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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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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Hmm, I'll try that side painting tip tomorrow. I'm not horrible at painting my nails however there is definitely room for some major improvement!lol.
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
Woah, she looks a bit like Cuddy from House in that photo...
softchickenyou softchickenyou 8 years
deborah lippman is not a coherent person. her answers in all 3 parts don't really answer bellasugar's questions, it sounds like she's off in lalaland... she also looks a bit scary in that photograph
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I've been told I'm very good at painting my nails, both myself and other peoples', but I still read each installment of the interview. It's always nice to read what a pro says, because whether you think you're awesome at something or not, it helps to get a little advice!
Calimie Calimie 8 years
@JaimeLeah526: Whoa! I love painting my nails and I just read the whole interview (I missed the previous parts). I was very interesting in what a pro would say. I do paint my nails in three strokes (or less) but I will try that advice and see if the difference in pressure makes it better (I'm an expert at painting the finger itself, lol)
Jello-Wanabe Jello-Wanabe 8 years
Lippmann Collection is my current and all time favourite nail polish, however the brush is not a very good one. The length of it is fine but it is way too skinny, it is impossible to polish your nail in three strokes. The best brush I have come across is the Laura Mercier, although I don't enjoy the polish. It's kind of like a Bobbi Brown lip gloss which is great but it has the worst ever applicator.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 8 years
Well, I'm pretty damn good at doing my own nails, but I've never heard about the trick to do the sides, to press harder when the nail gets wider, and I even read blogs about nails and nail polish. I'm going to try this tonight. (Plus, some people THINK they know how to do their own nails, but the results say otherwise.)
winniebaby winniebaby 8 years
Really? I'm a novice with my nails... and I think this will help me overcome my fear of painting my nails. Toenails are doable for me, but my fingernails is a challenge. Maybe I'm just lacking in the nail polish department. =P
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
NO offense but I doubt people who don't know how to paint their nails would be on BellaSugar and they definitely wouldn't read a post about nail polish. This is the same advice we always get.
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