41 posts tagged "Essie"
A nail-polish color that has continually caught my eye this season can only be compared to a man-made disaster: an oil spill. And while I promise you I have a heart and that those Dawn commercials with ducklings covered in the slick stuff get me every time, this shimmery, multifaceted hue on fingertips is, dare I say it, unexpectedly chic. Whether you prefer an opaque finish (such as Essie’s For the Twill of It and RGB Nail Color in Dusk) or a sheer top coat (like Butter London’s Petrol Overcoat), this purple-gray metallic that changes with the light is reminiscent of the New York City streets after a downpour. Even better: No baby animals were harmed in the creation of this strangely beautiful shade.
An androgynous and distinctly tough girl debuted at Erdem today in place of the feminine, and often plaited, muse we’re so used to seeing. “Let’s put it this way: If there were boys in the show, they would be wearing exactly the same makeup—it’s a bit like Mick Jagger or Keith Richards,” explained face painter James Kaliardos. Using NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, he evened out models’ skin before applying a touch of Optimal Brightening Concentrate over top to lend a moist finish. On cheeks, the Matte Multiple in Altai (launching for Spring 2014) was dotted into the hollows and blended to lend a sunken, almost bony impression. A touch of Radiant Creamy Concealer was applied to lids, while the matte charcoal shade from the Paris Duo was buffed into the inner corners of the eyes. For extra definition, Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto was rimmed along the upper and inner waterlines, and a grayish cream shadow was worked through arches to add strength to brows.
The undone updos created by hair pro Anthony Turner also played up the masculine theme—with both a severe side part and “comb-over” in front. To achieve the look, Turner applied L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Full Volume Mousse 5 to give hair guts and Tecni Art Fresh Dust (a dry shampoo) for a fluffy texture. Strands were pulled over the forehead and secured with a bobby pin, and the remaining length was pinned up in the back (the finished product resembled a messy French twist)—leaving just a few loose strands cascading around the face.
Nails were pale and ghostly, with manicurist Anatole Rainey creating a four-tiered ombré effect using Essie Allure. Let’s just say we’ll be stealing a few of these beauty moves inspired by Jagger come spring.
The look created for the half-French, half-American designer by makeup artist Tom Pecheux and hairstylist Odile Gilbert was based around one word: purity.
Pecheux kept the focus on the classic matte red lip—a combo of MAC Red Lipmix topped with Pigment in Basic Red. The lids were kept simple, applying a Pure White Paint Stick with his fingertips from the lash line to brow bone, and on the outer corners of the eye as a highlight. He set this with powder shadow in Gesso to eliminate shine, using a large, soft brush. “If you use something very hard, [the color] is going to be very opaque and you will look like a panda,” Pecheux said, which is definitely not on trend this season (or ever).
The hair was equally as easy, with Gilbert making an imperfect middle part, blow-drying strands with Kérastase Mousse Bouffante, and sealing split ends with Fibre Architecte. Hair was then scraped back into a low ponytail and secured with a white elastic. She used a curling iron to add “movement” to the tail and polished everything off with Laque Dentelle hair spray.
An updated and forgiving French manicure—painted with Essie Vanity Fairest and Allure—was the finishing touch. “When you use sheer colors, you don’t have to worry about the line being perfect,” said manicurist Michelle Saunders. And good thing, because who really has the time (or skills) for that?
Hairstyles that are created to complement a collection’s clothes often turn out better than those that introduce an entirely new theme or idea; hairstyles that are created with a collection’s clothes often turn out even better. “It’s Boldini, but modern and more abstract,” Odile Gilbert said backstage at Alexis Mabille referencing the Italian painter whose flowing brushstrokes guided much of Mabille’s Couture designs—including those that made their way on top of models’ heads. “They’re flowers,” Gilbert explained of the pieces of hand-painted tulle that she took from select dresses and shellacked onto a Mexican-style head-wrapping technique that required copious amounts of professional-grade gel. “It’s a lot of work,” she admitted, combing product through panels of hair to create a sleek base for the fabric appliqués-turned-hair-accessories.
To keep it all from skewing too romantic—and to add a “touch of the futuristic” to the equation—makeup artist Carole Colombani dusted a mix of MAC Blush in Prism and its Sculpting Powder in Sculpt high onto the cheekbones and along the temples, cutting the light pink color with a sheer wash of its matte white Eye Shadows in Gesso and Blanc Type that extended from the outer corners of models’ lids. Then, mixing MAC Pigment in Silver with its Mixing Medium to create a molten-pewter effect, Colombani traced just the inner corners of the upper lash line with the metallic hue that was revisited on nails in the form of Essie’s No Place Like Chrome polish, which was dotted with alabaster moons. And lest you forget this was a Haute Couture beauty look, not your average ready-to-wear affair, false lashes upped the glamour quotient while lips were individualized per girl, using a blend of MAC Lipmixes in Fuchsia, Midtone Nude, and White.
White nail polish got a big boost at the Spring shows last September when it turned up on the runway at Rag & Bone and Moschino—and an even bigger boost when Rihanna rocked the stark opaque color to an L.A. Lakers game over Christmas with Chris Brown, which turned out to be the couple’s unofficial “we’re back together” announcement (they have since split. Again.) It’s an unexpected, albeit wonderful alternative to more predictable pastels as the warmer weather graces us with its presence and while it does come with its fair share of application challenges, they’re nothing a good base coat or ridge filler can’t fix, according to Jin Soon Choi. Once you’ve nailed down the perfect, streak-free application technique, the only task that remains is sifting through the myriad alabaster lacquers currently on the market. Here are five of our favorites to get you started.
Essie Nail Lacquer in Blanc, $8, www.essie.com
Billed as the perfect counterpart to a French manicure, this full-coverage, soft white is just as effective on its own, and can be topped with a matte or high-shine top coat.
Priti NYC Nail Lacquer in Bristol Fairy
To add to the “dream-like, ethereal” mood backstage at Thakoon’s Fall show, Priti NYC’s Kim D’Amato applied this sheer, shimmering white to models fingertips. It’s not as noticeable as an opaque white lacquer, but it makes a statement all its own.
NYX Precious Pearls in White Pearls
A new take on Ciate’s uber popular “caviar manicure,” NYX’s Precious Pearl collection features a pure white varnish with a corresponding bottle of tiny opalescent baubles that blur the line between nail polish and jewelry.
Zoya Nail Polish in Purity
A super versatile milky white, Zoya’s marshmallow-hued lacquer makes for a great contrasting tip, a gleaming full-coverage color—and can also be used to lighten up your favorite darker polishes for Spring. Never be afraid to do some at-home custom-color mixing.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, available July 2013
One coat of this creamy, bright white will give you a very clean look while two coats serve up a finish of the 100-watt variety.