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July 31 2014

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4 posts tagged "Cover Girl"

Pat McGrath, Bag Lady

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Pat McGrath has been busy since the Fall shows ended in March. In addition to schooling us in the art of bronzer and spider lashes, the famed face painter has been hard at work consulting on color collections for both Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup and CoverGirl. Somewhere in between, she also managed to design a new collection of makeup bags for LeSportsac, her second for the brand. “They’re all based on the LipPerfection colors,” McGrath said over flavored shaved ice at a rooftop party at the Soho Mondrian last night. Available in three different shapes and colors—pink, berry, and a printed version adorned with lips and lipsticks—the upbeat range is a departure from the makeup guru’s signature wardrobe preference of black and more black. “They’re fun and summery,” she explained—not to mention fantastic organizers, something McGrath knows a thing or two about considering she travels with 75 cases of makeup each season. What’s next for the backstage beauty queen? More makeup bags, for one. “I can’t wait to do the next collection,” she said of her collaboration with the accessories company. And the Spring shows, of course—which, believe it or not, get underway in a short three months. Enjoy the summer while it lasts, fashion warriors.

Photo: Courtesy of CoverGirl

Backstage At Gucci, The Best Disco Divas We’ve Seen Yet

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Full disclosure: All the seventies/Studio 54 references for Spring have become a bit repetitive for us of late. But when that era-specific beauty is re-created with the kind of precision that we saw backstage at Gucci yesterday, it becomes new and exciting again; Jerry Hall and her cohorts could not ask for a more beautiful retrospective than the sleek, polished look makeup artist Pat McGrath and coif master Luigi Murenu churned out for the occasion. Coating models’ hair with John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum, Murenu created deep side parts and secured models’ tresses in ponytails with a leather band (that happened to match the handbags in the show), before braiding and twisting his plaits onto themselves for a coiled chignon. But the real punch came from a smokin’ hot, glossy red mouth that McGrath painted onto pouts with a brush dipped into a mixture of not one, not two, but three different scarlet pigments for the “orangey-red” color she felt was deserving of the navel-baring jumpsuits Frida Giannini sent down the runway. As to avoid making the girls look too “retro,” McGrath focused her attention on dewy skin, using CoverGirl’s as-yet-unreleased NatureLuxe Silk foundation (which she debuted backstage at Anna Sui) and a glossy eye, courtesy of a slick of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream on top of metallic brown eye shadow. Finishing touches came in the form of CoverGirl’s LashBlast Fusion mascara and MAC Lacquer in Shirelle, a cherry red varnish applied to fingers and pedicured toes, which peeped out of crushed velvet and gold python strappy stilettos. In a word, swoon.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Taylor Swift Is Easy, Breezy, Beautiful; And More

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Taylor Swift has been named the latest face of CoverGirl, joining a celebrity roster that includes Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, Rihanna, and Drew Barrymore. It was only a matter of time before someone gave that girl a beauty contract. [WWD]

Jennifer Aniston still looks as good as she did in her Friends days, and although the 41-year-old actress is reportedly “open” to Botox, you won’t see her getting collagen lip injections anytime soon. Instead, Aniston apparently puts sugar granules and a little bit of water on a toothbrush and scrubs her pout for plumpness. If only her sculpted arms were as easily attainable. [OK!]

With knee and hip replacement surgeries over the past few years (not to mention a few nips and tucks here and there), Jane “Feel the Burn” Fonda defied her 72 years this weekend to host the first annual World Fitness Day in Atlanta, Georgia. We’re sorry to report her signature leotard and headband were not in attendance, but she did rock an equally tight, flare-legged onesie. [Daily Mail]

After visiting seven countries to explore the international culture of beauty, the finale of Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty will air tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1. Filmed in L.A., this episode features Panya, the Thai woman who disfigured her face using skin-bleaching cream, returning for a Hollywood-style makeover. It’s guaranteed to be a tearjerker; set your DVR. [Allure]

Photo Chris Pizzello / AP Photo

Beautiful Conformity Backstage at Lanvin

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This weekend proved to be an exciting one at the Paris shows, chock-full of beauty heroics that started at Lanvin on Friday, where black wigs à la Uma Thurman’s mop top in Pulp Fiction took center stage. “The thing about a wig is that it completely transforms the girl. It’s a total fantasy,” hairstylist Guido Palau posited backstage. “They look like tough, dominatrix-y bourgeois Frenchwomen, with a nice little cartoonishness to it.” Palau talked with Alber Elbaz about a host of inspirations for the show’s coifs, including manga, but ultimately waited on the word from the designer to proceed. “Alber is brave, because he said, Let’s just go for it.” The rationale behind his decision? “We live in a time when everyone really wants to look alike, so in that sense I am just holding up a mirror,” Elbaz told Style.com before the show. To give each girl a uniform, glossy look, Palau simply steamed the $39 vinyl wigs he hand-carried to Paris from Ricky’s in New York City. (If you want to get a similar sleekness at home, he recommends a few spritzes of Redken’s Vinyl Glam for extra sheen). Makeup artist Pat McGrath echoed Elbaz’s desire for homogeny with a strong eye and a beige lip. “It’s all about them looking the same, very malachite,” McGrath said, creating a base with CoverGirl Simply Ageless foundation and then applying a custom-made nude lip and a theatrical “aged gold” eye, which she achieved using Cover Girl LiquidLine Blast black eyeliner and a mix of metallic pigments for “flashes of eyes” as the girls walked the runway. Conformity never looked so good.

Photo: Greg Kessler / FirstView.com