20 posts tagged "Aaron De Mey"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite last season’s brow heroics, in which blocked-out arches and fuller-framed styles made repeat catwalk appearances on both sides of the Atlantic, we haven’t seen much of either look in New York this week. Until yesterday, that is, when both Narciso Rodriguez and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen decided to put the focus back on forehead fringe. Rodriguez left the task of creating something “perfect and strong” in the hands of makeup artist Dick Page, who prefers a cream or a wax when it comes to catching each individual brow hair. “You don’t want to mess with them too much,” he said, pointing out that bleaching or over-grooming can do more harm than good when you’re trying to create simplicity and sleekness. Page used a brush to personally apply a combination of Shiseido’s Accentuating Cream Eyeliner in Black and White to each model. At The Row, makeup artist Aaron De Mey also took the task onto himself, relying on Lancôme’s Le Crayon Poudre powder pencils to “naturally strengthen” each model’s face. “Never did they say, make the girls look like us,” De Mey’s coiffing partner, Jimmy Paul, said of the inspiration the Olsens gave both men (Paul was charged with re-creating a “downtown cool girl” in the form of matte texture and piece-y-ness), but close followers of the sisters’ style will definitely recognize this newfound part of their personal beauty regime living large on the runway.
One of the hottest tickets at NYFW this season is shaping up to be The Row, the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen-designed line that will make its catwalk debut on February 16. The prospect of seeing what the sisters can do live and in person—and maybe catch a glimpse of either or both of them (or Nate Lowman) backstage—is exciting enough for us to add the presentation to our color-coded Excel spreadsheet, but things just got a little more interesting. Style.com has learned that one Aaron De Mey—the Lancôme artistic director of makeup and the man that Riccardo Tisci trusts for both his ready-to-wear and couture shows—will be doing the backstage face painting. (Three words on Mr. De Mey’s handiwork at the Givenchy Fall 2009 Couture presentation: gilded face rhinestones.) His presence at The Row’s show should add a layer of wow to what we’re already expecting to be a pretty exciting 15 minutes.