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August 29 2014

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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.

Meeting Beyoncé With Our Best Foot Forward

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With sandal-wearing season officially under way, we’ve become much more diligent about our pedicures of late. Full disclosure: We actually went completely bare for the entire winter, opting for natural buffing jobs over bright toes. But last week, pre-Coachella, we chose a neon melon shade from OPI’s Hong Kong collection called A Good Man-darin Is Hard to Find (it’s funny because it’s true—on both counts; a good orange varnish is nearly as impossible to sleuth out as a suitable significant other). And thank goodness we upped the ante; around 5 p.m. on Friday, it all paid off when we found ourselves in a pair of green patent-leather sandals standing right next to one Beyoncé Knowles, who, also clad in sandals, was showcasing a metallic burgundy pedi (her nails were completely Minx’d out). It’s a little bit of a blur, but we’re pretty sure the conversation went like this:

BC: Nice pedicure.

BK: I like yours, too.

Did you get that? Beyoncé, a.k.a Sasha Fierce, a.k.a. Mrs. Jay Z, a.k.a. the most amazing live performer of our time, said she liked OUR pedicure. Needless to say, it has inspired us to stay the brighter-than-bright course. Milani’s New Neon collection and Chanel’s summer pastels are currently on our short list, but there’s another color combo we’re dying to try that we thought we’d share with you as well. We’re calling it the Philip Lim pedicure, as it was featured backstage at Lim’s Fall show. It requires two coats of CND’s Creamy Cameo (an opaque peach) finished off with a French tip in Gold Chrome. That should really wow Ms. Knowles if and when we meet again.

Photo: Nicole Hill / Getty Images

Rouge Coco, Immortalized In Print

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Vanessa Paradis, Kate Bosworth, and Leigh Lezark have all given Chanel’s new Rouge Coco lipstick collection their seal of approval, but Ali Michael’s editorial in the Spring/Summer issue of Lula may just be the best endorsement we’ve seen so far. That, right there, is Michael working one of the wide-brimmed hats from Vena Cava’s Fall equestrian-cool collection, a very well-groomed, full brow, and Rouge Coco in Rivoli—a striking brick red color. Sure, Michael has the pout to pull it off, but the way the pigment’s richness registers in print is convincing us that we too could potentially work the color. (Yes, we frequently fall victim to subversive advertising techniques—especially in the form of well-executed beauty spreads). Do you like the color?

Photo: Catherine Servel for Lula, Spring/Summer 2010