568 posts tagged "Nails"
Since adopting a strictly neutral-or-classic-color manicure mandate a few seasons ago, we effectively left our trendy-lacquer days behind us. But there was a time, dear readers, when we spearheaded hand designs, relished in glitter Calgels, and used every last drop of Chanel’s cult-favorite Jade—not to mention the house’s former creative director of makeup Peter Philips’ lesser-known, albeit equally lust-worthy, follow-up, Riva. It debuted at Karl Lagerfeld’s 2010 Cruise collection in Saint-Tropez and immediately became an obsession when we saw Georgia May Jagger and co. walking down the runway, their tips a shade of creamy robin’s egg that somehow broke the pastel-aqua mold. It was a limited edition, sadly, but we’ve often thought about it in summers since—newfound minimal mantra not withstanding—as it truly was the perfect complement to warm, tanned limbs. That’s why Leigh Lezark’s azure fingers at Henry Holland’s Resort dinner last night in New York struck a chord with us—especially considering our recent discovery of RGB Cosmetics’ new sky-hued varnish called Pool. Needless to say, the combination is giving us some surprisingly colorful ideas for our weekend nail-salon plans. You, too?
In the new issue of Allure, Amy Adams gets real about her outlook on beauty. “Perfect isn’t normal, nor is it interesting,” she says. “Some of these actresses or public personas who are very public about their disciplined diets, more power to them. I just don’t see the point.” Adams, the latest actress to assume the role of Lois Lane in the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, also gets candid about her reliance on makeup. “I have no features without makeup,” she admits. “I am pale. I have blonde lashes. You could just paint my face—it’s like a blank canvas. It can be great for what I do.” [Us]
To celebrate the launch of its new 777-300ER on the Los Angeles-to-London route, American Airlines has teamed up with the British brand Nails Inc. on a limited-edition lacquer. Called 2 Park, after the address of the airline’s frequent-flier program’s headquarters in New York, the dove-gray varnish will only be available at the nail salon in the Admirals Club at Heathrow Airport—while supplies last. [Jaunted]
He might have lost out to Channing Tatum for the title of People‘s Sexiest Man Alive last year, but Bradley Cooper is having the last laugh. The Hangover star has just been voted “Best Hair,” according to a new poll conducted in the U.K. [The Sun]
High-low fashion partnerships are a dime a dozen these days. Topshop has teamed up with Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou; Target has showcased capsule collections from Proenza Schouler and Alice Temperley; and H&M has stocked studded leather jackets designed by Donatella Versace, party dresses from Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, and, starting this Fall, quintessentially cool wardrobe staples from Isabel Marant. Now, the beauty world is following suit. With Walgreens and Duane Reade’s The Look boutique and home-shopping channels such as QVC and HSN leading the charge, prestige beauty products are becoming more and more accessible to the masses—especially since Costco launched its Beauty’s Most Wanted program.
The members-only wholesale-shopping destination that specializes in everything from clothing and electronics to grocery, pet-supply, and even funeral essentials (not lying) launched a three-piece hair collection with Orlando Pita last month, showcasing an Argan-oil-enriched shampoo, conditioning treatment, and hair oil created by the legendary hair hero, and today it added makeup and nail ranges to its arsenal. Celebrity face painter, and Gwyneth Paltrow favorite, Pati Dubroff has designed a twelve-color eye-shadow palette, as well as chubby eye and lip pencils, for her debut offering, while green-leaning nail artist Jenna Hipp has released a What’s Hot Now kit that features a dozen eco-friendly lacquers in pastel, bold, and glitter-flecked hues that come packaged together with a nail file. Now you can buy that oversize dog bed you’ve been in the market for and get your upscale polish fix in one fell swoop.
Available at select Costco locations and at www.costco.com.
January Jones has cut her hair. The Mad Men star has gone for short, graduated layers—with bangs! [Daily Mail]
Also making hair-transformation headlines today is Jennifer Connelly, who has sheared off her long raven-hued locks in favor of a super-chic bob. [HuffPo]
Believe it or not, even Jennifer Aniston gets hair envy. When asked if she had a hair icon recently, she responded, “Kate Middleton.” Mark another one for the Duchess. [E!]
Breaking: Justin Bieber wears makeup—just a little concealer, some powder, and a bit of brow gel, according to makeup artist Kirsti van Zyl. Gotta look good for the fans, you know? [Hollywood Life]
No word on whether Biebs is into polish, too, but man-icures are apparently a growing part of the booming nail business. [New York Times]
The Quandary: I know public nail clipping is off limits, but what’s the protocol on public nail filing?
The Expert in Residence: Deborah Lippmann, founder and creative director of Deborah Lippmann
The Advice: “When you have a chipped nail or frayed edge, you should clean it up as soon as possible, not only because of the appearance but, more importantly, you don’t want to further break or damage the nail. If you don’t address the problem, you’re at risk of worsening the nail. I’m in total agreement that clipping nails in public is inappropriate. At the same time, filing nails in public isn’t very acceptable either, so it’s important to find a solution that works best for the situation.
“I recommend going to the ladies’ room to quickly file the nail, if you can. You can also be very subtle about it if you’re in a social setting and hide your hand as you file and just file the nail enough to address the concern. You could even put your hand in your purse and file it quickly and then pull out a lipstick, if you don’t want it to be obvious that you were filing. It’s extremely important to always have a file, like my Smooth Operator, with you, because you want something very fine to address the issue. The idea isn’t to shape the nail in that moment but to file the edge until you’re in the proper setting to really fix the nail.
“To that end, biting the nail or cuticle is worse than filing in public. If you think that you will be tempted to bite the nail rather than wait to file it, I would certainly opt for pulling out a file. Resist the temptation to bite, because that will make the problem worse, whether it’s a cuticle or rough nail. It’s very common for people to try to use their teeth, so it’s important to be prepared with a gentle file to help avoid temptation. One of the most important aspects of growing nails is having all of the edges smooth.
“A great tip for something that you’re able to do in public that actually stimulates nail growth is to massage the cuticles. The actual nail forms just below the cuticle, and when you massage the cuticle, you bring blood into that area of the nail, which promotes healthier nail growth—and this is something that you can do without anyone noticing!”