August 22 2014

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Top Models Teach the ABC’s of Beauty



Today marks the beginning of i-D‘s first online beauty week, and here to help celebrate are twenty-six of the catwalk’s current supers—ranging from Lindsey Wixson to Binx Walton. These top models run through the ABC’s according to the fashion glossy in this video directed by Daniel Sannwald and newly appointed beauty editor and makeup artist, Isamaya Ffrench. Talk about hot for teacher…

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32 Is Apparently the Perfect Time to Diet—and Other Interesting Beauty News


cara-delevingneNot only can you fake fuller eyelashes, but you can bluff about the size of your brows now, too. They’re called lace-front eyebrows, and much like the wig iteration, these faux arches—or “furry brow stickers,” as Refinery29 calls them—are sewn onto layers of lace, which are essentially glued onto your natural set. Maybe achieving Cara Delevingne-like brows isn’t so wildly unattainable after all. (We’re kidding. Sort of.)

Apparently your early 30s—specifically, age 32—is the ideal time for dieting, according to a new study. “Diets are more likely to go awry in the 20s because people are more likely to be single and to party more,” reports the Daily Mail. But in their mid-30s, people are “not so bothered about their appearance as aging takes its toll and they embrace middle age,” therefore making 32 the sweet spot for optimal weight loss. (Bring on the pizza.)

A new study published in The Atlantic answers the age-old question: Why do women wear so much makeup? The study, in which forty-four women in their early 20s applied products as though they were “getting ready for a night out,” suggests that women actually tend to wear more makeup than necessary—that is, if what’s necessary is measured by a man’s preference. Eye roll.

Speaking of standards, The Cut interviewed Elena Rossini, the 34-year-old filmmaker and producer of The Illusionists, a new documentary that explores the globalization of Western beauty ideals and their effects on women. (View her Kickstarter campaign here.)

Photo: Indigital

A First Look at Lorde’s Collection for MAC



Lorde has tried everything from vampy lips to dip-dyed fingers, and even points out her flaws on social media (a feat in and of itself considering we’re a society obsessed with putting forth a perfect, airbrushed image). In lieu of twerking with a foam finger or swinging naked on a wrecking ball, this 17-year-old prefers to get attention for her beauty risks—and that levelheaded choice appears to be paying off. Launching June 5, the singer’s two-piece collection with MAC Cosmetics—consisting of Lipstick in Pure Heroine ($16) and Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack ($19)—will allow everyone to achieve her royal, rebel look.


Jourdan Dunn Named Newest Spokesmodel for Maybelline


MOS_0507.320x480Not to toot our own horns or anything, but Maybelline New York’s freshest face, Jourdan Dunn, was named a Top 10 Newcomer by when she first arrived on the scene. What can we say, we know a good thing when we see it (as does Beyoncé, who cast the super in her “Yonce” video). And this Brit beauty isn’t just a one-trick pony who knows how to trot down a catwalk—when she’s not starring alongside Queen Bey, she hosts her own cooking show, Well Dunn, on Jay Z’s YouTube channel. (Jourdan, next time you have a dinner party, we hope you save us a place.) As for the answer to the beauty brand’s age-old question: Dunn’s definitely born with it.

Photo: InDigital

Exclusive: Watch Léa Seydoux Promote Prada’s Newest Fragrance—Naked


Prada’s latest eau out next month, Candy Florale, revolves around an imaginary flower—its heart described as “a tender bouquet of cosmos.” And for the always-inventive Miuccia Prada, one would expect perfumer Daniela Andrier to go to the moon and back, bringing with her a bloom not of this earth as a souvenir. With a flair for the theatrics (illustrated by the house’s most recent menswear and ready-to-wear shows, separated into two acts) the brand called upon Steven Meisel and Léa Seydoux to bring the scent to life. The French darling plays the role of Candy, a bombshell with bangs who understands the power of seduction, and as exhibited by the brand’s last campaign for Candy L’Eau shot by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, uses it to her full advantage—enchanting not one, but two men. In the latest ad, however, Seydoux appears sans suitors (or clothing, for that matter), floating among graphic, black-and-white flora. In response to working with Meisel, the actress said: “It was the first time that I’d worked on a film with someone who is essentially a photographer—it was a really interesting experience because Steven Meisel has such a precise vision of what he considers to be the perfect image.” Meisel’s in-the-buff interpretation calls to mind another fragrance and blond seductress: Marilyn Monroe famously stated that she wore nothing but Chanel No. 5 to bed, and we imagine Seydoux (donning Candy Florale, of course) does the same.


Video: Courtesy of Prada