When chatting with nail lacquer queen Deborah Lippmann backstage at the Kate Spade presentation during New York Fashion Week, she mentioned a quick tip I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard before. The look she designed for the show was a white nail (she used Deborah Lippmann Silk Collection in Pseudo Silk Kimono, $19 — it’s not on shelves yet) with a silver “cap” tip (Deborah Lippmann Bad Moon Rising, $17 — available soon for holiday 2013) accented with a bright stripe in either red (Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men, $17), yellow (Deborah Lippmann Walking on Sunshine, $17, coming summer 2014) or pink (Deborah Lippmann Groove Is In The Heart, $17). Check out the finished look in the first photo above. It was inspired by Spade’s cap toe shoes, of course. A totally doable nail art look. Especially if you employ the trick that Lippmann demoed for me backstage on her own hand. When you want to paint perfectly straight lines on your nails, she says it’s best to set the finger you are painting flat on a table. Then, hold the brush in one spot (don’t move it at all) and simply roll your finger across the table, so the brush just glides along the top of your nail creating a totally flawless line. That’s it!
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This fall, traditional rich tones get an update — they are going matte. Possibly the coolest, most wearable trend I spotted backstage at New York Fashion Week — nails were decidedly un-shiny. Matte black, navy and burgundy polishes were shown at Nonoo, Karen Walker, Tibi and Rebecca Taylor. Deborah Lippmann featured the. most. gorgeous. matte color at the Honor show using a new formula with a shade called Harem Silks From Bombay — unfortunately it’s so hot-off-the-presses it won’t be available until the end of the year (I know, I know, that feels like forever). But don’t worry, you can still get the look now. Lippmann suggests using a combo of:
Top with her ultra-matte topcoat Deborah Lippmann Flat Top, $20
Here are a few other awesome matte top coats to try and get the effect:
What do you think? Shiny or matte?
images courtesy of Deborah Lippmann
Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend and the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will face off in spectacular fashion. Is there a better (or cuter) way to support your team than with a glam manicure? Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish, $16 has just the right color combos for the big day. Raven fans can go for violet, with accents of black and gold with Deborah Lippmann’s Call Me Irresponsible, Fade to Black and Believe.
Which team are you rooting for this year?
Buying makeup can make you feel really good — especially when it supports a cause that’s close to your heart. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so check out some of our favorite beauty finds that donate a portion of the proceeds to fighting the good fight. So shop away.
A $165 value, this limited edition palette has everything you ever need in a makeup palette — 36 shadows, 12 lipsticks, and 6 blushes — I mean, look at it, it’s major, right? Sephora is donating $2 from the sale of each palette to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
This sheer illuminating powder has micro pearls to give skin a natural-looking glow. The mini face blender brush is perfect for use on your cheekbones. Bobbi Brown is donating $10 from the sale of each power set to BCRF.
Clinique made it’s number one selling lip product — and my personal favorite every day tinted balm — in an exclusive pink shade just for breast cancer awareness. And the pink carrying case is ideal for storing all your other favorite glosses, balms and sticks. $3 from the sale of each of these limited-edition goodies goes to benefit BCRF.
This sheer pink polish is a sweet sheer blush for your nails, so if you’re looking for an every day shade, this is it. Not only is it pretty, it’s also healthy for your nails: green tea extracts and protein-building Biotin along with other natural extracts strengthen nails and prevent ridges. Ten percent of each sale is donated to Hoag Breast Care Center in Southern California.
These pink-bristeled professional quality makeup brushes are the only brushes you’ll ever need. And with a Powder/Blusher Brush, Crease Brush, Synthetic Foundation/Concealer Brush, Small Eyeshadow Brush and Bent Eyeliner Brush, you’ll have everything you need for on-the-go touch-ups. Sonia Kashuk donates 15 percent of the purchase price to benefit BCRF.
— Carrie Stern Kleiner