Hungarian model Vanessa Axente may only be 18-years-old, but her list of accomplishments is already impressive: She’s become a muse for Steven Meisel, walked in a slew of runway shows (21, to be exact, for Spring 2014), and graced the covers of the Japanese, German, and Italian editions of Vogue. Not bad for someone who can’t even drink. While primping for the Gotham Independent Film Awards this week (photo diary below), the new face of Calvin Klein and the brand’s forthcoming eau, Endless Euphoria, shared her low-key beauty habits.
Her red-carpet ritual: “[The night before an event] I go to bed before 11:00, and I always take a hot bath. I put olive oil, lavender oil, and milk in the water to moisturize my body. It makes me feel so relaxed, and after that I’m ready for bed.”
On her look for the Gotham Awards: “My makeup is very simple, but it’s still sexy because of the eyeliner. I went with a more natural look, because I’m young. The hair is very Calvin Klein—straight but also a little wavy. The whole look is kind of masculine, but still feminine, because the back of the top is so pretty.”
Her secret for gorgeous skin: “I always wash my makeup off at night with Chanel cleansing water, and once a week I exfoliate my face with brown sugar, to keep it soft.”
Her tricks for makeup that won’t budge: “If I need my makeup to last all day long, I spritz my face with Avène water, because it refreshes my skin but it doesn’t mess up the makeup. To make my lipstick last, I apply concealer and lip liner first. A makeup artist taught me that.”
What she loves about Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria: “It’s fresh, youthful, and it fits my personality perfectly. It gets your attention, but it’s not too overpowering.”
And where does she like to spritz? “I like to apply fragrance on my neck and wrists—that’s where you smell it the most.”
Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein (the blush-colored bottle at left)—a blend of cherry blossom, violet, and sandalwood—is available beginning March 2014.
Pantone, the authority on color, announced today that the shade of 2014 is Radiant Orchid, referring to it as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.” We saw this hue pop up on many a Spring runway, in both the clothes and the makeup (specifically, the acidic pastel pouts seen at Prabal Gurung). But if you’re looking for a more subtle way to try the trend, opt for a sheer wash of pigment (like Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Provocative and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes in Violine Out of Control) or a more pigmented gloss (such as MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen Glass in Narcissus). To capitalize on the color wave, Benefit even pushed up the release of its newest lip-and-cheek stain (originally scheduled to launch in January 2014), Lollitint, which lends a “candy orchid” flush to both your cheeks and lips. The brand’s staff obviously has a crystal ball in their San Francisco office, because they even had the flower of the moment pinned to their mood board (shown below). We tangoed with tangerine in 2013, but in the months ahead, it appears that purple is set to reign.
Style.com/Print‘s latest cover girl, Joan Smalls, arrived at last night’s Alvin Ailey opening-night gala in New York City sporting onyx-colored lipstick. (Similar to the tube MAC released in honor of Black Friday.) Her Instagram caption read, “Feeling a bit #emo tonight.” But paired with a thin line of cobalt liner along ultra-fluttery top lashes, Smalls’ look was more gorgeous than goth.
What started as an atelier of sorts on Melrose Place has now turned into L.A.’s newest beauty destination. Violet Grey, founded by Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, was initially a haven for celebrities, stylists, and artists and their entourages—a place they would go to seek inspiration and test hair and makeup looks for an upcoming appearance. Now this private world initially intended for A-listers only is opening up to the public, starting with a Web site that produces a monthly digital publication, The Violet Files, created by top fashion photographers, filmmakers, and actresses. (Starting Oscar week of 2014, the e-commerce portion of the site will be live, featuring a well-edited selection of products chosen by industry insiders.) For the December issue, longtime visitor to Grey’s oasis, Eva Mendes, plays the starring role in her own version of a West Coast Christmas, where eggnog is served cold and firs laden with snow are replaced with palms wrapped in twinkly lights. Inspired by Slim Aarons’ 1955 photograph of his wife (at left), where she can be seen floating in the family pool—a normal Los Angeles activity, save for the large Christmas tree at one end and glittering ornaments strewn across the surface—Mendes devised a character for her cover story she dubbed Dolores Carmen. “Photo shoots are best, and always more fun, when I transform into another persona,” she said. Shot by Guy Aroch at the iconic Brody House built by A. Quincy Jones, the red-carpet fixture documented “Dolores” preparing for the festive season, devising her own intimate winter wonderland in the glamorous, warm-weather setting of Holmby Hills. Here, an exclusive look at some behind-the-scenes snaps: