81 posts tagged "Beyonce"
Superlong strands and cropped cuts are currently trending. Beyoncé stepped out yesterday sporting gold braids that grazed her waistline (recalling her Destiny’s Child days, perhaps?). Going to great lengths, however, is not a new beauty movement started by the Queen—epic ponytails were seen on the runway at both Valentino’s and Chanel’s Fall 2014 shows. On the flip side, model Sasha Luss (pictured top and bottom left) and British songstress Ellie Goulding (bottom right) opted for chops. Whether they voluntarily shed a few inches in time for summer or made significant snips to sever the damage that bleach often wreaks on hair is up for debate. All we know is they could have bettered their chances by adhering to our prescription for platinum blonds.
Blake Lively knows how to make an entrance—one flip of her honey-colored hair has the power to set off hundreds of flashbulbs simultaneously. But walking a red carpet isn’t a “comfortable” place for the blond bombshell (having husband Ryan Reynolds as Gucci-clad arm candy, however, certainly boosted her confidence at Monday’s Met ball—as it would any woman on this planet). “It’s always easier with help. I’ll get my sisters out there. I’ll bring my high school mascot if I need to! It’s always such an intimidating experience,” Lively explained. Last year, she and “dear friend” Florence Welch braced the wall of paparazzi together: “We said, ‘We’re like the kid at prom who doesn’t have a date, we have to go together.’ We were trying to only take pictures together on the red carpet so people knew we had a friend. But then they said, ‘You have to take pictures separately—stop that!’”
This time around, Lively wore a Gucci dress accented by Gucci’s Première fragrance—which she mists and walks through to create an “aura of scent.” And her punky ponytail (seen at the 2013 ball) gave way to a forties-inspired “one-sided victory roll” to show off her Lorraine Schwartz earrings. “Both sides is a little much and a little too on the nose,” she noted of her hairstyle choice. But getting primped, donning custom ruby drops, and breathing the same air as Beyoncé was no match for the exclusive after-party to which only Lively, Reynolds, Welch, and her agent were invited. “The whole Met ball, we were like, ‘OK, we’re going to get hot fudge sundaes and frozen hot chocolate. That was a pretty great midnight snack and [it was fun] to walk into Serendipity in ball gowns. They actually had to kick us out because we were there for so long. The [staff] was like, ‘We do need to go home now,’” she said, laughing. “That was the highlight of the evening for me in a sense.”
But ice cream wasn’t the only crowning moment for Lively this week—the cherry on top was championing Gucci’s Chime for Change project, an initiative co-founded by Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek, and Beyoncé that supports multiple women’s charities and projects dedicated to health, education, and justice. “Women you look up to are giving voices to women who don’t have that,” she said of the power trio. “People’s value is so much greater than the monetary amount they can donate; their awareness and their investment in following the cause, seeing the outcome, and sharing it with other people can exponentially increase the productivity of these grassroots charities.” With the sale of five select Gucci fragrances—Flora, Guilty Pour Femme and Pour Homme, Première, and Made to Measure—consumers will receive a code that can be redeemed on the Chime for Change website and donated to the cause of their choice. (For example: One code can provide two days of education, food, and health care for a student in Kenya.) Lively might lack self-confidence on the crimson carpet, but making an impact both on and off it has never been an issue.
With summer on the horizon, everyone has beachy hair, sun-kissed skin, and dewy makeup on the brain. It’s always a welcome change in our beauty routine, though we can’t help but mourn the winter products we’ll soon have to retire. But based upon the many moody mouths that made their way down last night’s red carpet, we may not be tucking away our burgundy bullets so fast. Two of the major trends that surfaced—vampy lips and retro, side-parted waves—are typically reserved for cooler climes but looked stunning at the relatively balmy (at least in comparison to recent weather we’ve experienced) New York event. Some of our favorite moments? Suki Waterhouse’s classic wine shade; Beyoncé’s gothic hue, which played off her Philip Treacy veil; Adèle Exarchopoulos’ brown-tinged maroon pout; Joan Smalls’ shocking violet deftly paired with a soft braid; and Elettra Wiedemann’s ruby rouge, which matched her glittering gown. Dark lips were an edgy yet elegant choice—perfect for a night that otherwise offered up bow ties and ball gowns.
Retro, side-parted waves upped the glamour quotient even further. Cara Delevingne’s crop top and tuxedo pants (both by Stella McCartney) were far from traditional, but bouncy waves brushed to one side felt undeniably classic. Short-haired stars such as Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon added big, loose curls à la Grace Kelly, and Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, and Riley Keough turned up with long, Veronica Lake-esque ringlets.
Our best tips for sporting these trends through the summer? Skip matte foundation, which would look too heavy-handed with dark lips, and invest in a humidity-blocking spray (like Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray) to keep your retro waves sleek and shiny.
Not to toot our own horns or anything, but Maybelline New York’s freshest face, Jourdan Dunn, was named a Top 10 Newcomer by Style.com when she first arrived on the scene. What can we say, we know a good thing when we see it (as does Beyoncé, who cast the super in her “Yonce” video). And this Brit beauty isn’t just a one-trick pony who knows how to trot down a catwalk—when she’s not starring alongside Queen Bey, she hosts her own cooking show, Well Dunn, on Jay Z’s YouTube channel. (Jourdan, next time you have a dinner party, we hope you save us a place.) As for the answer to the beauty brand’s age-old question: Dunn’s definitely born with it.
Face painter Francesca Tolot is Beyoncé’s go-to makeup artist—and has been since the Destiny’s Child days. She also counts Madonna, Diana Ross, and Elizabeth Taylor among her current and former clients. Helmut Newton, too, frequently called upon her services. NBD. The only time the pro has ever been starstruck was upon meeting Taylor on one of Newton’s shoots. “My mom adored her—she was her idol. She even dressed me like Cleopatra when I was little,” she said. “I took a Polaroid with [Taylor], and I never ask [clients] for a picture or autograph, but I had to do it so I could send it to my mom. To the day she died, she had that photo in her wallet.” I imagine many people’s parents today would feel the same way about Beyoncé. Here, Tolot reveals everything (well…almost everything) you ever wanted to know about the Queen:
Being a Member of the Carter Crew Is Like Working in the CIA: When asked how she kept the visual album under wraps, Tolot said, “The way I do it is I completely erase it from my mind. There are some things I don’t even tell my family, like when she was pregnant. I literally told no one, that way I’m sure if it goes out, it’s not me. It’s not that I don’t trust my family, I just don’t want to put the pressure on them to remember not to talk about it.” So essentially it’s like being an agent in the CIA? I quipped. “Exactly.”
Yoncé’s Tastes—Like Her Music—Have Evolved: Rewind to 2003 and you’ll see Tolot’s influence. “When I first met her [on the set of “Crazy in Love”], she was wearing a lot of makeup, as probably most people did around that time—especially in the music business. That was one thing I brought to her: no-makeup makeup, which made her look and feel good. She knows who she is—it was just a matter of presenting to her. She definitely bought into [the idea] immediately.”
You Have as Many Hours in a Day as Beyoncé: But you’ll never be Queen—even Tolot has never seen a celebrity with so much “drive.” When asked if Beyoncé ever sleeps while getting her hair and makeup done: “No, never. I’ve never seen that happen. She’s not one of those people that comes and falls asleep on set or in the makeup chair.”
Madge and Bey Have More Than Just Their Makeup Artist in Common: Tolot noted that both Beyoncé and Madonna run the show and don’t skimp on the details. “Madonna was always very much in charge in what the final look would be. She was very observant—she would remember if I did the liner one way and the next time I did it [differently]. She would know.”
She Gets Gorgeous on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: As for the toughest place Tolot has ever had to primp Beyoncé: “On a bus on a windy street driving up a mountain—I get car sick. That was with Destiny’s Child when we were in Europe for some promotional tour.” And this coming from the woman who has applied mascara on a landing jet.
There’s More Than One Way to Get Her Glow: Shimmery bronzer or highlighter from MAC and NARS Blush in (what else?) Orgasm are the tools Tolot frequently employs to achieve Beyoncé’s luminous complexion. “Sometimes it’s just not using powder and leaving the sheen of the foundation,” she added. From the neck down, MAC body makeup, NARS Body Glow, and RCK Luminous Body Glow are all frequently on deck.
Queen Bey Is a Fearless Beauty Leader: “There isn’t anything she won’t try. She’s open to whatever it takes to achieve the idea and the result [she’s after]. As far as makeup goes, she’s not scared of anything.” As if I ever had any doubts.