Beauty Obsession: Plain Jane

09 February 2010

When it comes to beauty, the world is our inspiration, especially if you’re Jane Schub, creator of StrangeBeautiful nail color. Originally trained as an artist and illustrator, Jane uses a technique called Josef Albers' Colour Theory in which you're inspired by the colours of objects around you, for example ‘the veins of green mold running through Roquefort cheese’. Nice. So, for the nail collection of StrangeBeautiful, Jane was inspired by her a 1970s Red Olivetti Valentine typewriter, which is a beautiful red/orange colour.

With no labels or pretty packaging, the polishes are much like a set of paints (forget delicate pinks and nudes) and unlike other polishes, you only need apply one coat. ‘They're super saturated and highly pigmented, in a typical polish, you'd find about 15 to 18 percent pigment but mine are made with 50 to 75 percent pigment, so you only need one coat,’ says Jane. 

See, sometimes beauty is all about simplicity and we do think these are strangely beautiful... Get involved!

The range is available at Liberty of London, 020 7734 1234,

- Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Associate Beauty Editor


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