Estée Lauder offers a new (and artsy) way to choose your perfect polish shade. Bottoms up! [Instagram]
From long, Gandalf-esque beards to fishtail-braided Fu Manchu whiskers, the latest photo craze around the Net is the “ladybeard.” Women with long-haired locks are sharing their hilarious (and highly skilled, if we do say so ourselves) selfies on Reddit, proving that the lumberjack look isn’t just for the boys. [Dailymail]
Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, died Saturday after losing his battle with cancer. According to WWD, the 72-year-old natural beauty advocate was inspired to found the eco-friendly brand after a trip to India, where he studied holistic systems and plants.
Milan fashion week is fast approaching, and with all the glitz, glamour, and excitement—er, eccitazione, shall we say—comes a few beauty emergencies that can make a jam-packed fashion week feel like hell. To help prevent mishaps (shoe-related ones, in this case), Byrdie compiled a list of seven anti-blister products that will make breaking in those new leather boots a bit easier while dashing from show to show.
Nexxus teamed up with supermodel Molly Sims for its forthcoming Color Assure line—adding her to the growing list of models (including Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr) who recently signed contracts with haircare companies. According to WWD, Sims will undergo a “dramatic” dye job by Aura Friedman, Nexxus’ new celebrity colorist, and share her experience with fans across different social media platforms.
Barbie is no GoldieBlox—she’s plastic, proud, and #unapologetic. She also just scored a spot in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, proving she’s no dumb blond. [Allure.com]
For those who prefer 3-D manicures and glitter-flecked lacquers over triple axels and gold medals, the Nailympics just wrapped up in Italy—and the competition was fierce. From classic gels to clawlike acrylics with intricately designed themes, more than two hundred competitors (read: manicurists) from all over the globe competed for ten trophies and ninety-six different medals. #sochiwho? [MSN]
Speaking of polish jobs, New York City-based nail salon Tenoverten recently announced a collaboration with J.Crew, introducing three shades named after real streets in downtown Manhattan: Houston, a pinky nude; Prince, a pale lavender; and Hudson, a punchy sherbet. (We think each color would pair well with the retailer’s Fall collection punctuated by pastels.) [Bellasugar.com]
Mood boards abounded at the Marchesa hair and makeup test a few nights ago. There were at least four—covered nearly from floor-to-ceiling with inspiration photos and fabric swatches. While I can’t exactly tell you what was on them or what the Oscar-worthy dresses looked like (yet), I can share an interesting piece of news regarding a blooming partnership between a British beauty brand and the design house: Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe and Marchesa are teaming up for the next year to create head-to-toe looks not only for the runway, but for the many events where starlets sashay down the red carpet wearing the label’s gowns. It’s a natural fit, as—fun fact—Georgina Chapman’s first-ever modeling job was for Toni&Guy. Today’s show is the kickoff of the collaboration—global ambassador Mark Hampton will be on the job backstage alongside makeup artist Gucci Westman and nail pro Jin Soon. Seeing as Chapman allowed Hampton to give her son his very first haircut the evening of the test, I’d say an element of trust already exists in this newly formed relationship.
Get the full report here on Beauty Counter after the models hit the runway.
MAC may have nabbed Proenza Schouler (announced during the Spring 2014 collections), but NARS Cosmetics is teaming up with Phillip Lim to produce nine nail lacquers (available in August)—one of which will be used at the show today. Serving as the brand du jour backstage for the past fourteen seasons, it’s safe to say the cosmetic company understands the designer’s aesthetic. Face painter Francelle Daly created a “monochromatic techno look” to complement the “geode-inspired embroidery” in September. And in just a few short hours, I’ll get a first look at Lim’s limited-edition line of polishes and what Daly has dreamed up for Fall.
All you need is not love, apparently, but good pancake makeup and eyeliner. Riccie Johnson, a makeup artist for CBS News, recounts the time she applied makeup on The Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show, where the legendary quartet performed their first U.S. concert 50 years ago. (In a heartwarming twist, Sir Paul McCartney remembered her 40 years later.) [CBS]
Some designers use elaborate backdrops or whimsical installations to showcase their clothing (Marc Jacobs’ swan song at Louis Vuitton, anyone?), while others simply let the garments speak for themselves. But this season, designers are using another element to enhance their vision on the runway: fragrance. “Having a scent element in the show definitely complements the experience,” designer Joseph Altuzarra told the New York Times.
High-end hairstylists—think Sally Hershberger, Julien Farel, and Ted Gibson—are charging almost $1,000 for a haircut and a blow-out. The reason for such pricey trims? A “well-honed artistic vision and eye for detail,” cites the Wall Street Journal.
Versace is launching a made-to-measure couture fragrance this month. With ingredients personally chosen by Donatella herself—tuberose, jasmine, and violet—each bottle of Gianni Versace Couture will come in a napa leather case dyed to match their key ingredient. [WWD]