August 27 2014

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576 posts tagged "Nails"

Look Good Naked: The Stella McCartney Manicure


nailsManicurist 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.

Mani Cam: Deborah Lippmann’s Oscar Night


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: Lady in Red


AlinaFlashback 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.

Photo: Hervé Lafond for Jalouse France, 1998; courtesy of

Tokyo Touch



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

Where Brooklyn At?


Priti Nail Polish

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

Photos: Wallyg/Flickr; Courtesy of Priti NYC