Deborah Lippmann was destined to be a singer. With a degree in Music from Arizona State University she had her sights set on being a professional Jazz singer, but like most artists needed a day job to pay the bills. Instead of taking the usual road of waitressing Deborah’s manicurist suggested she get into the nail game – “It’s a great day job, you can file nails by day and still sing at night!” Despite protests from her mother (“Over my dead body! Not after I got you through four years of college!”) she headed to Cosmetology school, and began her dual career of manicurist by day, sultry Jazz singer by night.
After a move to New York, Deborah found herself with a steadily growing clientèle (including Cher and Martha Stewart) till one day she unknowingly painted the nails of an Editor from Allure Magazine who went on to dub Deborah as “one of the best manicurists in the country.” This saw her become one the most highly sought after editorial manicurists and led to shoots for the likes of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and V Magazine, and to creating looks for Versace, Valentino, Zac Posen, and many more.
It was only natural that Lippman created her own line of nail polish, and today she is the Creator/CEO of Lippmann Collection, her signature line of fashion-setting nail lacquers and treatments for the hands and feet. Doubling as a professional singer, she mixes her love of music and nail colour by naming all shades of Lippmann Collection after songs.
To celebrate ten years in the business Lippmann Collection has released an exclusive 10th Anniversary Set featuring Showstopper – a show-stopping copper-flecked fudge, Funky Chunky – a sequined sheer black, and Ruby Red Slippers – the colour of Dorothy’s shimmering ruby shoes.
In a further homage to her craft Lippmann has worked with a number of artists to produce shades including Hit Me With Your Best Shot – a glistening gun metal created with Pat Benatar, and No More Drama – a golden caramel with a pearly sheen created with Mary J. Blige. She also collaborated with Zac Posen to create the shade Purple Rain – a frosty, shimmering lilac.
Other MISS picks include Call Me Irresponsible (a straight-up vivacious violet), Maneater (bittersweet chocolate), Nefertiti (metallic gold with micro-frost shimmer), and Stardust (platinum with metallic frost).
Check out more shades at the Lippmann Collection website.
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