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RIP Shu Uemura; Agent Provocateur, The Makeup; and More…

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Bad news for Shu Uemura’s American acolytes: L’Oréal USA, its parent company, has decided to close all U.S. operations, based on a desire to “focus on growing the larger brands in the Luxury Products portfolio.” Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Kiehl’s are all cool, but, like, this is Shu we’re talking about—home of the Tokyo Lash Bar and artistic director Gina Brooke! Luckily, Brooke has that other gig to fall back on. [WWD]

If you love Agent Provocateur’s forays into beauty, this should get your heart racing: New brand extensions are expected to include not only two new fragrances but a capsule cosmetics range with a focus on eyes, lips, and nails. Bring. It. On. [WWD]

Bo-Tax, the tan tax, and now hair cuts could be the latest beauty service to be used as a source of government revenue. What next, the mani-pedi tax? God forbid! [NYT]

Forget about Avatar‘s breakthrough editing and seamless cinematography. The leaps it took in extolling the craft of “digital makeup” are immeasurable. The growing field relies less on the precise application of foundation and eyeliner and more on the placement of hundreds of reflective dots to feed actors’ emotional expressions into computer software that renders animated images. It begs the question, will on set powder puffs and lipstick bullets go the way of the Walkman? [Variety]

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

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