Lucian Matis FW2013 – Backstage Beauty

We had the continued privilege of working with Lucian Matis to create the nail looks for the designer’s FW2013 runway show for Toronto Fashion Week. Leeanne Colley worked closely with Matis to create two nail looks that were both clean and extremely geometric to complement Matis’ highly monochromatic fall collection.

The first look was inspired by the traditional French manicure, but was interpreted as the outline of an exaggerated French manicure, including the half-moon shape at the base of the nail. The base was a winter white shade that was created by layering Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in “Spirit”, a white with a touch of warmth, with Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in “Porcelain”, a light cream shade. The outline of the manicure was done with Revlon Nail Enamel in “Iconic”, a deep charcoal shade.

The second nail look was inspired by the collection and the way in which different textures merged with one another. A leather effect was created by sponging Revlon Nail Enamel in “Iconic” and “Timeless” (a mid-tone grey shade). The outer thirds of the nails were then painted with Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in “Spirit” and Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in “Porcelain” (available in May 2013) to create the winter white shade used in the first nail look. The contrast of this nail look captures the mixture of textiles in Matis’ collection.

The beauty look was created by none other than Gucci Westman, Revlon’s Global Artistic Director. The look was heavily inspired by German supermodel Veruschka, who was seldom seen without a defined crease on her eyelids, usually in tones of khaki. The star products for the beauty look were Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in “Pop Art”, a palette that included the gorgeous iridescent green shadow that was central to the eye look, and Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights (launching in May 2013), a once-discontinued-but-soon-to-be-relaunched illuminator that was reformulated to bring light to the skin minus the chunky shimmer. Plenty to look forward to in the spring season on the beauty front, and even more to look forward to in the fall with Lucian Matis‘ fall 2013 collection that absolutely raised the standard for Toronto Fashion Week!

written by Poonam Kaur Billing

all images taken by Poonam Kaur Billing


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NYFW Nails – The Highlights (Part 2)

Kate Spade (above image)

Deborah Lippmann was the creator for the nails at Kate Spade’s Fall 2013 show, which featured two different polish looks (a custom-combo of bright pink and a more purple-tinged fuchsia, as well as a creamy black) applied to almond-shaped talons, accented with a gold pyramid stud, which echoed pyramid accents in the accessories of Kate Spade’s fall collection.

Below are even more highlights of nail looks we’re feeling from the Fall 2013 shows at New York Fashion Week!

Cynthia Rowley

Courtesy of Erin Baiano for

The entire beauty look at Cynthia Rowley’s Fall 2013 show played with purple tones in varying intensities, ranging from sheer plum tones on eyes to full-force wine shades on nails in the form of Deborah Lippmann’s own Dark Side of the Moon polish, which was finished with a matte top coat for added impact. (Image courtesy of Courtesy of Erin Baiano for

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang FW2013 (Photo by Jennifer Graylock_Getty Images for Creative Nail Design)

Alexander Wang FW2013 nails (Photo by Jennifer Graylock_Getty Images for Creative Nail Design)

Nails at Alexander Wang’s Fall 2013 show were created by CND under the direction of CND co-founder Jan Arnold. The length was kept conservative with the focus being placed on the finish of the nails, which was dubbed a “sandstone” manicure. A nude polish was applied to nails with a fan brush from the sides towards the centre. After completing with a top coat, the nails were then buffed to wear down the polish through the centre of the nail. The result is an understated and modern twist on the standard nude nail. (Images both by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Creative Nail Design)

Prabal Gurung

Courtesy of Sally Hansen's Instagram

Image courtesy of Sally Hansen's Instagram

Prabal Gurung worked with Sally Hansen to create nail colours that were used for his Fall 2013 runway show. The colours being released later this year are pictured above (from left to right: Loden Green, Coat of Arms and Night Watch), and the two stars of the runway show were the gold Coat of Arms and the army shade called Loden Green. Jin Soon Choi started with a base of Coat of Arms and then created a “modern moon” manicure by using two diagonal strokes of Loden Green to create a triangle shape. (Images courtesy of Sally Hansen’s Instagram account)

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NYFW Nails – The Highlights (Part 1)

Now that fashion month has gotten into full swing, here are some nails that definitely caught our attention during New York Fashion Week!

The Blonds

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NYFW Nails - The Blonds 3

CND co-founder Jan Arnold created the nail looks (of which there were several, and only a few are shown here!) at The Blonds Fall 2013 show, which was inspired by old-school Hollywood horror. As a result, manicures featured Janet Leigh’s face from Hitchcock’s Psycho and a still of Jack Nicholson’s character from The Shining, among other extremely varied and dynamic nail designs (and lengths, as this show ranged from standard almond-shaped nails to talons sharpened to a point). Really fantastic mix that was perfectly in tune with the collection!


NYFW Nails - Ruffian

Keri Blair Walden for MAC Cosmetics created the nail look for Ruffian’s Fall 2013 show. The look was meant to be indicative of a Victorian lady in mourning, with black veils covering cameo-clad nails. A refreshing gothic lean if we ever saw one!


NYFW Nails - Emerson

In a similar vein to Ruffian, Emerson Fall 2013 featured a lace-inspired look in a palette of porcelain white, soft cream and black. Done by Miss Pop for Orly, the nail look was actually meant to mimic a particular swatch of fabric from the collection. The nails were painted white, then a fishnet pattern was applied in a cream shade using a detailer brush, and floral details were added with a dotting tool.

Rebecca Minkoff

NYFW Nails - Rebecca Minkoff

NYFW Nails - Rebecca Minkoff (ESSIE)

Nails at Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2013 show were eye-catching and they were extremely simple to create, with several drops of five different polishes (specifically Essie polishes in Aruba Blue, Go Overboard, Blue Rhapsody, Penny Talk and As Gold As It Gets) being dropped on the nail and then swirled together with a small brush to create the oil slick effect.

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