10 posts tagged "Arizona Muse"
“What is amazing with Anthony [Vaccarello] is that in two seasons, he created his woman,” Estée Lauder creative director of makeup Tom Pecheux said backstage at the designer’s Spring show. And for most admirers of Vaccarello’s work, that woman is Anja Rubik in the pelvic bone-baring white-gown-heard-round-the-world from the Met ball this year. There was some of that here (see Rubik’s show-closing black gown), but as Pecheux rightly pointed out, while some designers are “showing a dream that is unreachable,” Vaccarello’s clothes are much more wearable this season—some of them, at least. So too was the makeup. Gone was the molten, burgundy-tinged black smoky eye from Fall; in its place, something much more natural. “It’s more like the girl hanging out by the pool, not coming out of the club,” Pecheux suggested—or, rather, the reflection of the light off a pool, an optical phenomenon that inspired his color palette of washed-out blues and iridescent grays that created “La Parisienne,” the kind of face-painting effort that is barely perceptible yet striking.
Fittingly, French-born Estée Lauder face Constance Jablonski was in Pecheux’s chair as he administered a massage using his trusty tub of Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Crème and its Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher that he topped with a finger-patted application of Lauder’s Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer to create a base. Brushing its Pure Color Blush in Blushing Nude upward underneath cheekbones, “so the color fades into the cheek” and contours while providing a flush, Pecheux toiled over eyes, which he lined with a forthcoming aqua shade of Estée Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner, which was blended out for just a trace of blue and topped with its as-yet-unreleased Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint in Sinister and Steel. A dab of its Pure Color Gloss in Opulent Opal added a light-reflecting effect meant to mimic the middle section of Vaccarello’s collection, which included “materials that looked like liquid,” according to Pecheux. Swiping glossy brown pigment on the inside lashes and a richer black color on the outer corners with Lauder’s Sumptuous Two Tone Mascara, Pecheux brushed up brows and created what he likes to call “the French kiss,” a nude mouth slicked with its Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Vanilla Truffle, a honey-hued neutral, and accented with the slightly darker Barely Nude only in the center of pouts.
Anthony Turner sculpted “very French hair” in complement. “It’s confident in a very understated way,” he elaborated of strands that were spritzed with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Architect, finger-combed in back and dried with a large round brush in the front to get a little volume. “It’s cool but not grungy,” he continued of the sweeping side parts that he let fall over Cara Delevingne and Arizona Muse’s right eyes. “We’ve always done vampy hair here so it’s nice to do something that’s wearable,” Turner surmised of the coifs—which was a true enough sentiment. Delevingne’s hair, we could easily sport; the dress she wore in look 17, however, maybe a little less so.
Sometimes it seems Rihanna changes her hair as often as she changes her socks. After recent stints as a blonde and a fire engine redhead, the singer is back to a dark brunette, and she added a bit of edge to the look à la Alice Dellal with a punky shaved undercut, which she revealed this weekend via Twitter. And fans already know Rihanna’s next impending hair transformation. She claims to be looking for the perfect shade of navy blue. [StyleNews]
Money doesn’t buy everything, at least when it comes to cosmetics. Avon rejected a $10 billion takeover bid from Coty Inc. on Friday, and today the company’s shares rose 19.7 percent. [WWD]
Arizona Muse became an overnight modeling sensation a mere 18 months ago. The newly named Estée Lauder spokeswoman told the Telegraph that thanks to the calorie-torching benefits of breastfeeding, she thinks she looks better after having Nikko, her 3-year-old son, who frequently appears alongside her in editorials and ads for labels like J.Crew. [Telegraph]
After spending hour upon hour getting hair and makeup done, models know a few tricks of the trade. Daphne Groeneveld won’t leave home without curling her eyelashes, for example, while Frida Gustavsson rims her inner eyes with beige liner to prevent looking tired. Click for more tried-and-true tips from runway veterans. [Allure]
There may have been murmurs in the front rows of the Fall shows about Arizona Muse losing a little bit of the luster that made her Spring 2011′s hands-down head-turner. But Muse surely couldn’t have cared less with this ace in her pocket: Today, Estée Lauder officially announced the Tucson native as the latest face of its storied makeup, fragrance, and skincare brand. “Timeless elegance” are the words Lauder’s style and image director, Aerin Lauder, used to describe Muse, who joins peers like Liu Wen, Joan Smalls, and Constance Jablonski in one of the most coveted spokesperson stables around. The 23-year-old, who told WWD that she is particularly partial to skincare, found out about her new appointment during Paris fashion week—not a bad way to end the season. No word yet on which products Muse will be fronting, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
As the Fall shows got under way last month, one thing became abundantly clear to us fairly early on: Casting agents are feeling a little dark this season. The brunette brigade of Kati Nescher, Marie Piovesan, and Nadja Bender showed up big in New York, where it seemed as though even girls who already had brown hair were going even richer with the help of a few talented colorists—call it the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo effect, which has recently manifested itself in the collections as well as in their corresponding beauty looks.
First, Eugene Souleiman and The Whittemore House’s Victoria Hunter transformed Patricia Van der Vliet’s long, flaxen locks into a deep espresso just days before the shows started; then Redken creative consultant Guido Palau promptly took things to the next level backstage at Calvin Klein, razor-cutting Van der Vliet’s hair into a bob—with micro bang—and dyeing it almost black (several other models, like natural blonde Dempsey Stewart, were also given the raven-haired treatment). Somewhere in between, Paul Hanlon took girls-of-the-moment Melissa Stasiuk and Kel Markey “slightly darker and more matte” at Proenza Schouler for a look that he described as “quite cool.”
Brunette dye jobs are thriving across the pond, too. Right before Milan, Karl Lagerfeld favorite Heidi Mount paid a visit to Gina Gilbert at Serge Normant, and cashed in her ashy blonde tresses for an impactful chestnut. Mount debuted her new shade at the Fendi show and has gone on to rack up Paris bookings including Dior and Guy Laroche (her Chanel cameo later this week is a given). Shades of deep chestnut haven’t worked wonders for every catwalker, of course; Arizona Muse has debatably lost some of her spark since ION Studio’s Kimberley Pierce turned her ebony before Derek Lam, although it clearly hasn’t hindered her tally of runway appearances.
While this is probably just the latest saga of “as the hair color pendulum swings” (need we remind you that it was just three seasons ago that Kasia Struss, Britt Maren, and Abbey Lee Kershaw were reaping the benefits of Spring 2010′s Balenciaga blonde?), all signs seem to point to the longevity of the current brunette-is-better movement, not least because platinum can be so detrimental to hair quality. “I needed makeup to feel pretty with [white blond] hair. But with this, it’s always good,” says Struss, who went brunette for Balenciaga last Spring and has stayed the same dark auburn shade through the Fall shows with tremendous results. “When I’m dark, I’m more mysterious,” Querelle Jansen, another blonde-turned-brunette success story, told us last night at Lanvin. If the “dark glamour” that has ruled backstage in Europe this last week has taught us anything, that’s a very good quality to have.
More often than not this season, we have heard the words “She’s a strong woman” uttered backstage by hair and makeup pros to explain beauty looks from New York to Paris. To wit, Fall’s full, boyish brow has been everywhere, often complemented by contoured cheeks and sleek, barbershop coifs to complete the vision of a girl who embodies beauty because of her disregard for its conventions. And so it went at Kenzo, where makeup artist Tom Pecheux had two specific defiant muses in mind, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. “Not so much their work, but the kind of women they are—powerful with a strong mind but at the same time sophisticated,” Pecheux explained, making a point to disregard the obvious references. (“We’re not doing unibrows,” he quipped.) He was, however, applying pigment and powders “not like makeup, but like an emotion.” Translation: blending everything with fingers instead of brushes, for a smudged, lived-in effect that included a wash of MAC Cream Colour Base in Khaki on lids and below the lower lash line and its Eye Pencil in Taupe, drawn in between individual lashes for definition without the use of mascara. Mouths were covered with MAC Lip Pencil in Bordeaux Line, a dark berry, which was jostled to blur any lines. “A perfect purple lip would translate with too much attitude,” Pecheux explained. “Here, it’s more about inner beauty.”
Wella global creative director Eugene Souleiman added Hailee Steinfeld to the inspirational mix. “They’re Amish/True Grit braids,” he said of the “ornate and arid” plaits he was creating from slicked-back sides, crossing one over the other and sewing (yes, sewing) them together below the napes of models’ necks before fastening them into a fluid loop with more needle-and-twine action. “I wanted to mix Frida Kahlo with Diego Rivera,” Souleiman said of the overall style, which included a mannish quiff above the hairline that was prepped with Wella Ocean Spritz for a matte texture and left hanging toward the back in a long tuft. For a finishing touch, a few girls had flower bouquets woven through their hair.
As models lined up for their first looks, we couldn’t help but notice that they all bore a striking resemblance to Arizona Muse, whose bushy arches and chiseled, androgynous features may as well have inspired the look. Muse didn’t need any help from pencils or powders, though, of course. ” I do them myself,” she revealed of her well-groomed brows, removing her headphones to chat. (On her iPod: Florence and the Machine’s Lungs.) The runway star did reveal that she too has struggled with over-plucking at one point in her life. “I recently saw a picture of myself when I was 14. It was awful!” She currently only plucks to clean up strays. Let that be lesson to the tweezer-happy among you.