Four Fresh Makeup Looks for Spring: Lip and Nail Color Inspiration with New Collections from CHANEL

Leave it to CHANEL to launch two truly innovative new formulas just in time for spring: moisture-rich CHANEL ROUGE COCO STYLO Complete Care Lipshine and durable LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the newest collections and get to work in our photo studio having fun experimenting with the new shades and formulas.


We rounded up a small crew at Studio N. Our first reaction? Loving the variety of perfectly edited colors that run the gamut from classic glamour to freshly modern. We incorporated a few different inspirations throughout the shoot, which give you a tiny glimpse of the countless looks anyone can create with these superior hues. From day to night, see all our looks and more ways that CHANEL has you covered for spring and beyond with these two covetable collections.



The new Dior Tie Dye Collection launched earlier this month with some cheery, sunny shades. Since it’s Friday, and we’re currently in a new-mani mood, we thought we’d turn to a few beauty mavens around the internet. We love what these savvy ladies are doing with Dior’s newest collection; follow the links to see more reviews, ideas and how-tos.

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SHOP: Dior Tie Dye Nail Collection


Hit rewind. Deborah Lippmann’s new collection is throwing us back to the ’80s, and these new colors are totally boss. Six vivid shades channel the decade with a full burst of energy and color to the max. Paint them on, and top the charts! Here are a couple fun manicure ideas to get you inspired.

Colors: She Drives Me Crazy (teal), Maniac (purple), Don’t Stop Believin’ (orange)

Walking On Sunshine (yellow), Whip It (pink), Video Killed The Radio Star (blue)

Re-create this look for yourself! Here’s how:

1.) Prep the nails with Gel Lab base coat. When dry, apply one thin coat of ‘Whip It’.
2.) Paint the lower half with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’.
3.) Paint the left half of the top section with ‘Walking On Sunshine’.
4.) Finish with Gel Lab top coat.

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Join us backstage at the Monique Lhuillier spring 2015 bridal collection show for an insider’s view of the gorgeous nail and makeup looks.

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For most teens, prom is a very important social event. Flash back to your high school heyday and check out these fun prom-inspired nail looks that work for grown girls too!

What you need: BP. ‘Perfect Polish’ Nail Lacquer in Ivory Stain, Chocolate Mystery, Lavender Lust and Pistachio Paradise.


Accessorized with Stephan & Co. Stone Stretch Bracelet (Juniors)

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Reveal your bohemian side with a fresh nail art look created by Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON‘s Global Color Ambassador.

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Dick Page of Shiseido and Deborah Lippmann share how they devised the look at the Band of Outsiders fall 2014 runway show.

Big Beauty Ideas: To complement the static presentation style, the look is somewhat “removed, cold and synthetic,” according to Dick Page, Shiseido’s artistic director. Page went on to create a mannequin-like look “with abstract definition.”

Get the look:
1. Eye: Brows brushed in place and lids left bare, covered with sunglasses.
2. Lip: A distinct liner around the lips using the Shiseido Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil in brown, with skin tone-matched foundation colored inside the lines.
3. Face/Cheek: A quick wash of Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation SPF 18 to remove any redness.

Nail the Inspiration: “The idea for this nail came from a multitude of places–the graphic pops of white in the clothing, the ode to polish on the gloves within the collection, and the nude makeup look with a strong lip liner,” says Deborah Lippmann, lead manicurist. “It was from this that I was able to transform the classic French manicure into something that was new and fresh—the ‘Band O’ French’.”

Get the look:
1. Nails were prepped with Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover with Lanolin and nourished with cuticle oil.
2. One layer of Gel Lab base coat was applied to nails.
3. After 60 seconds of drying time, two coats of Deborah Lippmann nail color in Naked (a clean, bare beige lacquer) was applied to nails (pictured).
4. To create the ‘Band O’ French’ with Amazing Grace, a pure white lacquer (pictured), Deborah held the nail brush parallel to the top tip of the nail, rotating the finger from left to right, so that the the finger moved – not the brush.
(**Additional tip: For a more precise application, try cutting bristles on either side of the nail polish brush.)
5. The previous step was repeated on the back of the nail near the cuticle, and lined in the same way as the tip.
6. For lining the sides of the nail, the brush application was started at the back, pulling up to the front edge of the nail.
7. Nails were sealed with Gel Lab top coat to prevent chipping and add a high-shine, cushiony finish.

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Backstage Beauty: Derek Lam

Some say boys will be boys, but beauty boys will bring the glam, and this was precisely the case backstage at Derek Lam, where Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder and Orlando Pita for PHYTO and T3 created a smoky, sleek statement.

“Derek’s collection is strong, urban, ethnic-inspired with an emphasis on texture. The makeup look is strong, yet fluid, with pools of grey and green surrounding the eye. I was inspired by water, a lagoon, deep and cool,” said Pecheux, Estée Lauder’s Creative Makeup director, who is on his ninth consecutive season with the designer.

This translated into an extreme smoky eye that was described as more of a raccoon eye. Instead of black, Tom used shades of blue, green and grey to achieve this look.

Artist Tip: Coat the eye and fingers with powder first, as it helps absorb the oil for a better application.

Hair How-To: The inspiration behind the hair was multicultural, urban, and tribal. According to Orlando Pita, he was tasked to “make something simple look special.” This was achieved by creating a low ponytail with a middle part and lots of texture.

Get the look:
1) Spray PHYTO ‘Phytovolume Actif’ Volumizer Spray throughout the hair to give it texture and volume, then give it a gentle blow-dry with T3’s ‘Featherwieght Luxe 2i’ Dryer (healthier than air drying!).
2) For a loose wave in the hair, use a curling iron like the  T3 ‘BodyWaver’ Styling Iron from the ear level down to the ends.
3) Use a comb to create a more exact middle part.
4) Apply a glossing cream and sculpting gel for hold and shine, and then collect back into a low ponytail. Secure with elastic.
5) Tease ponytail to create texture and additional volume.
6) Finish with a light-hold hair spray.

Just Nail It: JINsoon creator Jin Soon Choi created a simple and classic nail that beautifully allowed the bold patterns and textures in the clothes to shine.

Re-create this fresh, polished and understated nail look:
1) Apply JINsoon Power & Base Coat to prep the nails.
2) To create warmth, apply one coat of JINsoon ‘Nostalgia’ Nail Lacquer.
3) Next, layer one coat of JINsoon ‘Muse’ Nail Lacquer for a warm and soft look.
4) Finish by applying a single coat of JINsoon Top Gloss & Coat.

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Designer’s Inspiration: Masculine mod pout, strength, structure, sophistication and radiant skin.

For Sarah Lucero, stila Global Artistic Director, fall is all about the textured power pout in a high pigment color. When recreating the makeup statement for Rebecca Minkoff‘s fall ’14 show, Sarah knew texture would be essential in the application.

Start by neutralizing the lip with foundation or concealer. Try stila ‘stay all day’ foundation & concealer. Next, apply a deep lip color like stila ‘stay all day’ liquid lipstick in Amore. To create a velvety matte finish, lightly dust the lips with a brown shadow starting in the center of the lip and then blend outwards. The two colors used for this application give the perfect balance of deep berry and warm brown.

The Trend: Mod maven.

Nail artist Michelle Saunders for Essie created a bold and modern twist on a classic French manicure.

To get the look:
1) First, apply a base coat to clean, filed nails.
2) Once dry, apply two coats of Essie Nail Polish – Purples in Bahama Mama.
3) Using Essie Nail Polish – Blues in Midnight Cami, brush on a neat arc across the edge of the nail and let dry.
4) Finish off the look with one coat of Essie ‘Good To Go!’ Top Coat.

See how the makeup and nail design complement Rebecca’s fall designs on The Thread.

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Creatures of the Wind designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters tapped Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Color Ambassador, as their lead manicurist for their fall/winter 2014 show. The looks the design duo sent down the runway had a space-like/psychedelic feel, which Katie honed in on by creating an evolution of colors within the nail design, from dark to light.

Katie used a technique called water marbling to create the nail design, with the agate stones that inspired the collection’s design. Each nail (675 in total!) was made by hand—a labor of love for Katie and her team—with no two nails alike.

To achieve the water-marbling look, Katie poured drops of several nail lacquer shades one after another into a bowl of water, which created rings of color, much like agate. Once the color had been placed, Katie swirled the colors together to create a range of patterns.

She then dipped the press-on nail into the water, letting it sit under the water’s edge just below the pattern she wanted to lift onto the nail. Once removed, the pattern below the surface was transferred to the nail. To add playful variation to the nail look, two different base colors were used: butter LONDON ‘Boho Rock’ Nail Lacquer in ‘Trollop’ for half of the models’ nails and butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in ‘Teddy Girl’ on the rest. Additional nail lacquer colors included Yummy Mummy, Diamond Geezer, Posh Bird, Pearly Queen and Billy No Mates.

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