54 posts tagged "Christian Dior"
I swear by my brow groomer. Jimena and I have been together for almost three years now and I won’t let anyone else tend to my arches—except, of course, myself, when intense workloads and social obligations conflict with my ability to get to Robin Evans Skincare every three weeks. While I’m fairly confident in my tweezing and trimming abilities (a borderline OCD personality demands bright light, a magnifying mirror, and a very sharp set of Tweezerman tweezers), every once in a while I take it a little too far, plucking one too many hairs and leaving some sparse areas. I still haven’t completely mastered the art of brow powders, pencils, and waxes, but it’s at these moments that I try to hone my skills. Dior’s Diorshow Brow Styler was the subject of my latest trial and error effort; it comes in one universal shade with a brush on the other end for blending. The deep brown color was a surprisingly good match for my onyx hairs once I realized that the trick was to tread lightly when using its ultra-fine point (a heavy-handed application is very, um, apparent and can leave you worse off than when you started). A few quick upward brushstrokes and my brows looked almost as good as if Jimena’s divine hands had shaped them herself. Almost.
I was recently in Paris for a four-day jaunt and did my best to make the most of the trip. Foie gras and fine cheeses were consumed. Euros were spent in the Marais. And I almost witnessed a Jarvis Cocker show at Bataclan, but apparently headliners go on a bit earlier in the City of Light than in downtown Manhattan (a missed opportunity). I also made a point to book an appointment at the new Dior Institute in Plaza Athénée right before I left, where I imagine members of the fashion tribe, weary from couture week, are heading en masse right now. You can’t get more Parisian than a spa associated with the legendary French house, built in the confines of Monsieur Dior’s favorite hotel on Avenue Montaigne, where he shot his couture creations in the 1940′s and ’50′s and treated his best clients to intimate lunches. Sixty-some years later, a flagship for his age-defying skincare line was finally completed last fall, designed with the same luxury that has defined the brand since its inception. It’s an oasis unlike any other I’ve seen, glistening in a white light that seems to go on forever, an optical illusion assisted by a central pool, marble tables, tiled pillars, and mirrored walls. And while there’s something undeniably Zoolander-ish about the five treatment rooms—they’re as white as the lobby and are staffed by an unusually attractive team of aestheticians, also clad in all white—the overall effect is a futuristic tranquility that sets the experience apart before your service even begins. After a diagnosis to determine my “youthfulness profile,” a compulsory back massage was performed as a means of stimulating, re-oxygenating, and draining the body so my skin could fully benefit from the antiaging concentrates applied throughout the treatment. I got the “Just In Time” facial, which targets first wrinkles, and if the 60 minutes of washing, exfoliating, massaging, and pore-tightening weren’t enough, a complimentary makeup application—with Dior cosmetics—made me feel extra-pleased with my complexion as a I boarded my flight back to New York. I even got a compliment from a stewardess, who simply looked at me and said, “You look good.” Money well spent.
We’ve done our part to add to the statement lip discourse currently going on in the beauty world by making an effort to keep you abreast of the shades and products that will help you perfect your pout as vivid color continues to make a comeback. But we’re aware that more often than not, we have expensive taste. By now, readers of this blog are familiar with our affinity for YSL’s gorgeous Rouge Volupté range, which lines our makeup drawer alongside offerings from Makeup Forever, Chanel, and Dior. Truth be told, it’s rare to find a mass product that performs as well as our favorite high-brow models. Which is why this next bit of information is particularly exciting. Rather than downscale its operation in the midst of economic decline, Maybelline has embarked on one of its largest launches to date, unleashing a 48-piece color collection two years in the making of high-opacity lipsticks modeled after successful prestige lines. Color Sensational features four shade groups—reds, pinks, plums, and naturals—with options for every kind of customer. Muted nudes and “safe” mauves will appeal to more conservative types, while bold shades of red, hot pink, and fuchsia will excite the adventurous crowd. For our part, we’ve taken a liking to Coral Crush, as we’ve been searching for the perfect pastel orange to complement our newly bronzed skin (don’t hate on the Jersey shore). For $7.49 at the Duane Reade, it’s a designer knockoff at its best.
The backstage duo of Pat McGrath and Orlando Pita always provides us with plenty of “wow” opportunities when fashion week rolls around (need we remind you of the former’s cupid’s-bow lips and the latter’s Louise Brooks-inspired bangs and bobs with bobby pin embellishments from the Dior RTW show in March?). Both artists seem to possess a singular ability to push seasonal trends to their limits while simultaneously setting up mainstream replication. Their joint effort at the Dior Couture show yesterday was no exception, hammering home a few overarching fall makeup trends that seem poised to make a big impact on the society set that will be vying for John Galliano’s custom creations. We’re talking about repeat appearances from blood orange and deep fuchsia statement lips as well as yet another moon manicure sighting, in a shade of pinkish red rather than the deep burgundy incarnations from last Spring. It’s yet another reason to get your lipstick application skills on point before September rolls around (you might want to leave the manicure to a professional, though).
Couture week is upon us, and with all the pomp and circumstance on the runway and backstage comes an equally impressive front row. And so, for your viewing pleasure, Marion Cotillard doing her duty as a Dior spokeswoman, in a very fetching berry/brick red lip. (How very nineties!) Thoughts on the color choice?