249 posts tagged "Chanel"
Peter Philips is known as the master of makeup invention, and when it came to the eyelashes at Dries Van Noten, he certainly spun standard string into beauty gold. After evening out complexions with foundation and powdering the skin, he dusted Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Ivory (a pearl tone with a hint of shimmer) to provide lids with “a bit of depth.” Then he added sparkle to lashes via metallic thread. “You can never find a gold mascara that does this, and [false] lashes look too drag queen-y,” Philips explained. After snipping the delicate cord into small pieces with a pair of manicuring scissors and dotting models’ natural fringe with eyelash glue, he placed the tinsel-like fibers individually with a pair of tweezers. To frame the face and make the eyebrows uniform, Philips traced slightly outside arches using the Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in a shade slightly darker than each girl’s hair color; taking away the curve and replacing it with an elongated and angular shape. Lips were toned down with a touch of base just before showtime.
Sharp side parts inspired by Tamara de Lempicka (an art deco painter with Polish roots) and Loulou de la Falaise (Yves Saint Laurent’s muse) were gilded with a mix of hair wax and gold leaf. Hairstylist Sam McKnight washed hair with Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo so that it was free of product or shine that would detract from the graphic stripe. He used a steel tail comb to divide the hair from left to right, then worked Sebastian Mousse Forte through the top section and brushed strands behind the ears with a Mason Pearson. A net was pressed over the crown, hit with a blow-dryer, and set with hairspray. The length was left “raw” and misted with water to revive any natural texture. The end result was a look that would make King Midas proud.
Everything is going digital these days—a fact acknowledged by Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi this season. The concept was infused into the collection via graphic shapes rendered in close-cropped fur and bold blocks of chiffon, while face-painter Peter Philips translated the creative director’s “digital code” into one distinctive hit of “chemical peach” on the lips, a shade inspired by the show’s invitation (pictured above). After outlining the mouth with Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil in 18C, he filled it in using Rouge Artist Intense in 39 straight from the tube. “It’s a bit of an odd [hue] that has a very classic feeling—it could be a sixties lipstick,” the face-painter explained, “but it’s also very futuristic looking.” The rest of the face was devoid of color, using foundation and powder not only to lend a “satin-matte” finish to models’ complexions, but for practical purposes as well: “It’s easier to brush the [clippings] from the wigs off of this type of texture,” he said. After running a thin stripe of Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ébène across the upper rims, he curled the top lashes and locked in the shape with Inimitable Waterproof Mascara.
The short and choppy mop tops, created by hairstylist Sam McKnight, were influenced by Lagerfeld’s original sketch, Linda Evangelista in the eighties, the Beatles, and “a little Japanese thing thrown in,” he said. To blur away the individual and create a singular army of Fendi-bots, black wigs were fitted to each girl and tailored into a bowlish shape using a razor. “I wanted to keep it looking wiggy,” McKnight added. “Not kid people into thinking this was real hair.” The imperfect crops were finished with a liberal dose of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for a “fluffy, not dirty” finish. If the Kaiser and the King of New York (Marc Jacobs) have given the bowl cut the green light, perhaps it’s time to think about using your dishware for things other than cereal, and replacing the spoon with a pair of scissors. Or maybe just trying the trend on for size at the nearest wig shop…
Things are beginning to feel downright autumnal here in NYC, and the days of a sun-kissed summer glow are on the wane. Despite a near-religious devotion to SPF, summer lends my (very) pale complexion an elusive warm quality that’s nowhere to be found from October to March. My response to winter skin woes? Le Blush Crème de Chanel and Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Cream Tint. These buttery formulas glide on with ease before setting to a satin finish that’s neither too dewy, nor the dreaded powdery finish so prone to highlighting parched skin. I’m loving Chanel’s Fantastic, a cool-toned berry shade that’s perfect for fall, and Koh Gen Do’s coral pink. But approach with caution—despite their lightweight nature, the Blush Crèmes pack a serious punch pigment-wise. Just a touch applied with fingertips or buffed in with a stippling brush is all you’ll need to return to your summer glory.
CAMELLIA (kuh-meel-yuh) /n. / 1. Named after G. J. Kamel (also known as Camellus), a Jesuit botanist who brought it from the Philippines to Europe in the 1700s, this genus of flowering plants is a member of the family known as Theaceae. It’s characterized by having glossy green leaves and white, pink, or red rose-like blooms, and is found in eastern and southern Asia; / 2. Called chahu in Chinese, meaning “tea flower,” this plant’s leaves (the finest of them being from the C. sinensis species) are used to make an aromatic hot beverage popular in places like Japan and Korea; / 3. A sweet seasoning used by millions of people to cook, most notably in southern China; / 4. The iconic symbol chosen by Coco Chanel to represent the legendary French fashion house; / 5. Traditionally used by geishas to hydrate everything from their hair to their fingernails, this oil rich in antioxidants and fatty acids extracted from the plant’s seeds helps restore skin’s natural balance and lock in moisture. E.g., “Camellia does a body, a quilted bag, and your skin good.”
Try It: Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil for face, body, and hair, $125, www.tatcha.com.
In addition to some much needed R&R, I find a short weekend getaway serves as the perfect platform to try new beauty products—especially when they are as TSA-friendly as those shown above. Here’s how I switched it up on my days off:
Chanel CC Cream, $55: Launched first in the Asian market, this CC Cream has finally made its way Stateside. While I’ve grown tired of the alphabet-soup beauty game (the number of BB, CC, and now DD creams available is overwhelming), this featherweight formula from Chanel doesn’t disappear into skin or look cakey like other brands I’ve tried. Instead, it creates a fresh-looking complexion and contains soothing cornflower water, moisturizing hyaluronic acid, broad spectrum SPF 30, and fine line-fighting Rejuvencia (an ingredient derived from a marine microorganism that stimulates the production of collagen). Even better: The single-step cream (available in one shade that flatters most skin tones) comes housed in a one-ounce tube that seamlessly slips past security.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Perfection à Porter, $150: In my opinion, nothing shows the signs of dehydration, stale plane air, and a red-eye flight like the ultrathin skin around your eyes and on your lips. Hence, the cult-favorite Swiss brand has developed a two-level compact: One compartment contains a lip balm that hydrates and stimulates volume with clove essential oil and dehydrated hyaluronic-acid microspheres, and the other houses an eye-contour cream-gel, which boasts those same hyaluronic-acid microspheres to plump, silicone to smooth fine lines, and a fluorescent compound that diffuses light and blurs imperfections.
MCMC Fragrances The Stories Collection Samples, $35: In addition to a good book and a hefty load of September issues, I packed the sample pack of seven eaux de parfum from Brooklyn-based boutique MCMC Fragrances. Each tiny vile takes you on a different olfactory journey—my favorite being Love (which implores notes of Japanese yuzu citrus, French sweet basil, and Chinese magnolia to represent the “fireworks” and “rush of crazy dancing” associated with the first time you discover the emotion). The “nose” behind the brand and blends, Anne McClain, believes that personal stories can be captured through the invisible art of fragrance, and this mini series certainly doesn’t disappoint.
This weekend may already be a distant memory, but I plan to spice up my everyday routine with the bounty from my most recent beauty holiday.