From Vogue, Instyle, W, Vanity Fair and Italian Vogue to Versace, Valentino, Balenciaga, Donna Karen and Zac Posen - Deborah Lippmann is the go-to manicurist for the most fashionable magazines and the most renowned fashion houses. Her amazing line of lacquers and treatments for nails, hands and feet are coveted by women all over the world! The Deborah Lippmann Collection is frequently featured in top magazines, spotted backstage at fashion shows, and painted on the tips of the world's most notable women. Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger and Penelope Cruz were all manicured by Deborah and wore nail polish from her collection when they accepted their Oscars.
We caught up with the amazingly talented Nail Master to find out what trends she loves most for the Holidays!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MANICURIST?
I got a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and like most artists, needed to wait tables to pay rent. I was extremely untalented at that and needed to find another way to "have a day job" so I could sing the music I loved. I wound up in cosmetology school and eventually specialized in manicuring. It turned out working really well that I can sit down and hold hands with people during the day and stand up on my heels to sing at night.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR CAREER?
I love the diversity of my job. I have an agent who manages all my jobs, and I never know one day to the next what shoot I'll be working on. I keep a carry-on packed at all times as I often get called to another city at the drop of a dime.
YOU WORK WITH SO MANY TOP CELEBS! WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST PLACE YOU'VE EVER GIVEN A MANICURE?
Hmmmmm so many choices . . . . I can't remember the last time I sat across someone at a proper manicure table. I'm always portable and mobile. Sometimes it's terribly glamourous like the Ritz in Paris, and sometimes I'm sitting in the complete dark in a recording studio, on private jets, in old abandoned warehouses in the muffle of the winter with no heat (more than once)! I once spent 2 days on a video shoot with Lady Gaga for "Born This Way," and it was about 10 degrees. It took me 2 days to de-thaw!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY COLOR TRENDS?
I'm currently obsessed with my new "Through The Fire" holiday shimmering red. It's very lux, and it makes me happy when I look at it! You know, sometimes it's the little things! ;)
GREY SEEMS TO BE A POPULAR SHADE FOR WINTER 2012. WITH MORE THAN 50 SHADES OF GREY TO CHOOSE FROM, HOW DO WE PICK THE PERFECT GREY FOR OUR NAILS?
I have several shades of grey to choose from. "Waking Up In Vegas" is a light foggy grey; as you might suspect, it's great for daytime. "Stormy Weather" on the other hand is a deep, strong opaque grey that makes more of a statement. Finally, you could go for the gusto and choose "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," wear this when you're ready to take it all on.
ANY TIPS FOR FESTIVE, PARTY-READY NAILS?
I think combining shades and considering not wearing the same shade on each nail is a very modern approach for this holiday. You can wear the ombre look, where the color on the nails is soft at the base of the nail and gradually gets darker and richer at the tip (or vice versa). You can't go wrong with strong shimmer or glitter, or a combo of both this season.
NAIL ART IS BACK IN A BIG WAY. HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS TREND?
I tend to be a simple girl with my nails but, I just got back from Japan and almost everyone there had multiple colors on their nails. The more I see it, the more I like it. I came home with designs on every nail. It was fun for a few days and then I went back to basic, like my latest 'nude" nail "Modern Love" (an opaque mauve). The nail art trend is going to be around for a while for sure, but for some of us, we will always go back to our staples of nudes and red. To me, nudes and red are staples just like the little black dress.