22 posts tagged "Anna Sui"
Minnie Mouse first debuted her red and white polka-dot dress and matching bow in 1928. Now she’s getting a modern update by Anna Sui, who dressed her in (what else?) black, along with the designer’s signature purple for the holidays. From mascara to mouse-shaped lipstick bullets, you’ll find a rocker version of the rodent on b-glowing.com—all part of a limited-edition collaboration with the online retailer.
In other product news, Bleach hair salon in London released a line of products including at-home bleaching kits and non-permanent dyes in punk-inspired shades like peach, rose, and “bruised violet.”
British makeup artist Wendy Rowe talks to Byrdie.com about how she tames Cara Delevingne’s famous arches. All it takes is some Elnett and a mascara wand.
Sephora is at your service on Google. Starting tomorrow, the store is launching Google Helpouts, where you can chat face-to-face with a pro about how to perfect your smoky eye gone awry or finally find a foundation that matches your skin tone. It appears that this chain is taking a cue from the chorus of The Spinners’ seventies hit “I’ll Be Around”: “Whenever you call me, I’ll be there/ Whenever you want me, I’ll be there/ Whenever you need me, I’ll be there/ I’ll be around.”
After a Brazilian blowout blunder, Jennifer Aniston steps out with a shorter cut. The bob is somewhat reminiscent of “The Rachel,” but don’t mention that to Aniston—she’d rather shave her head than wear the style that spawned millions of face-framing layers and chunky highlights. [EOnline.com]
Makeup artists demonstrated their affinity for azure all over the Spring 2014 runways—ranging from “psychedelic pastels” at Anna Sui to sophisticated navy at Anthony Vaccarello. At last night’s Golden Heart Awards in New York City, Constance Jablonski showed her support for the color (and a cause) with a blue-gray shadow that matched her icy eyes. What a winning combination.
The models who walked down the runway looked as if they’d just stepped out of a painting produced by William Holman Hunt or John Everett Millais, both founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (an artistic movement in Victorian England). Makeup master Pat McGrath put a slight twist on the theme by injecting “psychedelic pastels” and adding a touch of sparkle for a bit of “Anna Sui magic.” While the majority of models received the rosy treatment, there were three—Hanne Gaby Odiele, Julia Nobis, and Janice Alida—who wore a pop of punchy acidic blue on their lids.
McGrath started by evening out the skin with foundation and concealer, then applied CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush in Roses on the cheeks, lids, and along the lower lash line. She topped that with a slightly deeper pink shade, Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry (a cream formula). To add a subtle luminescence, the face painter dabbed a gold highlighter (available in January 2014) on the tops of cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes, and finished with a light dusting of glitter on the center of the lid. After lashes were coated with rich black mascara, she used Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Luv Bug to lend a sheer stain to lips. The process remained the same for the trio with the brighter shadow, only this time McGrath swapped out the blush on the eyes for a theatrical paint, running the color into the inner corners and just up past the crease. (Try Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Sapphire Flare for a similar effect.) For more definition, black mascara was also added to the bottom lashes.
Hairstylist Garren set out to combine two contrasting ideas: rock ‘n’ roll and romanticism. After strands were lengthened with extensions, he made a center part. “If I made a side part, it would turn into a disco [look],” he said. (For models with shorter cuts, he pulled the top half up into a small knot and added extensions to the back and sides.) Next, he sectioned the hair and made waves by clamping a triple-barrel iron at an angle about a half-inch from the root down to the ends, starting at the bottom layers and working his way up to the surface. To lend an undone, airy finish, he used a wide-tooth comb to brush through and open up the waves. Paired with the beaded headpieces and floral crowns, the total package was dreamy but not at all dated.
Sui Love By Anna Sui was our first fragrance obsession. True story. After kicking a long preteen addiction to the Bath & Body Works scent collection (that’s what happens when you grow up in the suburbs), the fruity floral that came in the rainbow butterfly flacon seemed, at the time, like a real chic alternative. This was back in the nineties, though, when Sui’s then-nascent beauty line was readily available at all manner of department stores. Following some licensing issues, however, her collection of fun fragrances, flirty cosmetics, and, more recently, nail lacquers, hasn’t been on shelves in the U.S. since, save for at Sui’s small boutique in Soho. Her perfumes have been selling like gangbusters in Asia, however, as you might imagine, with names like Secret Wish, Flight of Fancy, Forbidden Affair, and, Sui’s most recent release, Fairy Dance. Every season at her show in New York, Sui sets up a beauty bar to showcase the product line and, in a way, let us all know what we’ve been missing. But last night at her Fall presentation, there was a sense of optimism afoot. “We’re celebrating a new partnership with Sephora,” her publicist told us as we perused the offerings. That’s right; starting March 7, Anna Sui’s beauty line will be back in the U.S. of A., first via a collection of her four best-selling fragrances, and then, fingers crossed, with the introduction of her rose-scented cosmetics range. Mark your calendars.
Black cat-eyes may have dominated the Spring runways, but for Fall, they’ve gone Technicolor. Already turning up in red, orange, and chartreuse incarnations this week in New York, Pat McGrath added azure to the mix backstage at Anna Sui, where she whipped up theatrical blue wings. “There’s beautiful upholstery fabrics in the collection,” the CoverGirl global creative design director explained of the color’s origin, crafting a “fat” liquid line along models’ upper lash line with an upward flick on the end. “You draw your shape, fill it in, and add your shadow,” McGrath said, demoing the process on the back of her hand with CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Blue Boom and its Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Indigo Impact. Tracing inner rims with a white pencil to open the eye, McGrath added a few coats of CoverGirl LashPerfection mascara for a dramatic sixties feel. “It’s my favorite,” the face painter said of the slim tube. As a finishing touch, she flexed her 3-D makeup muscle, as she was wont to do last season, and placed hand-colored, hand-cut circular stickers below the lower lash line. “It adds a little extra interest,” she said of the detail, which was lined up exactly with models’ pupils. Nails were painted a similar shade of blue courtesy of Anna Sui’s own lacquer in #103.
Picking up on the sixties vibe that is part-and-parcel to almost everything Sui does, Garren sculpted a side-parted low ponytail that he teased at the crown. “It’s kind of Adele,” Sui’s longtime coiffing collaborator said of the style that was prepped with Rene Furterer Volumino, heavily back-combed, and finished with a halo of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. “[When it comes to hair spray], there’s only Elnett,” the super stylist said of the classic gold aerosol can.