July 25 2014

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What We’re Wearing This Week: A Patriotic Polish Job

-------’s resident nail polish guru (and photo editor), Nicola Kast, beats the workday blues by hitting the bottle. Here, she shares the lacquer she’s loving this week.

We’re celebrating the good ol’ US of A a few days early here at—and with a polish as patriotic as the Formula X Liberty Top Coat, how could you not? Despite the fact that Kast cheers on the “wrong team” during the World Cup (born in Germany, the motherland still tugs at her heartstrings when it comes to soccer), she has an affinity for all things Americana, specifically the red, white, and blue knitwear that sauntered down Raf Simons’ Fall 2014 menswear runway (a show he collaborated on with artist Sterling Ruby). And since a sweater doesn’t exactly pair well with a steamy 4th of July BBQ, she’ll be wearing this clear lacquer littered with confetti instead.

Formula X Liberty Top Coat, $12.50;

What We’re Wearing This Week: Côte No. 102


cote-manicure’s resident nail polish guru (and photo editor), Nicola Kast, beats the workday blues by hitting the bottle. Here, she shares the lacquer she’s loving this week.

We’d be lying if we didn’t admit we were swayed by the fact that this dove polish (number 102) from Côte perfectly complements this foster kitten’s eyes. (Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this manicure and meow-maker can be yours—his name is Don and he’s a member of a Mad Men-themed litter. We think it’s safe to assume he’ll be a more loyal companion than Mr. Draper.) But aside from the fact that this lacquer goes hand in hand with the aforementioned fluffy feline, Kast says she no longer needs fifty shades of gray in her collection—this opaque oyster color is her latest go-to for hands and feet. “It’s my new summer neutral—I like how the cool tone contrasts against sun-kissed skin,” she explained. It also pairs equally well with a ginger tabby.

Côte Nail Color in No. 102, $16;

Emmy Rossum Goes Mad for Plaid



We recently pointed out women who are bringing nail art to the forefront after a runway season full of nudes, and it appears that Emmy Rossum is joining the list of supporters. Always daring with her beauty choices, she made the most of her moons by painting them with evil eyes for a Jimmy Choo party earlier this spring, and at last night’s fete celebrating the Uber and American Express partnership, she opted for a tweed design to offset her houndstooth Monique Lhuillier dress. Manicurist Katie Jane Hughes created the “fun yet grown-up” pattern by basing fingertips with Butter London Nail Foundation, followed by two thin coats of Trallop (an opaque caramel). Using Fash Pack (a taupe-y mushroom), Union Jack Black, Bobby Dazzler (a shimmery platinum), and Wallis (a metallic olive-gold), she crosshatched the colors with a striping brush. “By [painting] through wet lacquer, you get a more textured effect,” she noted. A matte topcoat was used to seal the design before West End Wonderland (a glittery gold polish) was employed to add a hint of sparkle to the sophisticated plaid.

A Beauty Bungalow You Should Visit Before Hitting the Beach



California is consistently on the cutting edge of green beauty, and keeping pace is Côte, a newly opened nail salon located on a busy stretch in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood that boasts an extensive in-house line of 109 hand-poured, five-free (i.e., formulated without formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, and formaldehyde resin) polishes. This “eco-friendly” destination is a literal breath of fresh air—the Cape Cod-like bungalow houses eleven manicure and pedicure stations with both indoor and outdoor seating options. And though Earth-conscious, the total experience is far from crunchy: iPads are available for smudge-free perusing while clients indulge in the spa’s signature Luxe treatment for hands or feet—a service that incorporates an exfoliating massage with the brand’s own sugar scrub, a collagen treatment, argan oil application on cuticles, and for pedicures includes a hot-stone foot massage. Classic manis and pedis, along with stand-alone foot massages, are also on the menu. And post-polish job, you can browse the boutique filled with Côte’s candles and body goods, as well as home and fashion accessories from local designers. But no matter how you decide to de-stress, the fresh scents and open-air space make for an innovative nail care concept where luxe, all-natural products are front and center—a place they should undoubtedly remain.

11714 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, (310) 820-0906;


DIY Stella McCartney’s “Superhero” Nails


stella-resortIf there’s one thing we can expect at every Stella McCartney show, it’s neutral nails. Light pink or nude—you’d be hard-pressed to find a bottle backstage that competed with the designer’s clothes. And for Resort, the situation was no different. Manicurist Madeline Poole painted catwalkers’ fingertips with Sally Hansen’s forthcoming Miracle Gel polish in Bare Dare, but created “superhero” nail art inspired by one of the quirky patterns in the collection. “I zoomed in and blew up different aspects of the masks to create an abstract design,” said Poole. “I don’t like to do anything too complicated—a graphic that’s big and bold always communicates better.” Here, the pro breaks down how to get the look (no cape or superhuman skills required).

1. Push back cuticles using Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover and an orangewood stick.

2. Gently polish the surface of nails with a buffing block, mist with water, and scrub with a brush. Complete the prep process by wiping fingertips clean of any residue with polish remover.

3. Paint the thumb and pinky finger with two coats of a solid color. (In this case, Poole chose Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye, on shelves in July.) “I like when there’s asymmetry to a manicure,” she said.

4. Choose bright, comic book-esque shades for the ring, middle, and pointer fingers. (Here, she chose Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Electri-Cute and Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away! and Mellow Yellow.) Layer on two coats.

5. Once the base coat is dry, draw a semicircle in a contrasting color from one edge of the nail bed three-quarters of the way to the other side—leaving space between your cuticle and the graphic shape. (In addition to the colors already in the rotation, Poole used Miracle Gel in Twiggy over the blue on our model’s middle finger.)

6. Repeat the same steps on the adjacent finger while you’re waiting for your semicircle to dry.

7. Add a second layer to each semicircle once they’ve had time to set.

8. Finish with a clear topcoat and clean up any excess polish around the nail bed with a makeup brush dipped in remover. Poole used the E.l.f. Essential Concealer Brush, which will only set you back $1.

While you wait for McCartney’s Resort pieces to hit stores, consider this manicure an instant form of gratification.