40 posts tagged "Dior Beauty"
In preparation for last night’s Dior International It Girl event in Paris, where style-savvy social media darlings gathered from all over the globe to toast the new Addict Fluid Stick and Vernis range, Hannah Bronfman teamed up with the house’s glam squad—international makeup artist Violette and newly crowned international nail designer, Anatole Rainey. Together, they crafted her look from head to perfectly polished fingertips (one of which was painstakingly bejeweled with Swarovski crystals) before Bronfman spun the night away in the DJ booth and on the dance floor. Here, her beauty play-by-play.
Rainey offered up his forthcoming favorite polish while he worked: Sailor, a blue lacquer from the limited-edition Transat collection (on counters in April). “To me, that’s the new red. It goes with everything, but it’s very chic, very Dior.” His one no-no? “Matching your outfit to your nails. They need to stand out, like an accessory.”
“She’s wearing a spectacular yellow top with hints of pink, so we decided to go with the pink,” Rainey explained. Make that nearly half the pinks in the Dior Vernis Couture Color collection. He painted each nail a different shade, creating a soft ombré that culminated in Mirage (#338) on Bronfman’s right hand and a shower of Swarovski crystals on the tip of her left ring finger.
“When I see Hannah I feel like she is cool and young and fresh, so she doesn’t need much makeup,” said Violette.
The face painter amped up the fun factor with the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Pandore and Mona-Lisette. “I love things that are in between, it makes a more surprising color,” she said. “[Pandore] is bright without any heaviness,” she said, dabbing a few finishing touches on Bronfman’s lips. “It’s beautiful on Hannah’s skin, but this shade is truly universal.” She swears by the formula’s holding power, too: “When I tested this, I literally ran from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with only one quick touch-up.”
To keep the focus on the lips, Violette kept the rest of Bronfman’s face quite sparse, brushing a little taupe-gray eyeshadow over her lids. “You want it to look natural, not like makeup,” she said.
“Sometimes I get nervous, but for some reason I’m not today,” said Bronfman in her suite at the Hôtel Marignan. As for the evening’s musical lineup, she said, “I’m just going to go and see who’s there, what the crowd’s like, and come up with something. I usually play a good mix of things, like maybe some oldies and some new dance-y songs.”
For her hour-long DJ turn, Bronfman said, “I really wanted something to stand out a little bit.” Thus, a strapless yellow top was the perfect fit. “I thought that putting the accent on my face would be really nice while I’m standing behind a big black computer!”
When Anatole Rainey, the freshly appointed Dior International Nail Designer, first came to Paris, it was to learn French. As fate would have it, he found himself behind the scenes at fashion shows and on shoots, putting his hobby—painting—to work for the likes of Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, and Gisele Bündchen. “I just started helping out a manicurist friend and it kind of turned into a job,” he explained with characteristic modesty.
And not just any job. Today, Rainey splits his time between his native London and Paris, where he brings his considerable talents to Dior’s ever-expanding line of lacquers. “The relaunch of the Dior Vernis polish is exciting because I love color, shine, and shading. It has the finish of a gel, and the adhering power of techno polymer glass technology,” he said, bringing it all back down to earth with, “[This new formula] really grabs onto the nail.”
Rainey’s not giving anything away, of course, but already the limited-edition Nail Artistry Box (launching April 1 in Europe) makes it possible to paint Monsieur Dior’s favorite symbols—such as stars and clovers—onto the nail. (One of his favorite looks for summer: sailor blue stars on an otherwise transparent nude manicure.) “Some people love 3-D nail art, but I like to interpret it in a slightly more chic way. It’s more graphic and simple,” he said, adding, “Let’s just say there’s more to come than nail polish.”
The Quandary: How do I tell my best friend her foundation doesn’t match, without hurting her feelings?
The Expert in Residence: Ricky Wilson, Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist
The Advice: “This is something that I have had to do on many occasions, and it is a very sensitive subject. I have tried a few different approaches. I sometimes ask something like, ‘Hey, did you go tanning?’ If the answer is yes, I say, ‘Oh, so you are wearing the same foundation? Perhaps you should try to deepen it with a little bronzer or blush.’ This normally prompts them to start asking questions like, ‘Is my face too light?,’ and you can easily say, ‘Yes, it’s a tad bit light, but it’s OK, because we know how it’s a big no-no to tan the face.’
“If you have a friend that is obsessed with being dark, so they wear foundations that are many shades deeper than their skin tone, you can say, ‘Hey, I read somewhere that foundation darkens as the day goes on. Also, I found out that it’s best to add color to the face with self-tanners and bronzer because going darker with foundation on a lighter skin tone will usually result in an orange cast.’ I would say that the only reason you are mentioning it is because you care and want to share the info you learned.
“Another thing that works is going on a girls’ makeup-shopping trip. Have someone do your friend’s makeup, and right after the foundation goes on, just start spazzing at how fantastic she looks and how the color of the foundation is a perfect match. Say something like, ‘OMG! I can’t even tell you have foundation on now. It’s so perfect!”
Among the few celebrities whose red carpet moves we have historically tracked closely for beauty inspiration, Carey Mulligan ranks fairly high. Besides being remarkably easy on the eyes, the actress has mastered the fine art of elegance with a twist, both in her dress and beauty choices, when she hits the red carpet. For the latter, Mulligan has Aussie-born makeup artist Georgie Eisdell to thank. Eisdell, who kicked off her makeup career in Sydney while still a teenager, quickly climbed the beauty ranks, becoming an editorial darling and favorite among a coterie of style-savvy celebrities including Mulligan, Dianna Agron (with Eisdell, left), Diane Kruger, Christina Hendricks, and Saoirse Ronan. With Gatsby just hitting theaters, the past two weeks have seen Mulligan pounding the red carpet circuit hard. “My favorite looks for Carey vary,” shares Eisdell. “Her skin is incredible so I always love to enhance that and give her an extra glow. She is quite a chameleon so it makes it very easy for me; everything suits her.” Eisdell’s go-to red carpet products for Mulligan? “Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels; I use them on all my clients because they cool, de-puff, and tone the skin,” she says. “I love my Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen, too. I use it under the eyes to brighten the area and it’s so fine that it doesn’t cake. Lastly I can’t do without my La Mer The Powder; it sets makeup and is kind of my secret weapon to glowing skin.” Here, Eisdell shares some of the beauty bets she reserves for her own big nights out—and the daily grind in between.
The Balm Par Excellence: Lucas’ Papaw Ointment
“This is from Australia and is literally the best lip balm on the planet. There is nothing that heals chapped lips better. It is also amazing for bites, burns, and it’s great to put on dry elbows. The other thing I love to use this product for is when you are breaking in new shoes: Rub a little on the inside of the shoe where it rubs, and you find yourself blister free with perfectly broken in shoes from day one.”
Available at www.newlondonpharmacy.com.
The One and Only Moisturizer: Crème de la Mer Soft Cream
“I cannot live without this moisturizer. It is perfect for every season; I feel like it injects moisture into my skin instantly. It feels light, yet gives so much hydration. It’s the perfect base for makeup!”
Available at www.cremedelamer.com.
The Desert Island Beauty Product: Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium
“If there was only one product I could have, this would be it. This bronzer is so light on the face; it doesn’t have a powdery finish so it can be used over powder, or on clean skin. The color is perfect! It’s so natural and never makes people look over-tanned or orange. It adds the perfect amount of sun-kissed color to the face.”
Available at www.bobbibrown.com.
The Cleansing Necessity: Clarisonic
“This is the only way to wash your face fully. Other than it being a really chic looking appliance, it cleans the skin so well without being too harsh. It removes significantly more dirt, loosens impurities from your pores, and it leaves you so smooth and glowing.”
Available at www.clarisonic.com.
In this, the age of the statement-lip and nail-art resurgence, I find myself more and more choosing subtlety over extravagance. Call it an austerity measure; as much as I’ve loved glossy fuchsia pout perfectors and contrasting hand designs etched with polish pens in the past, I have a hard time getting excited about them these days, drawn instead to cosmetics that enhance, rather than overpower. It’s precisely because of this that Dior’s new Lip and Nail Glow have found a special place in my product arsenal. Meant to slightly bump up the natural pink color of your lips and tips, the Nail Glow applies with a shiny rose finish that provides an impossibly healthy quality, while the Lip Glow serves a similar purpose, albeit in emollient gloss form. Both are impactful, without ever being over-the-top—which reminds me of a very quotable sound bite Guido Palau once gave me backstage at Saint Laurent, circa Fall 2011: “It’s the little things that give the big kind of chicness.”