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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.
From the VMAs to Girls—it’s all about Brooklyn. While Williamsburg holds strong as the hipster mecca, the artists and creative types are making an exodus to the slightly grungier Bushwick at a rate that would make Moses proud. (Whether it’s due to the rise in rent or the fact that the once seedy streets are now flooded with tourists is anyone’s guess.) And along with the cool kids, nail polish is also moving in that direction—at least according to Priti NYC (a line of nontoxic lacquers) and up-and-coming designer Charles Harbison. For his impending Spring 2014 presentation, Harbison collaborated with the beauty brand to create a crimson shade (his signature color) that he dubbed Bushwick Red after his on-the-rise neighborhood. “The different types of people, street style, and exotic food are a constant source of inspiration,” he explains. Though red nails are hardly revolutionary, we’re looking forward to seeing manicures with BK street cred this season.
Available mid-October at www.pritinyc.com.
In the age of accent nails, airbrush art, and pierced tips, service often stands second in the pursuit of the perfect (and Instagram-worthy) polish job. But Olive & June—the latest nail destination to open in Beverly Hills—is going back to basics by elevating the salon experience for the modern set. Aimed at filling the void between the hole-in-the-wall quickie shops and more time-intensive spas, Olive & June owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle teamed up with TENOVERSIX‘s beloved retailers-turned-designers, Brady Cunningham and Kristen Lee, to conceive an inviting and fully functional space. The pair, who in the past created their own nail color, Blonde on Blonde, for RGB, worked with Tuttle to blend the interior design and merchandising of the product on display. The result is an airy, California-inspired space that feeds Tuttle’s New Yorker-turned-Angeleno aesthetic. Locally made custom furniture provides a seamless transition from reception area to nail station, while a pristine wall of lacquers prominently displays an eye-catching assortment of RGB, NARS, Butter London, and other fresh hues. And true to their promise, the nail salon also takes great care to cater to your every modern-day convenience. Once you’ve safely stowed your keys and bag, iPads and Wi-Fi are at your disposal. Mani trends might come and go, but the comfort of a well-conceived salon experience never gets old.
Olive & June, 430 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California, (310) 247-0500; www.olivejune.com.