38 posts tagged "Dior Beauty"
When the models walked out at Raf Simons Spring Dior Couture show, their makeup caused just as may gasps as the beautiful gowns—with pockets!—that Simons sent onto the runway. “Are those…crystals? On their lips?” many in the audience wondered of the texturized shine flickering on models’ mouths (they were), which was followed by a few awe-inspired coos over some of the most precise flicked-up cat-eyes on record. How were they created? With the Diorshow Art Pen, we’d learn later, which was but a dream back in January. This month, however, the rich onyx felt-tip pen with the perfect point hit shelves making gorgeous winged liner applications newly possible—but not necessarily any easier; the essential tool gives you everything you need to expertly rim your upper lash line, except, of course, an expert hand. When paired with another new release form the brand, however, that shouldn’t matter much. Dior’s Flash Corretor Pen is so genius, we squealed a little as we removed it from its glossy black box. The double-sided wand features a makeup remover-soaked eraser tip on one side, and three replacement heads on the other, so you can sculpt any semblance of a straight stroke into a real, runway-ready achievement. Bonus: The life-altering stick also works wonders on the lip line and underneath lids to catch mascara smudges throughout the day.
New Year’s Eve offers up a prime opportunity for out-of-the-box beauty as the pressure of concentrated, holiday family time fades away and an excuse to have an all-out party emerges in its place. Seeing how our main objective on December 31 is to find a sweaty dance party, we usually like to keep the actual makeup to a minimum. But there’s still plenty of room for ornamentation. Last year, we borrowed Pat McGrath’s halved sequins look from the Spring 2012 Givenchy show, and this year, we’re looking to Dior for our late-night embellishments of choice. As part of its divine Grand Bal collection, the brand has debuted a booklet of Golden Tattoos that were conceived by Christian Dior jewelry designer, Camille Miceli. The 24-karat-gold leaf patterns form chain link necklaces, bracelets, rings, charms, and one incredibly chic “clasped” bangle, that we imagine will kill on our upper arm as we tear up the dance floor to any number of pop-radio hits. (We love conceptual indie rock as much as the next girl, but it’s Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha that gets our body moving.) Happy New Year!
For makeup artist Yadim (no last name needed), there’s nothing worse than lack of imagination or fear of experimentation. A longtime student of Pat McGrath’s backstage beauty school, Yadim has been making waves in the makeup world on his own over the past few seasons with his avant-garde, anything-but-ordinary beauty mantra. He’s applied gold sequins to Tao Okamoto for Vogue China, paid homage to fashion illustrator René Gruau for Dazed and Confused and gave Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s model brigade “slightly rave, modern, and graphic” cat-eyes in a series of bright colors for the Spring Kenzo show in Paris.To put it bluntly, Yadim likes to take risks, which is likely what attracted the good folks at Christian Dior, who recently named the maverick its international makeup designer. Here, Style.com caught up with the artist to chat holiday looks that go beyond predictable red lips and black shadow—and will certainly make a statement at your next holiday party.
Look 1: Lash Out
“When I think of holiday and Christmas the usual look is a red lip and a subtle smoky eye. A way to make that look fresh is by adding a new element into what we already know, taking it to the next level. For me, that’s a lash. Playing with adornments and bejeweling the eye is a great holiday look, and it can be paired with a bold or nude lip. I love the new Swarovski-encrusted lashes in Dior’s Grand Bal collection. My advice for applying a fake lash—and even I have trouble sometimes—is to apply the adhesive to the faux lash and press it onto your eye. Then, remove it and wait a good 30 seconds until it’s tacky, then push it back on again. You’ll find it really stays. It’s also a good idea to have a mirror in front of you on a low table. That way you’re looking down so it’s easier to apply the lash.”
Look 2: Makeup in the Third Dimension
“I think three-dimensional makeup is something a lot of women are scared of, but they shouldn’t be! I don’t believe in rules, and I think the most important thing is to try new looks. The holidays are a good time to step outside of your comfort zone. The three-dimensional look in particular is something you can push during the festive season, just like my shoot with Tao [Okamoto]. You can buy Swarovski crystals or paillettes—or anything really—from a trimmings store, and apply them around your eyes. I like to use DUO; it’s actually what I apply fake lashes with. And if you don’t want to apply sparkly things to your face, you can put them on your nails. Another look I love is a golden nude face—try Make Up Forever Glitter in Sand Gold on the eyes—and a really bold pop of color on the nail with some trimmings attached.”
Look 3: Wet ‘n’ Wild
“Another look I think is beautiful for holiday is a really strong, smoky, shimmery eye, but with a wet, emollient finish. Using a pencil, line the inside waterline on your lower lashes and over your upper lash line. Apply it thick, and then use your finger—or a pencil if you prefer—to really smoke it out. Next, follow with a shadow such as Dior 5 Color Eye Shadow in Night Golds, and finish by layering with another metallic shadow, so the look is really strong. To make it really rock ‘n’ roll, dab some Aquaphor or lip gloss to the center of the eyelid. A lot of women are afraid of using an emollient on the eye because it creases, but that just makes it sexier.”
“This is the strongest nail trend I have encountered in my 50 years of doing shows,” nail superstar Marian Newman told us backstage at Mary Katrantzou, where yet another incarnation of Spring’s preference for nude lacquers was taking shape. Newman was not exaggerating. With a few notable exceptions (see Pugh, Gareth and Som, Peter), tips were uniformly painted with a multitude of beige varnishes from New York to Paris, signaling what looks to be an end to the manicure mania that’s taken hold of the beauty industry over the past few seasons. Now that we’re back from Europe after three long weeks, we’re even more intent on building up our neutral nail arsenal, which is why we’re particularly excited to indulge in Dior’s Nude collection. As part of the brand’s massive fall launch, the four-piece color range aims to do what brands like RGB Cosmetics and Rococo Nail Apparel already have by creating the equivalent of nail “foundation”—varying shades of sand and toffee to match a range of complexions. Charnelle, the lightest of the bunch, is a pinkish sand; Grege is more of a true, dark beige; Trench has a hint of warm slate; and Dune is close to a muted milk chocolate. Consider them good investment pieces for next season, when simple and clean will (finally) trump outlandish and off-kilter.
GIF culture is at high right now, as frequent readers of #whatshouldwecallme and #realtalk with your editor are well aware. Even W magazine animated a few of the Fall looks in its September issue. Now Calvin Klein is getting in on the game, posting a few GIFs of Alexander Skarsgard and Lara Stone as part of its new Encounter men’s fragrance digital launch platform. Caption these, if you dare. [Grazia]
Natalie Portman takes it all off in her latest ad for Dior Beauty—except, of course, for her Rouge Dior Nude Lipstick. [Wetpaint]
From plastic surgery and topical creams to supplements and specialty makeup, there are an increasing number of ways to tone and sculpt women’s latest physical obsession: legs. [NYT]
It should come as no surprise that a bevy of Revlon products litter brand ambassador Halle Berry’s vanity. But the Monster’s Ball star also has a soft spot for skincare, including creams and salves from Kinara and DDF. [Vanity Fair]