In our new video series, Beauty Icons, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams—whose client list includes Lily Collins, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Kat Dennings, and, yes, her sister Rachel—breaks down iconic looks, both past and present, step by step. When asked about her own beauty signature, she said, “I feel like most makeup artists say they like to do eyes, but I love to do lips—I have big lips, so I love a big pop of color. Being a makeup artist is often like being the cobbler’s children who don’t have shoes: I don’t generally wear a ton of makeup on a day-to-day basis, so I just put on some powder, a little mascara, and pop on a lipstick and I’m ready.” Her go-to shade at the moment: CK One Color Shine Lipstick in Rockin (a sheer lavender), and for night she slicks on Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Playful (a matte purple) underneath. In her earlier days, however, a simple Bonne Bell brown liner—a coveted product in Canada—was her object of affection. “I remember we went to New York City on some kind of a class trip, and I bought this specific [shade] that I saw in Teen magazine, it was called Pecan Brown. It really was the best brown eyeliner. I would wear that all the time—it was one of my signature things because I have blue eyes so it would go really well. I had that eyeliner until I moved about a year ago and finally got rid of it. I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder.” And in the making of our tutorials, it was also a liner look that she surprisingly enjoyed the most: “I loved the Brigitte Bardot eye because I don’t do a big eye on myself a lot. I guess I should take my own advice, because I always thought a big eye doesn’t really work for me, but then I did it and I was like, ‘It does work for me.’ My boyfriend even said, ‘Oh, I love it—that’s a sexy eye.’” Tune in every Friday to see the how-to and more of McAdams in action.
I’m going to borrow a line from the esteemed film Legally Blonde to describe the beauty move catwalker Karen Elson debuted on Instagram yesterday: She got bangs. Her hair is so now. Fringe is having a moment (fellow model Grace Hartzel sported a covetable rock-and-roll version of the trend in the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook shot by Hedi Slimane, and Jamie Bochert appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Style.com/Print wearing her signature set), which is interesting seeing as balmier weather is (let us pray) almost upon us and the effect it has on bangs isn’t pretty (think strands stuck to forehead). But humidity be damned—whether you wear them long and wavy like Hartzel and Bochert, or short and blunt like Elson, I think going under the scissors this spring is well worth the risk.
Pick a color, any color. Our new Spring Beauty Guide inspired us to consider our hair a blank canvas with a rainbow of opportunities. Last night, Soo Joo Park—one of Style.com’s favorite models and a champion of the platinum trend—posted a selfie to Instagram
This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.
From the Kitchen of: Olivia Chantecaille, founder of Chantecaille Beauté
“This is an old family recipe that my French grandmother passed down to my mom, who then shared it with me. I cherish it because it reminds me of them. But I like to put my own modern spin on it with a few additional pure ingredients. I do this treatment at the start of each new season, to help my hair adjust to the changing weather. It really works to make it stronger, shinier, and silkier. Plus, the rose water helps to balance out the pH of the hair and prevent breakage.”
One for the Recipe Box: Homemade Hair Treatment With Rose Water
1/4 cup of rose water
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of rum
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
“Beat the eggs thoroughly in a large bowl, add the rose water, rum, and oils. Mix the ingredients well. I apply the mask on towel-dried, not wet hair, which allows it to penetrate better. I start by massaging the mixture into the scalp and work my way down to the ends. Then I secure my hair in a chignon and let the mask soak in for thirty minutes. I finish by rinsing with cold water to seal the cuticle, eliminate frizz, and boost shine.”
Disco and wedding aren’t two words that usually go together…unless, of course, you’re talking about jiving to the likes of Diana Ross and The Jackson 5 at the reception (undoubtedly with a great-uncle who hasn’t seen you since the diaper days and is being far too handsy for someone who’s family). But after hearing the soundtrack to Amsale’s Spring 2015 show, the seventies are where makeup artist Daniel Martin pulled his beauty inspiration. Pewter shadow and glitter gave models’ lids a Studio 54-worthy vibe, while metallic red lips came courtesy of Lipstick Queen lipstick in Red Metal. Any bride who wears this look is ready to jump aboard the love train and get down till dawn.