A Holiday Manicure That Won’t Chip off in the Turkey

It’s happened to all of us. No matter how pristine your manicure before you head home for the holidays, it’s as if you never even tried as soon as someone asks for your help in the kitchen. Gone is the shiny top coat, and then it’s only a matter of time before your mother points out the chipping. So what’s a helpful gal to do this time of year?

We know that sometimes the only times in your schedule to get a manicure are the off hours the salons aren’t open, so to replicate the strength and long-lasting effects of a gel mani at home, we’re reaching for Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab, a base and top coat that seals in shine and gives you the strength and durability your hardworking hands need.

No UV light needed, no weird remover required. And it works with whatever color you want.

Just one more thing to be thankful for.

Get Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab here.

Photographer: Justin Bridges
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist/Manicurist: Ashley Rebecca
Model: Ella Petrushko (Marilyn)
Fashion/Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Location: Ammon Carver Studio

Bloody Good Nails

The hottest colors of the new season also happen to be the deepest. When nails get a high intensity dose, the bottles don’t stand a chance. These polishes are powerful… and they’re bloody good.


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Shop the hottest fall colors:
3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS in ‘Insidious’
Deborah Lippmann in ‘Take the “A” Train’
Jin Soon x Tess Giberson collection in ‘Farrago’
MAC in ‘Midnight Sky’
Estée Lauder Pure Color in ‘Lust’

All jewelry by Eddie Borgo

Photographer: Jacob Brown
Manicurist: Julie Kandalec (Bryan Bantry)
Manicure Assistant: Jini Lim
Special Effects: Allison Huntington Chase
Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

3 Nude (Not Naked) Nails to Get You Through Fashion Week

Here comes fashion week. Oh and freezing rain, and the streets have flooded with the resulting sludge… so in case you already didn’t feel there was enough to contend with (footwear, anyone?! and how many great coats can one gal have?) the usual concerns are still there. Like nail polish, and the fact that reaching into various tote bags and purses 19 thousand times per day doesn’t help a manicure to last and last. But at least Hunter boots don’t require buckles, am I right?

Considering there isn’t a minute to breathe when the shows commence, choosing a nail color that can get you through the week (and life, really, even if you’re not rushing from venue to venue) is of the utmost. Neutral is the way to go in case of chips (and for the most discreet of amateur touch ups), but boring is not. That’s why I did a little research on some of the best nude non-nudes (i.e. nudes with a little kick) to see us through.

Deborah Lippmann’s Diamonds and Pearls

Because diamonds (and pearls) are a girl’s best friend, and this so-shimmery-it’s-shiny clear polish with an orangey pick up is the shit. There it is above on Lupita Nyong’o with a mani by Ms. Lippmann herself.

Fluorescent Beige by Marc Jacobs

It veers toward mauve. It dries in nano seconds. It’s Marc Jacobs. You’ve never met a cooler nude (ish. Nude ish).



Clinique‘s nude nail polishes — pick a shade, any shade.

For any skin tone, Clinique has a milk-opaque nude to match. Or go off-color for something right on.

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BlackBook Backstage: Beauty Tips For NYFW Looks

Richard Chai Love
Inspiration: “Lightness”

Makeup: Using a MAC Cosmetics liner (in Dirty Blonde), James Kaliardos created a ’60s-inspired “floating contour” that outlined slightly above the lash line. The rest of the face was paled out and kept nude with MAC’s lip conditioner and lip concealer (in Dim).

Hair: Kevin Ryan of Aveda parted the hair in two sharp angles and sleeked it back into a low ponytail. To achieve this shiny, “sporty” look, he used gel and finished with plant-derived hair oil.

Nails: For a subtle shimmer effect, Julep’s lead nail stylist Jane Park used a liquid gold polish with a matte top coat (in Sienna). 


Creatures of the Wind – Shane Gabier and Chris Peter
Inspiration: “1960s culture”

Makeup: Nars’ Global Director of Artistry James Boehmer combined a velvet matte lip pencil (in Damned) and lipstick (in Fire Down Below) for the cranberry eye shadow effect, then lined the lower lashes with a silver shadow (in Factory Girl) and thick silver liner (from the Andy Warhol collection).

Hair: Odile Gilbert of Kérastase Paris used an origami-inspired folding technique to keep the models’ sleek, straight hair short. Stylists then completed the look with 60s-inspired hairnets.

Nails: Essie’s lead nail tech Ana-Maria kept things simple with two coats of a solid rose beige polish (in Topless and Barefoot).


Honor – Giovanna Randall
Inspiration: “Anatomy”

Makeup: For a natural look, Romy Soleimani, with Stila for Beauty.com, hydrated using Erno Laszlo’s Light Controlling Lotion, followed by Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer. She then mixed a white eye shadow (in Opal) with Erno Laszlo’s Luminous Eye Complex, curled the lashes, and added the Glamoureyes mascara. A touch of lip gloss (in Banana), custom blush, and shimmer powder (in Kitten) finished the look.

Hair: Using Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Hairspray and Surf Spray to set a base, James Pecis styled two French braids tightly against the head (representing “muscles and filaments”), which he gathered and wrapped naturally at the nape of the neck. Rhinestone pins were then tucked into the back of the braid.

Nails: “The makeup was natural with some highlighting, but we didn’t want shimmer on the nail,” said Deborah Lippmann, who useda white-on-white combination (two coats of Amazing Grace and one coat of Like A Virgin), topped by a new polish (launching in the spring) that has the same high-shine effect as a gel manicure.  


Collages by Maggie Duffy/Images courtesy of Imaxtree.com and Gorunway.com

Fashion News You Need to Know – 10/2

What’s going on in the wild world of fashion? A lot. Read on.

Marc Moves On

Well, it’s official. Marc Jacobs officially confirmed that he will step down from Louis Vuitton after a glorious 16 year run. That doesn’t mean he’s done with LVMH, who owns a decent chunk of Marc’s namesake line; Jacobs and LVMH have plans to prep Marc Jacobs for IPO. Still, no successor has been named at Louis Vuitton (though I have my fingers crossed for Ghesquière.)

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Surprise, surprise, there’s more Saint Laurent drama this season. Hedi Slimane, who has made a point of picking fights with many of fashion’s major players since taking the helm at (Yves) Saint Laurent but a few seasons ago, is at it again. This time, he’s asked Parisian retailer Colette to meet him by the flagpole after school, as they carried those Ain’t Laurent Without Yves shirts so popular with the street style photogs. Colette isn’t the only store to do so, and it also heeded Slimane’s request to take the shirts off their e-commerce site. No word on Slimane’s rationale, though the end of their business relationship will destroy about $136,690 of wholesale business. 


Do you need a manicure? Deborah Lippmann opened her first salon yesterday at the Miraval resort in Arizona. 

Pretty, Pretty Proenza

Something else to look forward to for spring, aside from the clothes? MAC announced that it is collaborating on a collection with Proenza Schouler, due out in April. I have a feeling it’ll focus on neutrals, but I’m hoping lamé from the spring collection will sneak in as well, maybe as an eyeliner…


‘Girls’ Gets Its Own Nail Polish Collection

If you’re scratching your head as to why HBO’s show Girls needs its own nail polish collection through Deborah Lippmann, at least now your nails can look cute doing it.

In the most recent issue of InStyle magazine, Lippmann announced a limited edition set of nail polishes "inspired" by each character on the show. You can see each color as it looks in the bottle at the link.

There’s "Hannah," a hunter green that looks "dirty" (?) and "cool," since Hannah is "independent and moody."

"Shoshanna" is a light violet, which is "eager," "sweet" and "playful."

"Marnie" is a "prim and proper pink."

And "Jessa" is a "bohemian burgandy" because her character is "hippy-dippy and sexual."

And there you have it: a weird little look into how makeup companies imbue so much meaning behind something as stupid as a color

This isn’t Deborah Lippman’s first foray into co-branding her (expensive — $16!) nail polishes with TV shows: in August she debuted a whole makup collection, including polishes, in conjunction with True Blood. As silly as I think all this co-branding stuff is getting, though, I’m not going to pretend I won’t be buying a bottle of "Shoshanna."

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