When you're out shopping for the hottest nail hues for Spring, look no further than the Jin Soon Botanical Flowers Collection ($18 each). The five new shades touch on all the top seasonal trends, ranging from bold blues to pastel tones. Plus, they're the creation of Jin Soon Choi, the go-to manicurist for celebrities and designers alike, so you can't go wrong. Get a closer look at the vibrant hues when you watch.
Bold lips and matte finishes are huge for Fall 2013, and the crimson version at Vera Wang was the focal point of the overall beauty look. The hair was left wavy and slight undone, and the nails were a soft gray.
Who would wear it: We can see Florence Welch rocking this look.
Key products: Clé de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick in Mister Lincoln and Tuscany.
Trends: Bold, matte lips.
Makeup: Lucia Pieroni for Clé de Peau Beauté created the bold matte lip using the Extra Rich Lipstick in Mister Lincoln and Tuscany. To add dimension to the look, she used the lighter shade on top of and in the center of the lip. She kept the face bare with a touch of shimmering shadow on the lids, while lashes went mascara-free to let the lips take center stage. Bold brows finished off the palette to balance the intensity of the lipstick.
Hair: "The hair is about texture," said lead stylist Paul Hanlon for Moroccanoil. The hair was left down and ultimately tucked into the clothes before models walked the runway, so Hanlon made sure he brought defined texture to the hair. After wetting the hair and prepping it with Volumizing Mousse, he twisted sections with his hands while he blow-dried. To better frame the face, he went back with a curling iron and finished the look with hair spray for hold.
Nails: Lead manicurist Jin Soon Choi used her JinSoon nail polish in Auspicious. "It's a light gray, but has a hint of lavender for a softer, more elegant touch," Choi said.
Leopard print has taken the fashion accessories world by storm, but it's also reared its surprisingly neutral head in the nail art realm, as well. And last night at a Revlon-hosted nail art event, celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi (who has worked with stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, and Scarlett Johansson) showed me a few tricks to get it right. Her version features a nude base with bright orange and black spots, making for a surprisingly wearable look.
First Choi applied a base coat and then two thin coats of Revlon ColorStay in Bare Bones ($8), a creamy almond. Next she applied orange spots using the brand's Nail Art Neon in High Voltage ($9, at drugstores), ensuring the brush only had a little bit of polish so it didn't create big blobs of paint. Jin says the key is to create irregular forms, so nothing needs to look perfect. To finish, she used the black end of the Nail Art Expressionist in Night & Degas ($9, at drugstores) to add dark accent spots with the tip of the brush. Again, you only want a tiny bit of polish on the brush to maintain control. The end result is a lot more complicated than it really looks, but because the whole design is about imperfection, it's easy to do yourself.
Bright colors such as coral will be hot for Spring, according to master manicurist Jin Soon Choi. We caught up with Jin Soon and Sally Hansen’s Bill Boraczek at the Tracy Reese show, where they shared the designer’s latest nail color collection. Plus, find out how to keep nails healthy if you're a frequent polish changer. Watch our video now for the backstage scoop.
Cool news from today's Prabal Gurung show: the buzzed-about designer is teaming with Sally Hansen for a line of nail polish. The six limited-edition shades, made to complement his new collection, debuted today. "Prabal likes to have simple accents," said master manicurist Jin Soon Choi. "He doesn't want to overdo it." For the show, she painted nails with Without a Stitch (a nude shimmer) followed by a thin stripe of Casting Call (a strawberry mango shade). "It's very sophisticated and modern," she said. Look for the six limited-edition shades to debut in spring 2011.
"Usually, people go for rock, romantic, or hippie," makeup artist said of Doo.Ri Chung's design philosophy. "But she's making everything for the modern girl today." The same could be said for Pecheux, who led a team of MAC artists in creating a sparkling, colorful runway look. Inspired by Chung's beaded collection, the makeup featured light contouring and no mascara. But the focal point was a matte red lip coated with glitter. ("It's green and blue, thanks to Avatar," he revealed.) To complement the look, manicurist Jin Soon Choi tweaked the current cement-colored nail polish trend by adding shimmer; the result, she said, was "chic, modern, and sophisticated."
The same could be said of the hair, which featured face-framing fishtail braids on each side of the head. The look was loose — realistic. "I look at the clothes and do a hairstyle that a woman would actually do," said lead stylist Orlando Pita. "If she did the braids herself, they'd be looser." To get the look, he sprayed hair with his Elevate volumizer, then straightened it with a T3 450 iron. Two fishtail braids (learn how here) and a ponytail elastic later, the models were runway ready.