3 posts tagged "Bourjois"
The pro: Laurice Rahme, founder of Bond No. 9 fragrance
The product: “When I was 24, I was living in Paris and working in the antique business. I remember visiting the Porte de Clignancourt flea market and finding this gold-and-black refillable lipstick case. It was the mechanical kind that you had to push up or down, and it was probably from the forties or fifties. Inside, there was a red lipstick from Bourjois, which had such a specific smell. You could only find this smell in old, old lipsticks—a mixture of rose and candy. Almost like you had a candy in your mouth, and then inhaled rose. Because I was young, I dared to use the lipstick, but I did use a brush and tried it on the back of my hand first. The color was a true red, a blood red. I loved it, and I’ve been wearing red lipstick ever since. That smell of the Bourjois [tube] stayed with me so much that I even captured it with one of my own fragrances: Bryant Park, which has a strong scent of rose and raspberry as the candy sweet note, along with pink pepper. I still have that original case, and I’m sure it cost peanuts. I didn’t have much money at the time, so it was probably the equivalent of a few dollars. But now I think it looks very expensive!”
Beauty Nostalgia is a new weekly 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: Dick Page, makeup artist and artistic director for Shiseido.
The Product: “I discovered Bourjois Cendres des Roses Brune in the eighties when the Bourjois brand first launched outside of France in England. At the time, I had no money at all and there was a very kind sales associate at the Boots in Bristol, England, who always provided me with samples and old testers. Cendres des Roses Brune, which translates to ‘brown ashes of roses,’ was this incredible, slightly old-fashioned, grayish-red tone of blush, and it was so completely luxurious to me. It wasn’t really about the application but about how it felt to use the product. At the time, I was using mostly theatrical and drugstore makeup brands since that was all I could afford. So the Bourjois blush was magical, almost like a step into a different world, and it felt very elegant and grown-up to apply. I think it expanded my horizons in the way that I thought about the possibilities around color. I no longer have the original—I owned it back when God was a boy. But now, in my career with Shiseido, I look to create colors that can offer this same sophistication.”
Two weeks into the Spring shows, and there are two dominant decades from which designers seem to be culling inspiration, which has had a sweeping impact on backstage beauty looks as well. While New York’s collective homage to nineties minimalism gave us the simple, no-makeup makeup that threatened to cast a “contours, not colors” spell over the season when things first got under way earlier in the month, an undercurrent of support for the sixties has meant a renewed focus on last season’s eyeliner love, which has been reimagined with a surprising pigment preference: blue. It has come in bright shades of aqua at shows like Clements Ribeiro, where makeup artist Cassie Lomas channeled the “innocent beauty” of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom with a slick of Bourjois Metallise Eyeliner Pencil in Bleu Clinqiant, and Moschino Cheap And Chic, where Hannah Murray gave psychedelia an “urban kick” by etching MAC Pro’s Ultra Chromagraphic Pencil in Marine beneath the lower lash line. “[Michael Kors] just wanted to do an eye thing,” Dick Page explained of his similarly hued “floating lines” at the designer’s show, which he drew in a banana shape through the crease. Predictable shades of black got more competition from midnight iterations as well at shows like Mary Katrantzou, where Val Garland fashioned an inky elongated almond line with a blend of MAC Lipmixes in Blue and Red, and perhaps most notably at Altuzarra. “I think it’s so chic,” Tom Pecheux said of MAC’s Technakhol Pencil in Auto-de-blu—”a royal blue,” he declared backstage at the designer’s show—which he brushed along upper lash lines to a squared-off edge. That right there is endorsement enough for us.