Pro Logic: Green Manicurist Jenna Hipp Chats HIPPxRGB & Eco-Beauty Picks Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Green celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp nails nudes with her newest polish collaboration, HIPPxRGB Nail Tints, and chats about using makeup foundation as her color inspiration, what neutral nails can do for fingers, and which natural skin and body products she prefers to use when beautifying hands and feet.

A week or so ago, Miley Cyrus twitpic’d a photo of her manicure—an ultra-sleek-and-chic elongated almond-shape nail, lacquered in a flattering and super-gorgeous flesh tone that seemed to visually make her fingers go on for miles. Miley gave props to the nail tech, “green” celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp, in 140 characters or less (even using the term “dayummm,” which I believe means “damn,” but could also be construed as “damn” and “yum” all rolled into one).

The more I looked at the image, the more enamored I became with the simplicity of the look. It was so utterly fashion-forward without being a full-blown nail art project, I kept thinking: Man, I gotta speak to Jenna about this design. Which I did, for an upcoming issue of Nailpro magazine, and I will dutifully link to it when it goes live in July. But in the meantime, I chatted with Jenna about that stunning lacquer color Miley paraded in the aforementioned Twitter photo (the color just so happens to be from Jenna’s most recent collaboration—shown above—with eco-conscious polish line RGB Cosmetics: HIPPxRGB Nail Tints), plus her green beauty must-haves.

 Jenna Hipp Miley Cyrus Manicure HIPPxRGB Nail Tint

Fear No Beauty: You’re known in the beauty world as a “green” manicurist. Can you speak to why you chose to partner with eco-nail line RGB Cosmetics?

Jenna: I was obsessed with RGB from the moment I laid eyes on the product. The company makes a lot of sacrifices to keep the brand as eco as possible, and that really means a lot to me. They’ve removed the five known carcinogens from their formula and produce everything in the USA. The quality is top of the line and the packaging is incredibly modern and designer-chic. The finish dries super-shiny, it’s long-wearing and contains rich pigments—not to mention RGB’s owner, Gina Carney, personally chooses her own colors and color names, which always turn out spot-on and very cutting-edge. As you can probably tell, I’m very proud to be a part of the brand with the HIPPxRGB collaboration.

 HIPPxRGB Nail Foundation

FNB: Your first collaboration with RGB, HIPPxRGB Nail Foundation, is a collection of four flesh-tone lacquers. Why stick to only neutrals?

Jenna: Even at the peak of the hype surrounding nail art and designs, the behind-the-scenes fashion industry was literally begging for the perfect “nude” nail, wanting “an extension of the hand”—a request I heard more times than I can count. Upon discovering RGB Cosmetics, I was ecstatic when they agreed to move forward with the original Nail Foundation Collection concept a little over a year ago.

When we were developing the product, I would consult with top celebrity makeup artists to formulate the best colors for different skin tones. We ended up sending in the most popular foundation shades from such beauty brands as Armani, Bobbi Brown and Chanel, for example, and had the labs match accordingly. The end result? Full-coverage, all-nude nails that hide imperfections and complements the wearers’ complexion. No matter your skin tone, HIPPxRGB is essentially “makeup for your nails,” developed specifically to minimize redness and hide imperfections—just like foundation for the face.

 John Masters Organics Cacao and Cupuacu Hand and Body Butter

FNB: Now you’re doing the tints of these same tones with the new collection HIPPxRGB Nail Tints. What do tints do for the nail?

Jenna: Tints are really fun to play with, and very practical, so they can reach a very broad range. Also inspired by the idea of makeup for the face, Nail Tint offers the sheerness and everyday wear-ability of tinted moisturizer. These are essentially sheer versions of the four Nail Foundation colors. Also, the two collections can be mixed-and-matched to create a customized neutral with your preferred color and coverage.

 Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil

FNB: Do you have any tips for combining the tints with the opaques for a cool design?

Jenna: Combining the Foundations with the Tints creates a multi-dimensional effect when layered. First, apply a layer of Nail Foundation in your appropriate nude. Then, top this with a Tint either one shade lighter, the same shade or one shade darker than the Foundation; this will alter the tone, which is how you can customize the shade and coverage that works with your lifestyle. I’ve painted the following combos: 1) Michelle Williams wore Nail Foundation in F1 topped with Nail Tint in T1 for the 2012 Golden Globes; 2) Lea Michele wore Nail Foundation in F1 topped with Nail Tint in T2 for the 2012 Golden Globes; and 3) Miley Cyrus loves Nail Foundation in F2 topped with Nail Tint in T1 for her perfect nude and has worn it to multiple red carpet events.

For me it’s more about the simplicity of the perfect shade and playing with the shape of a nude nail. As nudes are the “no-color colors,” it’s really up to the artist in you and your imagination when creating nail art. I’m so excited to see what people come up with. Please tweet me your pics! {Side note: Hit up Jenna’s Twitter at @jennahipp.}

 Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen

FNB: Do you have any other can’t-live-without green beauty items?

Jenna: I rarely use actual hand- and nailcare products on my clients. I’ve found for me that the best ingredients and packaging are typically found in face and body care, and I regularly implement them into my manicure routine. I love “green” items because I can provide my clients with an organic, luxurious and safe experience without worrying about their health—or mine.

I love Suki Skin Care; the entire line is sooo yummy…especially the Suki Body Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser, which foams up and literally takes away any trace of dead skin. I’m a huge fan of Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil. I apply it on damp skin and gently pat dry with an organic cotton towel. The oil spreads easily, absorbs quickly and lasts noticeably longer than regular moisturizer alone.

 Suki Body Exfoliating Foaming Body Cleanser

Jenna (continued): I feel so “fancy” when using Dr. Hauschka—the experience is luxurious, the packaging is simple but rich, and the ingredients are superb. I enjoy the entire collection, especially the hand and foot creams. The Dr. Hauschka St. John’swort Foot Cream leaves skin smooth, not greasy, and slightly tingly. It’s wonderful. And, I’m a HUGE fan of the Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen. My celebrity clients love the sheen that John Masters Organics Cacao and Cupuacu Hand & Body Butter leaves on skin, so we often use it before they hit the red carpet. When I need extra moisture, especially during winter months, I opt for it too.

Visit Jenna’s website,, for her latest red carpet and editorial work, and keep up with her insider’s view of Hollywood nails on Twitter at @jennahipp.

Karie L. Frost Signature


(Miley Cyrus photo via


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