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July 30 2014

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30 posts tagged "Bumble & Bumble"

Town And Country Beauty, Backstage At Burberry

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Christopher Bailey’s Burberry woman has a fairly consistent beauty look. Perfect dewy skin, sepia-toned lids, a nude-rose mouth, and some well-placed highlighted contours are par for the course here, and somehow, the winning combination doesn’t get old—even when it’s given a slightly more specific direction. “He wanted a girl who had been going out in the town all week and then retreated to her country estate for the weekend,” Bailey’s trusted face painter Wendy Rowe said of the “field and country” theme of the designer’s Fall collection. “She loves the excitement of city life, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty in the country.” So how does this translate in makeup terms? With a wind-blown flush and a modern update on the smoky eye, according to Rowe.

Using a palette of Burberry Eyeshadows that corresponded with the colors in Bailey’s clothes, Rowe traced its Dark Sable along the upper lashline to create depth before blending its Midnight Brown across the lid and pressing Mulberry, a burnt berry, into the crease. A few purposeful swipes of its Gold Trench defined the lower lashes. “There are no hard lines, none of the usual heaviness on the lid,” Rowe explained of the beautifully slept-in, diffused halo of neutral tones. The cold snap of a Yorkshire morning played across the cheeks courtesy of Burberry Blush in Earthy, and a mix of the brand’s Mocha Glow and Sepia Pink Lipsticks gave mouths a sumptuous, velvety finish.

Neil Moodie followed suit, “undressing” the hair rather than ramping it up. “She had a big blow-dry to start the week, but by the time she’s reached the country, it’s come undone and the waves have dropped,” the hairstylist elaborated, coating damp tresses with Bumble and Bumble’s Prep and its Thickening Spray before diffusing heat throughout the lengths and breaking up the ends with his fingers. A large curling iron added loose texture at random, while Bumble’s Brilliantine shine cream created additional separation and an expensive-looking sheen.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Bumble And Bumble Gets Pinned

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Bumble and Bumble has long taken a “don’t hide your hair accessories” approach to barrettes, ties, and bands. Fans of the brand will recall its Piet Houtenbos-designed Bb.Bandwheel and Bb.Pinwheel, which launched three years ago with elastics and fasteners in bright shades of aqua, magenta, lavender, mandarin, and green. We just lost our last remaining piece from the set, which is why we were disproportionately excited when its new Pin Tin crossed our desk. This time, the New York-based hair heroes have honed in on stark white hair pins—50 of them to be exact, in four different styles—which have been packaged with a clever guide for how to use the tools for fashion and function. Here’s to another three years of bobby pins that are never boring.

Bumble And Bumble Shoots Straight

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It is not an understatement to say that, even while fraught with controversy, the Brazilian blow-out revolutionized how women deal with frizz and texture. While an arguably dangerous amount of formaldehyde was discovered in its original formula, thus prompting many high-end salons to discontinue offering the straightening and smoothing service (and causing the FDA to take up the case), its legacy just may be that it helped spawn healthier, similarly effective alternatives; such is the power of competition in a free-market economy. Bumble and Bumble is the latest brand to throw its hat into the ever-growing ring of new ways to turn corkscrews into soft waves, making ten-minute blow-outs a reality for even the curliest of girls. In addition to revamping its best-selling Straight styling gel with the new and improved Straight Blow Dry, a heat-activated lightweight balm, the cult-favorite brand has built an entire Straight range that now includes a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner—a first for the company. The most groundbreaking bit of news is the in-salon service Bumble has designed to accompany the new product lineup. Concen-Straight Pro Treatment uses the power of heat to activate a serum rich in pearl, tourmaline, Brazilian green malachite, and sapphire powders, which ultimately loosen the bonds that give hair its natural curve. Polylysine, a naturally occurring amino acid, is then applied to refine the bonds into looser shapes. The results last up to 30 shampoos, so you can customize your smoothing experience—a flat iron will yield super-sleek strands; an at-home blow-out provides a bit more bounce; and air-drying—a real possibility once strands are slathered with Straight Blow Dry Gel—leaves behind an easy tousled look. Most importantly, the whole system is formaldehyde-, cysteine-, and lye-free, which means getting more manageable hair doesn’t have to be a health hazard.

Photo: Courtesy of Bumble & bumble

Bombshells And Neighsayers, Backstage At Kanye West

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As the build up to Kanye West’s premiere womenswear collection finally came to a head last night in Paris, the question of whether or not the rapper-turned-designer could deliver was answered—as were our burning questions of whether his unquestionable savvy for style would translate in beauty terms. “He knows what he wants,” makeup artist Val Garland said of West’s aptitude for shadows and shading after having a powwow with him to come up with a look for his first show. “He also knows what he doesn’t want—nothing too conceptual,” West told Garland. “He wants a woman to look like a woman”—which is why they decided on “Victoria’s Secret sexy.” This meant a dewy, warm complexion courtesy of MAC Sculpt Foundation that was buffed into heavily hydrated skin before receiving a slight contour by way of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder, which was dotted with its Cream Colour Base in Shell along cheekbones for highlight. As has been the preference of many a designer this season—both established and newcomer—West wanted a fifties cat-eye, which Garland obliged using MAC Cream Eyeliner in Black, diffused onto the lid and then reapplied in a thick line with a flick on the end using a small, angled brush. Lashes were given a bombshell-caliber boost with its Pro Lash Mascara and a few individual falsies placed in the outer corners, all while big-name models like Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, and Abbey Lee Kershaw enjoyed some radio jams from Beyoncé—the hip-hop world’s other high-profile friend of fashion.


Hairstylist Laurent Philippon was also going for sexy—but a specifically equine form of it. “I don’t know if I can even show you what [Kanye] showed me for inspiration,” Philippon said mischievously, producing a colored photograph of wild horses with texturized manes out to pasture. Coating hair with Bumble and Bumble Does It All Hairspray, which truly “does it all,” Kershaw joked from Philippon’s chair, the coiffing star braided the entire head into one-inch sections, hot-ironing the plaits and teasing the shaft to create additional texture as he went, before undoing each one and brushing through. Carving out deep side parts, Philippon finger-combed front sections forward and over models’ right eyes before they hit the runway.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Backstage At Burberry, It’s Beauty Business As Usual

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“Classic Burberry” has long been the inspiration backstage at Christopher Bailey’s show, and his hair and makeup team, made up of Neil Moodie and Wendy Rowe, respectively, show up knowing that resistance to the plan is futile. What exactly is “classic Burberry” beauty? “The key word is effortless,” says Moodie. “So it doesn’t feel as though [Wendy and I] have been here at all.” Their presence was more than necessary, though, considering that the kind of deliberate ease they were after happens to be extremely hard to manufacture. Prepping hair with Bumble and Bumble Prep lotion and its Styling Spray, Moodie diffused strands so they dried with a natural texture. Then, using his WAM ceramic curling iron and a few spritzes of Bb Shine Spray, Moodie “tapped out a bit of a bend” through the ends so hair didn’t lay flat but rather appeared as though a gentle gust of wind had swept through it.

Rowe did her part to honor the house’s beauty codes by taking the makeup “back to basics,” with a fresh, light color palette. Mixing Burberry Beauty Sheer Foundation with its Fresh Glow illuminator for sheer, dewy coverage, Rowe added a “wash of color” to lids using its Eyeshadow in Taupe Brown and Almond, dusting a hint of the shimmering beige Pale Barley onto the inner corners to catch the bright runway lights. Lips were treated to a slick of a new-for-Spring lipstick shade in Tulip, a tawny pink, while brows were slightly sculpted to enhance models’ natural shape if they needed enhancing. Model and muse Cara Delevingne’s arches certainly did not. (“I was born with these massive puppies,” she joked when we inquired about her enviable brows. “I do them myself—no threading, just a little tweezing.”) To complete the look, Rococo Nail Apparel’s Ange and Vernice Walker were brought in to paint on a few coats of their new Nude Wardrobe lacquer line, which features six different neutral polishes that coordinate with a range of skin tones. It was—and always will be—a nail-art free zone.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com