38 posts tagged "Dior Beauty"
The flower fight broke out around 10 p.m. last night at New York’s The Hole gallery, where fashion and art stars had gathered to celebrate the opening of Holton Rower’s solo show. “It’s happening,” effused an elated Zani Gugelmann as she picked up a handful of freshly torn petals off the table and tossed them in the direction of Charlotte Ronson and Tallulah Harlech as Julian Schnabel looked on. Dinner was served in the middle of the gallery’s main show space, the walls of which have been lined with Rower’s large-scale “pour paintings” since his exhibition officially opened last weekend. “It’s the best-looking show we’ve done,” Hole director Kathy Grayson said of the multicolored boards created by different cups of plastic paint that are poured into one another, thus “pushing” the previous color outward, according to Rower, who has used up to 50 gallons of plastic artist paint in up to 500 different colors to create some of his bigger pieces.
“The thing about this, it’s not just the surface, it’s about material, it’s about body. You could just paint that painting,” Rower said, motioning to a 16-by-16-foot wall hanging. “But the fact that it’s physical, that the paint was pushed around obstacles…it’s like the paint is fighting,” he continued of the amorphous shapes that his custom-mixed pigments take on when they move around purposefully positioned platforms—or, as was the case last night, bottles of Dior nail polish. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of its Vernis—which was the first-ever line of designer lacquer when it launched in 1962—Dior Beauty sponsored the evening and gave Rower five different varnish shades, which inspired Hole creative director Fabiola Beracasa’s super-pro nail designs and the final colors the artist added to the live pour piece he created after dinner, including the iconic Rouge Altesse No. 999, a fiery red, and Gris Montaigne No. 707, a steely slate. “In your gift bags, you have these five colors,” he told a fawning crown before doing a little fawning himself. “Oooh, pretty,” he cooed as he poured. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The Cannes Film Festival is still three weeks away, but Dior already has the Côte d’Azur on the brain. The French brand’s entire summer color collection is inspired by La Croisette, Cannes’ famous beach-front promenade that has been a mecca for movie stars since the event first started in the 1930′s. The range’s Eye Glosses and palettes follow suit in requisite yachtside-friendly shades of bronze, shimmering turquoise, and sunny corals, a color scheme that continues with two new shades of its Le Vernis nail polish. Bikini is a warm melon, and St. Tropez, a re-release of the celebratory varnish that launched in limited quantities last summer to fête the Dior store opening in the coastal town of the same name, is a covetable creamy aqua. There is a chance that we will be following up our Cannes cameo from last year with a repeat appearance next month (fingers crossed), and should that be the case, these will 100 percent be making the trip as well—just try and stop us, TSA.
Giles Deacon is building on the nail polish collection he launched with New Look last year and rolling out a full color range with the U.K. retailer—which, conveniently enough, ships to the U.S. [Grazia]
Group-motivated dieting has long been a popular weight-loss technique, but a recent study shows that 66 percent of women believe that family and friends actually undermine their fat-burning goals. You can add co-workers to that list: Office birthday cupcakes are the calories that just keep on giving. [Allure]
Natalie Portman has designed a new Dior lipstick shade, the proceeds of which will benefit the Free the Children charity organization. The shade, Rouge Dior Nude Grege #169, was apparently chosen by Portman not for its color, but for its number: 1 for her son, whose name is Aleph—the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet—6 for the month her whole family was born (“we’re all June babies,” Portman says), and 9, which is apparently her lucky number. [Racked]
OPI has collaborated with the likes of Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Serena Williams in the past, but it’s been more interested in working with fictional characters of late. After dedicating color collections to the Muppets and Spider-Man, the brand has announced its new Minnie Mouse range for summer, which will be a line of pink and red lacquers. [Bella Sugar]
The Fall runways may have been littered with nude nails, but no matter; nothing manages to lift our mood, particularly in the springtime, quite like freshly varnished, colored tips. With the New York weather still fully complying with our winter-be-gone mentality, we thought it the ideal time to present you with some new polish possibilities. Here, our picks from the latest lacquer launches, separated for your convenience into five color families. Let the finger-painting begin.
The ocean’s myriad, jewel-toned greens and blues have inspired pretty mints like Avon’s Aqua Fantasy ($5, www.avon.com), true teals embodied best by Priti’s Partridge Breast ($12.50, www.pritinyc.com), and even a reprise of that frenzy-enducing shade of pale, earthy jade, like OPI’s Thanks a Windmillion ($8.50, www.opi.com). Rounding out the under-the-sea offerings are Butter London’s totally beautiful Slapper ($14, www.butterlondon.com), a bright, creamy azure, and Deborah Lippmann’s very aptly named Mermaid’s Dream ($18, www.deborahlippmann.com), a fantastic blend of gold glitter-flecked aquamarine.
Beauty brands always roll out a parade of candy-colored pastels as the warmer months approach, and this year is no exception. The best of the sherbet-colored bunch? Sally Hansen’s Smooth Perfect polishes in Air, a baby blue, and Sorbet, a delectable peach ($5.99 each, www.drugstore.com), and MAC’s Midsummer’s Dream ($16, www.maccosmetics.com), a new riff on classic cotton candy pink. Also worth the trouble of two coats: Essie’s To Buy or Not to Buy ($8, www.essie.com), a pretty lilac, and our personal favorite, Nails Inc’s new Nottinghill Carnival ($9.50, www.sephora.com), an optimistic canary yellow that is pretty much happiness, bottled.
After dominating the skincare markets in Asia and Europe for the past few years, BB creams finally landed stateside last summer, and they’ve been on a tear ever since. Brands like Clinique and Too Faced have rushed to introduce the multitasking wonder to their offerings, and many others will be jumping on the BB bandwagon in the months to come. Similar to a super-charged tinted moisturizer, the what-can’t-it-do? product marries the benefits of an emollient hydrator with the coverage of a sheer foundation, using an active formula that boasts skin-perfecting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and brighteners to break up pigmentation. Two newcomers—a luxe version by Dior and a more budget-friendly option from Garnier—have just joined the fray. Here, we toss both in the ring for our latest beauty throwdown.
The Prestige Contender: A new addition to Dior’s popular DiorSnow brightening skincare range, this potent BB is, like the rest of the line, infused with radiance-boosting Icelandic glacial water and hyperpigmentation-combating Lightenine, as well as meadowsweet extract to calm skin and hibiscus to counteract fine lines and wrinkles. Of all the BB creams we’ve encountered, this one seems to be the closest thing to skincare. It hasn’t helped fade my freckles/sun damage yet, but because it offers very high protection from UV rays—SPF 50—it will definitely prevent new spots from forming. It also provides a surprisingly good amount of coverage, but it can appear a bit chalky on dry skin, so definitely slather on a serum or lightweight moisturizer before you apply.
The Drugstore Challenger: Garnier raises expectations by calling its BB the Miracle Skin Perfector and makes a good case for its grandiose name. You’ll notice its creamy texture immediately and the way it hydrates without looking cakey. It goes on sheer—much more sheer than Dior’s—and imparts a very luminous finish, which will earn you more than a few compliments about your “glow.” While it remains unclear if it is in fact a miracle in a tube, it does provide a pretty perfect dewy look.
The Bottom Line: It’s hard to pick a winner because it really depends on your priorities and how much money you have to burn. Garnier gets a gold star for its incredible price point alone. The fact that it leaves skin looking practically incandescent is another huge bonus. But Dior’s is the truer BB Cream as it packs a potent antiaging punch while providing sunblock-level protection. The price is a bit steep, but when you look at it as a pillar of your skincare and makeup regimen, it’s a much easier pill to swallow.