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Deborah Lippmann Talks Nail Trends, Part Three

Deborah Lippmann, founder of Lippmann Collection, had a busy New York Fashion Week. After giving Mariah Carey not one but two manicures during Fashion Rocks (she wore Fashion during the Stand Up To Cancer performance and then Rhapsody in White for her solo) she did the nails at Rodarte, Zac Posen and Zegna (which, if you read my post on nail techs at FW, you know is no small feat). Still, she took a minute to talk to me backstage about a multitude of nail topics, the first being trends and the second, neutrals.

For today's installation of my interview with Lippmann, where I get the scoop on how to paint your nails like a pro,


How much does the brush matter on a nail polish?
The brush makes a big difference, a huge difference. Even though it’s used in lots and lots of spas, I created my nail polish for women at home who don’t know how to polish their nails. Everything is about how long the brush itself is. Many of us, if we’re uncomfortable doing our nails, pull it out and go “oh my god oh my god oh my god!” I give them a moment for the polish to come down the brush. It's a medium-length brush, it’s not too long. Look for a shorter wand and a medium-length brush.

What is the trick to a perfect polish change?
Paint three strokes: one down the center and one down each side. As you pull, once you put the brush down, you want to pull it to the tip. The harder you push on the brush, the more it spreads. And it will go to the sides by itself, so you don’t have to be working really hard at brushing a million times. When you push on the brush it spreads. Set the brush down 1/8 of an inch from the cuticle. When you set it down, polish comes out of the tip of the brush, so if you put it too close there it’ll go all over the cuticle. Once you press and polish comes out you pull it toward the tip, and it’ll go a little on the side. So here’s the trick to doing the sides: you put [the brush] down, press on it, then pull straight toward the tip and as you get to where the nail gets wider, press harder. It's actually simple, but no one ever tells you.

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