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The designer dishes on her two polishes.

The supremely stylish Victoria Beckham has worn many hats in her career—muse, style icon, and bona fide fashion designer. So, it seems only natural that she’s extended her hand to the world of beauty, too. Inspired by her latest spring collection, she partnered with fellow Brit brand NAILS INC. to craft two utterly chic nail polishes: Bamboo White and Judo Red. The Sephora Glossy chatted with Beckham to learn more about the collaboration, her tips for a well-primped manicure, and more. JESSICA VELEZ


How did your collaboration with NAILS INC. come to be?

I think what NAILS INC. does is really great, and when they approached me, I was excited to have the opportunity to collaborate. We worked really hard to put the Victoria, Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc collection together by creating two shades that I am so delighted about.


Your polishes have a Japanese influence. What do you love about Japanese style?

I really appreciate the traditionally minimalist Japanese aesthetic and also the use of print in Japanese fabrics—in my spring ’15 Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection there were a lot of clean lines and kimono-inspired silhouettes, along with graphically inspired prints.


Tell us about the process of creating the two polish colors, Judo Red and Bamboo White. What drew you to those vibrant tomato and subtle bone shades?

We looked at the VVB collection and worked at creating two shades that directly correlated to it. I wanted to create my take on a new nude, and the Bamboo White polish is the result of that. It’s a great neutral tone that goes with everything. I don’t wear a huge amount of bright color, but when I do, I love sunset orange and bright reds. Judo Red is a great new shade of orange with a hint of red that’s perfect for summer. And most importantly I think both shades are new and modern—I haven’t seen them anywhere else.


The polishes are created with silica-infused bamboo extract and Stretch-To-Fit technology. How do those components affect the overall look?

They give a really glossy, long-lasting, and vibrant finish. The Stretch-To-Fit technology is so clever—it allows the polish to be flexible on the nail and gives a perfectly smooth finish. And the bamboo extract boosts nail health and promotes growth.


You reinvented the bottle design with Fabien Baron for the collaboration. Tell us how you brought your vision to life.

The bottle is based on the new NAILS INC. design, which we then slightly reworked to give it a unique VVB feel. I love the simplicity of the opaque black and white tones, and it has a real freshness about it that perfectly reflects the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line. It is such beautiful packaging made from Venetian glass with a hand-finished frosting.


What’s your favorite beauty tip for a creating a perfect nail look?

Cuticle oil. I think that is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your nails are prepped and ready for polish.


What do you find powerful about a beautiful manicure?

I always find it empowering when I see a woman who isn’t afraid to show her personal style through her nails. I think a beautiful manicure is part of that—great nails complete any strong look.




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