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LFW Backstage Beauty Alert: NARS Crosses The Pond


After spreading its backstage beauty wings last month, sponsoring its first-ever Couture show at Bouchra Jarrar in Paris, NARS Cosmetics made a convincing case for taking its face-painting show on the road. While François Nars’ beloved brand is a fixture at New York fashion week, frequently turning up at Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Thakoon, it has yet to become a global fashion force to be reckoned with in cities across the pond. But that’s about to change. has just learned that Nars will be spear-heading makeup and nail duties at Christopher Kane’s Fall show in London, supplying makeup artist Lucia Pieroni and nail artist Sophy Robson with a veritable rainbow of pigments and polishes with which to create runway magic. Word on the street is that this is just the beginning of a an expansion that, if you ask us, is a long time coming. Stay tuned.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

Lips And Tips, A Love Affair


Nude nails made a comeback at the Fall shows and continued to dominate more outlandish, allout nail art experiments for Spring—with a few notable exceptions, that is. Missoni and McQueen got minxed and Sophy Robson etched individual hieroglyphics onto tips backstage at Topshop Unique, while Jin Soon christened the “slim silhouette” backstage at Prabal Gurung. But as the battle between neutral and next-level manicures raged on, we noticed another trend rearing its pretty polished head: matching lips and tips. Before Mary Quant started picking nail lacquers according to clothes rather than lipsticks in the 1960s (the British designer revolutionized more than just hem lines), it was all about corresponding pout and polish colors. Both Jason Wu and Donna Karan reprised the tradition with classic crimsons and deep burgundies at their shows in September—and makeup artist Maud Laceppe and manicurist Michina Koide have modernized it in the new issue of Numéro with an electric blue mouth and fingers lacquered in the same powdery shade. We’ve personally moved on from the-crazier-the-better varnishing acts, but we’re always plenty happy to give credit to creativity where credit is due. Would you do blue?

Photo: Sebastian Kim for Numero #129; Luca Cannonieri /

Sophy Robson, Nail Porn Star


By all accounts, it has been a big year for Sophy Robson. When we last caught up with the manicurist with the most-est back in March, she was masterminding some of Fall’s more luxe nail looks (the red talons at Ungaro and the brown and black matte French manicure at Loewe immediately come to mind). Now, she’s got a nail art collaboration with Sephora under her belt and a brand new salon at Hari’s Hairdressers in Chelsea to call home. “I’m only doing six shows in London,” Robson told us backstage at Topshop (more on that in a bit) about lightening her fashion week load to focus on other endeavors, including Nail Porn her recently conceived polish-and-party concept. “It’s nails and clubs, and music and fun,” she says of the for-hire service, for which she hand-picks members of her talented team and brings the lacquer love to a rager near you (her latest gig was at the Chanel store in London for Fashion’s Night Out). “I like to look at it as my diffusion line,” she says. Robson is also skipping Paris this season—who will do the nails at Vuitton?!—because she’s hard at work on a new product. “It’s a nail accessory, rather than a polish—that’s all I can say.” Consider our interest officially piqued.

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This Is England, Backstage at House of Holland


With influences as far-flung as Shane Meadows’ 2006 film This Is England, about a group of skinheads in 1983 London, and what he termed “pastel punk,” Henry Holland gave his glam squad plenty to work with for Spring. And believe us when we tell you it was a legitimate squad, featuring Lucia Pica on makeup duty, Sophy Robson heading up nails, the Percy & Reed salon’s Adam Reed and Paul Percival tending to hair, and St. Tropez’s Nichola Joss taking care of the skin. “It’s supposed to look bold, but not glamorous,” Pica said of the makeup look, which focused on a peachy red, heavily lined eye. Blending shades of MAC Pro Chromacake in crimson and coral, Pica smudged lids for a “watercolorlike” wash that resembled the natural undertones of the truly pale. Beneath the bottom lash line, she etched a thick black stroke using MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, which she topped with its Fluidline in Blacktrack and an extra dusting of matte black shadow so it looked “fairly lived-in,” Pica said. A few coats of “pulled-out” mascara and a completely bare lip finished the face, which was given a heavy hitting of shine, courtesy of MAC Shine Mixing Medium and St. Tropez’s Skin Illuminator in Rose Gold, before models strode out onto the runway.

Joss was also after shine, which she imparted to exposed legs, arms, and clavicles using St. Tropez’s Wash Off self tanner that was sprayed on in a mobile booth erected backstage. “It’s very British,” she said of the finish, which, for the record, bore zero resemblance to the stereotypical orange faux glow preferred by some locals. Instead, Joss imparted a dewy quality to skin—as though “the girls had been out partying,” she said. “This just evens it out and gives an undercurrent of glow so you can put an illuminator on top.”

Reed was going for something quintessentially British, as well. “It’s a mod finish,” he said of the hair, focusing his attention on a severely sleek updo that was prepped with the Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray from his newly launched Percy & Reed product line. Straightening with his trusty Babyliss iron, Reed created a top section of hair that he pulled back at the temple and pinned with a long, rose-gold barrette, before gathering the rest of the lengths into a low ponytail and securing with a second barrette at the nape of the neck. To add “quirkiness,” he gently “ruffled up” some wispy sideburns. Robson also brought the quirk, fashioning half-done, candy-colored tips that benefited from a sponge technique bringing three different Leighton Denny lacquers in a pale lavender, mint green, and peach halfway up the nail bed, which had been filed into a round shape. “They’re supposed to look chipped,” she noted.

Photo: Becky Maynes;

Sophy Robson x Sephora


As avid readers of Sophy Robson’s blog, we caught wind of the London-based manicurist with the mostest’s collaboration with Sephora by OPI some time ago. But what exactly would it be and when, oh when, would it be available for our consumption? The news finally came yesterday, when the mega beauty emporium officially launched six nail art looks curated by Robson on its website. The concept is a clever one: Sephora by OPI has given Robson free reign of its extensive inventory to dream up designs that can be easily duplicated at home. How easily, you ask? If the step by step instructions for applying individual gemstones with tweezers and cutting precise shapes out of designer appliqués don’t clear things up for you, the how-to videos sure will. For a good weekend activity, take a gander at Robson’s recipe for “Wild Giraffe” nails below, and click here to marvel at her other strokes of genius.

Step 1
Find the right size of Sephora by OPI Chic Prints for Nails in Giraffe for each nail, and use scissors to cut out crescent-shaped tips.

Step 2
Draw half moons on the remainder of the Chic Prints for Nails, and cut out all ten.

Step 3
Apply two coats of Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Caught With My Khakis Down, and let dry.

Step 4
Place the tips and moons on the tips and bases of your nails, respectively.

Step 5
Seal with a coat of Sephora by OPI Nail Treatment – 3 in 1 Base, Top & Strengthener.