Some people toast a major milestone with champagne or a star-studded party in Ibiza, while others, like makeup artist and founder of her own eponymous line Sonia Kashuk, commissions an entire gallery’s worth of art. In what has become a trend of late, beauty companies like Dior and Creed are partnering with creative types to produce original, on-brand pieces. Kashuk has taken the concept one step further by joining forces with not just one, but seven up-and-coming artists to commemorate her 15-year anniversary with Target. “In high school I had a freelance display business, which then led me to enroll in art school. I’ve always had a very visual eye,” said Kashuk. “In my home and work environments, I’m surrounded by artwork and photography that I’ve collected for the last 30 years. I think of makeup as an art, both in its application and in its form.” And while these works that spotlight some of Kashuk’s biggest hits—like her beloved brushes, bronzers, and lipsticks—won’t be hanging in an actual museum, she plans to share them with her customers via a virtual gallery on her website and social channels. Seeing as Kashuk has painted some of fashion’s most famous faces (like Cindy Crawford, for starters), it makes sense that she’d skip the crystal (the traditional anniversary gift) and even the Cristal, and celebrate with a myriad of makeup masterpieces instead. Click here to take a private tour of Kashuk’s collection.
Unlike many of the devout fashion followers who worship at SoulCycle on the regular, I am only occasionally inspired to move from the couch by American Ninja Warrior (and even then, I end up walking on the treadmill so I can watch contestants scale some impossible obstacle dubbed the “salmon ladder”) and maybe Karlie Kloss’ abs. Chanel’s latest campaign, however, provides a plethora of reasons to pump some iron, go for a run, and even do a few push-ups—the number one being the “gym hair” styled by Sam McKnight. A sleek pony threaded with tweed is too good to keep to the confines of my apartment—I’d bench press a few pounds simply to show off that textural tail. And if my curls looked glossy like Binx Walton’s (instead of just plain sweaty), I might be more inclined to stay on the bike a bit longer. While I won’t be doing push-ups on top of a mirror anytime soon, getting a manicure worth staring at while I hold a plank is a beauty cue worth taking from Cara Delevingne. Another undeniable motivator found in the French fashion house’s ad: tweed sneakers. Who wouldn’t want to pound the pavement in those puppies?
Beauty behemoth Estée Lauder took over Navy, a cozy restaurant in Soho, last night to celebrate the launch of The Estée Edit, a new editorial channel on its website. Navy was the perfect location for the event, and not just because of the warm atmosphere and chic address—the name served as a nod to the brand’s iconic packaging color. And if that weren’t enough, the bar area was filled with the scent of tuberose, a note found in classic scents like Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.
The Estée Edit features interviews with influencers in beauty, food, and fashion, as well as how-tos and original photo shoots. Guests at the soiree included many of the contributors to the channel, like street-style photographer Garrance Doré, who shot fellow French native and Estée Lauder spokesmodel Constance Jablonski for the site, and the company’s style and image director Aerin Lauder, who gives viewers a glimpse of her favorite flower shopping destination in Manhattan (that would be Zezé). Of course, The Edit also includes stories of the brand’s rich history, and the result is a well-executed blend of the past and the present.
During the intimate, dimly lit dinner, Karen Graham, the first face of Estée Lauder, shared stories with the captive audience around her, including Jablonski and current spokesmodel Liu Wen. Graham, who worked with the brand from 1969 to 2001, chatted about everything from her decision to quit modeling at age 40 for fly-fishing to growing out her silver, shoulder-length bob. “It took me a while to decide if I wanted to stop dyeing it. I had to work up the nerve, and then I just did it,” she said. On the other end of the table, Doré discussed the pop of color she was wearing on her lips. “I wear very simple clothes, like white T-shirts, so for me red lipstick is like an accessory,” she noted.
Just before dessert was served (chocolate-covered marshmallows, Estée’s favorite), bowls filled with Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick and mini powder and fragrance compacts were placed on the table for the guests to swipe. “This is so Estée,” said Graham. “She was a firm believer in every woman having a compact.”
John Nollet, French hairstylist to the stars (he counts Uma Thurman, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman as clients), has been quietly designing handmade, couture-level hair accessories since 2009. His pieces have always been available through his salons at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme and the Hotel Cheval Blanc Courchevel, but after being picked up by Colette, his presence in the fashion industry will no doubt triple in size. Just in time for the couture shows, Nollet has unveiled his newest collection, which was inspired by feathers. (Vanessa Paradis wore the feathered butterfly, above, for a recent performance in Lyon, France.) Colette has installed a window display of the jeweled crowns, feathered pins, and braided headbands, plus a darkly romantic video by Blanca Li. The film captures the imperfect elegance that has become Nollet’s signature; as the graceful dancers move and toss their hair, the delicate feathers seem to effortlessly fall into place. The mesmerizing film makes its online debut exclusively here on Beauty Counter.
We’ve studied French-girl style for years, but short of living and breathing that Left Bank air, it’s mostly a mystery. So we were pleasantly surprised to see that Lancôme tapped model and music producer Caroline de Maigret for its latest collaboration. Her nonchalant attitude, multiple talents, and laid-back aesthetic—often favoring flats and undone hair over the latest trends—have made her today’s poster girl for effortless glamour. (FYI, she’s also a Style Map contributor here on Style.com.) In addition to following De Maigret around the globe for her book release, How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, Lancôme will develop a makeup collection with the muse next year. Parisian chic captured in a compact? We’re already sold.