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Nail art is serious business in Japan—and not just for the ladies. Men, particularly those looking to get noticed in the competitive (and often humdrum) job market, are using their manicure to forge ahead. But this doesn’t mean that the guys are necessarily gabbing about their fancy fingertips over power lunches. It’s still an underground world that only a select few are privy to. “It’s actually quite like that Brad Pitt movie Fight Club: We’re not supposed to talk about it to people on the outside. The guys who do it all know each other, mostly through the online groups they belong to, but we make a point of never telling anyone else about the nail salons we use. Rule number one—and two—about business nail: You do not talk about business nail!” one man, who shall remain nameless, told Japan Today. But even for those who do manage to integrate themselves into the secret beauty society of bijinesu neiru (business nail), the designs don’t come cheap. “It costs a lot of money, sure—sometimes half of my salary goes to hearts and fake gemstones—but it’s worth doing right, and there are a handful of high-end nail salons that cater to men like us, often after hours because we work late and can’t get there otherwise,” another source told the newspaper. Some of these salons, known as chikane, are found in the red-light districts of the country and include perks other than just a great paint job. But money (and “sensual massages”) aside, the benefits outweigh the monetary losses. One man went from being an unknown “drone” eating “freeze-dried prawns” to baller (upping his salary by 275 percent) after his boss noticed the company’s logo painted on his nails in the cafeteria. If only my net worth were based on my manicure, my stock would be soaring right about now…
UPDATE: Our sources tell us this is story is likely too hilarious to be true.
Despite not nabbing an Oscar this time around, Amy Adams had quite the year—starring as a glamorous con artist (with a seventies wardrobe, hair, and makeup to match) in American Hustle and also wrapping production on Tim Burton’s highly anticipated drama Big Eyes. Massive movie success aside, Adams still claims to be a “practical girl” when it comes to beauty—she shops at Target for tools and isn’t above begging Eucerin to keep producing her favorite body wash. In this month’s Beauty Essentials feature, we reveal the redhead’s top picks and the priceless indulgence she can’t wait to stock up on now that awards season is finally over.
In preparation for last night’s Dior International It Girl event in Paris, where style-savvy social media darlings gathered from all over the globe to toast the new Addict Fluid Stick and Vernis range, Hannah Bronfman teamed up with the house’s glam squad—international makeup artist Violette and newly crowned international nail designer, Anatole Rainey. Together, they crafted her look from head to perfectly polished fingertips (one of which was painstakingly bejeweled with Swarovski crystals) before Bronfman spun the night away in the DJ booth and on the dance floor. Here, her beauty play-by-play.
Rainey offered up his forthcoming favorite polish while he worked: Sailor, a blue lacquer from the limited-edition Transat collection (on counters in April). “To me, that’s the new red. It goes with everything, but it’s very chic, very Dior.” His one no-no? “Matching your outfit to your nails. They need to stand out, like an accessory.”
“She’s wearing a spectacular yellow top with hints of pink, so we decided to go with the pink,” Rainey explained. Make that nearly half the pinks in the Dior Vernis Couture Color collection. He painted each nail a different shade, creating a soft ombré that culminated in Mirage (#338) on Bronfman’s right hand and a shower of Swarovski crystals on the tip of her left ring finger.
“When I see Hannah I feel like she is cool and young and fresh, so she doesn’t need much makeup,” said Violette.
The face painter amped up the fun factor with the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Pandore and Mona-Lisette. “I love things that are in between, it makes a more surprising color,” she said. “[Pandore] is bright without any heaviness,” she said, dabbing a few finishing touches on Bronfman’s lips. “It’s beautiful on Hannah’s skin, but this shade is truly universal.” She swears by the formula’s holding power, too: “When I tested this, I literally ran from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with only one quick touch-up.”
To keep the focus on the lips, Violette kept the rest of Bronfman’s face quite sparse, brushing a little taupe-gray eyeshadow over her lids. “You want it to look natural, not like makeup,” she said.
“Sometimes I get nervous, but for some reason I’m not today,” said Bronfman in her suite at the Hôtel Marignan. As for the evening’s musical lineup, she said, “I’m just going to go and see who’s there, what the crowd’s like, and come up with something. I usually play a good mix of things, like maybe some oldies and some new dance-y songs.”
For her hour-long DJ turn, Bronfman said, “I really wanted something to stand out a little bit.” Thus, a strapless yellow top was the perfect fit. “I thought that putting the accent on my face would be really nice while I’m standing behind a big black computer!”
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.