24 posts tagged "Clinique"
The pro: Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow
The product: “My mom passed away quite some time ago. But her beauty regime will stay with me forever. As a kid, I would sit next to her on the floor near her vanity and watch her apply makeup perfectly. It always looked luminous and fresh. She had milky porcelain skin and auburn hair with hazel eyes. When she was in her teens, she over-plucked her eyebrows and they never grew back. So she would always draw in her brows, and then apply her lip color. She only used one shade—it was in her purse, her medicine cabinet, on her vanity, everywhere! She’d pull out this magical silver tube of Clinique lipstick in DuBonnet—a warm, rosy red—and apply it to her upper lip in a heart shape, from the outer corners in, then back and forth on the bottom. She’d finish by dabbing it on her cheeks and blending it into a healthy flush with her fingertips. Her natural beauty came to life at that moment, and I was always in awe of the transformation. This technique has stayed with me as a makeup artist. I love cream blush and have been known to use lipstick on cheeks and my fingers to blend [in makeup]. I try to bring out a woman’s [features] in an effortless way. I still love toasty pink makeup tones, as well as rose scents. (For as long as I can remember, my mother’s fragrance was Tea Rose by Perfumer’s Workshop.) I also have a rose tattoo on my arm. In a way, it’s like my mother is always with me.”
A cult classic from the eighties is returning to counters in full force this month: Calyx. If you wore this iconic scent in its heyday, you already know that it was revolutionary in relation to the heady olfactory hits at the time (i.e., Dior Poison, Yves Saint Laurent Opium, Calvin Klein Obsession, and Charlie, “The fragrance for the fast lane”). Instead of evoking the femme-fatale vibe, this spritz was exactly the opposite: fruity, clean, and decidedly refreshing. The tangy top notes of grapefruit, mango, bergamot, and papaya were juxtaposed with a light floral heart (cyclamen, lily of the valley, and freesia), then rounded out by a base of musk, sandalwood, and vetiver. The finished product was citrusy, green, and instantly recognizable in that decade of excess. The only thing different about the blend this time around is that it’s stamped with Clinique (in lieu of Prescriptives—the Estée Lauder umbrella the fragrance originally fit under), and you likely aren’t pairing it with shoulder pads.
As a brown-skinned beauty writer, I’m often flabbergasted when I’m presented with “nude” or “universal” products that wouldn’t work for any woman darker than Beyoncé (as was the case when I attended a face makeup launch event last week). That’s why the gorgeous new 16 Shades of Beige Collection from Clinique has me downright ecstatic. Like Christian Louboutin’s capsule collection of nude pumps, the limited-edition line challenges the notion of what “flesh-toned” means in the world of fashion and beauty. It boasts eight shades of A Different Nail Enamel and eight shades of All About Shadow, designed to complement a wide range of skin tones from creamy ivory to rich chocolate—it’s a truly wearable concept. Here’s hoping other brands follow suit.
Clinique 16 Shades of Beige, available in December; A Different Nail Enamel, $12.50 each; All About Shadow Octet, $36.
Beauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Jenna Menard, Clinique’s Global Colour Artist
The Product: “Scents can quickly take you back to a time and place. One that does it for me instantly: Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Bath & Shower Gel. It brings back my whole childhood. My mom was a hairstylist and was obsessed with not only my hair looking good but smelling good. Every once in a while, she would break out this shower gel and wash my hair with it. She’d always tell me: ‘It smells better than shampoo, and it won’t hurt your hair if you use it every once in a while.’ To this day, the scent brings back memories of her washing my hair in the salon in our basement. From time to time, my mother gives me a bottle of this shower gel as a gift, and it reminds me of being a child with the best-smelling [strands] in school!
Everyone has a Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion memory. Ours is of the bottle—and the soft, subtle scent—of the iconic pale yellow cube of lotion that sat on our grandmother’s vanity in her Southern New Jersey beach home, where we would spend every summer while growing up. Since its inception in 1968, the first dermatologist-created moisturizer has become the number-one-selling prestige skincare product in America and remains a crucial part of the storied New York brand’s three-step skincare system, providing a veritable drink for parched complexions. But after forty-five years, and plenty of technological breakthroughs and discoveries along the way, even the most cherished essentials need an update. This week, editors, socialites, models and a few very loyal actresses turned up at a soiree in Manhattan to fete Clinique’s brand-new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +. Six and a half years in the making, the rebooted formula retains all of the things fans of the fluid love about it—its silky texture and impressive hydrating capabilities—while adding a host of supercharged new ingredients that have been carefully implemented to increase its overall efficacy. A blend of sunflower-seed cake, barley extract, and cucumber-fruit extract strengthen the skin’s barrier to increase its resistance to environmental aggressors while making sure skin-quenching additions such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin deeply penetrate, almost on impact. Its unmistakable bottle and buttery-lemon color have gone untouched, though, which means you still get that cathartic feeling when you pat it on, only now your complexion looks that much more glowing and healthy with every application.
Available, in late July or early August 2013, at department stores and www.clinique.com.