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L’Wren For Lancôme, A Spring Preview


The eclectic palette of the Serengeti plains inspired the makeup look backstage at L’Wren Scott, where Lancôme creative director of makeup Aaron De Mey debuted something special for the occasion: 12 different matte texture pigment pots in shades like deep amethyst, midnight blue, sea green, teal, saffron, and red, which he meticulously brushed onto models’ lids and dragged underneath their lower lash lines. Lancôme’s Color Design Eye Shadow in It List, a matte black, held the loose pigment in place, and De Mey sculpted the crease of the lids with a “beachy” taupe shadow for dimension. “The more layers you have in the eye makeup, the more richness you get,” he said, lining girls’ inner rims with Lancôme’s Le Grand Kohl Eyeliner in Black Ebony and hand-painting lashes with its Hypnôse Drama mascara. De Mey’s specialized pigments weren’t just confined to the eyes; hairstylist Odile Gilbert also brushed coordinating colors onto models’ scalps, where she had created a three-quarters part—not down the center or to the side, but somewhere in between—for beautiful brushed-out waves. In De Mey’s estimation, 60 percent of the shadows used already exist in Lancôme’s color coffers, but the brand hinted that it will likely be rolling out a capsule collection of them in collaboration with Scott after her first beauty range for the French company debuts next month.

Speaking of L’Wren for Lancôme, the bordeaux polish from her forthcoming holiday line was featured on models’ fingertips at the show, along with a new saffron lacquer that just may make a cameo at the retail counter for spring as well.

Photo: Clockwise from left, courtesy of Lancôme; Luca Cannonieri /

Nicole’s Back To Blonde, Katy’s Gone Streaking, And More…


A “glittery splashy short film” is what the folks at NOWNESS are calling their latest fashion video, which features the sparkly stylings of Lancôme creative director Aaron De Mey. The makeup artist sure does love a glossy finish; get a load of the jewel-toned eye shadows and individual Swarovski crystals glued onto model Eniko Mihalik’s lips and nails (how Givenchy Fall Couture 2009 of him). The face painter also dishes on his fall must-haves, which include color, and lots of it. That’s how you counter the season’s heavy-on-the-camel fashion offerings, in case you were wondering. [Nowness]

Nicole Richie has chopped off her long locks and gone back to blonde. The reality star-turned-jewelry and fashion designer was apparently prompted to make the switch while playing Clueless with celebrity stylist Andy Lecompte and Joico celebrity colorist George Papanikolas. We can only assume Richie was looking for “a sense of control in a world full of chaos.” [Nicole Richie]

Katy Perry also made a hair transformation this week. Taking a page out of her own Technicolor dream book, the singer has given herself rainbow streaks, which, to be honest, feels a little Spring 2010 to us. [Daily Mail]

And in other hair-related news, alopecia, the auto-immune disease associated with sudden hair loss, cannot definitively be linked to stress—although we kind of see how it could in Elin Nordegren’s case. [NYT]

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Milkmaid Braids—With A Velvet Choker Necklace Twist


As we’ve already established on this blog, we love us some milkmaid braids. But what do we love even more than seeing these thick hair coronets in well-executed real life? Seeing them on Lara Stone in glossy form, paired with expertly crafted makeup courtesy of Aaron De Mey, Lancôme’s artistic director for makeup. The June/July issue of Paris Vogue features an always beguiling Stone as a Lolita-turned-dominatrix, complete with bleached brows, heavily lined soft gray smoky eyes, and matte red pout (that stellar manicure must be a double-issue bonus). The lips you can re-create at home alongside your own experiments in braiding by painting on a few coats of Lancôme’s Color Design Lipstick in Red Stiletto. As for that Stone-cold, come-hither stare, you’re on your own.

Photo: Terry Richardson for Paris Vogue, June/July 2010

Daria: A Vision In Emerald Green


What do you get when you cover Daria Werbowy in bronzing fluid and experiment with a range of sparkly lipsticks and shimmering eye shadows? If you’re makeup artist Aaron De Mey, you get pure editorial perfection, as evidenced by his latest spread for Paris Vogue. The Lancôme artistic director of makeup has a way with metallics: Take his L’Ombre Magnétique, an opaque reflective pigment with an easy-to-wear cream shadow finish that made its runway debut at Victoria Beckham’s presentation in February and will be a large part of De Mey’s Fall collection. The makeup artist really went for it here with a shiny emerald motif, carving out Werbowy’s lids with a smoky green that doesn’t so much smolder as glow on the page. His tools? The aforementioned L’Ombre Magnétique in Urban Silver, layered with Lancôme’s Pop N’ Palette in Petrol and Le Khôl Gloss in Pop Petrol—both of which are, sadly, European exclusives. Knowing that we’ll probably never be able to pull off this look quite as well as Daria somehow makes the whole you-can’t-get-these-products-in-the-States pill a bit easier to swallow. For now, we’re content just to stare at this Elizabeth Taylor-inspired photo and those deep-set doe eyes.

Photo: Ben Hassett for Paris Vogue, May 2010

Backstage Skincare Secrets, Revealed


We’ve been devoting much of our time and blogosphere space for the last week and a half to giving you an insider’s perspective on the hair and makeup looks from New York fashion week and beyond. Today, we’d like to give a shout-out to the skincare secret weapons that makeup artists rely on to keep models looking fresh through a nonstop, month-long show season. (Even the beautiful people are plagued by dehydration and breakouts, it turns out.) Here, a short list of their go-to products:

What: SKYN Iceland’s Cleansing Facial Cloths, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, and Pure Cloud Cream.
Where: Spotted backstage at Elise Øverland.
Why: SI technicians were on hand to treat models to mini de-stressing treatments with the aforementioned products, all of which are formulated with a potent Biospheric Complex that provides a boost of vital nutrients from Iceland.

What: Intraceuticals.
Where: Spotted backstage at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief show.
Why: Facialist Michelle Peck and her daughter Tarin performed Intraceuticals’ Rejuvenate Facials on all models backstage. The treatment promotes natural collagen and elastin production and improves skin texture for a visibly smoother appearance.

What: Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Cream and Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex.
Where: Spotted backstage at Derek Lam.
Why: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux coated models’ skin with Lauder’s nocturnal serum, then followed it up with its Re-Nutriv cream for extra hydration to create the perfect base for foundation. Nary a caked-on makeup mask could be found.

What: Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion.
Where: Spotted backstage at Chris Benz.
Why: Trained aestheticians prepped models’ skin with the latest innovation from Clarisonic, which combines classic micro-massage with an additional antiaging serum that works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Noticeably firmer and brighter skin was then ready for makeup artist Daniel Martin’s magic touch.

What: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate.
Where: Spotted backstage at The Row.
Why: Makeup artist Aaron De Mey slathered the serum on models’ faces to create a “lit-from-within” glow, pre-complexion correction.

What: ZENO Hot Spot.
Where: Wherever breakouts flared up.
Why: To promote its Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device, a zit-zapper that uses painless blasts of heat to destroy acne-causing bacteria, ZENO had a “blemish buster” hotline available at NYFW so that models who felt a pimple coming on could call in and have the handheld wonder delivered to the tents, the Altman Building, or wherever clogged pores reared their ugly heads.