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July 31 2014

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281 posts tagged "Chanel"

YSL Tips The Scale

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Over the last few years, Chanel has established itself as the brand for fashion-forward nail polishes, and the interesting shade of pale baby blue that Peter Philips debuted in Saint-Tropez this week is an indication that the house has no plans of slowing down the trend-setting anytime soon. But YSL is poised to give Chanel a run for its money. The Beauté arm of the iconic fashion label had one of spring’s surprise hits in its Mauve Silk lacquer, a pale lavender that sold out almost immediately upon hitting counters. For summer, it has added two new limited-edition shades to its gold-capped offerings, Ultra Violet—a true fuchsia—and Ultra Orange, a sheer mandarin varnish that almost has the quality of a jelly polish, in that it goes on sheer and can be built for opacity or layered with other colors for texture and dimension. Hopefully, YSL stays the innovation course; having a wealth of obscure, designer nail colors to choose from can only spell good things for the industry—and our own personal mani/pedi experience.

Photo: Courtesy of YSL Beauté

Vacation Beauty How-Tos, Courtesy Of Chanel

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“Relaxed girls who are enjoying their holidays” is how Chanel’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, described the effortless, natural beauty look he whipped up in Saint-Tropez last night for the house’s resort collection. So, how best to get the sunkissed complexions spotted on Georgia May Jagger and co.? That would be Vitalumière Aqua, a new lightweight foundation from the brand set to bow in a few months, blended with a few drops of Soleil Tan de Chanel, the popular bronzing fluid from its spring color collection. On the eyes, Philips dipped into his Ombres Contraste Duo eye shadow in Taupe-Délicat, working the shimmering beige hues across lids before softly brushing up models’ brows. Final efforts included coating pouts with an as-yet-unreleased pencil rather than a lipstick or gloss, a few coats of mascara, and multiple pumps of a new Chanel eyelash curler, which was also gifted to Vanessa Paradis, Diane Kruger and other members of the audience. As for the hands, where most Chanel beauty acolytes direct their attention when Karl Lagerfeld’s sartorial extravaganzas begin, nails were painted with baby blue polish for what Philips referred to as “a touch of playfulness.” The lacquer only serves to further demonstrate Philips’ newfound dedication to pastel varnishes, and will hit stores (and wish lists) at the end of the year.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Beach Hair On—And Off—The Sand

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What is it about the incipient summer that spawns a desire for piece-y, languid waves? For us, it’s memories of beach hair past and pictures like these that make us recall how great it feels to eschew the blow-dryer and the smoothing creams in favor of salt sprays, texturizers, and plain old air-drying. Last night, Mary-Kate Olsen and Georgia May Jagger offered up their own no-fuss versions of the seasonal style. Olsen went with a middle-parted, matted-down incarnation at the premiere of Holy Rollers in New York, while Jagger opted for a side part with a little bit more body at Karl Lagerfeld’s film presentation party in Saint-Tropez. Both serve to remind us that natural coiffing techniques can be just as effective as more manicured manes, while also conjuring a little bit of personal jealousy, since we’ll never know what it’s like to be a sandy blonde (damn you, olive complexion). Whose low-maintenance look do you like better?

Photo: Peter Kramer / AP Photo (Mary Kate); Courtesy of Chanel

Makeup Bag Check: Abbie Cornish

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The Mission: Give Abbie Cornish a fresh and pretty beauty look for Chanel’s dinner in support of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Program at the Odeon last night.

The Makeup Artist: Jeanine Lobell for Chanel Beauty.

The Face: Lobell used a minimal base, choosing to focus her energies on Cornish’s cheeks. A concentrated dose of Chanel Rose Dust Powder Blush really showcases the way Cornish’s apples light up when she smiles.

The Eyes: To bring out her green peepers, Lobell went with a purple liner, Chanel’s Eye Definer pen in Violet Smoke, brushing a few coats of its Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Magic Night—a deep brownish plum—across her lids. Multiple slashings of Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara in Noir, on both the upper and lower lash line, helped make Cornish’s eyes “pop.”

The Lip: Peter Philips’ much-discussed new Rouge Coco Lipstick line made yet another red-carpet showing here, as Lobell reached for its Organdi Rose shade, a shimmering pink that added a little oomph to Cornish’s natural lip color.

The Result: Selma Blair, Kristen Bell, and Zoë Kravitz were also there, but all eyes were on Cornish. With rumors swirling that she has moved on from Ryan Phillippe to Josh Hartnett, inquiring minds want to know, well, everything.

Lip Care To Put On For Takeoff

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Not to brag, but I have a unique ability to fall asleep immediately upon sitting down on an airplane. It requires no mini bottles of Sutter House Chardonnay or even a Xanax prescription—it just happens. And it’s a blessing, except when I wake up as the cabin crew is preparing for landing, with mouth totally parched and lips completely chapped. To ward off the latter of these issues, I brought along a secret weapon when I flew this weekend: Chanel’s new Hydramax + Active Lip Care. It utilizes a high-performance form of Ceratonia, an emollient extract from the ground seeds of ripe carob, blended with shea butter and cottonseed oil to impressively nourish extremely dry lips. It goes on kind of greasy, which I like, leaving a lovely shine before drying down to a satiny, soft finish. Sadly, the swollen red eyes and skin indentations I had on the right side of my face from passing out on my jacket were less easy to remedy.