We chatted with Deborah Lippmann, one of the world’s most sought-after manicurists, innovative entrepreneur and professional jazz singer. Her eponymous line of nail lacquers and treatments is showcased in top magazines, on fashion runways, and on the fingers and toes of the most notable celebrities.
Q: What’s the best thing about your job?
A: I love creating new products. But there’s nothing better than when someone smiles and tells me how our product has enhanced her life.
Q: What’s the must-have product from your brand?
A:Our Gel Lab System. It protects nails, makes them über shiny and is a healthy alternative to gel manicures.
Q: What do you predict will be the next nail trend?
A: Textured and matte nails. And glitter is here to stay.
Q: What’s your favorite nail look from fall fashion week?
A: The silk matte look used at Richard Chai and Badgley Mischka.
Q: Who is your beauty icon?
A: Inez van Lamsweerde. An extraordinary photographer, she’s completely understated chic and gorgeous from the inside out. She’s an inspiration to me.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I get inspired by a pebble I accidentally trip on while walking in the street, holding hands with red carpet celebs and models, the best makeup artists on the planet, the sounds of the city and ocean, the innocent eyes of children and of course, most importantly – my best friend.
Q: What are your three favorite nail colors for spring?
A: 1. Our fan-favorite Mermaid’s Dream, a sea foam splendor with a gorgeous glittering shine.
2.The iconoclast yellow “I Wanna Be Sedated” with an innovative “punk rock” textured finish – launching in Punk Rock Collection online at DeborahLippmann.com in mid-June and on Beauty.com in July.
3. Polka Dots and Moonbeams – new from our Staccato Collection. This lacquer features a sprightly black and white “staccato” finish. The innovative texture offers the perfect balance of a feminine, rich crème base and an edgy, speckled black glitter.
Q: What’s your top tip for healthy nails?
A: Weekly maintenance is key and moisture, moisture, moisture. I recommend using our Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Hand Cream.
Q: What’s your latest Beauty.com discovery?
A: : Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil is amazing. This botanical oil is a luminous and light-reflecting moisturizer.