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6 posts tagged "Manicures"

An App That Puts Nail Art at Your Fingertips; The Subversive World of “Lacquerheads” Revealed; and More

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What happens after a particular shade of nail polish has been discontinued? They’re sought after by “lemmings,” that’s what. (And no, not the rodent kind.) The New York Times looks into the underground communities of die-hard nail polish enthusiasts, where “lacquerheads” search far and wide for VHTF (very hard to find) colors.

In other manicure-related news, Insta-nail art—as in, you can wear your favorite Instagram snapshots on your fingertips—may become a reality thanks to NailSnaps, a soon-to-come mobile app that lets you design your own customized nail stickers. The app is still gathering funding via Kickstarter, but given the endless possibilities (Elle has a few ideas), we think it’ll have no problem getting off the ground.

The Cut interviewed two New York-based artists—illustrator Eli Neugeboren and still-life photographer Christine Blackburne—about their recent collaboration: a series of portraits inspired by painters like Jackson Pollock and John Singer Sargent that, in a cool and unexpected twist, were created by dripping gel nail varnish onto acetate.

In order to promote their spring collection, online clothing retailer Betabrand used doctoral candidates and women with PhDs as models. “Our designers cooked up a collection of smart fashions for spring, so why not display them on the bodies of women with really big brains?” Betabrand founder Chris Lindland told Adweek, noting that each of the seven models was chosen via Facebook and e-mail blasts. This isn’t the first time the San Francisco-based e-commerce site has crowdsourced models—and we hope it isn’t the last.

Photo: NailSnaps

Nail It

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2012-nailympics-cropFor those who were underwhelmed by the back-to-basics, nude fingertips that dominated the Spring 2014 runways, don’t despair. The Italian edition of the Nailympics is set to take place on February 9 and 10 at the Rome Exhibition Center.

In a country where drama builds to decadent excess, Nailympics spotlights the latest international technology and trends through color, embellishment, and fantasy set onto keratin canvases by nail technicians—ranging from nascent students to seasoned veterans.

Four competitions are devoted to various techniques, such as acrylic sculpting, gel sculpting, and French-tip acrylics. Not for the faint of heart (or those who lack a steady hand), the highlight of the event is the Fashion Design Soak Off Manicure, in which artists create elaborate manicures inspired by haute couture. As athletes go to extremes in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, beauty buffs will be doing the same.

Last-Minute Halloween Tips

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We saw more solid paint jobs on the runway than we did nail art, although there were a few exceptions—such as Emerson‘s punklike striped tips adorned with safety pins and Rebecca Minkoff‘s impressive Day of the Dead designs (seen above). But one place that is never short of manicure inspiration is Pinterest. We scoured the site for some of our favorite Halloween-worthy tips that make the perfect finishing touch to any costume. Or if you’re like me and have yet to figure out what you’re putting on this evening, at least you’ll know what your fingers will be wearing.

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National Cat Day happened this week—keep the spirit alive.

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The only time we condone Christmas in October is when it involves skeletons and pinstripes reminiscent of Tim Burton’s holiday classic.

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A monster mash-up: Prabal Gurung blood-splattered tips circa Spring 2013 meet Giles‘ Spring 2014 Katie Grand lip prints.

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Mod white nails get an eight-legged update.

Photos: top, Courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff; blood-drip nails (third photo in series), BeautyHigh.com

Tokyo Touch

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Although we didn’t see much in the way of nail art on the runway for Spring 2014, the trend is still going strong on the street. One of the top manicurists, who is credited with bringing many Japanese techniques and designs stateside, Britney Tokyo partnered with Scratch (a nail-wrap Web site) for the month of October. With these stickers inspired by the neighborhoods of the buzzing metropolis that shares her surname—Harajuku, Roppongi Glam, and Shibuya Fresh—bringing some Tokyo flavor to your tips is possible (without jetting off to Japan). Whether you’re into Technicolor unicorns or a Georgia May Jagger-esque smile stamped on your ring finger, these press-and-go paint jobs are definitely kawaii.

Photo: Courtesy of Scratch

Mani All-Stars On The Move

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The manicures in Milan and Paris have been rather subdued for Spring 2014, with metallic and lipstick red polishes occasionally being slicked on tips. The bottle broken out most, however, seems to be Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Ballerina. And the crowds attending the shows have been sporting equally simple paint jobs (beauty editors included, as most of us have naked nails at this point in the season).

New York, however, was a different story. Everyone was fresh out of the gate and the nail game was fierce. To capitalize on the manicure competition, lacquer legend Deborah Lippmann set up a manicam backstage to capture not only the looks she created (her favorite being the “almond-etto” shape with a white base, pewter point, and bright horizontal stripe at Kate Spade), but those of backstage attendees as well. “I love watching each set of hands walk,” Lippmann said, “There are some that skip or dance down the runway, others are very focused and walk with real intention; while a few sexily slink down the catwalk—it all depends on the color they’re wearing.” She plans to capture more manicure footage by keeping the camera rolling in her office and any other places she goes with great nails. The art on your tips, similar to the clothes that you wear, are a form of self-expression, Lippmann explained, “and this is a great way to allow someone to flaunt it.” Check out the best of the best from the Big Apple in the video above.