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Fashion Week Beauty Products

We revealed what keeps fashion week regulars like makeup artist James Kaliardos and hairstylist Odile Gilbert going during the month-long parade through New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Now, the team shares the beauty must-haves they’ll be stashing in their bags and keeping in their bathrooms for the Spring 2014 season:

Nicole Phelps, executive editor

“I had my first facial with superstar esthetician Joanna Vargas last week. As her devotees well know, Vargas likes to tailor her facials to the seasons and the skin’s response to them. It may be Spring ’14 fashion week, but weather-wise here in New York it’s still the end of summer. Vargas’ new Fall Superfoods Facial is designed to address the ravages of three months in the sun. For me, that meant patchy dryness and SPF-induced bumps along the hairline, as well as some trouble spots on my chin. Vargas addressed them all, using the all-natural and organic skin care products, like the Vitamin C Face Wash (shown above), she’s known for. My favorite part of the facial was the pumpkin purée and avocado mask, which smelled almost good enough to eat and left my face looking dewy and fresh. If only Joanna would create a facial designed to heal the effects of four weeks of fashion shows.

Matthew Schneier, deputy editor

“Dry shampoo [from Klorane], sunscreen [by Clarins], water, and coffee—the combination makes you look like you haven’t slept for a week, when in reality, you haven’t slept for two.”

Marina Larroudé, market director

“I’m obsessed with Clé de Peau Beauté concealer (shown above) and use it every day—no matter if it’s fashion week or not. The only thing that’s different is the frequency that I go to Drybar, which is pretty much every other day. It helps that there’s a location only a block away from my house where I can book early morning appointments.”

Kate Cerigo, senior designer

“When my skin is looking ‘blah’ after a string of late nights I use Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (shown above) before bed and wake up to a more refreshed face.”

Kristin Anderson, assistant editor, special projects

“In the throes of fashion week, I’ll be trimming the excess from my makeup routine, and opting for Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Cream. This glowy, medium coverage BB eliminates the need for concealer and SPF. The botanical formula also treats any pesky, stress-related spots. And rather than risking a sticky finger situation, I’ll be toting the luxuriously packaged lip oil from Hourglass Cosmetics (shown above).”

Amber Kallor, senior beauty editor

Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation (shown above) offers the brightening magic of their famous pen—for your entire face, which is especially helpful when my skin can’t keep pace with my hectic schedule. Before bed (usually somewhere around 2 a.m.) I treat myself and computer-strained eyes to Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels, which de-puff with ginkgo biloba leaf extract and firm with hydrolyzed elastin.”

Emily Farra, editorial coordinator

“Long days in the office tend to dry out my skin, so over the next few weeks I’ll be relying on my favorite new face oil with rosehip extract from Boots Botanics. Not only does it smell clean (not musky) and keep my skin looking fresh for 12 plus hours, but it only costs $9 so I can slather it on guilt-free. An afternoon dose of this rosewater spritz (shown above) reactivates the oil and serves as a wake-up call when caffeine isn’t cutting it anymore. As for my hair, I’m using leather bow clips from American Apparel, in neutral colors like black and camel, to get it off my face while I work on the computer all day.”

Katharine K. Zarrella, associate news editor

“I have somewhat of a red lip obsession, and when Chanel discontinued my favorite stain last year, I had a bit of a panic. Earlier this month, my hairstylist, Michael Angelo at Wonderland Beauty Parlor, introduced me to Beauté’s lip stain in Fever and lip cream in Masochist (both shown above). I’ll be wearing them every single day, because no matter how tired I feel, painting on the perfect rouge pout always provides a much-needed kick of rejuvenation.”

Brittany Adams, associate fashion editor

“Running between all the shows, presentations, and events during fashion week is enough to make even the most polished girl look a little rough around the edges. I’ve tried nearly every primer on the market and keep returning to L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base (shown above). I dab a little bit on my nose and forehead to make me look perfectly matte and smooth before walking into each appointment. I also carry around a can of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish spray, which gives my hair volume and texture on the go.”

Rachel Walgrove, social media editor

“Bags are for arms, not eyes. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer is my look-alive go-to for fashion season and beyond.”

Benefit Makes Flying Glamorous Again; J.Crew Goes Bare for Fall; And More


Benefit BusTSA swiped your face wash? Forgot your go-to mascara? Leave it to Benefit to create a pretty-in-pink solution. The brand recently launched its first Glam Up and Away kiosk in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. The vintage beauty bus holds thirty of the brand’s best-selling products, and twenty-four additional machines are set to appear later this year in airports such as JFK in New York City and McCarran International in Las Vegas. [WWD]

One could say that Jenna Lyons made hot pink and tangerine lipstick a must-have for the masses by slicking these shades on models for the J.Crew catalog. In a recent interview, however, women’s fashion director Gayle Spannaus revealed that she prefers flawless skin, brushed brows, and subdued, nude lips to loud mouths for fall. []

Backstage regular Charlotte Tilbury is starting a “make-up revolution” and making it easier than ever by dividing the collection into ten looks (five natural and five nocturnal). This week, the face painter is introducing each “woman” and posting a how-to video tutorial online. []

Another day, another September cover for Cara Delevingne. This time, Karl Lagerfeld shot the super for the latest issue of Numéro magazine and played up the model’s ink against an all-black Dior trench. [Instagram]

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit

“I Think We Could Do A Lot Of Fun Things In This Space.” Matthew Williamson Enters The Beautysphere


The designer-makeup trend is picking up steam. As brands like Burberry and Tom Ford prove that there is plenty of opportunity for well-loved fashion houses to build strong relationships with beauty consumers, more and more runway regulars are putting down their needles and thread in favor of eye kohl and lipstick bullets. You’ll have to wait until August for Marc Jacobs’ highly anticipated full-color collection with Sephora, but Matthew Williamson’s first foray into face painting—an exclusive eye-shadow palette in collaboration with Benefit cosmetics that includes miniature tubes of its They’re Real! Mascara, Lip Gloss in Inferno, and Cheek Powder in Gimme Fever—arrives at the retailer later this month. “It just really seemed like a good fit,” Benefit’s global makeup trend artist and brand authority, Maggie Ford Danielson, said of the partnership between the two companies, which has yielded the new, The Rich is Back! makeup kit. “[We're both] going after the same goal—fun, vibrant, exuberant, colorful, not shying away from bold, bright names, packaging, and edginess. It felt like a great sync-up.” “I liked the energy of Benefit,” Williamson adds. “It’s not about serious, exclusivity. To me, the brand is optimistic, energetic, and irreverent, and is not taking itself too seriously, like my clothes.” Here, the British designer talks to about the “gear change” that was responsible for his critically acclaimed Fall collection—and that just might signal more makeup moves to come.

How involved were you in the specifics of this collaboration? Did you know you really wanted a palette, versus a range of individual products? Was there a directive on your end to include these specific colors, this mascara, et cetera?
Yes and no. I certainly didn’t get involved in the technical aspects of it, as you probably gathered, but yeah—I had sort of the idea, the concept of the seventies, the beginning of Benefit—it was sort of an ode to that. That’s the era I’m most attracted to. I was a kid in the seventies, watching my mom with fashion and makeup, so I guess in my head it was about expressing those elements.

So, presumably, that’s where the fun disco-era packaging comes from?
I actually sent a number of prints to Benefit, and I expected them to pick one, and they picked them all! It’s now a kaleidoscope of my favorite prints over the last fifteen years.

Those fifteen years have seen a lot of fashion shows. Has beauty always been an important part of your runway formula?
It’s funny. Well, it’s not funny. It’s interesting. I’ve always been a bit scared of makeup in that it’s…I’m not an expert. I make clothes. So over the fifteen years that I’ve been working in fashion, I’ve become slightly more attuned to what I want to express. But it usually centers around “less is more.” I never want a really intense [beauty] look for a runway show, because I don’t want to look back at it in years to come and go, “What?” I kind of like it being a relatively blank canvas. That said, I’m thinking of not doing that for September. I remember my first show, in 1997, I did a look with [makeup artist] Mary Greenwell, and she did a really beautiful sort of rose above the eye area, and I’ve been kind of thinking about that.

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Amanda Seyfried for Givenchy; Matthew Williamson x Benefit; And More…


Amanda Seyfried is on her way to earning the coveted beauty trifecta. The Les Mis star already has a cosmetics contract with Clé de Peau, and today comes news that she will replace Liv Tyler as the face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance. Now all she needs is a hair contract! [WWD]

Matthew Williamson is getting into the beauty game via a limited-edition collection with Benefit cosmetics. To get people excited about the collab, which launches at the end of the month, the San Francisco beauty giant has just released a teaser video featuring Williamson and his product arsenal. [YouTube]

Good-bye, Harajuku girls. Hello, “Kanjuku girls.” The newest trend to come out of Osaka’s Amemura district is green-and-red dye jobs in the shape of ripe tomatoes, called kanjuku in Japanese. [Daily Mail]

Less shocking but equally statement-making is Nicole Richie’s latest hair evolution, a golden-brown bob with bangs. [Glamour]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Benefit Is Blushing


This time of year, we find ourselves reaching for our trusty blush compact more than ever. There’s something about the combination of earlier and earlier sunsets and cold temperatures that really magnifies our ever-fading tan and increasing pallidness, a skincare situation easily remedied by a swipe of pink pigment. But whether to go a shade of apricot, rose, or champagne, in a powder, cream, or liquid formula becomes a constant question—one that is perhaps best answered by Benefit’s new Fine One One. A versatile solution to our daily cheek-brightening needs, this rose-gold twist-up tube features a trio of complexion-enhancing colors that glide on with the ease of cream and the no-smudge finish of a powder. It’s now easier than ever to lift, shape—and add a little life back into the wannest of winter complexions.

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics