I’ve found my next mani on page 175 of the May issue of FASHION Magazine, which officially hits newsstands today. The story is “Garden Punch,” featuring six pages of to-die-for nails by Leanne Colley of Tips Nail Bar. Of course. *grin*
Killer, right? If only the story were eligible for entry in the Contessa Awards, an annual industry-accolades event that bestows peer kudos on Canadian hair stylists and colourists. There is a nail-enhancement category — Leeanne has won twice, actually — but published images aren’t permitted.
(Published hair images are permitted, in the “Session Stylist” category, but only because a few years back yours truly kicked up a fuss that editorial-hair brilliance was being ignored. As far as beauty editors are concerned, fantastic hair that appears in the country’s top fashion and beauty mags is the pinnacle of stylist skill. The stylists who do that kind of work are the stylists we want to interview and hire for photoshoots.)
Well, maybe it’s okay there’s no Contessa Award for editorial nail skill yet. To be fair, as Pollyanna insists on pointing out, nail-focussed beauty stories have only just begun to make a magazine splash again. (There isn’t a P&G Beauty Award for nails either, although there is one for hair/makeup.)
So maybe next year? Should there be a petition? Pick up a copy of FASHION and tell me what you think! (Also, aren’t the lips killer too?)
Makeup by Greg Wencel. Photography by Gabor Jurina. Beauty direction by Lesa Hannah.