are seeking (slightly) higher ground.
The fashion world may be focused on Fall 2014, but Essie released a nail polish line this month designed to complement resortwear—and after schlepping through the slush during Winter Storm Pax, I could use a beach retreat right about now. But seeing as there are still weeks of shows ahead, a manicure will just have to suffice. The four lacquers in the range are reminiscent of the hues that populated designers’ collections in June: Resort Fling (a coral similar to Look 9 at Ralph Rucci), Cocktails & Coconuts (a sand comparable to the camel-colored leather separates at Alexander Wang), Find Me an Oasis (an icy blue like that of the delicate dress in Look 9 at Chloé), and Under the Twilight (a rich plum parallel to Look 15 at 3.1 Phillip Lims’s collection). And at $8.50 a bottle, everyone can afford to dip a toe (or finger) in paradise.
At this point, nail art seems a bit passé. However, when you can perfectly execute the embellishments from Stella McCartney’s Resort collection on fingertips, we have to applaud. And apparently, so does McCartney, as she re-posted this photo from a rather dexterous fan to her Instagram account. Another gem the designer shared via social media just hours ago: this kiss from Cara Delevingne—arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day.