August 29 2014

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Can Your Pillowcase Lead to Better Skin?


There has been a lot of pillow talk recently, with fabric cases claiming to do everything from preventing fine lines to minimizing breakouts. But does a rectangular piece of cloth have the power to change your complexion? We asked New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco if this trend is beauty magic or total B.S:

There are a handful of high-tech linens worth considering, noted Fusco. The most promising one is the Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase, which has support from a small study that demonstrated a decrease in the appearance of crow’s-feet after eight weeks of sleeping on a pillowcase that contains copper oxide, which “upregulates the secretion of extracurricular skin proteins,” she explained. Something like the BeautyZZZ Natural Silk Pillowcase takes the classic version to the next level with its chemical-free, hypoallergenic material. “It will diminish sleep lines as well as be gentle on sensitive-skin types,” Fusco said. “But make sure you wash it with hypoallergenic detergent, otherwise you defeat the purpose.” Then there are pillowcases geared toward breakouts, like the Nufabrx Pillowcase for Blemish Prone Skin, which has a blend of four essential oils in its weave. “Acne can be exacerbated by stress and the subsequent cortisol spikes—if aromatherapy helps diminish stress and subsequent acne, this pillowcase could be a good thing.”

The bottom line: Bonus points for sleeping on complexion-boosting blends, but laundering whatever fabric you put your face to each night on the reg is the real key to getting a flawless facade with your eyes closed.

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

No Dairy? No Sugar? What Really Works for Clearing Up Acne


isabel-marantThis column features tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

I’ve heard cutting out dairy and sugar can help clear up acne. True? I want to be sure before I make the sacrifice.

Yes, studies link a diet high in dairy and sugar to acne, sadly. The same research also shows acne sufferers tend to have low fish intake and high saturated and trans-fat levels. It seems that this kind of diet can induce insulin and sebum production in the skin, which can aggravate acne. So avoiding sugar, high-glycemic-index foods, and cows’ dairy, and taking a probiotic (at least 5 billion organisms) would be the first step. Next, I would recommend a dietary supplement containing specific nutrients: zinc, B-complex, vitamin A, vitamin E, and copper, for example, have been shown to clear up 88 percent of patients’ acne in eight weeks (with 76 percent citing this blend as effective as antibiotics). Herbal medicine can help as well. An individualized consultation is best, but I often find that a formula with skin depuratives, immune boosters, and lymphatic stimulants is very successful. I developed a version, called Fresh Faced Skin Tea, which targets all these areas. If you can’t get ahold of this, taking burdock tea three times a day along with an echinacea (thirty to forty drops of tincture) is a good alternative. Lastly, if your breakouts are hormone-related, add in the hormone-balancing herb Agnus castus in the morning (twenty drops of tincture). Stick with this regimen and your acne should clear up in two to three months.

A leader in herbal medicine, Daniela Turley is a board member of The American School of Natural Health, a member of The American Herbalists Guild, and The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. Born and raised in England, Turley received her bachelor of science in herbal medicine, and held an honorary position at the Hale Clinic, the renowned complementary health center in London. In 2011, Turley moved to the New York City where she joined the practice of Shellie Goldstein Acupuncture.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Lining Up For Resort


After a Fall show season full of colorful cat-eyes (blue at Anna Sui, chartreuse at VPL, red at 3.1 Phillip Lim) and abstract interpretations of graphic black etchings (Tom Pecheux’s double line at Altuzarra and Andrew Gallimore’s “floating” triangles at Erdem immediately come to mind), eyeliner appears to be continuing its backstage domination well into Resort. To reflect the cruise season’s textures, bold prints, and pops of color, designers like Acne’s Jonny Johansson, Antonio Marras, and Roksanda Ilincic have been requesting inventively lined lids rather than more obvious bright lips, when it comes to statement-making face painting.

It all started at Acne, where Lisa Butler used Sunday Riley’s forthcoming Velvet Gel Pencil in Pitch Black to create thick geometric wings on the inner and outer corners of models’ lids. The technique, which she completed by filling in the shapes with Riley’s Eye Color in Little Black Dress, was something of an optical illusion: At first glance, girls appeared to be sporting a perfectly normal flick, but a subtle blink of the eye revealed a much more detailed design. Jeanine Lobell followed suit at Stella McCartney, adding “a little bit of an edge” to McCartney’s normally fresh-faced vision with a black line along the lower lash line only.

Then Isabella Sabbioni took things Technicolor at Antonio Marras this week, cashing in traditional black kohl for a flash of jade green pigment, which she thickly scrawled along both the upper and lower lash lines, dragging her brush outward and upward toward the temple. At Roksanda Ilincic, Lauren Parsons stayed the colored course, blending MAC Pigments in coral and fuchsia with its Mixing Medium gloss to create a blurred red half moon through models’ creases. “It’s a different effect from every angle,” Parsons noted of her handiwork that was meant to look as though “it wasn’t too thought about. Effortless beauty rules,” she says—a boon to amateur makeup artists looking to experiment with pro liner techniques in the comfort of their own homes.

Photo: Everett Collection/Rex USA.

Beauty And The Beat: Eight-Day-Old Hair, Phillip Lim Shorts, And More Coachella Prep From St. Vincent’s Annie Clark


This year’s Coachella lineup is packed with women who know how to command a crowd, wield a mascara wand—and wear a blue sequined pantsuit with gusto. Feist, Cat Power, and Florence Welch will all be flexing their vocal chords this weekend (and next) in Indio, California. But when it comes to subtle beauty, few can top Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent. The multi-instrumentalist has captivated audiences with her small but powerful voice, delicately painted lips, and raven-hued ringlets since releasing her first solo album, Marry Me, in 2007—the fashion world included; Clark has performed at Rachel Comey’s Spring 2010 show and frequently sits front-row at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Five years and two albums later (her most recent, Strange Mercy, came out last fall) and Clark is just as luminous. But how will her halo of curls and porcelain skin fare in the desert? checked in with the art-pop musician to find out what festival-ready hair products she’s stocked up on, her enviable suitcase of designer duds, and why you should never, ever eat the catering backstage.

You’ve got an amazing mess of curly hair. How do you keep it in shape when you play outside?

Gone are the days of haphazardly cutting my own hair in a dorm room. Now I go see Peter Gray every three to four months and he keeps me on track. Then I usually just run some Bumble and bumble Deeep into it when it’s wet, then let it air-dry. Hair starts looking its best when it hasn’t been washed for approximately seven to 10 days. I should be at day eight on the first weekend [of Coachella]!

You’re practically a fashion week regular at this point. Does it make you feel like you need to step up your game when it comes to choosing onstage outfits?

I was raised by jazz musicians who wouldn’t dream of stepping onstage unless they looked “proper.” It was a show of respect to the audience in those days: If you’re onstage asking people to look at you, you ought to look put-together. I tend to abide by this philosophy.

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Backstage At Acne, Visible Roots Make A Statement—And It’s A Good One


With a unique ability to give hair that hard-to-execute edgy-but-chic, done-but-undone quality, Paul Hanlon has become the preferred coiffing star of fashion’s reigning cool kids: Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Giles, and Jonathan Saunders are all card-carrying members of the Hanlon fan club. After a number of high-octane performances over the last week and a half, we may have witnessed Hanlon’s finest work last night at Ance. “It’s that Debbie Harry thing, when she used to bleach her hair but keep it dark underneath,” Hanlon said backstage, where he was adding extensions to models’ hair in shades that contrasted with their natural color. “It’s supposed to look grungy,” he continued, choosing clusters of black, mousy brown, or honeyed red locks, which he prepped with L’Oréal Professionnel Volume Architect Thickening Blow Dry Lotion and its Infinium hair spray for body and texture. To give the whole thing a “dangerous” quality, Hanlon artfully sprayed tinted dry shampoo onto the roots so it appeared as though a good amount of post-dye-job regrowth had taken place, too.

Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni—a frequent Hanlon collaborator and last season’s champion of the full, boyish brow—had busied herself with the task of crafting “bronze-y, ruddy, dusty faces—as though the girls have been hanging out in the Arizona desert.” MAC’s Mineral Powder in Mineral Deep provided Pieroni’s desired shade of “terra-cotta tan,” while its new-for-Spring Metallix Infusion Eyeshadow in Rust was smudged onto eyelids, around the temples, and onto cheeks for a deep-toned shine. To finish off what amounted to a fairly monochrome face—save for bold brows that were filled in with MAC Eyeshadow in Omega, Copperpot, Brun, and Typographic—Pieroni slicked on a rusty nude lip using a blend of MAC lipsticks in Freckletone and Fresh Brew.

Photo: Filippo Fior /