10 posts tagged "Arizona Muse"
Tom Pecheux, backstage fixture and creative makeup director for Estée Lauder, could hardly contain his excitement last season at Anthony Vaccarello when he described the packaging that was in the works for a mysterious new line of lipsticks. He discreetly referred to the more architectural look and magnetic closures, but considering these types of secrets are strictly confidential in the corporate beauty world, that’s all he could share…until now. The cosmetics giant is launching twenty shades of Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, a formula that boasts time-released hyaluronic acid and multifaceted pigments (available February 24 at esteelauder.com). In this exclusive, the pro reveals all—including the shades he hand-selected to suit the many model faces of the brand.
How would you describe the new Pure Color Envy collection?
When I look at the collection, the first thing I think is the packaging is absolutely divine. Richard Ferretti did an amazing job with the case. For me, twenty colors is the perfect amount. The range captures every woman’s desire. The shades and formula are [traditional] in that they have the high coverage you expect from a lipstick and include a pure red and a perfect nude, but the new technology gives the line a modern twist. It’s like a classic wool dress that is made in cashmere. The new texture and formula make Envy extremely luxurious.
What are your favorite shades in the collection?
As a makeup artist, I cannot limit myself to one favorite shade. It will be the one that fits the person that I am working with on that day.
What do you think a lipstick says about a woman?
Lipstick tells us so many things about a woman. It tells us about her personality. For example, a woman wearing a strong lipstick—bright red—suggests she wants to express a certain power.
What is the best way to apply lip color? Fingertips, brush, or straight from the bullet?
There is no recipe. It depends on the result you want to create. A bullet is the best application because it’s fast, precise, and gives nice coverage. Fingertips create a transparent finish with no precision—more like a stain. A brush is for when you want perfection and a high-quality finish, particularly when you apply a red lipstick.
What are your tricks for making lips appear fuller? Does lip liner help?
Lip liner can help, but for me, a liner only works if it’s a nude or a color that matches the color of the lip. To make them fuller, you can go slightly outside the lip line.
If you have small lips, avoid a dark shade. The darker the shade, the more intense your lips look, but on smaller lips it can give you a mean, severe look. Also avoid very pale lipsticks if you want a fuller-looking mouth.
What is your favorite lip look?
It depends on the woman. But I am totally in love with red as much as I am with nude. I love women who play with makeup to emphasize a quality of their personality or character. That’s why in terms of lipstick, I love colors that have something to say—so either a pale nude, a true red, a dark plum, or a bright color. When it comes to a gentle pink, I understand why women want to wear it, but as a makeup artist, it doesn’t reflect a personality so well.
Which shade in the collection would you choose for each of these Estée Lauder spokesmodels?
Carolyn Murphy: Envious. She loves a red lipstick.
Constance Jablonski: I love it when she focuses on her eyes, so a nude color like Insatiable Ivory works on her lips.
Joan Smalls: I love her in a dark burgundy like Insolent Plum.
Liu Wen: I would go more pink, [one that's] powerful and dynamic. A shade like Dominant would suit.
Arizona Muse: I love her in a red as well, so Vengeful Red.
What do you think makes a woman enviable?
I think Carolyn Murphy pretty much embodies that—gotta love a bad bitch on a bike who knows how to make a serious statement by slicking on some lipstick and revving up her engine.
Flashback Friday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Arizona Muse
The Moment: Tropical Punch
The Motivation: When I came across this photo of Arizona Muse by Patrick Demarchelier for British Vogue‘s February 2012 issue, I immediately longed for summer, or at the very least, a vacation in a warm, palm tree-laden destination. But aside from daydreams about jet-setting to an island that’s far sunnier than Manhattan at the present time, I noticed that Muse sported multiple Spring 2014 trends: pastel-blue shadow (seen at Miu Miu), along with bold lips (on display for the first time at Rag & Bone). And instead of being swirled on her apples, the blush was dusted low on her cheeks (a technique face painter Tom Pecheux employed at Marni). While I’m not one to wear color in more than one place, Muse certainly makes a case for breaking the makeup rules.
This month’s Beauty Essentials subject needs little introduction; the impact her breakthrough Spring 2011 show season had on the fashion world has earned her instant name recognition—not to mention an Estée Lauder contract. But Arizona Muse didn’t always aspire to conquer the catwalk. “I wanted to be an architect when I was little,” she reveals. You can imagine her excitement, then, when she received the location details of the Craig McDean-lensed ad campaign for Lauder’s new fragrance, Modern Muse. “[It's] closed Thursdays, and we shot on that day. It was amazing to be in that space with just our crew,” she recalls of her experience in Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum atrium, which serves as the backdrop of the exclusive behind-the-scenes image pictured here. Muse’s interest in “majestic buildings, like cathedrals,” isn’t just fleeting whimsy, either; it runs in her blood: “I have an architect in my family. My great-great-great-great-grandfather designed the Natural History Museum in London, which I’m quite proud of.”
Following a ten-year period in which it launched not a single perfume, Estée Lauder will reenter the fragrance fold this fall with a new scent called Modern Muse. Intended to reassert the New York brand as a “fragrance powerhouse,” the cool woods, mandarin, tuberose, lily, and two types of jasmine-tinged eau will also feature a Craig McDean-lensed ad campaign starring Arizona Muse. [WWD]
She may be in the midst of a pesky lawsuit with the haircare company she once fronted, but Katy Perry’s perfume business is booming. The pop star launched her third fragrance, Killer Queen, last night in New York. [Just Jared]
Remember the transgender Canadian beauty queen who took on Donald Trump for the right to appear in his Miss Universe pageant? Well, in lieu of the pageant’s coveted crown, she’s getting an E! network reality series. Seems right. [THR]
Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s fourth largest carrier, has banned its flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and red nail polish, a move that is reportedly aimed at keeping its crews “artless and well-groomed,” with makeup in pastel tones. A natural look allegedly “improves communication with passengers,” the airline’s executives claim. The horror! [Guardian]
Once pleasantries are exchanged and hair and makeup looks discussed, the backstage chatter this season has more often than not turned to a readily repeated question: Where are all the big models? Fall’s familiar faces—Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik, and Anna Selezneva—have been few and far between for Spring, replaced instead by a host of newcomers from last season like Kati Nescher, Cara Delevingne, and Marie Piovesan. Rubik and Fall 2011 star Arizona Muse made a point to make their presence known right off the bat in Paris, though, as both models—joined by fellow bigs like Constance Jablonski, Karlie Kloss, and Jourdan Dunn—were backstage at Anthony Vaccarello. “It’s so nice to see you,” an elated Muse said to Rubik. It was the former’s first show all season. “I’ve been working but am really excited to be here,” the newly named Estée Lauder face explained of her absence; for Muse, who recently relocated to London full time, it was an easy train ride to the City of Light. As she left Tom Pecheux’s makeup chair and a flurry of photographers surrounded the Tucson native, we noticed something different about her; her bangs had grown out, or so it appeared. “These are extensions from a shoot! I had the pros do this [for me]. I’m growing them out but they’re at a weird length,” she elaborated of the controversial fringe she cut last season. “It’s back to the length and color it was when I first started modeling, too. I like the bob,” she said. Us too.