Deborah Lippmann: Jazz-Rock singer and manicurist to the stars [classic article]

Deborah Lippmann is a manicurist to the stars, including: Pat Benetar, Faith Hill and Renee Zellweger. You’ve seen her editorial photo work in magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Cosmo.


In 1999, she brought out a nail polish and treatment line. Now, in conjunction with  Bath and Body Works, she has a trendy nail color collection called “Vinyl”. She considers the tints to be a new interpretation of classic colors of decades past and has given them rock ‘n’ roll names like “Fade to Black,” “This Must Be Love” and “Call Me”. They come in enticingly petite sizes, with a shorter brush handle for better control. I know you’re always supposed to wear a top coat, but with these polishes, you almost don’t need to. I’m wearing Fade to Black right now – black cream polishes are so hot these days, it’s hard to even find them in the stores.


Deborah is also a singer. Her second CD, Vinyl, is a jazz version of some of rock’s most famous vinyl recorded tunes. There are some interesting musical things going on in her covers of songs like Satisfaction, Money and You Give Love a Bad Name. What’s also very intriguing is Deborah’s voice: she sounds very much like that other Deborah: Deborah Harry. Lippman definitely has the chops to go into a hard rock direction.

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