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Sleeping Easy; Shiseido’s New Antiaging Range for Millennials; and Marie Robinson’s Favorite Brunettes
Research conducted by Chanel revealed women don’t sleep as much—or as well—as they used to. Whether it’s insomnia or a jam-packed schedule that’s keeping you from getting enough zzz‘s, beauty companies and former beauty editors are coming up with new ways to fake a well-rested glow. If you toss and turn, onetime British Vogue beauty editor Kathy Phillips’ collection, This Works, could help. The range includes candles, sprays, and balms infused with lavender, chamomile, and vetiver, all of which naturally soothe restless sleepers. If a dull complexion is more your problem, Phillips’ upcoming night treatments—like No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture and No Wrinkles Tired Eyes—include hyaluronic acid, retinoids, and water-absorbent cactus flower to hydrate and plump your skin overnight.
They say it’s never too soon use antiaging products, and Shiseido is making it easier for millennials to get started. The company’s newest product line, Ibuki, targets women ages 25 to 34 and aims to combat the “typical” twentysomething lifestyle: lack of sleep, oily skin, visible pores after a night on the town, and poor nutrition. The line has seven products, all of which include Shiseido’s innovative PhytoResist Complex, which inhibits cell shrinkage and boosts moisture in surface cells with trehalose and white nettle. The collection is reasonably priced, ranging from $24 to $45, but if you’d rather give it a test run, a Starter Kit containing two-week supplies of the Gentle Cleanser, Softening Concentrate, and Refining Moisturizer goes for $25.
Who says blondes have more fun? Celebrity colorist Marie Robinson, whose clients include Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, and Liv Tyler, says the color of the season is brown, but with a unique twist. “It’s about enhancing, not extremes,” she says. From Emma Watson’s shimmering beachy brown to Salma Hayek’s rich mahogany, Robinson narrowed down her list of favorite brunette celebs. The key, she says, is to stay within two shades of your natural color—and get a really good haircut, of course.
While there were plenty of sleek chignons (Dior) and glossy blow-outs (Giambattista Valli, as well as Naomi Campbell’s Atelier Versace cameo) at the recent Couture shows, rockabilly pompadours made a bigger punch. Backstage before Karl Lagerfeld’s spectacle at the Grand Palais, hairstylist Sam McKnight explained that he used “quite a lot” of hair spray to mold the models’ “Grace Jones flattops,” which were echoed, albeit in a softer way, later that day at Bouchra Jarrar. We noticed similarly teased and slicked-back looks—seen on models Katlin Aas and Anne Verhallen—in the Fall ’13 Miu Miu campaign released earlier this week.
Photos: Getty Images / GoRunway.com / Courtesy of Miu Miu
Few fashion-show teams work the way Karl Lagerfeld, Sam McKnight, and Peter Philips do; like the designs in Lagerfeld’s Chanel Couture collections, the accompanying hair and makeup looks also come directly from his sketches. “Literally he [draws] with makeup,” Philips said of Lagerfeld’s proclivity to pick up lip pencils and powders instead of pens and crayons, which is where the precise idea for the beautifully faded Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Plum Attraction that Philips applied along the temples, and on the very tops of models’ cheekbones, came from. “[Karl] also made a really strong eyebrow,” according to Philips, so the makeup artist followed suit crafting a “smoky brow,” rather than a smoky eye, diffusing the darker brown shades from Chanel’s forthcoming Les 4 Ombres eye shadow quad in Mystere through arches to keep them thick and sculpted. “It looks a bit futuristic with the set and the theme of the show,” Philips continued, describing the impressive build-out inside the Grand Palais as a “destroyed movie theater with elements of sci-fi.” A thin stroke of Chanel’s Le Crayon Khol in Noir along the outer corner of the upper lash line and a light dusting of the pale gold shade from the same eye palette across lids ensured that even guests in the makeshift auditorium’s cheap seats could catch a glimpse of Philips’ handiwork.
What may have been less obvious from the old-timey wooden chairs that were carefully assembled in the show space was the lack of a noticeable nail color on models’ fingertips, a detail that has become something of a Philips signature over the years. In its place was a newfangled approach to nail art in the form of rings that clipped around the actual nail bed and along each knuckle on models’ fingers.
Sam McKnight was working with his own bit of bling—or “back bands” as he referred to the crystal-encrusted demi-lunes that sat above long ponytails treated with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Hairspray for a hint of definition after all the kinks had been worked out with ghd’s Eclipse straightener. “It’s a Grace Jones flat-top,” McKnight said of the front half of the dual-sectioned updo, which in some cases was accessorized with a square silhouetted hat, and boasted hints of 1950s rockabilly and eighteenth-century masculine quiffs, “with a huge element of Karl in there as well,” McKnight insisted. Using just models’ natural hair—no extensions—and “quite a lot” of Pantene Touchable Hairspray, the coiffeur admitted that he had chosen the labor-intensive path. ”Wigs are easy; this is very difficult.”
Cream blush is a summer staple. The sheer texture is just right for days when you don’t want to put anything too heavy on your skin. Chanel has held out for quite some time in this category but will finally release its first-ever Le Blush Crème de Chanel this month. The airy formula goes on with a balm-like texture and dries into a powdery finish that provides staying power in the heat. Standouts from the eight-shade collection include Destiny, a golden beige that’s ideal for contouring and sculpting cheekbones, and Présage, a sunny apricot that when topped with bronzer lends a beachy glow to any skin tone. Chanel makeup artist Angela Levin has been road testing lab samples—and quickly burning through her limited supply with one client in particular. “I’ve been using them on Jen Aniston, and she won’t leave me alone about them! She loves them. I use Affinité [pictured] on her. It’s an intense blue-pink that looks very bright, but once you blend it in with a brush or your fingers, it’s actually very soft,” she said. As for what to pair it with, look out for eight lipstick shades, in corresponding hues, coming soon.
Available in July, at department stores, specialty stores and www.chanel.com.