82 posts tagged "Beauty Insider"
Makeup artist Nick Barose is clear on one thing: He is not quitting his day job. Barose is the man behind the maquillage for celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o and Kate Mara, but like many other face painters—Serge Lutens, Tyen, François Nars, and Kevyn Aucoin (whom he assisted)—taking photos, and sometimes starring in them, is how he makes his dreams a reality. “It gets frustrating when you have a vision in your head and you can’t bring [it] to life because nobody would shoot it, or it ends up being their vision,” Barose explained. In order to assume creative control, he took the lessons he learned at the International Center of Photography—and from working on the sets of Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Patrick Demarchelier—eliminated the flaky models, and created a series of self-portraits in which he explores his Asian roots. “My grandfather was a well-known classical Thai dancer for King Rama VI and had his own troop,” he said. To make these exotic looks appear more authentic, he explored traditional methods of makeup application—opting for fingers and sticks over a bevvy of brushes. Here, the behind-the-scenes mainstay talks us through his time spent in front of the lens:
“I was inspired by the iconic image Monsoon Girl by photographer Brian Brake. I re-created it by using cream bronzer to make my skin more coppery—outdoorsy, like the kind of guy that’s out farming all day, every day—and a little bit of black kohl liner to make my eyes more exotic. The fake raindrops were created with a garden hose, and the bananas came from my parents’ backyard in Thailand.”
“I enjoy looking at photographs of sadhus [holy men] in India. They use only a few colors to paint their faces and all are from nature, like yellow, red, black, brown, and white—which usually come from cow dung and mud. I only used the palms of my hands, fingertips, and a few sticks to create this organic, earthy look.”
“Inspired by Red Boy by Steve McCurry—a photo of a boy at the Holi festival in India that appeared in National Geographic—I used my grandmother’s vintage teacup as a prop, as well as my dad’s ruby rings. The red face paint was actually MAC blush in Frankly Scarlet.”
“This is Princess Rojana and Prince Sung Thong from iconic Thai [folklore]. In this story, the prince has a beautiful golden body inside, but only a person worthy enough would see his true form—an ugly version is on display for everyone else. I interpreted this with gold face paint and the mask on top. Princess Rojana sees the prince’s true [self], so she threw a garland at him and chose Sung Thong as her husband. I had to drape that costume a certain way so that it would cover my bicep and make my arm appear more feminine!”
“I love looking at my grandparents’ vintage portraits. They got all dressed up and posed properly—sometimes with props like flowers, a fan, etc. For this portrait, I painted a unibrow, like in an old Indian painting. I lit it very specifically so the sparks in my eyes mimic the sparks in the earring.”
“I had an aunt who worked at the Shiseido counter in Hong Kong, and when she moved to the United States, she worked in San Francisco. I remember—and this was the eighties—that I was totally fascinated by how artistic her eyelids looked. There were probably four different colors and [all were] shaded. It was over the top, [especially] because my mother wore no makeup and was very simple and very clean. And this aunt, she was young and beautiful—it was definitely that whole era of excess. The big hair, the three-tone eyelid, the heavy contour—and that’s kind of fantastical.”
We pay homage to Lam’s childhood beauty memory with a look from his Spring 2010 show. And though his recent collaboration with Estée Lauder and Tom Pecheux is decidedly more muted, perhaps, according to our interview with the designer, more colorful things lie ahead.
Asia seems to be the breeding ground for the next big developments in skin care—producing hits like BB and CC creams. And though it often takes time for these beauty innovations to reach our shores, once they finally do arrive, it seems that every brand jumps on the bandwagon. Such is the case with the Far East’s interpretation of lotion. In the States, a lotion is typically an oil-in-water emulsion that is creamy in consistency. In countries such as Korea, China, and Japan, however, the lotion label is applied to products that are more akin to the American concept of toner—minus the drying or stripping side effects. These weightless, water-like formulas are designed to be patted into your complexion post-cleanse but before applying a thicker moisturizer. Think of them as a “face conditioner,” said aesthetician Kate Somerville (who launched one under her namesake label in September). Companies like L’Occitane, Artistry, Shiseido, Dr. Jart, and Hada Labo Tokyo (which sells a bottle every two seconds in Japan) brought versions to market in the past year, and a slew of others (including Chanel) are scheduled to follow suit in 2014.
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Beauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Mindy Yang, vice president and curator for MiN New York Haute Perfumery
The Product: “My journey into the world of scents began at a very young age. I fell down the rabbit hole, so to speak, when I was a little girl of about 4 or 5 years old. Growing up in Taipei, I remember that my mother would display all of her favorite perfumes on her massive vanity. I was forbidden to play with any of her beauty products, but, of course, the second she was away, I did just that. Chanel No. 5 has always been—and still is—my mother’s signature scent. I still remember the moment I sprayed it for the first time. It was so different from any flowers I’d smelled before, and I wondered how a fragrance could actually smell like powder [on my skin]. I was deep in thought, with my nose buried in the scent, when I heard the sound of her heels approaching the room. I knew it was time to run, but I immediately tripped—and broke my arm! These days, I’m surrounded by an extensive collection of very niche and extremely interesting perfumes. I don’t really wear Chanel No. 5 anymore—as the curator, I never stick to just one fragrance—but I still have a fondness for that powdery aldehyde.”
Cate Blanchett has shaved her hairline and her entire head, and worn many a wig (think back to her role in Elizabeth: The Golden Age), but off duty she keeps things far less dramatic—focusing more on what lies beneath all the theatrics. I’m not so good at doing my makeup, although I’ve gotten better,” she said. But with a complexion as flawless as Blanchett’s (care of SK-II, a brand for which she is a global ambassador), why even bother with foundation? Read this month’s Beauty Essentials to find out this recent Golden Globe nominee’s biggest blunder (hint: It involves a mishap with an eyelash curler) and how she’s earned the title of skincare “geisha” in a house full of boys.