Maybe it’s just me, but Scarlett Johansson’s pouty lips and perfect nose are so commonplace in magazines these days, I’m almost tired of seeing them. Her latest stint as Paris Vogue cover girl did catch my eye, though, if only because I was surprised to see the newly auburn-haired actress gracing the pages of the typically edgy publication, which I considered out of her league (apparently not). Inside, it was business as usual: Scarlett in suggestive poses wearing some form of a corset/bustier, with plenty of T&A. There was one point of difference, though. That smoky matte gray shadow and perfectly pink natural lip came courtesy of the new Dolce & Gabbana makeup collection, for which she serves as campaign star. The line hasn’t made its way stateside quite yet (look out for it this month at Saks in New York and Beverly Hills), so we were legitimately excited to see it in action. Thoughts on the look—and Johansson’s seeming ubiquity?
Leighton Meester was nearly unrecognizable in the latest issue of the New York Times Style Magazine, showing off auburn highlights, a messy middle part, and nothing from Blair Waldorf’s signature headband collection. In the six-page spread’s accompanying interview, the Gossip Girl star reveals that she and her on-screen persona actually have opposite personal styles—and interests, one might presume. While the latter is busy planning parties and trying to maintain her “most popular” status, Meester is busy at work on a debut album, which she described to the Times as “very edgy.” I guess that might explain the pewter smoky eye and unkempt waves (watch out, Taylor Momsen). How do you take your Leighton—prim and proper, or a little bit rock ‘n’ roll?
Nicole Richie is making headlines again, although these days oversize sunglasses and shape-shifting have nothing to do with it. People are talking about her recent Blackbook cover story in which hairstylist Andy LeCompte (Madonna’s mane man) put her in a bleached blond wig complete with bangs. Lady Gaga comparisons have abounded, although inspiration for the look apparently belongs to eighties transgender model and Stephen Sprouse muse Teri Toye. Thoughts on her glam punk transformation?
There’s something about incipient Spring that brings on a shift toward a more neutral color palette. And while you’ll see it in all of the new collections on shelves now—with eyeshadows in “Sand Dune” and lip shades of the “Almond Kiss” variety leading the charge—short of pale pinks and sheer creams, the kind of true-to-flesh nail polish hues perfected by companies like Uslu Airlines seem to get less attention. But not this year. Between editorials like this one from last month’s Numero and a major shout out backstage at Miu Miu (that’s Shu Uemura’s Innocent Beige, in case you were wondering), the fashion world’s embrace of deep tan lacquers should end “Ballet Slippers” reign at the top. You can accessorize the color with a peach or black smoky eye as pictured above. But we’re partial to a technique we frequently borrow from Adi Gil of the design collective THREEasfour, who once told us that she likes to add French manicure tips in neon colors to her nude fingers.
Dick Page gets the spotlight in the current issue of WWD Beauty Biz, the trade publication’s glossy that’s devoted to all things primped and pretty. Given free rein to create his own spring trend story, the makeup artist chose nineties model and one-time Juergen Teller muse Annie Morton as the canvas for his pastel and natural-hued creations. Page is one of our all-time favorite face-painters for his skillful technique, even better personality, and ability to stay grounded in an industry that is anything but down-to-earth, so the text that accompanies the six-page photo spread—equipped with his own thoughts on his profession—is as enjoyable to read as his seasonal looks are to peruse. Our favorite bit of Page’s handiwork is this perfect nude lip, which, in case you were wondering, comes courtesy of Shiseido Makeup Smoothing Lip Pencil in Rosewood and the brand’s Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Spiced Cream—two products you should definitely add to your arsenal for the coming months.