Pro Picks: The Multi-Talented Manicurist

Manicurist by day, jazz singer by night. Deborah Lippmann's must-have beauty picks for hair, skin and tips.

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Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippmann enrolled in cosmetology school in Phoenix as a way to finance her career as a jazz singer. When her day job as a manicurist took off, she moved to New York City and began tending to the tips of top beauty and fashion editors. Editorials in top magazines and ad campaigns for Versace, Valentino, Balenciaga, Donna Karan and Zac Posen soon followed and Lippmann’s manicure chair was filled with the likes of Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger and Penelope Cruz. After creating a signature nail color for Mariah Carey (a sheer silver beige called Satin Doll), she launched an eponymous line of polishes, plus specialty treatments for nails, hands and feet. Despite her busy career as a beauty professional and entrepreneur, she continues to sing. Here, a few of her must-haves:

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La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Serum

I’m obsessed with this serum because it feels divine and keeps my skin feeling hydrated and revived, especially while traveling. $450; Click to buy

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Collyre Bleu Eye Drops

I use these drops to help keep my eyes clear and bright—especially when I’m tired. $40; Click to buy

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Hothead Hair Extensions

I’ve heard it said that a woman’s hair is her power and now I believe that to be true. I can’t live without these hair extensions. I wear two colors: A dark brown and a golden brown. They're blended together to add highlight and dimension to my hair. My life wouldn't be the same without them. $600-1200; Click to buy

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Kiehl’s Cucumber Essence Oil

This is my favorite fragrance. It smells so fresh! $26; Click to buy

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Rodin Olio Lusso

I never go anywhere without my Olio Lusso Face Oil. It has a beautiful scent and just feels divine. It's so emollient, yet non-greasy and a little goes a long way. I love it for travel and if I ever over-exfoliate or have a cold, it helps impart intensive moisture and heal my skin. $150; Click to buy

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La Mer The Lip Balm

I always travel with lip balm (this one is my current favorite) because my lips are terminally dry. $50; Click to buy

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Shiseido Eye Lash Curler

One tool I'm never without! I love this eyelash curler because it's pinch-proof and quickly delivers the perfect curl. $19; Click to buy

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Naked

For the last year, this clean, sheer beige been my favorite nail lacquer. I feel that a nude-beige is a prettier way to go nude that a sheer pink, which we saw for so long. If I want to feel chic, French and sophisticated, I wear this nude-beige over a sheer pink. $16; Click to buy

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Stormy Weather

When it comes to my nails, I either go nude or super dark, but I don’t do much in the middle. I’ve been wearing dark shade a lot. $16; Click to buy

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Single Ladies

I’ve also been wearing this beautiful dark red crème shade…that is, when I’m not wearing Naked. $16; Click to buy

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Rich Girl Hand and Cuticle Cream SPF 25

I moisturize with my hand and cuticle cream every time I wash my hands and I really massage it into my cuticles. $28; Click to buy

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Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil

My cuticle oil is another one of my absolute must-haves. Massaging the nails and cuticles regularly is good for nail growth, will get blood flowing to the surface for healthy nails and will create a rosy flush so nails look great with or without lacquer! $20; Click to buy


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First Published March 16, 2012

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