Allow her to re-introduce herself, her name is Deborah Lippmann, Miss Lippmann if you’re nasty, and she is the reigning queen of glitter polish (with song-title names). This fact was solidified most recently by Shake Your Money Maker, a chunky teal and gold sparkler set in a clear base that is so gaudy, so opulent it’s worthy of a featured role in the next Baz Luhrmann movie. If Happy Birthday was a “party in a bottle,” than SYMM is the party in a bottle—equal parts Rockefeller and Roc-A-Fella. Wearing it, like model Charlotte Carey*, on an unremarkable afternoon without a stitch of makeup on feels as lavish as Denise Hale jumping on a trampoline in her best jewels. After application, we could not take our eyes off of our fingers. It’s blue-blood decadence served with attitude and so ugly, it’s pretty. You know what we mean?
*As for Carey's otherworldly, bare-skin—read: no makeup—glow, she has a straightforward routine (it helps to be 21): "Every morning I use Bioderma Crealine on my face twice, and then, if I had a modeling job the day before, I put on Cortizone cream. But on a normal day, I moisturize with Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate and then with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. I only exfoliate once a week, I drink loads of water and aloe water, and I eat avocados twice a week." Let's hear it for avocados.
Charlotte Carey photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on July 30, 2013.