August 23 2014

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Musing on Anna May Wong, Backstage at Anna Sui



In terms of interpreting a reference, the work of Pat McGrath and Garren was quite literal, if not spot-on. Anna May Wong in the silent film Piccadilly served as the inspiration, along with Anjelica Huston and Mary Quant. Sure, Wong wasn’t exactly wearing vibrant cobalt or emerald hues on her eyes (at least not from what we could tell judging by the black-and-white film), but Sui’s collection—punctuated by pops of ruby red, forest green, violet, sapphire, and burgundy—called for some serious color. And did McGrath ever deliver. After applying CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup (a water-based foundation formula), the upper and lower rims were lined in black. Then the makeup guru dampened either a blue or green pigment and applied an opaque wash around the eye, dabbing a lighter iteration of each shade on the inner corners. The decision of who received what color was left up to Sui, said McGrath. Lashes were coated with a yet-to-launch mascara, and lips were slicked with a deep brick pencil and a custom-blended lipstick. A bit of pigment was removed in the center and replaced with LipPerfection in Hot (a flaming red).

Garren did his part by re-creating Wong’s signature bangs for each fringe-less model—reaching for extension pieces with a triangular base and side pieces. “We’re doing them in center sections so that they dart down the middle and are very blunt across the forehead,” he explained. A flat chignon was made in back and held in place with a single chopstick. As for trying faux strands at home à la Sui-channeling-Wong, the hair pro said, why not? “You have so many options as girls, so you might as well enjoy it all.” I couldn’t agree more.

Photos: Getty

Anna Sui Gives America’s Favorite Mouse A Makeover, Face Time With Sephora, And More


anna-suiMinnie 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—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 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. []

Blue Steel


God's Love We Deliver 2013 Golden Heart Awards Celebration - CocktailsMakeup 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.

Photo: Getty Images

Backstage at Anna Sui: Pre-Raphaelites Enter the Modern Era


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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.


Anna Sui Beauty: It’s Baaaaack


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Anna Sui