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When Anatole Rainey, the freshly appointed Dior International Nail Designer, first came to Paris, it was to learn French. As fate would have it, he found himself behind the scenes at fashion shows and on shoots, putting his hobby—painting—to work for the likes of Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, and Gisele Bündchen. “I just started helping out a manicurist friend and it kind of turned into a job,” he explained with characteristic modesty.
And not just any job. Today, Rainey splits his time between his native London and Paris, where he brings his considerable talents to Dior’s ever-expanding line of lacquers. “The relaunch of the Dior Vernis polish is exciting because I love color, shine, and shading. It has the finish of a gel, and the adhering power of techno polymer glass technology,” he said, bringing it all back down to earth with, “[This new formula] really grabs onto the nail.”
Rainey’s not giving anything away, of course, but already the limited-edition Nail Artistry Box (launching April 1 in Europe) makes it possible to paint Monsieur Dior’s favorite symbols—such as stars and clovers—onto the nail. (One of his favorite looks for summer: sailor blue stars on an otherwise transparent nude manicure.) “Some people love 3-D nail art, but I like to interpret it in a slightly more chic way. It’s more graphic and simple,” he said, adding, “Let’s just say there’s more to come than nail polish.”
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.”
Flashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Alina
The Moment: Talonlike Tips
The Motivation: Just like fashion, manicure trends, too, are cyclical. And while nail art has finally started to make its descent from stardom, it seems that the slim, pointed shape of the sixties and seventies is back. From Rihanna’s crimson claws to Daria Werbowy’s latest Céline ads (where she sports bloodred tips), all signs point to a this extra-long—and almost lethal—length.
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.