Testing the New Nail Trend: Textured Polishes
Nail art--in its over-the-top 3D incarnation, at least--is waning in popularity a bit, and polishes aimed at giving you a nail art-y feel without all the work have been taking its place. We tried tons of the so-called textured polishes--here's what we think.
New Rave-Ready UV Glow Nail Polish to Hit Shelves
Illamasqua, the UK beauty brand known for innovative and often peculiar color palettes (and this amazing speckle polish), just released a summer makeup collection that includes polishes that glow in UV light. Yes, you can now turn your fingertips into club-worthy glow sticks.
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Emerald City: Try Out Pantone's New Color of the Year on Your Nails
We know you're dying to get a jump on incorporating emerald, the 2013 Pantone color of the year, into your wardrobe as soon as possible. Sure you could go out and buy this, but we suggest starting out small. Nail polish is the perfect way to go green.
Makeup Brand Illamasqua In Hot Water Over Controversial 'Blackface' Ads
Illamasqua, the UK beauty brand helmed by edgy makeup artist Alex Box, is dealing with a very vocal customer backlash today over its new holiday ads.
The Ultimate Fall 2012 Nail Polish Guide: 20 Collections to Crave
Yes it's still August, but the days are already shorter and the nights a bit cooler. You know what that means: It's time for the fall nail polish coll
The Top Coat: Olympic (Nail Art) Glory Can Be Yours
Welcome to our nail art column–the Top Coat! Every week we’ll be doing a step-by-step nail art tutorial. We’ve already told you the essentials you ne
Celeb Nail Artist Dawn Sterling On The Past, Present and Future of Nail Art
Nail art is at the height of its popularity right now and in-your-face manicures are everywhere. But manicurists for the most part still toil behind t
8 New Spring Nail Polish Collections You're Gonna Want (Plus Caviar Nail Art Kits are Here!)
If you thought fashion seasons were confusing, try keeping up with the nail polish market. New amazing products are hitting shelves--both virtual an
There are Tons of New Makeup Collections Out Now: See the Highlights Here
From the brightly lit aisles of the drugstore to the rarefied beauty counters at Neiman Marcus, there's a bounty of new makeup out there to try. We went through all the new collections that are hitting stores now to pull out our favorite pieces. From long-staying lip glosses to high-tech mascaras, you're not going to be disappointed. Click through to see the latest and greatest from NYX, Maybelline, NARS, L'Oreal Paris, Illamasqua, Le Metier de Beaute, and Rimmel London.
Creepy Collaboration of the Day: Brit Makeup Brand Illamasqua Teams Up With a Funeral Home
Now here’s a collaboration you don’t hear about everyday: cosmetics for funeral parlors. Think about it, though. Funeral homes must go through a lot of makeup. It’s a wonder someone hasn’t come up with this sooner. Illamasqua, the Brit makeup brand known for theatrical and decidedly goth looks, is the mastermind behind a collaboration with London-based Leverton & Sons funeral directors. According to Illamasqua’s blog:
The Best Easter Egg Inspired Makeup Colors
It's Easter this weekend, and that means miracles (if you believe in that sort of thing), chocolate, and lots and lots of pastels. In an ode to spring and Easter, we present the season's best Easter egg makeup. (If pastels make you queasy or want to hit someone, you may want to skip this one.) A word of caution? Use one at a time and use them sparingly. Click through to see all the sweet looks.
New Spring Nail Polish Alert: Illamasqua Toxic Nature
Illamasqua, the UK makeup brand known for its bright colors and eccentric artist-cum-Creative Director Alex Box, is gaining a bit of a foothold here in the US. It’s sold at Sephora and has been blessed by Pat Field. With the release of its new Toxic Nature nail lacquers--coming in April--we suspect the brand will pick up more fans. There are five colors in the collection and they’re inspired by “nature fighting back against the genetically modified society that plunders it.” Don’t get too caught up in the message; the colors are really cool.
Patricia Field has a Raunchy Ball (And Talks to Us About the Sex And The City Prequel Rumors)
Patricia Field, who is not known for subtlety in her styling or personal sartorial choices, threw a Disco Valentine's Ball Friday night at Capitale in NYC. To get everyone in the mood for Valentine’s Day, she invited her fabulous friends to come in costume, preferably red. Drag queens, lots of T&A, and a fair amount of Harajuku-esque dressing set the scene--this was not about tasteful fashion. Trojan was one of the sponsors, so you can only imagine what sort of debauchery was encouraged. The costume contest winners--for “Sexiest Couple,” “Sexiest Single,” and “Best Costume” were awarded trophies and a $4,000 shopping spree. Patricia Field hired go-go dancers to entertain and get the crowd in the mood. She also dressed them--we spotted metallic snake skin bras, transparent harem pants, shiny pasties, and thongs--lots of thongs.
Illamasqua Makeup Wants You To Get Your Freak On
Last night I went into the Illamasqua makeup Master Class thinking that a bit of teal eyeliner is very bold and statement-making, and came out thinking that yes, perhaps blue metallic brows could work at the office. Illamasqua--“makeup for your alter ego”-- is a two-year-old UK cosmetics company with roots in the theater and alternative lifestyles. What this translates to in the collection is bold color, makeup that bucks any sort of trend, and an exhortation to express yourself. The line is launching exclusively at Sephora stores and on its own website this February. The brand held a demonstration last night at the Soho Grand to introduce its potential. Illamasqua spokesperson/makeup artist Alex Box, a charismatic Brit with scarlet lips, cat eye glasses, and a Cruella de Vil platinum stripe in her hair, led the class last night. She has worked for Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, McQ, Peter Jensen, and Gareth Pugh. Her work has also been featured in Vogue Italy, France, and Japan, and in other mags like W, i-D, and Another. Her demonstration was absolutely fascinating and she made a compelling argument for self-expression and breaking the conventional beauty mold.