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In our new video series, Beauty Icons, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams—whose client list includes Lily Collins, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Kat Dennings, and, yes, her sister Rachel—breaks down iconic looks, both past and present, step by step. When asked about her own beauty signature, she said, “I feel like most makeup artists say they like to do eyes, but I love to do lips—I have big lips, so I love a big pop of color. Being a makeup artist is often like being the cobbler’s children who don’t have shoes: I don’t generally wear a ton of makeup on a day-to-day basis, so I just put on some powder, a little mascara, and pop on a lipstick and I’m ready.” Her go-to shade at the moment: CK One Color Shine Lipstick in Rockin (a sheer lavender), and for night she slicks on Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Playful (a matte purple) underneath. In her earlier days, however, a simple Bonne Bell brown liner—a coveted product in Canada—was her object of affection. “I remember we went to New York City on some kind of a class trip, and I bought this specific [shade] that I saw in Teen magazine, it was called Pecan Brown. It really was the best brown eyeliner. I would wear that all the time—it was one of my signature things because I have blue eyes so it would go really well. I had that eyeliner until I moved about a year ago and finally got rid of it. I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder.” And in the making of our tutorials, it was also a liner look that she surprisingly enjoyed the most: “I loved the Brigitte Bardot eye because I don’t do a big eye on myself a lot. I guess I should take my own advice, because I always thought a big eye doesn’t really work for me, but then I did it and I was like, ‘It does work for me.’ My boyfriend even said, ‘Oh, I love it—that’s a sexy eye.’” Tune in every Friday to see the how-to and more of McAdams in action.
Pick a color, any color. Our new Spring Beauty Guide inspired us to consider our hair a blank canvas with a rainbow of opportunities. Last night, Soo Joo Park—one of Style.com’s favorite models and a champion of the platinum trend—posted a selfie to Instagram
This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.
From the Kitchen of: Olivia Chantecaille, founder of Chantecaille Beauté
“This is an old family recipe that my French grandmother passed down to my mom, who then shared it with me. I cherish it because it reminds me of them. But I like to put my own modern spin on it with a few additional pure ingredients. I do this treatment at the start of each new season, to help my hair adjust to the changing weather. It really works to make it stronger, shinier, and silkier. Plus, the rose water helps to balance out the pH of the hair and prevent breakage.”
One for the Recipe Box: Homemade Hair Treatment With Rose Water
1/4 cup of rose water
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of rum
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
“Beat the eggs thoroughly in a large bowl, add the rose water, rum, and oils. Mix the ingredients well. I apply the mask on towel-dried, not wet hair, which allows it to penetrate better. I start by massaging the mixture into the scalp and work my way down to the ends. Then I secure my hair in a chignon and let the mask soak in for thirty minutes. I finish by rinsing with cold water to seal the cuticle, eliminate frizz, and boost shine.”
There’s a fine line when it comes to the flower crown, a Coachella accessory staple, in that it can quickly tread into wedding territory. While we wouldn’t mind looking like the lost member of Kate Moss’ bridal party, finding a non-tacky wreath that is designed for festive weekends or a desert concert is harder than you’d think. Enter Crowns by Christy, a gem recently uncovered at the opening of the Annick Goutal boutique, where editors donned these springy creations. Founder Christy Meisner started crafting these flora hair accessories with blooms from her backyard and—in true beauty MacGyver form—dental floss. “It can work, but string doesn’t hold as well as wire,” she said. Alongside her best friend and crafting partner in crime, Audrey Plaisance, she’s expanded the project and is now taking personal orders through Instagram. (Honestly, half the reason people wear a flower crown in the first place is to share it on social media.) “We grew up sewing our outfits for school dances, learning to knit, and trying to make our own patterns out of newspaper,” she quipped. Here, Meisner shares her tricks of the trade:
Shop Right: “For fresh flowers, I shop everywhere from the Chelsea Flower District to Whole Foods to my local bodega—they have great fillers—and in the summertime, any backyard that is available at the moment.”
Embrace Filler: “Baby’s breath has a bad reputation, but when weaved into a flower crown, it’s total perfection.”
Ace Your Base: “Thin florist wire is the base of my crowns, real or faux. It allows you to bend anything into the shape you want.”
Act Fast: “Fresh flower crowns are like Cinderella: They only last until midnight, so you really have to make them and wear them on the same day.”
Fake It: “Faux flowers are a good alternative, but choosing the right ones are key. You want something pliable that you can easily insert wire through—anything with a plastic center is tough. For the tiny flowers, I usually opt for paper because they hold their shape, and for larger varieties I use silk.” Her favorite shops for premium picks: Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies and PANY Floral.
The pro: Pauline Rochas, cocreator of Le Premier Parfum by Coolife
The product: “I was a young teenager in Paris when I first discovered Mûre et Musc by L’Artisan Parfumeur. I got a whiff of it from a girl I had a crush on from class. I remember rushing out to the boutique in the seventh arrondissement right after school that day to buy myself a bottle. I especially loved how it started out fruity, sweet, juicy, gourmand, then opened into musky and woody notes—ending with warm and sensual oriental notes. That is exactly how I remember it evolving on my skin. The fruity and woody ingredients in particular transport me back to my younger childhood memories of vacationing in Bordeaux at Château Lagarosse, my family’s castle, plucking fresh wild blackberries, and our travels to Morocco where I was first stirred by the aroma of spices and incense burning. It was then that I started playing alchemist in my bathroom—crushing raw pieces of musk and resins and mixing them with essential oils. Needless to say, this influenced my inconscient collectif [collective unconscious] and the decision to go with a short list of carefully handpicked raw materials with oriental notes for Le Premier Parfum. But when I walk into a perfumery today that carries Mûre et Musc, I still get all excited at the chance of spraying it on and letting the magic of its scent take me back in time.”