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12.05.15

ZOOM IN: KAT VON D VS FORMULA X

ZOOM IN: KAT VON D VS FORMULA X

Kat Von D talks about the lip and nail collection of our grunge girl dreams.

Kat Von D is lending an artistic hand to the world of nail polish by partnering with Formula X. Each of the five new polish shades in the limited-edition collection matches a color from her Studded Kiss line (think Piaf, L.U.V., Tijuana, Vampira, and NaYeon). The Sephora Glossy linked up with Kat to get insights on the collection, her design process, and why she’s Formula X’s #1 fan. JESSICA VELEZ

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

“The collaboration happened during one of our beauty development meetings. This may sound silly, but I was gazing at one of my favorite Studded Kiss Lipsticks in the shade Vampira and said, ‘Damn! This lipstick would make the best nail polish shade!’ And the rest is history!”

 

THE BRAND CRUSH

“The reason I so badly wanted to collaborate with Formula X more than any other nail polish company is because I’ve been a fan of the line since it first launched a few years back. Some of my top fave polishes are Obsessed, Gray Matter, and Alchemy. It has the most durable formula ever, and this is coming from someone who bangs the hell out of her nails all day long! The treatments actually work—this is the only reason I’ve ever gotten my nails to look as healthy as they’ve ever been, no joke. I’m addicted to Formula X’s The System. If it weren’t for that, I would have the worst, most haggard nails that ever existed.”

 

MAKING IT HER OWN

“After meeting with Formula X and going over concepts, they agreed to let me have a black cap, which makes this uber-goth very happy. And after sketching out ideas, I came up with a few hand-drawn options for the team to choose from. Since Formula X already has its amazing formula down, I felt it was important to contribute the best way I know how, by putting my spin on their ‘X’ logo.”

 

KAT VON D VS HER NAILS

“Well, as many of my followers on Instagram already know, I truly struggle when it comes to the nail game. I am always so envious of those who are able to have these long, cat-like nails. But unfortunately, I am cursed with weather-beaten artist hands, and my nails are usually the first to get beaten up—whether it’s from drawing, painting, playing my guitar, or gardening. I have never managed to have a set of beautifully manicured, long natural nails because of this! So, to me, a perfect manicure would be a slightly pointed almond shape that’s double the length of my natural stubby nails—ha! For now, I guess I’ll stick to my short nails and live vicariously through all the lovely nail posts on Instagram.”

 

HER FAVORITE MANICURES

“Although I tend to wear black almost every day, I do enjoy the hell out of some glitter. So one thing I love doing when it comes to my nails is choosing color combinations based off of an opaque shade, and then finding its glittery sister. For example, if I’m going to wear black nails, I’ll usually go with “Dark Matter” for a majority of my nails, and then leave my ring fingers open, and then go with “NaYeon,” a rich black with heavy gunmetal sparkle, for an extra pop.”

“I’ve always been a fan of anything monochromatic. So, matching your nails to your lips is just as fun as being able to match your lips to your hair—especially when you have neon orange hair like I do now.”

“I love it when girls have long, sharp stiletto nails with a black shiny lacquer on top and a candy apple red underside! I had the luck of owning that look one day for a photo shoot last year and was heartbroken when I had to remove my acrylics afterwards!”

 

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