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


Ready to book your appointment?


Book Now

LFW – Nail Highlights (Part 1)

And continuing across the pond for fashion month, here are some major nails from London Fashion Week FW2013!

House of Holland

LFW - House of Holland

LFW - HOH Look 6 (tortoise martini)

Sophy Robson was the creative hand responsible for the tortoise-shell nails at the House of Holland Fall 2013 show, and it was surprisingly easy to achieve the look. Robson used Leighton Denny Expert Nails products, which involved dabbing on a pastel orange shade to the nail, followed by a canary yellow colour applied in a similar manner and then filling in any outstanding gaps with a red-based brown shade to completely the effect. The tortoise pattern was actually featured on the invitation to the show, as well as in prints, such as the martini glass print show above! Really cool to see such a timeless pattern on nails!


Michael van der Ham

LFW - Michael van der Ham by CND

LFW - MvdH look 5

LFW - MvdH look 2

CND was the creator of the nail looks at Michael van der Ham’s fall 2013 presentation. The first nail look was actually CND Shellac in “Midnight Swim” and “Cityscape” with silver foil on top, while the alternate look was CND Shellac in “Fedora” with copper and gold leafing applied on top. The foil texture visually mimicked the texture of the textiles used for outerwear in the collection.


Jean-Pierre Braganza

LFW - JPB closeup

LFW - Jean-Pierre Braganza look 4

The nails at Jean-Pierre Braganza were done by Essie and they directly correlated with the collection itself, which would be found on only the most glam wiccans we could imagine! For some models, a blackened teal shade was applied to all fingers except the ring, which featured a hand-painted motif that was also featured on garments in the collection. For other models, the motif was actually painted in black on each nail over a muted beige shade. Nail art isn’t going anywhere!

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

LFW - Vivienne Westwood Red Label

LFW - Viv West 2

LFW - Viv West 1

Never one to shy away from colour or making a bit (!) of a statement, Vivienne Westwood Red Label was a shift from the designer’s punk roots, moving in a direction that was dubbed a “workingwoman’s wardrobe” (as long as that woman happens to work in an industry that is creatively inclined!). The nails were no exception for this Fall 2013 runway show. Manicurist Marian Newman created an airbrushed effect on the nail and knuckles of each finger of each model, varying between shades of pink, blue and light purple. While the nails were bright, the created designs had softness about them due to the airbrushing technique. The nails beautifully offset the graphic and strong makeup and pieces from the collection to create a wonderful balance.


Written by Poonam Kaur Billing


Ready to book your appointment?


Book Now

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)

Written by Poonam Kaur Billing


Ready to book your appointment?


Book Now