New and NotableAugust 1, 2009 By: Marianne Dougherty, Lori Morris, Lotus Abrams American Salon
It's a Matte, Matte World
This fall, nail polishes are eschewing high shine in favor of matte colors that add some edge and distinction to nails. OPI has reinvented some of its customer favorites, such as Russian Navy, Lincoln Park After Dark and You Don't Know Jacques, as matte colors, while Zoya has introduced the Matte Velvet line, a collection of shine-free colors with a little shimmer. Essie has taken an entirely different approach to the trend by coming out with Matte About You, a unique topcoat that will give any color a matte finish. While matte polishes may be trendy, they can be a bit tricky to apply because they dry quickly and can come out uneven. "You have to really prepare and buff the nail bed before applying the matte colors because they will show every flaw," says manicurist Claudia Vieira of SalonCapri in Newton Highlands, MA. "Use very light strokes to avoid streaks." While OPI and Zoya don't recommend using a base coat, Vieira finds that a very thin layer won't ruin the ultimate effect. —L.M.
Under the Net
For CATHERINE MALANDRINO's fall '09 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, Odile Gilbert for Sebastian Professional created mysterious netting-wrapped chignons inspired by photographer and painter Man Ray's work. Gilbert used human-hair extensions that were hand-painted with Wella Professionals haircolor by Wella spokesperson Eva Scrivo. —L.A.
On Your Feet
Skechers new Shape Ups have made it more comfortable for female stylists to work on their feet all day, but come September the popular shoe will be available for men, too. The shoe's soft kinetic wedge insert and rolling bottom simulates walking barefoot on a giving surface to strengthen, firm and tone muscles and reduce stress on knee and ankle joints. The shoes are available in three styles. skechers.com —L.A.