Last week HSN threw a big shindig to highlight a bunch of its beauty brands, and many of the entrepreneurs and personalities themselves were in attendance. We made a beeline for Deborah Lippmann and her glittering, pearly collection of tantalizing little nail polish bottles. She was kind enough to chat with us for quite a while, and here’s what we learned:
1) For the first time ever, she will be selling her polishes on HSN. Starting on July 5, you’ll be able to score some of her covetable lacquers via the shopping channel. Being a rather niche product and hard to find in some markets, this is going to make her brand a lot more accessible. For the launch, you’ll be able to get a five-piece set which includes three colors (Happy Birthday, Waking Up In Vegas, Naked) and a top and base coat. She’s also offering pairs of lacquers (“duets”) which are made for layering.
2) She’s a jazz singer. When she was struggling to make enough money performing, she decided that she didn’t want the thing she loved the most to become drudgery, so she made music her hobby. She then went to cosmetology school and the rest is history…
3) …and that’s why her colors are all named after songs.
4) When someone asked her if she hated doing pedicures, she answered, “No,” and realized that she was probably destined for it. As a child she spent a lot of time around horses. Her favorite horsey chore? Cleaning out their hooves.
5) She’s often inspired by emails and pictures that customers send her.
6) “Dark Side of the Moon,” her best-selling aubergine, was invented because Tom Ford told her to make it. As Deborah said, “You do what Tom Ford tells you.” Truth.
8) Her new colors for summer “Lara’s Theme” (a true orange created with model Lara Stone) and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (a pinky coral) are delicious.
9) She gave this life lesson: You should try to always bring your own polish to salons. Imagine this scenario: someone gets their cuticles nipped and gets a small cut. The nail polish brush touches that little micro-wound and then gets dipped back into the bottle. And you’re the next customer. Yuck.
10) She has a genuine and infectious enthusiasm for her products and the beauty industry.