If I could shadow anyone in a French pharmacy or the aisles of Sephora, it would undoubtedly be a makeup artist. One of my favorite backstage pastimes is peeking around the pros’ stations to see what they use to create otherworldly radiance or soften models’ dry, cracked lips. They often unearth beauty gems I would never discover on my own and know what products provide real results for their discerning red-carpet clientele. Plus, they won’t give me a hard sell just to make a commission.
Starting today, you can browse famed face painter Fiona Stiles’ go-to goods via her well-edited e-commerce site, Reed Clarke. Trusted by celebs such as Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain, Stiles made the contents of her medicine cabinet and makeup bag accessible to the virtual masses, providing personal write-ups that explain each product’s worthiness. You’ll also discover niche brands and formulas that only those in the know have on hand (like Kelo-cote Scar Gel, which Stiles has dubbed “a miracle,” and Ponaris Nasal Emollient, an astronaut-approved oil for any glamorous globe-trotter attempting to beat the effects of dry, recycled plane air). “Reed Clarke is a conversation between me and the customer,” Stiles explained of her new online shopping destination (named after her 3-year-old daughter, Clarke, and her sisters’ middle names, Reed and Clarke). I think I just found my new retail therapist.
Here, her top three items to add to your cart:
W3ll People Universalist Multi Use Colorstick #2: “I use this pretty much every day. I love the highlight it creates—it’s very sensual and believable. Even if I do more of a matte skin look, I still use this as a highlighter down the bridge of the nose. It keeps the look fresh and modern, and it brings a beautiful glow to the skin.”
In Fiore Veloutée Multipurpose Balm for Lips & Eyes: “I use this for everything. I use it on the lips, of course, but I also use it to add a bit of glow to the cheekbones, as a subtle gloss on the lids of the eyes when I do a more natural look, and as a cuticle balm—I always check a client’s nails to be sure they look nice. I can find a dozen uses for it.”
Rubis tweezers: “I’m a bit of a brow fanatic. I like all of my clients to have perfect brows no matter what, and shaping is the foundation for a great brow. Not only does a well-maintained brow frame the face, but it also makes applying shadow easier and lets the product go on more seamlessly. These tweezers never miss a hair. I can’t work without them.”
The platinum trend has been going strong now for a few solid months, but one thing from the Fall 2014 shows that we wish would have caught in a bigger way was the notion of a monochromatic dress and dye job (as seen on the runway at Marc Jacobs). Sure, a wardrobe comprised entirely of mink-y brown or blush isn’t all that appealing, but a closetful of crisp whites sounds decidedly fresher. And that’s exactly the fashion strategy that Tracy Georgiou, brand buyer for J.Crew and Madewell, has employed of late. “It’s not too fussy, but looks sharp,” she explained of her streamlined style. “There are so many shades and textures of white—from Steve McQueen in a washed-out tee and jeans to Audrey Hepburn or Diane Keaton in a crisp white men’s shirt. Though the palette is limited, the outfits are endless.”
It was a friend, however, who finally convinced Georgiou to complete her head-to-toe look by transitioning her virgin brown strands to stark ivory with the help of colorist Roxie Darling and hairstylist Wes Sharpton at Hairstory Studio in downtown Manhattan. The transformation took about seven hours to complete, but the results are indeed striking. “After seeing her skin tone, perfect freckles, and deep brown eyes, I decided to veer away from a shocking white [and opt for] a flattering and soft ashy blond, as seen on Hollywood sirens in the fifties,” noted Darling. Though she said anyone can go platinum, fine or very curly hair is susceptible to damage over time, and it’s always best to steer clear of an at-home bleaching session and leave a dramatic change in the capable hands of a pro. “This color is a large investment,” she added, so expect to be back in the salon every four to five weeks for touch-ups.
Since you’ll want to wash less to prolong the results and prevent over-drying, a “lifestyle cut,” as Sharpton described it, that “doesn’t scream haircut, but looks considered,” is ideal for those who don’t want to bother with heat styling (like Georgiou, who doesn’t own a blow-dryer and doesn’t think the modern girl should). Sharpton took the length up to just above the collarbone for manageability. “Small bathrooms require minimal routines,” said Georgiou. “Out of the shower, I comb the sides of my hair with a fine-tooth comb and use a wide-tooth version on top—this makes a huge difference if you’re air-drying.” A bit of Purely Perfect Foundation Creme applied to damp hair is all she uses to create texture. Worn with her go-to Apiece Apart culottes and crop top, Georgiou is a vision in white.
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Sure, we know that drinking our green juice gives us glowing skin—but sticking to that healthy habit is no easy feat when you’re headed out of town for a long weekend or flying the friendly skies. (Diet Coke and pretzels, anyone?) Good news: Finding your closest green juice is now just a click away, thanks to the Greenhopping app. Available for free on iTunes and Google Play—and currently covering 14 U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago (plus a shout-out to New Jersey, the only state so far)—the search engine locates shops that offer juices made from whole fruits and vegetables that are cold-pressed or made to order. The technology was created by Catherine Cuello, who was inspired to develop the app with fiancé Alfred Fuente after a health scare that required the removal of her left ovary at the age of 23. Instead of turning to a daily queue of pills, she began juicing and followed the leafy path back to radiant health. She also realized that finding the closest juice joint in any given city took too much time and research. Healthy eaters (and those who are aspiring) will appreciate that the app calls out spots that offer plant-based organic, raw, vegan, and gluten-free food options, too. And coming this winter, you’ll be able to order delivery or takeout straight from your mobile with more featured cities (including those in Europe and Canada). “Eating well changed the world as I knew it, and I want this to be the same for everyone regardless of age, price, or demographic,” Cuello told Style.com. “We hope to influence price points in certain neighborhoods and make green eating more accessible to all with our app.” We’ll drink to that.
To DIY your daily juice or simply slug the cold-pressed potions models swear by, read our latest Beauty Guide, which includes recipes and go-tos from runway regulars like Constance Jablonski, Devon Windsor, and more.
Sure, many hairstylists have mastered the art of the chignon on others, but nobody has perfected the DIY quite like the ballet community (a collective often affectionately referred to as bunheads). So it makes sense that Kérastase enlisted one of the world’s premier principal dancers, Diana Vishneva, as the new face (and hair) of its latest product line and in-salon treatment, Discipline (a collection specifically designed for unruly strands). A native of St. Petersburg, Vishneva performs with both the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia and American Ballet Theatre in New York. And even getting a glimpse of her during rehearsals for her starring role in Giselle at the Metropolitan Opera House was nothing short of a moving experience. She glides across the floor with such emotion that even those in the cheap seats can undoubtedly feel her passion for the two-timing Albrecht (played by her longtime partner, Marcelo Gomes). Here, the prima ballerina spills her secrets for a budge-proof bun (and the politics of its placement), how she lets loose, and the key to overcoming stage fright.
What are the steps to creating the perfect chignon?
Brush the hair to make it smooth. Gather the hair into a ponytail, making sure that no stray hairs are left out. The position of the ponytail determines where you will have your bun. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band. Twist the ponytail tightly into a rope, this part is crucial, and wrap it around the base, then fix with hair spray or bobby pins. A hairnet may be also used to cover the bun to make it firmer. Finish with hairspray.
Who taught you how to create a chignon? And how long have you been doing it yourself?
My teachers at ballet school (the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet); they insisted on the importance of always keeping your head neat and tidy. When I was a student, we were never allowed to walk about the school with unfastened hair. I started doing the bun on my own when I was 11 years old. Of course, at the beginning, they were pretty awkward, but gradually you learn to do it well and also define your ideal height. Little ballerinas have their buns almost on top of their heads, but as you grow up, the bun tends to move lower. Having a small, neat, beautifully outlined head contributes to your overall proportions—with time, young ballerinas really begin to understand this, and it becomes not only a matter of image but also of professionalism.
How do you keep your bun in place when you’re dancing?
In addition to securing hair with elastics and hairpins, we mostly use hair sprays and gels. I like Laque Couture and Laque Noire from the Kérastase Couture Styling range—they are also useful when you need to smooth down occasional small stray hairs. In some ballets, we have to change our hairdo radically; for instance, you may need your hair loose in the first act and gathered in a bun for the second.
Do you find that always having your hair tightly pulled back leads to a lot of damage?
Since I was a kid, they used to frighten me with stories of ballerinas’ hair getting damaged because they are subject to so much stress. Fortunately, this was not the case for me, even though I tend to be quite tough on my thick and unruly hair. For instance, I use really strong elastics—otherwise they just won’t hold.
How do you care for your hair after a performance?
It’s important to remove and brush out the gel and hair spray with a good shampoo. I really like the Kérastase Elixir Ultime range, which cleanses and makes my hair shiny. I also take a steam bath. It was actually my mother who taught me about the importance of haircare. At times when special haircare products weren’t available [in Russia], she used traditional natural methods like burdock oil or oatmeal.
What does a steam bath entail, exactly?
To me, a good steam bath is the number-one treatment; you can take it with honey, oranges, or milk. Honey [which has antibacterial properties] is probably the best option. You [soak] in the water with honey, then you go to the steam room. Going to the sea is another thing that is necessary for me to recover.
Since dancers’ feet often take a beating, do you have any favorite foot products?
To me, the best remedy is a massage done by a good specialist. Then again, it depends on the country: In Japan or Korea, I would go for acupuncture; in the U.S., they use hot pads to warm up the muscles before massaging. And of course, good creams and oils are a must.
And when you’re not rehearsing or performing, how do you style your hair?
I allow my hair and skin to take a rest: minimal makeup, loose hair—no bun for sure!
Besides hair spray and bobby pins, what other beauty products do you keep in your dance bag?
All my bags are full of beauty products, and as soon as I hear about the one that is “even better,” I go for it. Currently, I find Homeoplasmine particularly helpful; you apply it before going to bed, and in the morning every cell of your face feels alive.
What types of food or snacks do you eat to stay energized?
I need to start my day with a full breakfast; it will keep me going through hours of rehearsals. The energizing foods I eat include oatmeal, eggs, and chocolate.
Do you eat anything in between rehearsals?
During the day I just drink, or maybe have some fruit or an egg, because when you practice [too much food] is too heavy. I eat a lot when I have dinner. A lot! Sometimes my mother says, “Can you stop!”
Aside from ballet, do you take any other types of fitness classes?
Instead of traditional stretching or warm-up exercises, I regularly do a special kind of gymnastics that was originally developed for the dancers of William Forsythe’s company. It’s aimed at balancing your body, and it has a strengthening effect on the muscles. Even though we try to exercise both legs while dancing, the load is never distributed evenly, therefore the bodies of ballet dancers have various “professional deformations.” So what we need is not fitness but balancing gymnastics that aids the dancers and prepares their bodies for work. It could be Pilates, Gyrotonics, this [version] of gymnastics, or yoga.
How long does it take for you to warm up before a show?
About half an hour. Basically, it’s all about stretches. You should be like an elastic band, so your muscles will breathe and work correctly.
How do you mentally prepare for a performance? Do you meditate or envision the choreography?
It depends on the situation; whether it’s my company or I am a guest dancer. There are moments when you have to dance through a trauma, through pain—sometimes you just pass it through your head, and the pain weakens, and you go onstage. And, of course, anxiety before the performance is a standard situation. To overcome it, you start reasoning with yourself, or try certain movements, then the performance starts, and in five to 10 minutes your agitation fades away. Professionalism overpowers fear. As for meditation, this is something that happens during each rehearsal. Your muscles, your exercises, the movement of your hand, the beauty of this movement—everything becomes the subject of meditation. If you are mindful about what you do, it is already a meditation. It’s a constant dialogue with your own body. You never just mechanically repeat the movements you have learned: Every day you rebuild yourself and re-create your role.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from ballet?
The ballet and everything related has shaped my personality. The words about sacrificing yourself for art hold true. But to me, sacrificing is not about suffering; it’s sharing, giving the best of myself. Dancing is much more than simply enjoying the work I do; it’s my way of growing and evolving.
The model-turned-skincare entrepreneur is not a new category. In fact, it has, over the years produced some of our favorite collections: Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics, Josie Maran’s eponymous line, and Christy Turlington’s all-natural Sundari. The latest model skincare impresario on our radar is Julia Lemigova. The former Miss USSR (and Miss Universe runner-up) first opened a popular well-being center in Paris in the early aughts before launching Russie Blanche in 2009. “I started Russie Blanche because I wanted to combine the Russian beauty secrets from my childhood with the tricks I picked up from my years spent living in Paris,” she shares. The luxury brand does that by relying on a host of ingredients with Russian origins (like Golden Root and Siberian Ginseng); we were officially wooed after the release of last year’s Cellular Youth collection. Here, Lemigova, a recent Miami transplant, shares some of her beauty and style musts.
THE HAIR GURU: David Mallet
“I’ve been going to David Mallet in Paris for years. I make an appointment every time I’m in town. I was just there for the French Open and he was able to squeeze me in. His cuts are classic and I love that the salon feels like an apartment.”
THE SPA ESCAPE: The Spa at the Hoshinoya Karuizawa
“The setting is beautiful, natural, and totally luxurious. It’s near the Hoshino Hot Spring in Japan. They have a new style of Toji, which is a Japanese therapeutic bath created for stress relief and relaxation. I love that it’s so far away from everything.”
THE SHOPPING ADDRESS: Portobello Market
“Nothing beats London’s Portobello Market on Saturday mornings. I was just there for Wimbledon and picked up some amazing pieces.”
THE PRODUCT ROSTER
“For hair, Oribe’s products are fantastic. For makeup, I use Bare Minerals powder, YSL mascara and lip gloss. For my skin I start off with the Russie Blanche Cellular Youth Serum, then Cellular Youth Cream. And when I’m feeling a bit stressed, I drop half a capful of the Russie Blanche De-Stress Bath and Shower Oil into a bath and grab a book to just chill out for 20 minutes. It has bergamot, ginger, vetiver, and lavender aromatherapy oils, and it’s a lifesaver with all the travel I’m doing.”
THE SIGNATURE SCENT
“I tend to stick with one or two classic fragrances rather than go for the newest thing. I alternate between Noa Cacharel, which has been around forever and reminds me of the summer in Paris during my modeling days, and Feminite Du Bois by Serge Lutens. His fragrances are truly special and artisanal.”
THE RESTAURANT: Sardinia
“I just moved to Miami and am having a blast discovering all the different food options. I went to Sardinia and had the most indulgent Italian dinner.”
THE ESSENTIAL EXTRAS
“Jewelry designer Loree Rodkin is a great friend of mine. Her style always inspires me to be a bit more edgy, which is why I love how her pieces are a mix of modern and old world. And for lingerie, I love the classic silhouettes of La Perla, but mixed with something a bit more playful, like Agent Provocateur.”
THE WORKOUT: The Dailey Method
“There are studios in Paris, but this barre class originally started in California. It’s so, so good! It helps my posture and gives my legs amazing length.”
THE HOMETOWN FAVORITE: Russian Bolshoi Ballet
“I go home to Moscow a couple times a year to see my family. Whenever I’m there, I have to see a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet. It always revitalizes my heart to see the talent and beauty in their art.”