Christina Carey’s New York Diary-------
Cult Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is looking to take over the lipstick category, or at least ruffle a few feathers with its vibrant new color and liner range created by the brand’s artistic director and fashion’s favorite makeup artist, Dick Page. The collection of Perfect Rouge lipsticks and Smoothing Lip Pencils will hit stores this February, but a celebration of grand proportions hit New York last night when a gaggle of beauty editors and industry regulars toasted Page at Splashlight Studios. Also in attendance was Australian model Christina Carey. The spokesmodel for the new brand was fresh off the first half of a global press tour that kept her in Tokyo until Saturday. Style.com caught up with Carey to get a sense of what it takes to be the “face” of a new makeup line. Here, a day in the life of the beauty from Down Under.
Jet-lagged! I woke abruptly and felt wide awake because in Tokyo, the time would be 3:30 p.m. I’m kind of used to it now though as I went through a similar thing just a week ago when I arrived there.
Early room-service breakfast and then I meet Hiroko, who works in the PR department at Shiseido headquarters in Tokyo, in the hotel lobby, for some interviews with various press. Today I’ll only have two interviews, which is nice and low-key in comparison to the Tokyo event, where I had around ten meetings over the course of a day. I will be interviewing with two editors I met at a dinner last night, who have flown from Australia and New Zealand for the NYC press event. The interviews evolve into a casual chat about how I started modeling, what my interests are, the skincare products I like, and how I feel about being chosen to be the new spokesmodel for Shiseido Perfect Rouge.
Jet lag hitting me hard as Hiroko and I enjoy a well-earned enormous lunch at the hotel, which I follow with a quick power nap in my room for an hour.
Hiroko and I meet downstairs and take a taxi to designer Maria Cornejo’s Lower East Side boutique, Zero. Maria, a friend of Dick’s, has kindly offered to provide outfits for all of the events for this press tour. We spend the next hour or so choosing an outfit for the event, as well as a couple of options for the Paris leg of the tour.
After a quick dash back to the hotel to get changed into our newly chosen outfits, Hiroko and I meet to take a cab to the event location, even though it’s literally two blocks away (we had our heels on and were feeling a little too lazy to walk it!).
We bump into Lady Bunny in the reception area, the DJ for the party, and we all go together upstairs to finish getting ready for the event, which is scheduled to commence at 6 p.m. There are many people up there already, busily setting up makeup displays, as well as the extensive catering and bar. Lady Bunny gets straight on the decks and soon the atmosphere transforms into much more of a party vibe than a work environment.
Hair and Makeup touch-ups. Jenna, Dick’s assistant, kindly attends to my face, which is looking a tiny bit fatigued after my three hours of sleep last night. She does a lovely glowing finish on my skin and finishes with my favorite deep shade of Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Mystery (shade RD613), from the new line. A quick bit of hairspray and a shot with the hair-dryer and I’m ready!
The night is a great success, as everyone happily wanders around chatting with one another and enjoying the kind services of Dick Page’s makeup team, who are working at the event and offering free rein of the new collection of lip colors.
A few hours and numerous lipstick changes later, we have some cake to celebrate Dick’s birthday and then head back to the hotel for some rest. Tomorrow I leave for Paris to do it all over again!
Photo: Courtesy of Shiseido