Deborah Lippmann Inspired Nails

I love Deborah Lippmann nail varnishes, sadly I still don’t own any! But I saw a lovely manicure on Facebook the other day done by her team at the Badgley Mischka Autumn 2012 show. I know it’s a jumping the gun a bit, but it’s still cold here in England and the design cheered me up and took me right back to Christmas! Here’s the actual Deborah Lippmann design.

(image from facebook.com/deborahlippmann)

 I instantly fell in love with the rich deep red colour with the golden tips! Here’s my version using Chanel Le Vernis in Peridot and Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Unnatural.

Deborah Lippmann inspired luxury manicure!

I wish I could offer some makeup tips on how to get the tips straight, but all I can say is just keep practising! I don’t use manicure strips as they tend to leave marks in the varnish or don’t sit flush to the nail, leaving an uneven line. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time and keep at it, you’ll get there in the end. :)

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Illamasqua Unnatural Nail Varnish Review

This is the other free nail varnish I got when I visited Illamasqua recently. It’s a massive contrast to the other colour, Wink, that I chose and reviewed here. Wink is more of a Spring colour with it being a pastel shade, Unnatural is definitely a Winter colour – it reminds me of mulled wine!

Unlike Wink, you can buy Unnatural individually and it costs £13.50, pretty good for the size of the nail varnish. With this colour, you need to apply quite a few coats, probably three or more to get it opaque and even, but it’s worth it to get the really rich reddy brown when it’s dried. Like the other Illamasqua nail varnishes I’ve got, Unnatural has a really glossy finish when it’s dried which I really like about them.

Illamasqua Unnatural Swatch