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26 posts tagged "Donna Karan"

The New Red Lip’s Off-Runway Debut

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Red lips were all over the Fall catwalks in New York, making a slew of Valentine’s Day weekend appearances, followed by encores at Max Azria, Donna Karan, Reem Acra, and Nanette Lepore. Kate Bosworth took the popular hue from the runway to reality last night, sporting a gorgeous shade of glossy crimson to the Calvin Klein after-party. As a brunette, we’ll be the first to attest to the color’s versatility (it pretty much looks good on everybody),
but it might be at its best when paired with golden blond waves and a filled-in brow. What do you think?

1930′s Glamour Has Its Day

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“Film noir” joined “grunge” and “Kate Moss” as an emerging beauty trend when it inspired makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury at Donna Karan yesterday (and Lucia Pieroni at Vera Wang this morning). “It’s actually Snow White meets Greta Garbo,” Tilbury said of the porcelain skin, dark eye, and bright red lip she crafted using a number of intriguing techniques. She blended her foundation with MAC Cosmetics new Mixing Medium, a shine product due out at the end of the summer that creates an ethereal, waxy glow on skin, which we predict will be a sought-after finish for fall. After creating silver arches on lids by dragging a fingertip-width of steel blue shadow from the inner corner of the eye toward the outer corner, Tilbury devoted her attention to the lips. “No more trout pouts,” she declared, referring to the voluptuous, “vulgar” lips that colored the Spring shows. Instead, Tilbury is advocating a very precise, angled pigment application with careful etchings of a lip pencil (she used MAC’s Cherry here with a few brush strokes of its Lipmix in Burgundy), which she topped with a lacquered gloss for a plasticized shine before the models hit the runway. The shine factor carried over to hair, where Eugene Souleiman was creating low, polished updos using Wella’s High Hair, a sleek setting gel that dries instantly. Wrapping ponytails with chopsticks to create a barrel effect rather than a plain old chignon, he accessorized each style with a black patent-leather headband that sat right at the hairline. “Donna likes a headband,” Souleiman quipped, pointing out that the style was intended as a pared-down tribute to artist Allen Jones’ fetishized mannequins. We’ll keep you posted if that one starts popping up backstage as fashion week rages on.

Photo: Greg Kessler / FirstView.com

Cover Girl Blasts Off

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Backstage at Donna Karan and Anna Sui’s Spring shows, makeup artist and Cover Girl creative director Pat McGrath took us on a quick run through some of the bigger launches she’s got planned for the brand this year. Particularly noteworthy was the new Blast collection, featuring LashBlast Length Mascara, which is cleverly designed with product reservoirs at the tip of its brush to grab and extend fine, hard-to-reach corner lashes; Smoky ShadowBlast, a double-ended shadow stick for lining and smudging; and ShineBlast Lip Gloss. The range won’t officially hit stores until the end of the year, but Cover Girl has decided to release a limited quantity as a preview beginning today. (We saw McGrath demo one of the Smoky ShadowBlast sticks on Lily Donaldson, and for the record, it looked pretty darn good.) Click here to get in on the action while supplies last.

Photo: Courtesy of Cover Girl

MAC + Jin Soon = Nail Magic?

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In addition to getting an opportunity to watch some of the best makeup artists in the world play with a selection of as-yet-unreleased cosmetics this week, we got word of a few new launches that we think you might find very interesting. MAC Cosmetics has big plans for black; it will release a still unnamed collection of black lip glosses, lipsticks, eye shadows, and greasepaint sticks later this year, all of which are as versatile as they are straightforward. Cases in point: Polly Osmond used the black lipstick from the new line to create maybe the best gray lip of the week at Tuleh; Charlotte Tilbury applied the new gold-flecked black gloss to eyes for a wet shimmer
at Donna Karan; and Tom Pecheux combined the metallic black Mineralize Eye Shadow with shades of blue and gray for a more complex smoky eye at Badgley Mischka. We were even more intrigued by a tip we got backstage at Doo.Ri, where we learned that manicurist and nail polish creative genius Jin Soon is reportedly partnering with MAC to launch a line of matte nail polishes due out in September. (Like we’ve said before, matte nail polish: huge for fall.) You heard it here first.

Photo: From left, courtesy of Mac Cosmetics; Martin Mistretta/Getty Images

Hair Hardware Has Its Day

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Hairstylists Orlando Pita and Eugene Souleiman were in something of a hairpin-off backstage yesterday as they competed to see who could put more accessories into models’ hair. “70 to 100,” was Pita’s guesstimation at Carolina Herrera, where he incorporated plain bobby pins and others with floral clusters that came directly from the embellishments on the collection’s clothes and accessories. Keeping a little volume at the top of the head, Pita sprayed his hand with T3 Control Hairspray and finger-combed hair backward to maintain softness and femininity. He then rolled the hair into a chignon, which was barely visible beneath its coat of copper armor. Downtown at Donna Karan, Souleiman was going for a more masculine look in front, where models sported sleek and deep side parts that evolved into softer, off center buns in the back. He painstakingly placed “about 100″ straight black hairpins, starting from behind the ear and moving around the chignon, so that the rounded tips of each pin were visible from the top of the look, almost like elaborate, 3-D scales. “I wanted it to appear really pretty, but hard at the same time,” he said, an objective he definitely managed to pull off.

Photo: Greg Kessler