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6 posts tagged "Chris Benz"

Vive La France (Gall)!


For his Spring 2011 runway presentation, designer Chris Benz asked makeup artist Daniel Martin to look to famous French pop chanteuse France Gall for inspiration. The beloved yé-yé singer, best known for her Serge Gainsbourg-written hit “Laisse Tomber Les Filles,” was the picture of retro cool with her golden blond bob, winged-out liner, and frosty lips. So too were the ladies that Benz sent down the runway in kicky pleated miniskirts, floral prints, and acid color-tipped separates; the makeup, a palette of mellow pastels, matched the mood. Now, at long last, the lilac-hued Lancôme products that Martin used backstage—and that Julia Restoin-Roitfeld immortalized in her first print campaign for the French beauty brand—are finally hitting shelves. The palest purple in the Color Design Minerale Eye Shadow Quad in Cool Lavande paired with jet black liner nods to the sixties, while the Le Crayon Khol in Ultra-Lavande is a more modern way to wear the regal color on lids. But the star products from Benz’s show—the cool-toned pinkish-purple L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in Lily Rose and the creamy pastel LeVernis nail polish in Violet Groove—are undoubtedly the collection’s highlights. And though they may have both been shown against the backdrop of springy silks and chiffons, they happen to look just as lovely when worn with wool, leather, and, suede—the only temperature-appropriate fabrics for a country-spanning ice storm.

Photo: Clockwise from top left, courtesy of Chris Benz;
K & K Ulf Kruger OHG / Red Ferns / Getty Images; Courtesy of Lancôme

The Lure Of Bronzer; Amy Adams Is Curvy And Loving It; And More…


Another item for our Sun: Love It/Hate It file: Cate Blanchett—who is known for her creamy alabaster complexion—admits that “truckie’s arm” is unavoidable no matter how much SPF you put on in the summer, and that every now and again, even she breaks out the bronzer to simulate a golden glow. SK-II bronzer, of course. [Sydney Morning Herald]

“I wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit.” —Amy Adams on her body, being A-OK with her post-baby figure, and not succumbing to the weight pressure Hollywood puts on new moms. [Daily Mail]

Rihanna: A Year in Hair is now up and running. Remember the blond streak/brunette bowl cut era? Ah, those were the days…. [StyleList]

Someone who will not be getting into any Riri-style hair dye adventures in the new year is Will Ferrell. The comedian recently quipped that it was his idea to dye his hair platinum blonde for his role in Zoolander, but that he will “never do it again.” So…shall we expect to see a brunette Mugatu in the movie’s much-anticipated sequel? [Digital Spy]

Designer Chris Benz, on the other hand, is totally down. “I thought this might only be holiday hair, but I think I’m gonna have it stick around for a while,” Benz has said of his new, multicolored Manic Panic’d strands. [Paper Mag]

Photo: Don Arnold / WireImage / Getty Images

Backstage Skincare Secrets, Revealed


We’ve been devoting much of our time and blogosphere space for the last week and a half to giving you an insider’s perspective on the hair and makeup looks from New York fashion week and beyond. Today, we’d like to give a shout-out to the skincare secret weapons that makeup artists rely on to keep models looking fresh through a nonstop, month-long show season. (Even the beautiful people are plagued by dehydration and breakouts, it turns out.) Here, a short list of their go-to products:

What: SKYN Iceland’s Cleansing Facial Cloths, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, and Pure Cloud Cream.
Where: Spotted backstage at Elise Øverland.
Why: SI technicians were on hand to treat models to mini de-stressing treatments with the aforementioned products, all of which are formulated with a potent Biospheric Complex that provides a boost of vital nutrients from Iceland.

What: Intraceuticals.
Where: Spotted backstage at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief show.
Why: Facialist Michelle Peck and her daughter Tarin performed Intraceuticals’ Rejuvenate Facials on all models backstage. The treatment promotes natural collagen and elastin production and improves skin texture for a visibly smoother appearance.

What: Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Cream and Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex.
Where: Spotted backstage at Derek Lam.
Why: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux coated models’ skin with Lauder’s nocturnal serum, then followed it up with its Re-Nutriv cream for extra hydration to create the perfect base for foundation. Nary a caked-on makeup mask could be found.

What: Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion.
Where: Spotted backstage at Chris Benz.
Why: Trained aestheticians prepped models’ skin with the latest innovation from Clarisonic, which combines classic micro-massage with an additional antiaging serum that works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Noticeably firmer and brighter skin was then ready for makeup artist Daniel Martin’s magic touch.

What: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate.
Where: Spotted backstage at The Row.
Why: Makeup artist Aaron De Mey slathered the serum on models’ faces to create a “lit-from-within” glow, pre-complexion correction.

What: ZENO Hot Spot.
Where: Wherever breakouts flared up.
Why: To promote its Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device, a zit-zapper that uses painless blasts of heat to destroy acne-causing bacteria, ZENO had a “blemish buster” hotline available at NYFW so that models who felt a pimple coming on could call in and have the handheld wonder delivered to the tents, the Altman Building, or wherever clogged pores reared their ugly heads.

Chris & Tell


The day has finally come. After launching a viral contest to name the latest installment of its popular Pout-à-Porter designer series, in collaboration with Chris Benz, Lancôme just debuted its new pink lipstick at Benz’s Spring show. Aptly named Chris & Tell, the buildable shade has been an evolutionary process. “It started out as a nude, then we added orange, and then switched directions and went to pink,” Benz explained. “We actually premixed the final color in Elettra [Wiedemann]‘s kitchen before the Met Ball last year,” celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin added, pointing out that the best thing about the rose hue is that you can control the opacity. “You can wear it light or almost neon—it looks different on everybody.” Martin used the pigment backstage to “dress up the face,” since the focus of Benz’s beauty look was on the skin. “We’re taking the girls on a skincare journey,” Martin said as he generously applied dollops of Lanôome Génifique for that perfect, Cheryl-Tiegs-on-the-cover-of-Sports-Illustrated complexion. “There’s an element of athleticism to the collection,” Benz pointed out, which led Martin to leave the skin fairly clean, “pump up the lashes” with Lancôme Hypnôse mascara, and really highlight the lip. To get your own tube of summery, beachy goodness, call 212-362-4858. Like most coveted items, this one comes with a wait list.

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Lancôme Pulls Out All The Stops For FNO


For its Fashion’s Night Out shindig on September 10, Lancôme wasn’t content to just pour some bubbly and pack up a few gift bags. Instead, it has called on its big guns to meet, greet, and rep the brand hard. A bevy of supermodel spokeswomen, celebrity makeup artists, and socialites will be manning its counters from Soho to the Upper West Side, giving you the opportunity to get spritzed by Daria Werbowy and receive makeup advice from Patti Hansen’s go-to girl, as well as enter to win two tickets to Chris Benz’s show on September 14. Read on to get the specifics.

Under Her Spell

Marking her first personal appearance in the U.S., Daria Werbowy will be at the Saks Lancôme counter from 6 to 7 p.m., previewing its new Hypnôse Senses fragrance, for which she is the face. The perfume doesn’t officially launch until October, but 30 bottles will be available for pre-sale on the night of the 10th. And then there’s the getting to look into those doe eyes up close. (Swoon).

Totally Tubular

Model “It” girl Arlenis Sosa will take a break between designer fittings to pull counter duty at Macy’s Herald Square from 6 to 7 p.m. The newest member of team Lancôme, she will presumably be talking makeup shop (she loves Juicy Tubes), smiling, waving, kissing babies, etc.

Getting Good Face

Celebrity makeup artist and Lancôme Beauty at Every Age Expert Sandy Linter will be serving up tips at Bergdorf Goodman from 6 to 7 p.m. Linter will be giving her usual clients (Sigourney Weaver, Patti Hansen, and Bette Midler) the brush-off to better serve you. Celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor will be at Lord & Taylor doing the same.

Socializing With the Socialite Set

Elettra Wiedemann, one of Sotomayor’s regulars, won’t mind parting with the face painter for the night because she’ll be busy entertaining guests with makeup artist Daniel Martin and designer Chris Benz at Lancôme’s Upper West Side boutique at 69th and Columbus from 8 to 9 p.m. Anyone who signs the waiting list for Benz’s Pout-a-Porter lipstick will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to his Spring 2010 presentation (the first ten people to pull out their pens will get a free Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt). Champagne from Henriot and cupcakes from Magnolia will also abound.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene