11 posts tagged "Constance Jablonski"
Tom Pecheux, backstage fixture and creative makeup director for Estée Lauder, could hardly contain his excitement last season at Anthony Vaccarello when he described the packaging that was in the works for a mysterious new line of lipsticks. He discreetly referred to the more architectural look and magnetic closures, but considering these types of secrets are strictly confidential in the corporate beauty world, that’s all he could share…until now. The cosmetics giant is launching twenty shades of Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, a formula that boasts time-released hyaluronic acid and multifaceted pigments (available February 24 at esteelauder.com). In this exclusive, the pro reveals all—including the shades he hand-selected to suit the many model faces of the brand.
How would you describe the new Pure Color Envy collection?
When I look at the collection, the first thing I think is the packaging is absolutely divine. Richard Ferretti did an amazing job with the case. For me, twenty colors is the perfect amount. The range captures every woman’s desire. The shades and formula are [traditional] in that they have the high coverage you expect from a lipstick and include a pure red and a perfect nude, but the new technology gives the line a modern twist. It’s like a classic wool dress that is made in cashmere. The new texture and formula make Envy extremely luxurious.
What are your favorite shades in the collection?
As a makeup artist, I cannot limit myself to one favorite shade. It will be the one that fits the person that I am working with on that day.
What do you think a lipstick says about a woman?
Lipstick tells us so many things about a woman. It tells us about her personality. For example, a woman wearing a strong lipstick—bright red—suggests she wants to express a certain power.
What is the best way to apply lip color? Fingertips, brush, or straight from the bullet?
There is no recipe. It depends on the result you want to create. A bullet is the best application because it’s fast, precise, and gives nice coverage. Fingertips create a transparent finish with no precision—more like a stain. A brush is for when you want perfection and a high-quality finish, particularly when you apply a red lipstick.
What are your tricks for making lips appear fuller? Does lip liner help?
Lip liner can help, but for me, a liner only works if it’s a nude or a color that matches the color of the lip. To make them fuller, you can go slightly outside the lip line.
If you have small lips, avoid a dark shade. The darker the shade, the more intense your lips look, but on smaller lips it can give you a mean, severe look. Also avoid very pale lipsticks if you want a fuller-looking mouth.
What is your favorite lip look?
It depends on the woman. But I am totally in love with red as much as I am with nude. I love women who play with makeup to emphasize a quality of their personality or character. That’s why in terms of lipstick, I love colors that have something to say—so either a pale nude, a true red, a dark plum, or a bright color. When it comes to a gentle pink, I understand why women want to wear it, but as a makeup artist, it doesn’t reflect a personality so well.
Which shade in the collection would you choose for each of these Estée Lauder spokesmodels?
Carolyn Murphy: Envious. She loves a red lipstick.
Constance Jablonski: I love it when she focuses on her eyes, so a nude color like Insatiable Ivory works on her lips.
Joan Smalls: I love her in a dark burgundy like Insolent Plum.
Liu Wen: I would go more pink, [one that's] powerful and dynamic. A shade like Dominant would suit.
Arizona Muse: I love her in a red as well, so Vengeful Red.
What do you think makes a woman enviable?
I think Carolyn Murphy pretty much embodies that—gotta love a bad bitch on a bike who knows how to make a serious statement by slicking on some lipstick and revving up her engine.
Ok, not exactly. But for the past two days, I’ve been swept away in a pink bubble—one where everyone is tan (despite that we had our first snow of the season in NYC yesterday morning), has six-pack abs, and never gets cold prancing down a glittery runway in nothing but lacy underpinnings. Plus, these lithe ladies in lingerie actually eat—and I’m not talking about sipping a pressed juice or pecking at trail mix. Behati Prinsloo ordered in a burger last night, I split a tuna melt with Jasmine Tookes, and Joan Smalls didn’t hesitate in front of a plate full of chocolate strawberries. Not to mention, Karlie Kloss had her famous “kookies” on hand backstage. No, it’s not fair, but this is Victoria’s Secret, and all of these elements exist in perfect harmony. Here, the top nine things I learned from first timers (like Sara Sampaio) and winged veterans (such as Doutzen Kroes):
They spoil the surprise. “The second I got home [from the fitting] I told my boyfriend exactly what I was wearing,” said Tookes, whose beau is missing tonight’s production.
They don’t suck it in. “I have a jacket, so I don’t have to suck it in!” boasted Sara Sampaio. “Holding my breath would feel a bit awkward—I think it would show in my face,” added Martha Hunt.
They despise working out just as much as I do. “I don’t mind doing abs, but I hate squats,” revealed Samapaio. “I can’t handle my arms being sore, anywhere else I can deal with,” said Tookes.
They wear heels with robes (but only on game day). “My feet are getting used to the feel [of stilettos] so that the change into the shoes for the show isn’t as big,” explained Doutzen Kroes of her pre-show footwear from Tom Ford. “Plus, I think they’re cute.” But when asked if she wears this look on the reg, she said: “ No, no, no, it’s just for the cameras!”
They fake it. “It feels better to have a little bit of coverage—it’s almost like wearing tights,” Kroes said of her spray tan.
They exercise on the job. “The weight is all the way up top, so it’s hard on my back,” Kroes said of the wings she’ll be wearing on the runway tonight. “But they’re good for your stomach muscles.”
They have the moves like Jagger. No, Adam Levine isn’t performing again. “I was a dancer for ten years, and in college I was actually going to minor in ballet,” said Lindsay Ellingson, who worked with Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful in preparation for tonight.
They do the Queen proud. “I’m most excited for the British invasion segment,” said Jourdann Dunn. “I’m happy to be out there repping for London.”
They wing it. “It’s my fourth show for Victoria’s Secret,” said Constance Jablonski. “The last three times I rehearsed [my end-of-the-runway move], and every single year I got on stage and forgot everything. This time, I’m not planning anything—I’m just going to follow the music and see how I feel.”
It’s a model’s job to play a character—normally, one given to her by a designer or photographer. But on Halloween, the girls (and guys) that wear the clothes call the shots. Above, we recap some of our favorites from last night—from Toni Garrn’s creepy contacts to more than one virgin in black and white (Alina Baikova and Marine Deleeuw, I’m looking at you). And the awards for sweet—not spooky—costumes go out to Maud Welzen (who transformed from catwalker to Catwoman) and Constance Jablonski (i.e., Sailor Moon). However, it was Samantha Gradoville’s over-the-top Marie Antoinette wig, guillotined neck, and risen-from-the-dead smoky eyes that took the cake here on Beauty Counter.
Makeup artists demonstrated their affinity for azure all over the Spring 2014 runways—ranging from “psychedelic pastels” at Anna Sui to sophisticated navy at Anthony Vaccarello. At last night’s Golden Heart Awards in New York City, Constance Jablonski showed her support for the color (and a cause) with a blue-gray shadow that matched her icy eyes. What a winning combination.
There’s been many a hair makeover lately—Coco Rocha, Lindsey Wixson, and Constance Jablonski have all brushed several inches off their shoulders, and our own Brittany Adams spotted Ava Smith sporting buttery strands at several castings (shown at top). And who could forget the Karlie, the bob that got everyone abuzz backstage at the Victoria’s Secret show this past November? All in all, a simple cut-and-color appointment carries a lot more weight when you’re a model—especially if you’re trying to break into the runway scene, like 17-year-old Solomiya Zgoda (shown below Smith), a relatively fresh face at Ford Models from Ukraine.
Zgoda’s agency tasked hairstylist Pasquale Ferrante and colorist Mauricio Bermudez of Ion Studio in Soho with creating an ambiguous look with a balance of femininity and virility. The salon is no stranger to the women of the runway; Ferrante recently chopped model (and girlfriend to Jake Gyllenhaal) Alyssa Miller’s long hair, and the rest of the team has done everything from touch-ups to total overhauls for at least fifty other catwalkers this season. (The place was packed with ladies well over 5′ 9″ when I was there on Friday—and they were certainly too lithe to be basketball players.)
Bermudez’s inspiration for Zgoda’s hue was virgin winter snow—he cocktailed his toner with hints of ash and violet to make it as pastel as possible. “The color has varying tones and an iridescence—like the inside of a seashell or metallic car paint—that looks good under the lights on the runway,” he explains. As for the choppy crop, Ferrante said he wanted to give her something edgy and set her apart from the many girls with collarbone-grazing cuts available to casting directors. According to her agent, Ali Fordham, this platinum pixie has been a head-turner thus far—she’s on option for several shows. Looks like nobody’s putting this blonde baby in the corner for Spring ’14.