So when you’re not painting the toes of supermodels or the world’s biggest fashion editors, or shooting major campaigns with the world’s coolest photographers, what’s a girl to do? Well if you’re the hottest manicurist in London, AKA Sophy Robson, the Nail Queen, you do nail tutorials on YouTube. Nailheads rejoice! Here’s Sophy’s first video tutorial, the Rainbow Nail. When she does it, it looks easy, although I’m not sure when I try it it’s going to look quite that good…
When it comes to nails, no-one knows nails like manicurist Miss Sophy Robson. Makeup Mole is all about the maquillage, so we thought we’d go straight to the source and ask Sophy what the hot nail colour of the month is in London, the polish on everyone’s tips and the name on everyone’s lips – it’s gotta be
Chanel Nouvelle Vague from their Les Pop-up Collection (on counter
in the UK in May.)
Sophy was telling me that whilst hanging out in Paris with Peter Phillips, Global Makeup Director for Chanel, he was giving her the inside scoop on the newest products from the Chanel beauty atelier. The latest? Chanel eyelash curlers have just gone on sale in Shanghai. How chic is that?
I. Want. Some. Of. Those.
PS. Sophy is writing about Nouvelle Vague this week on her blog – she’s got a still of Beyonce in her new video wearing a colour that looks suspiciously like… you guessed it!
All for Eve is a new brand (launched last November), to benefit ovarian cancer. It was created by George Hammer after his sister-in-law Nadia died of ovarian cancer, and even though it is a new brand to the market place it is already being recognized for its excellent products by scooping last week’s CEW Awards.
The principal behind the brand is that one expert in their field shall be asked to create an item in each category, making a timeless, iconic product, and the proceeds will go to fund ovarian and gynecological cancer research and awareness.
London’s hottest manicurist Sophy Robson, has been asked to create the nail polish which will be launched in London on the 26th April. Sophy says “I am so happy to be involved with such an inspiring enterprise as the All For Eve project. It will be exciting to see what is achieved for the Eve Appeal with the help of the other fantastic names involved. I chose a classic, iconic red as it is a timeless statement colour for nails, and symbolises a strong, stylish woman.”
The initial capsule collection includes a red lipstick designed by Daniel Sandler, spa products by Urban Retreat, a Swarowski Crystal nail file and Sophy’s ‘Eve Red’ nailpolish.
Products will be launched on the 26th of April, with products selling immediately through the website, www.allforeve.co.uk, before launching in UK retailers such as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Fenwicks, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, from May.
Sophy is arguably the hottest manicurist in the world at the moment, having just finished the runway shows for Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Stella Macartney (not to mention creating the totally bad-ass ghetto nails at Henry Holland’s London show that were all over style.com), shot campaigns for Tom Ford, Longchamp and McQueen, and tended to the celebrity nails of Alexa Chung and every supermodel in the world – put it this way, Kate Moss is a regular. Not bad when only ten short years ago she was working in a nail bar in Soho!
She is loved in the industry for her sparkly personality and her endless technical skills – this is a lady who has custom blended fifty nail polishes for a runway show, has her own blog (which is ace by the way – check it out at www.sophyrobson.com for a real behind the scenes look at fashion), created the graded nail and basically invented this season’s trend, the Mannequin Nail. So without further ado, I bring you ten questions with the Nail Queen herself:
1) What are you working on at the moment?
I have just finished fashion week (thirteen shows!) come back and done a four looks nail story for Grazia and a Topshop make up and Armani campaign straight after so once I caught my breath, I am now working on a display for a press day next week at PR Mandi Lennard’s basement in Hoxton. I have never had a PR before so this is very exciting. I have also chosen a red polish for a new charity brand launching in April called All For Eve.
2) Favourite nails job ever?
I have enjoyed and felt fulfillment from many, many jobs. However, show-wise, I think my favourite was the first time I did the Louis Vuitton show last year, as working with someone like Marc Jacobs and an organisation as efficiently run as Louis Vuitton was both a demanding and rewarding experience. When I was re- booked again this season it was quite an honour for me, and the sense of accomplishment after we worked to produce another trendsetting nail for the runway is very high!
3) Worst nails job ever?
There was one nightmare job once but I have almost erased it from memory now. I don’t think the person in question is even in business any more so who cares!
4) Top 5 products?
Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
Solar Oil for cuticles
Diamancel nail files
Chanel Nail polish
5) If you could tell women to do one thing differently with their nails, what would it be?
STOP leaving your polish on for too long! This is the main cause of dehydration and yellowing of the nail plate.
6) How did you get started in the business?
Initially I was working for a trendy West end nail bar chain and I began to meet commercial models who would come in to get fake nails done for jobs. I was good at producing very natural looking fake nails, and began to collect their tearsheets from magazines as evidence of my work. Then I began to approach hair and make up agencies and it sort of went from there.
7) How is it different to when you started?
Nails have become big in fashion now. When I started there was barely any photographers or stylists that recognised the need for a manicurist. So the interest has increased, and generally manicurists are treated with much more respect than when I started. Also there are so many more opportunities now, as the demand for nails has grown so much.
8) Which work are you most proud of?
When the Mert & Marcus pictures of Erykah Badu in Tom Ford’s White Patchouli perfume appeared, I could not believe how good that image was. I felt like I was not likely to get a better representation of my work than that! The French Vogue cover of Laetitia Casta’s nails especially when someone told me it had been used as a reference for another shoot they were on. I am also proud of the “gradient” or Ombre” nails look as it started as a small post on my blog called “colour change nails” and went round the world. I love it when people write “I have never been that into nails until I saw this….”
9) What do you love doing in your spare time?
Well when I have some I love to spend time with my daughter… she is becoming like a teenager now so we do girly things together like shopping, going out for dinner, cinema or bowling. I also love staying at hotels and going running in the park.
10) What are your trend predictions for the coming season for nails?
Pastel blue nails and other candy colours. Nails are a fashion accessory now so you can be as adventurous and stylish as you like.
Chanel Vendetta nail polish
Superstar manicurist Sophy Robson put me on to this one, and it is indeed a winner. Deep, shimmering sparkles in a purple black base are making me dream of cold winter nights. Chanel does it again!
Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow in Galaxy
Just this side of gunmetal, it’s lovely on it’s own tucked at the lash line with a black pencil, or as a base for winter’s opulent shades of grey – the new take on the smoky eye.
What a revelation these are! Perfect sizes, great for blending and super soft bristles. Usually I’m not a drugstore makeup girl, but these brushes leave some of their much pricier counterparts in the shade. The foundation brush is excellent, as are the blush and powder brushes.
MAC lipstick in Underworld
Proper old skool 90’s red brown, the color of the season. Just this side of brick red – so wrong, it’s right!
Chantecaille Flower Infused Cleansing Milk
Gentle, aromatic, flower infused and a perfect transition for your skin into the cooler months.
Prepare to be dazzled by a revolutionary new polish coming out from Marian Newman Nails in the near future – it’s matte and it’s nude but the finish is completely different to others of this type that are currently on the market. The ones that I have seen so far tend to be chalky, but these babies give a flawless, satin texture that still dries perfectly, deliciously matte.
And we all know that’s we’re going to be wanting for the colder months!
Plus Marian knows nudes like no-one’s business, as she’s pointed me in the direction of some fabulous ones in the past. (If it wasn’t for her I’d still be standing in the nail polish section of Boots right now!)
She used the new polish which can be applied alone OR mixed in with other polishes, on a very big advertising campaign last week, and quite frankly the client went crazy for them. As did we.
Matte Daddy indeed!
Marian Newman is one of the world’s top manicurists – her work can be regularly seen in major campaigns like Dior and Lancome, and she is officially the manicurist with the most Vogue covers to her credit – 41 at last count! She has been working as an editorial manicurist since 1987, switching from her previous career as a forensic scientist (sorry, but how cool is that?) to tend to the digits of the most beautiful people of our era.
She is the manicurist called on by Nick Knight, the photographer responsible for most of British Vogue’s magic cover moments of the last five years, and works regularly with other fashion greats such as Patrick Demarchalier and Mario Testino. Her celebrity client roster is no less illustrious, including Nicole Kidman, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett, amongst many others.
In short, Marion Newman is the business.
But what makes Marion even more special is her brand new and completely innovative product line, called the Inks. Pure pigments, packaged as pens (so they are super-lightweight, a God-send when you have an already overloaded kit!) that are designed to be painted on nails and sealed with a special sealer. What this means is that you can whack the polish on, and even if it goes all around the nail as well as on it, it just washes off the skin because once that sealer is on, the nail color ain’t coming off! The other amazing thing about them is how fast they dry – 20 seconds to touch dry, 60 seconds to smudge proof, and 90 seconds to rock hard. Now I don’t know about you guys, but nails are not my forte (probably why I am a makeup artist and not a manicurist), so anything that makes my routine easier is a winner for me.
The Inks come in 15 colors with a sealer and a cute little disposable removal towel, and are the first in a line of Marian Newman Nails products coming out.
PS The gold color is possibly the best gold I have ever seen, and Victoria Beckham has been rocking the gorgeous grey called Pewter recently. And Marian told me last week that the black is called Black Beth because Beth ditto of Gossip fame loves it so!
Marian Newman Nails are available in the UK through Selfridges and select Charles Worthington salons and international orders through the website at www.mariannewmannails.com
Super-cool manicurist Sophy Robson, manicurist to the stars, is the lady responsible for the gorgeous red shiny nails that Kate Moss was sporting recently with her futuristic Balmain dress. The color? Essie’s aptly named After Sex. Kate loved it so much she kept in on for over a week, which in model time let’s face it is FOREVER.
Check out Sophy’s website at www.sophyrobson.com
If you’re minted (like Paris) or just need a cheap guilty little pleasure (like Perez), this section covers both ends of the shopping spectrum.
For this week’s lovely luxury versus cheap and cheerful, I have commandeered the talents (and knowledge) of major manicurist Sophy Robson who has tended the talons of Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue, not to mention all the biggest models in the world in her editorial career which can be found in the pages of W and French Vogue.
In the quick treat cheap corner, she’s crazy about Revlon nail polishes which have great colours (Sophy is particularly loving the new peach color, Mad About Mango, for summer), last beautifully and don’t cost the earth. When she’s feeling like busting out a fluoro or other seasonal trend color, it’s Pop Beauty for mad colors that cost £6. And let’s face it, when nail trends seem to change quicker than Grazia’s cover star, who wants to fork out £15 for a color you’re going to use twice?
Good staying power and even better disposability make this your sweet budget treat.
If you’re feeling flush Sophy thinks you can’t go past the Rolls Royce of nailpolishes,YSL La Laque, the ultimate in nail luxury. Sumptuous packaging, gorgeous colors and now the expertise of new Yves Saint Laurent Beauté creative director, Val Garland – how can you go wrong? They do fabulous reds, perfect pinks and nudes and the ultimate color for the season, Tuxedo Grey, which for some reason is looking totally right in the sunlight.
PS For all our American readers, apparently Pop Beauty Nailpolish is available at CVS Drugstores.