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MEET THE DESIGNER: DEBORAH LIPPMANN

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As luck would have it, Deborah Lippmann’s singing career was what catapulted her to success—in the nail industry. “On the first stage rehearsal for one of my shows, the director took one look at my nail-bitten hands and demanded I go out and get artificial nails.” And as soon as she took one look at those French tips, she felt the boost that only a fresh mani gives you. “I immediately stood up straighter and carried myself differently.“ After a stint as a manicurist at Elizabeth Arden on R... READ MORE

As luck would have it, Deborah Lippmann’s singing career was what catapulted her to success—in the nail industry. “On the first stage rehearsal for one of my shows, the director took one look at my nail-bitten hands and demanded I go out and get artificial nails.” And as soon as she took one look at those French tips, she felt the boost that only a fresh mani gives you. “I immediately stood up straighter and carried myself differently.“


After a stint as a manicurist at Elizabeth Arden on Rodeo Drive—yep, she’s totally held hands with Audrey Hepburn—Deborah struck out on her own in 1999 with a clear vision: to create an entire line of long-wearing polishes, top coats, and base coats that are as close to non-toxic as possible. Today, she’s a full-fledged mani mogul, and her line (which also includes cuticle creams, at-home gel kits, and nail hardeners, in addition to crazy-long-lasting polishes) is 7-free—which is becoming standard practice, but at the time was totally unheard of. It’s that kind of forward-thinking approach that keeps Deborah out in front of the nail industry, more than a decade in—well, that and her always-impeccable manis. As she explains, “When you greet someone, the first thing you do is look in their eyes, and then you shake their hand—nails are a powerful representation of who we are.” — Lauren Elizabeth


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