August 22 2014

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Girls Just Want To Be Women, Models Without Makeup, And More…


Cosmetics use among tweens is reportedly on the rise, and it’s the parents—and aggressive makeup marketing campaigns aimed at the young-girl demographic—that are to blame. Ah, they grow up so fast—or at least they look like they do when they’re covered in bronzer, lipstick, and mascara. [NYT]

More updates from People‘s Most Beautiful issue. Heidi Klum has chosen to pose for the magazine’s annual issue sans maquillage. She looks different without the help of foundation and airbrushing—in a good way, though. [Huff Po]

In other supermodels-without-makeup news, barefaced images of the more than 50 curvaceous ladies who walked in Louis Vuitton’s Fall-Winter 2010 show are now available for your viewing pleasure. Perhaps not surprisingly, Lara Stone, Adriana Lima, and co. still look dead sexy. [Huff Po]

A new study shows that fair-skinned, freckle-faced redheads are the most common tanning-bed offenders. At least they have a role model in Lindsay Lohan and her UV ray-safe Sevin Nyne self-tanner. (No, we never thought we’d be using the words “role model” to describe LiLo, either.) [Daily Mail]

The woman who beat out Sarah Palin for the Miss Alaska title in 1984 is apparently out to best her again by getting in on the politics game. Former beauty queen Maryline Blackburn is running for a Republican seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Unlike Palin, however, Blackburn voted for Obama in 2008. And the plot thickens… [MSNBC]

Photo: Greg Kessler

Makeup Bag Check: Abbie Cornish


The Mission: Give Abbie Cornish a fresh and pretty beauty look for Chanel’s dinner in support of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Program at the Odeon last night.

The Makeup Artist: Jeanine Lobell for Chanel Beauty.

The Face: Lobell used a minimal base, choosing to focus her energies on Cornish’s cheeks. A concentrated dose of Chanel Rose Dust Powder Blush really showcases the way Cornish’s apples light up when she smiles.

The Eyes: To bring out her green peepers, Lobell went with a purple liner, Chanel’s Eye Definer pen in Violet Smoke, brushing a few coats of its Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Magic Night—a deep brownish plum—across her lids. Multiple slashings of Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara in Noir, on both the upper and lower lash line, helped make Cornish’s eyes “pop.”

The Lip: Peter Philips’ much-discussed new Rouge Coco Lipstick line made yet another red-carpet showing here, as Lobell reached for its Organdi Rose shade, a shimmering pink that added a little oomph to Cornish’s natural lip color.

The Result: Selma Blair, Kristen Bell, and Zoë Kravitz were also there, but all eyes were on Cornish. With rumors swirling that she has moved on from Ryan Phillippe to Josh Hartnett, inquiring minds want to know, well, everything.

A Cut Above the Rest


The newly opened Marie Robinson Salon in the Flatiron District just might be the biggest thing to happen to the New York beauty community in recent memory. First, there’s its made-for-Hollywood back story, in which Robinson, Sally Hershberger’s star colorist for the past seven years, quit to start her own, eponymous atelier and much of Hershberger’s staff followed, causing a mass exodus. Then there’s the salon itself, an extraordinarily large 5,000-square-foot space on Fifth Avenue laid out by Manhattan based-designer James Huniford—the construction and opening of which seems perhaps more daunting even than the idea of defecting from the queen of the $800 haircut.

But the vibe at MRS doesn’t reflect any of this tension; quite the contrary. “It’s kind of like a clubhouse,” senior stylist Allison Woodruff explained as she tended to my lob and we chatted about our favorite Beach House tracks. Woodruff, like most of Robinson’s personnel, has come up through Manhattan’s salon system. The highly experienced and sought-after team includes alumni from Pierre Michel, Bumble & Bumble, Oscar Bondi, and Sally Hershberger, all of whom have been coiffing together for years, making them not only peers but friends. “I just tried to surround myself with the most talented staff out there—people I’ve known since I was 18, in some cases,” says Robinson, who has had Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Liv Tyler, and Uma Thurman in her chair. “And it’s like, ‘I love your work…and I love you. Does it get any better?’ ” Yes, in fact; turns out it does. Celebrity stylists Danilo and Mark Townsend will also work from MRS when in New York.

The petite, platinum blonde Robinson, who says she’d never really had ambitions to go out on her own, had an epiphany a few years back and just realized that things could be “different.” She re-evaluated what she liked and disliked about the salon-going experience for both stylists and their guests and the “universe” made her new project a reality. Personal touches include two lounge/waiting areas, instead of one, so things stay calm “even if it gets crazy,” and a general sense of happy contentment that’s palpable when the elevator doors open. Full disclosure: I’ve never had a chatty relationship with my stylist before—it’s just not my thing—but Woodruff was so comfortable in her element that before I knew it, I had done the unthinkable and delved into boyfriend territory. Oh, and did I mention my hair looks amazing?

The Marie Robinson Salon, 155 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780.

A Scent, For Summer


Last September, Issey Miyake got back into the fragrance game after a 16-year hiatus with A Scent—a very green, very jasmine eau rounded out by earthy galbanum notes and a floral freshness from hyacinth. With summer on the way, A Scent has just received its own seasonal modification, Miyake-style. Don’t expect any watered-down, beach-themed adaptations here. The new A Scent Eau de Parfum Florale retains its full essential oil concentration while managing to possess the airiness of an eau de toilette. You still get the galbanum, hyacinth, and those jasmine top notes (the lattermost of which we’ve come to think of as the cilantro of the perfume world; you either love it or hate it), but blended with new elements like rose, peony, and floral nectars. The effect is warm, light, and, in our opinion, more wearable than the original. Give this one a chance to dry down; you’ll be glad you did.

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Roberts And Bieber Are “Most Beautiful,” And More…


People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” issue hits newsstands this week, and Julia Roberts will grace its cover for the fourth time. A “happy and fulfilled” life is credited for the 42-year-old’s outer glow (that sizable new Lancôme contract only adds to this bliss, one assumes). [People]

Justin Bieber has also made the most beautiful list this year, and as the teen idol (and his hair) tour Australia and New Zealand this week, New York-based stylist Paul Labrecque has coined Bieber’s coif the “Mop Top” Bowl Cut and suggested that other stars consider trying it out, including one Robert Pattinson. You bite your tongue, Paul Labrecque! [USA Today]

Eva Longoria Parker held a lavish launch event for her new eponymous fragrance in L.A. last night, and her Desperate Housewives‘ co-stars, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, were there to fête the perfume—and take notes for their own celebrity fragrances, which are no doubt already in the works. [InStyle U.K.]

Speaking of high-profile perfumes, if you’re a fan of Versace’s scent portfolio, you could win an autographed bottle of your favorite eau—and a semester-long internship with Donatella in New York—for a mere 20K. Worth it? Kind of. [Gawker]

Photo: Giulio Marcocchi / Sipa Press