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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New York Fashion Week kicks off today! That means fresh trends to look forward to in spring/summer 2014 and a whole lotta tips, tricks and amazing artistry from the pros backstage.
Want to get in on the party? You can. Butter London and Katie Jane Hughes, global colour ambassador, are asking the masses (ahem, you and me) what nail look should make its way onto the Nicole Miller catwalk this Friday at 6:00pm. Check out the looks below and make your way over to Nicole Miller’s Facebook page to vote. You’ll get a chance to win a $100 gift card for NicoleMiller.com if you do. Bonus.
Go vote! and look forward to more posts about New York Fashion Week as we get all the scoop from backstage.
The Product: Bite It The Easy Way To Stop Nail Biting, $4.99
Why: I married a nail biter. His habit started in Junior High School and continues to this day. That’s a lie. He didn’t actually bite all day yesterday. A small miracle.
The only reason he didn’t bite was because he had this polish on his nails. He’s tried a ton of these nail biting prevention products in the past, but none of them have worked as well as this one. He used it for a while a few years back and it was the longest he’d ever gone without biting. Then he ran out. We finally tracked down the product again recently and it’s working!
He applies it just like any ol’ polish. He lets it dry for a couple of minutes and that’s it! You can’t even tell he has it on — it’s not shiny, thank goodness.
Here’s what the hubby says about it: “The second you put your fingers to your mouth, it shoots an instant message to your brain. It tastes like you just bit into a lemon, but one with a terrible taste that lingers in your mouth for a couple minutes. That’s what keeps you from putting your fingers in your mouth again soon after. Others I’ve tried did not provide that sensation, and I’d just bite right through the bad taste they gave.”
If you have a nail biter in your life, you might want to try it. Another trade secret I’ve heard is to carry around a nail clipper. Every time you have an uneven nail or hanging piece of skin you’re tempted to bite, you just clip it off instead of biting. Jan Arnold, Co-Founder of the nail brand CND and former nail biter shared that nifty tip. I think it’s a keeper.
Are you a former nail biter? How did you finally kick the habit? Hoping my better half will read the comments and learn.
When it comes to the Fourth, finding the perfect red nail color is always top on my list. And as a beauty editor, I’ve never found a more perfect, compliment worthy red than MAC Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Rougemarie, $16. People literally stop me on the street and ask me what color it is. Perfect for all skin tones, it’s a super-sexy blue-red and a subtle way to celebrate the all-American holiday.
If you’re DIY-ing it, check out my at-home pedicure tips.