Daphne Guinness admits she”s worn nail polish on her LIPS (so how on earth did she get it off)
Daphne Guinness, known to many as a fashion icon and visionary, has taken her inventive approach to style one step further by using nail polish to colour her lips.
In an new interview to promote a collaboration with MAC she described the bizarre use of the product as an “experiment”.
The eccentric aristocrat told StyleList: “Yesterday I was using nail polish as lipstick. It”s just experiment after experiment.”
Daphne Guinness models her own line for MAC Cosmetics
However, the platinum blonde daughter of brewery heir Jonathan Guinness failed to reveal how she removed the naillaquer from her lips.
Rachel Wood, celebrity make-up artist who counts stars like Lily Cole, Ashley Tisdale and Olivia Palermo among her list of high-profile clients, confessed to MailOnline that while she”s an advocate of using lipstick on the cheeks and multitasking with make-up, she wasn”t convinced by Ms Guinness” choice of lipstick.
“As far as nail polish goes…I”m not sold on using it for the lips. First of all most polishes contain fomaldehyde, not a substance I would suggest to ingest.”
Face value: The line designed by Guinness and Gager for MAC includes “The Interior Life Eyeshadow Quad” and will be available from December 26
But Guinness may have the stomach for it. Recalling her days as youngster she says: “…we didn”t have enough pocket money to buy lots of makeup, so we”d go to the art department and mix it up there.”
Rare bird:Guinness attending the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition in New York
Wood suggested a more sensible alternative could be found in the beauty market where choices of colours and textures are plenty.
“If polish was chosen because she wanted something that would stay, then I”d suggest a long wear lipstick or stain. I know there are some out that that only sandpaper and a blow torch remove.
“If it was for the high shine or laquered effect, there”s nothing better than a heavy dose of MAC lipglass piled on top…”
But “sensible” isn”t a word that one would immediately attribute to the self ascribed “artist” and couture muse.
Guinness, who for a long time was recognizable by her platinum and black striped hair, once got dressed for a gala at the Met New York, in the display window of a Barney”s department store.
It”s no surprise that her individuality and whimsical style appealed to friends like the late designer, Alexander McQueen and flamboyant magazine editor, Isabella Blow.
So extraordinary is her couture collection, New York”s Fashion Institute of Technology is hosting an exhibition of her theatrical threads until January 2012.
For now though, Guinness is experimenting with cosmetics. Hopefully the organic, non-toxic variety.