This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.
From the Kitchen of: Olivia Chantecaille, founder of Chantecaille Beauté
“This is an old family recipe that my French grandmother passed down to my mom, who then shared it with me. I cherish it because it reminds me of them. But I like to put my own modern spin on it with a few additional pure ingredients. I do this treatment at the start of each new season, to help my hair adjust to the changing weather. It really works to make it stronger, shinier, and silkier. Plus, the rose water helps to balance out the pH of the hair and prevent breakage.”
One for the Recipe Box: Homemade Hair Treatment With Rose Water
1/4 cup of rose water
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of rum
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
“Beat the eggs thoroughly in a large bowl, add the rose water, rum, and oils. Mix the ingredients well. I apply the mask on towel-dried, not wet hair, which allows it to penetrate better. I start by massaging the mixture into the scalp and work my way down to the ends. Then I secure my hair in a chignon and let the mask soak in for thirty minutes. I finish by rinsing with cold water to seal the cuticle, eliminate frizz, and boost shine.”
Disco and wedding aren’t two words that usually go together…unless, of course, you’re talking about jiving to the likes of Diana Ross and The Jackson 5 at the reception (undoubtedly with a great-uncle who hasn’t seen you since the diaper days and is being far too handsy for someone who’s family). But after hearing the soundtrack to Amsale’s Spring 2015 show, the seventies are where makeup artist Daniel Martin pulled his beauty inspiration. Pewter shadow and glitter gave models’ lids a Studio 54-worthy vibe, while metallic red lips came courtesy of Lipstick Queen lipstick in Red Metal. Any bride who wears this look is ready to jump aboard the love train and get down till dawn.
Last night’s launch party for Choo.08 (a line of more practical, sporty footwear from Jimmy Choo) in Beverly Hills celebrated accessories, but there were also plenty of covetable beauty looks on display. Similar to shoe shopping, it’s hard to single out just one hairstyle or makeup move and label it my favorite, so I thought I’d feature all of the standout moments (like Solange Knowles’ tangerine liner, Sandra Choi’s buzzed crop, and Emmy Rossum’s inky eyes and inventive nail art) from the evening’s fete: Click here to see the slideshow.
A bold blazer and an even bolder lid look on Solange Knowles.
Make the most of your moons with evil eyes like Emmy Rossum.
…or try metallic navy shadow in lieu of basic black.
Sandra Choi shows off her ear cuff with an undercut.
BareMinerals might be best known for its powder formulas (which caused many to board the mineral bandwagon and swirl, tap, and buff their way to complexion perfection), but the brand’s new BareSkin (liquid!) foundation is one of the best I’ve tried in a while. While the thin, featherweight fluid may bear a passing resemblance to a pricier option currently on the market from a certain Italian fashion house, BareSkin stands alone. Boasting a dreamy satin finish, the formula is buildable, so you can dial-up from sheer to full coverage (two drops, perfect on my skin, are suggested for the former, six for the latter). Not only does the finish look good, it does good: Jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut base offer a light veil of hydration, and broad spectrum SPF 20 protects, while vitamin C and lilac stem cells brighten dull complexions; those with sensitive skins can rejoice—there’s no silicone in sight. Though the design of the accompanying brush may seem a bit gimmicky, its silky synthetic bristles boast a reservoir that makes already-easy application a breeze. Squeeze a few drops of foundation into the center and buff away for a seamless, streak-free application. And with twenty shades, from my pallor’s perfect match (Bare Porcelain) to rich, deep hues (Bare Mocha), BareSkin’s going to delight a plethora of people. Here’s to mineral makeup’s triumphant new face.
I rang in the recent vernal equinox in a couple of ways: The first involved taking out a favorite couple (cuffed jeans + loafers sans socks). The second hinged on getting myself some mermaid hair. For Davines’ latest hair color collection, Mother of Pearl, models’ hues were augmented by streaks that mimic the murky, rainbow iridescence found inside an oyster shell. With visions of ethereal tresses already filling my head, I turned to Greenpoint’s deeply cool Parlour Brooklyn salon and stylist Jill McArthur, a member of Davines’ Regional Artistic Team. After establishing a palette (shades of green, blue, and hints of pink to keep things from skewing too swampy) and placement (all over, with plenty of attention to the darker undersides of my hair), McArthur set about lightening a few sections of my already-blond locks. Then began the Flamboyage: In Davines’ exclusive take on freehand balayage, hair is applied to long, transparent adhesive strips before adding dye into the mix so that freshly painted color is never folded over onto itself. With the hand of a surgeon (and the patience of a saint), McArthur applied horizontal stripes of color to sections before ever-so-slightly blending their edges together with a flick of the wrist for a watercolor-like effect. One full evening, roughly forty Flamboyage strips, and several cups of the Parlour’s divine herbal tea later, my strands were an ethereal delight, confounding coworkers and L train commuters alike. And while the upkeep on any dye job requires a certain amount of vigilance (my new holy trinity is Davines’ Nounou Shampoo, Alchemic Conditioner Silver, and Oi/All in One Milk), it’s a small price to pay for the mermaid hair of the moment.
For more ways to try this season’s colorful trend and keep it looking fresh, see our Spring Beauty Guide.