5 posts tagged "Amber Valletta"
The Model: Amber Valletta
The Moment: Faux Freckles
The Motivation: One look at model Amber Valletta, and it’s easy to see why she’s still gracing magazine pages nearly two decades after she first stepped in front of the camera. Valletta is one of those naturally beautiful girls whose face can hold theatrical hair and makeup just as well as none at all—or, as is the case with this 1995 Peter Lindbergh-lensed shot, a little bit of both. Please note the blond beauty’s Twiggy-esque side part, similarly sixties white-and-black-rimmed lids, and the image’s standout feature, the faux freckles scattered across the bridge of her nose! Nothing says summer like the speckling of a few rogue beauty marks on the high planes of the face, a runway technique makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has employed on more than a few occasions backstage at shows like Chloé and Donna Karan over the years. Should you want a few subtle spots, without the sun exposure, follow the flame-haired face-painter’s lead and reach for MAC Lip Pencil in Hodgepodge.
In the latest issue of Vogue Italia, Amber Valletta grapples with the modeling establishment’s current dilemma and a question that has divided mankind since the dawn of peroxide: blonde or brunette? Both, we’d argue, considering how well the nineties super is pulling them off. In an interesting bit of foreshadowing, Ms. Valletta swaps Spring’s seventies-inspired, middle-parted strands and big frizzy manes in favor of Fall’s nod to the sixties, sporting in one photo an icy, voluminous, Hitchcockian set, and in the other a raven-hued architectural motif preferred by Vidal Sassoon and his cohorts. The styling magic on display was made possible by the teamwork of Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals and colorist Josh Wood, the latter of whom wowed us at Jean Paul Gaultier, where his mastery of the gray scale made Guido Palau’s bourgeois beehives that much more of a spectacle. Requisite, decade-appropriate eyeliner and lots and lots of lashes courtesy of Chanel’s Peter Philips also abound in these Amber pics. So, what say you: Does platinum prevail, or have you fallen victim to the dark arts?
Stars Without Makeup stories featuring glamorous images of A-listers pitted against pictures of themselves caught without cosmetics are a guilty pleasure. But we like to highlight celebrities at red-carpet events who choose to go barefaced as a means of showing that plain can be pretty, too. This week has already offered us two such opportunities, with both Amber Valletta and Rosario Dawson keeping it clean, save for a little bit of gloss and some mascara to open up the eyes. Sure, it’s easy to skip the heavy makeup when you’re a supermodel or one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women, but it still takes a certain amount of confidence to leave the proverbial mask at the door. What do you think of their minimalist approach?
Amber Valletta already proved herself capable of taking on the role of Catherine Deneuve once (the supermodel reenacted the actress’ legendary character from Belle de Jour in François Nars’ much-lauded photo book 15×15). So when the face painter decided to base his entire Spring collection around another Deneuve heroine—Lucile, from Alain Cavalier’s 1968 film La Chamade—Valletta obviously got spokesperson dibs. Nars is calling this season a time to “embrace color and get noticed,” and his new campaign image reflects the sentiment with bright, golden moss-hued eyes courtesy of his new Camargue Duo Cream Eyeshadow; a strong pink cheek, which Nars created using his Amour Blush; and a glossy nude lip that’s been amplified with a contrasting Lip Pencil in Borneo. The result is retro yet still modern—not to mention a pretty good homage, don’t you think?
While it has become a bona fide trend for big-name catwalkers—Amber Valletta, Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, et al.—to lend their names and hands to fashion labels these days, Du Juan is daring to be different. The Chinese-born ballerina-turned-supermodel has allied herself with Yue-Sai Cosmetics to bring a two-piece beauty range to the market, just in time for the holidays. The Shooting Star collection, which includes a 24K Gold Face & Body Sparkle and an Eye Shadow Quad, is an homage of sorts to the magic that can happen in the makeup artist’s chair. In fact, the idea for the Face & Body Sparkle came from a shoot Du Juan recently did in Paris where photographer Camilla Akrans sprinkled flecks of gold onto her face for a shimmer effect. It’s branded as her “gift to Chinese women,” but American beauty junkies could potentially benefit from the present, too; there is talk about bringing the limited-edition series stateside next year.