Glam Slam: Nailing It This Fall

Nails have become an easy and inexpensive way to update your look in the time it takes for your polish to dry! What will be in this fall? Nail maven Deborah Lippmann, who has her own polish line and has worked with big-time stars Lady Gaga (pictured with manicure by Lippman), Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez, reveals her Fall nail forecast.

“What are some of the biggest fall nail trends? Polish textures? Nail shape? For nail shape, I like a glamorous, womanly almond shape nail with a little more length. It’s elongated and feminine. Color will definitely be a trend. We’re still not going back to simple sheer pinks and if you’re wearing nude, wear nude beige that’s a little bolder and more opaque.

“Which nail shades will we see this season? I think we’ll see a lot of green like Billionaire, my moody take on hunter green, shimmering rust shades like Brick House and gold, especially as we go into the holidays. Gold can be gorgeous in all different textures and finishes – I love everything from a bold glitter, like Boom Boom Pow, to modern metallic, micro fine shimmer like my Nefertiti. I always also love lots of red for fall…Red will be everywhere. My favorite is a deep berry red crème. Just don’t ever match your red to your clothes.

“Deep gray can be great to add a little edginess to your look. Stormy Weather is a shade that I created with Narciso Rodriguez that is the ultimate deep granite crème shade. He is such a minimalist, super detail-oriented and his collections always have beautiful, sophisticated color palettes, so 99% of the time we will just pore over nude shades – sometimes it will be a nude with a tiny bit of pink, a lot of pink or super beige, sheer beige, other times just buff the nail or apply a super glossy, shiny topcoat. I received a call 24 hours before his Fall 2011 show, letting me know that they need a stormy gray nail for the show the next day. It was the last minute but it’s Narciso, of course I said, ‘Yes!’

“The change happened while hair and makeup was chosen,which was really airy, soft and minimal. Narciso envisioned his girl for the season to have a one bit of edginess and the nail was the perfect place to put it. I was honored to be a part of the whole creative process, so I mixed a bunch of versions and we talked about how creamy, how deep, how gray it should be.

“Narciso named the shade, he knew he didn’t want shimmer and we wanted it to be slightly different than all the grays we had seen. It was a really organic collaboration from start to finish and we came up with this gorgeous, sophisticated, perfect granite gray that was completely unique. The moment I knew we had something was when all of the supermodels backstage were trying to grab the bottle and put it in their purse. You know it’s a hit when the models want it because they never want to get their nails done, so it’s a sign! Stormy Gray was a definitive part of the Narciso woman for fall and for him, it was a departure as well.”

Celebrity sightings: Mariah Carey was seen recently wearing Fashion and Bjork was on the cover of Billboard wearing Brick House and on the cover of her new CD. For more on Deborah, head to


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