July 29 2014

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42 posts tagged "Manicure"

Louboutin Launches Manicure-Themed Shoes Alongside Nail Lacquer


A first look at Christian Louboutin’s preliminary venture into the beauty arena—a crimson lacquer called Rouge Louboutin that boasts a black pointed cap eight inches tall (the same height as the heel on the Ballerina Ultima, a shoe he designed in collaboration with David Lynch for his exhibition aptly titled Fetish)—might have you mistaking it for a weapon. While the brand assures me that this “objet d’art” is TSA-approved, the blood-red polish is dangerously sexy—similar to one of Louboutin’s stilettos. (For the record, our social media editor swears that this spiked topper is ergonomically friendly, saying that the shape makes it easier to hold and apply.) In the video above, the famed footwear designer, who worked as an apprentice at the Folies Bergère in the eighties, cites showgirls as some of his beauty icons, saying: “There’s one thing about showgirls and performers in general, it’s the transformation of a woman to another woman.” And naturally, no metamorphosis would be complete without glossy, chip-free fingertips.


Seeing as the iconic red sole was developed in 1992 after the designer ripped a bottle of scarlet nail polish from his assistant’s desk on a whim and painted the bottom of a prototype, it seems only appropriate that his launch into the already-saturated world of cosmetics would begin in much the same way. Never one to blend in, his extensive range of 30 additional shades—comprising three color families, all with caps clocking in at seven inches tall, dubbed The Pops (vivid cobalts, pinks, and greens), The Noirs (vampy hues), and The Nudes (varying tones of ivory and chocolate that pair well with his capsule collection of shoes of the same name)—will be sold not at the beauty counter, but alongside his towering heels. The weighty glass flacon comes with a price tag that also exceeds traditional expectations: $50. (But compared to a $700 pair of pumps, it’s almost a bargain.) And come September, a line of Loubs that pay homage to the manicure will arrive on the shelves—some boasting acrylic-like tips in shades of silver, gold, and red. Here, a sneak peek at the teetering footwear that bridges the gap between beauty and fashion.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

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;