August 23 2014

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9 posts tagged "Clé de Peau Beauté"

Fringe Benefits, Backstage at Rochas


rochasTo say that makeup artist Lucia Pieroni was lashing out backstage at Rochas was an understatement: She was piling on the faux fringe, three lashes per eye. A full set was placed on the top, the ends trimmed off and then stuck back on in the center above the iris. Another false lash was layered on top of that for thickness. Pieroni didn’t skimp along the bottom, either: A set was cut in half and overlapped in the middle. “It’s supposed to be a little messy,” she noted. While the fringe was certainly full, there wasn’t any black liner or shadow used to “hide a multitude of sins,” just a shimmery champagne shadow across the lid and a taupe for shading (both from the forthcoming Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 303). Cheeks were dusted with a bronze-hued blush for “freshness,” and lips were polished off with a flesh tone.

While Pieroni employed a few artificial elements to achieve the “sixties, dolly” look, hair pro Luigi Murenu kept things rather pared-down and simple. “It’s about purity and tact,” he explained of the “sensitive” waves. After applying L’Oréal Professionnel mousse through strands and blowing them dry, he wrapped the mid-lengths around a curling iron. The ends were straightened with a flat iron and the top was kept smooth; the look was polished off with Kérastase Elixir Ultime the Imperial. “As much as women want natural hair, they want quality,” Murenu said. Yes, we want to have our cake and eat it too.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Clé de Peau Beauté Is Finally in Bloom


synactif-cropThe notion of a beauty company venturing into fragrance territory is nothing new. It seems like almost everyone has an eau (including nearly the entire Carter family—I’m calling it now: Blue Ivy is next). But for Clé de Peau Beauté, jumping on the bandwagon just wasn’t its style. It took a previously introduced skincare line (requiring twelve years of research) laced with a scent consumers wanted to wear all over, the thoroughbred of blooms (i.e., the winner of the Best Fragrance Award at the Bagatelle Rose Trials—essentially the Olympics of flowers), and famed perfumer Alberto Morillas (he’s the nose behind hits like Marc Jacobs Daisy and Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò for women) to create the brand’s first blend, Rose Synactif. Good things, as they say, take time—and, in this case, $300. The delicate aroma—which surrounds the prized rose and a jasmine sambac heart with juniper berry and Biarritz hypericum (an herbal plant that hails from France), as well as warm musk and white wood—is also said to “capture the skin’s aura…and draw radiance from within.” Although I can’t get on board with the glow-boosting claims, this sophisticated spritz certainly brightened my spirits.

Photo: Courtesy of Clé de Peau Beauté

Get Catty



In honor of National Cat Day, Uber (a car service mobile app) partnered with (a Web site that specializes in online laughs) to put together a one-day promotion that entails fuzzy kittens arriving at your doorstep for fifteen minutes. In addition to a delightful snuggle, you’ll receive cupcakes from Ace of Cakes for $20 (with all proceeds being donated to local animal shelters). Does it really get any better? I seriously doubt it. But if you can’t get your arms wrapped around one of these covetable creatures that are currently being chauffeured around New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, you can get in on the celebration with this cat-eye look created exclusively for by makeup creative director of Clé de Peau Beauté, Lucia Pieroni. Here, the step-by-step straight from the face painter herself:

1. Apply Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Cream Eyeliner in Deep Black (101) across your top lashes, creating a thin line.

2. Starting at the inner corner, trace along your lashes once again until parallel with your pupil, then drag your brush straight across to form a sharp, upward feline flick.

3. Next, join the outer corner with the bottom line—extending it and filling in any white space.

4. Blend the line with a small, fluffy brush to soften any hard edges. (Note: This also helps make the shape bigger and more dramatic.)

5. Coat the lashes with lots of black mascara and add Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Liner Pencil in Black (201) onto the water line for definition.

6. Complete the look with a glossy nude lipstick. Or, if you dare, opt for a super-pigmented, bloodstained finish by blending Extra Rich Lipstick in Matilda (310) with Red Abundance (311).

Photo: Courtesy of Clé de Peau Beauté; Getty Images

Romantic Imperfection, Backstage at Rochas


rochas-crop“I’m so bored of nice—just over it in a big way,” said the mane man backstage at Rochas, Eugene Souleiman. “[Hairstylists] need to loosen up and live a little.” And loosen up he did, bringing what he referred to as a “couture” sensibility to ready-to-wear hair. The “over-brushed” updos were based off a look he created for Spring 2012 (which featured a fifties egg shape), but this season Souleiman “wanted to make the head and feet do the same thing.” In other words, the Helena Bonham Carter-like styles were designed to flutter like the feather-duster flats and heels. In order to not torture the models’ strands too much, he pinned a teased bun form to the backs of their heads to act as an anchor, then misted all over with Wella Ocean Spritz to lend a “chemically processed” matte finish. Next, he randomly curled pieces with a half-inch curling iron, made tiny braids, and flat-ironed bits before brushing through them and creating a French-twist-like roll in the back (which he would later pull apart). The remaining sections were wrapped around the sides and front, forming a gentle halo of fuzz. Souleiman said of the end result: “It’s chaotic, but it’s beautiful.”

As for makeup artist Lucia Pieroni, she played off the iridescent fabrics and the catwalk music, which began with what sounded like drops of water hitting a hard surface. “It’s like when the Little Mermaid stays out of the sea for too long—she can’t live above ground, so she goes a bit hollow-eyed,” Pieroni said of the dusky tones that were wrapped around eyes. For a dewy base, she prepped skin with Clé de Peau Beauté The Serum, and then applied the deep purple, taupe-y plum, and pink shades from the forthcoming Eye Color Quad in 212 on the lids and lower lash lines, diffusing the pigment with a small blush brush. Cheek Color in 1 (an earthy hue) was dusted lightly along the sides of the face, and lips were slicked with Enriched Lip Luminizer in 226 (launching next Spring). For a “wet” finish, she dabbed Egyptian Magic on cheekbones, lids, and brows to catch the light, similar to the strands of multifaceted, opalescent beads draped twice around models’ necks.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde /

Backstage at Vera Wang: Sporty Skin and Chic Sweatbands


Vera Wang

If Vera Wang herself was to hark back to her figure skating days or take a loop around the reservoir in Central Park, we have a feeling she’d pair her signature black leggings with this hair and makeup look. To play up the athletic theme of the collection, face painter Lucia Pieroni kept things minimal—opting for evenly toned skin and flushed cheeks, using the peachy side of the Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo in #4 on the apples. For an added glow, she dusted the Luminizing Face Enhancer in Sandy Beige over the cheeks and brow bones. Pieroni took a fluffy brush to lids and softly diffused a brown shadow from the Eye Color Quad in Peach Brown (available in February) around the eye for slight definition. For a dewy finish that mimics the effects of “running up a hill in a nice frock,” she added a touch of Egyptian Magic to the high point on the cheeks, Cupid’s bow, and bridge of the nose, then topped off lips with Enriched Lip Luminizer in Watermelon Sugar for that “fresh-bitten” feel.

The hair was equally as minimalist (and gym friendly)—Jimmy Paul blew hair smooth using Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry and a round brush. For thicker textures, he ran a flatiron over the top to sleek-ify. The ponytail was secured a little below the center of the head with a bungee tie, and a black band (a “happy accident” that occurred during the fittings, says Paul) was slipped over the tips of the ears and across the center of the tail. (A similar accessory was seen at both Balenciaga and Nina Ricci for Fall 2013.) Any flyaways were eliminated with Creme Contour (a pliable paste). The hair test couldn’t have been easier, added Paul, as he was only tasked with making strands look polished and “more expensive.” After all, when the Vera Wang customer hits the treadmill, she does it with panache.

Photo: Fabio Iona /