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

#NailArt How-to with Paintbox NYC Creative Director Julie Kandalec

If you haven’t figured out, yes, it’s nail art week at BlackBook, and yes, our desks are covered in polish bottles. So far we covered nail art designs inspired by the runways of Chanel and Acne… this next one is straight from the mind of celeb manicurist and Paintbox creative director Julie Kandalec.

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Get the look with Estée Lauder matte polishes in Negligée, Army Candy, and Heart Beet.

How to Get Chanel FW14 Printed Nails

Sitting down with celeb nail artist and Paintbox creative director Julie Kandalec is a dream; she’s a treasure trove of nail art ideas. We asked her to come up with mani how-tos inspired by some of our favorite runway looks. (See the first here.)

This manicure is inspired by Chanel FW14 — specifically the geometric print that graced more than a few looks at the show. Here’s a detail:


Great print, right? Here’s how to get the look with your next manicure:

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End result? #Chanails.


Get the look with Nars in Paradiso, Formula X in Enigma, Illamasqua in Optimist, and Morgan Taylor in Super Ultra Violet.

Check out celeb nail artist Julie Kandalec’s FW14 Acne print how-to here, and stay tuned for more this week.

Get Nail Art à la Acne Studios with Paintbox NYC’s Julie Kandalec

When we had the chance to sit with Julie Kandalec —  celeb nail artist extraordinaire and the creative director of Manhattan nail art salon Paintbox — we couldn’t resist getting her to devise a few how-tos for us. This one’s inspired by the swirly black and white pattern that graced a few looks at the Acne FW14 show, and will soon hit stores.

We love this look. Here’s how to get it on your nails:

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And there you have it — an Acne FW14 print-inspired mani you can do at home.

Get the look with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in White On and Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Noir Primitif.

Stay tuned this week for more nail art how-tos from Paintbox creative director Julie Kandalec.


STYLE SCOOP: Remembering L’Wren Scott, Phoebe Philo’s OBE, Trouble In Gel Manicure Heaven

WWD speaks to L’Wren Scott’s friends and collaborators about what they’ll remember most about the stylist, designer, and friend. Scott was found hanging from a scarf, dead in her apartment on Monday morning from an apparent suicide.

Phoebe Philo received her Order of the British Empire from Prince Charles this weekend for her services to fashion. Wonder if Kate Middleton will start wearing Céline now?

Bad news for gel mani lovers; the UV lights, chemicals, and unskilled professionals (horror!) might be worse for you than you think.