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Makeup For Ladies Of The Canyon


When we saw Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux backstage at Derek Lam last season, he had California on the brain. Architect Richard Neutra’s special brand of Hollywood Hills home design informed Pecheux’s palette of structural dark lines and sun-kissed accents. But for his new Lauder color collection, the makeup guru zeroed in on the Southwest. Pure Color Topaz is inspired by Arizona’s “amazing desert colors and the shadows that play on the sand and rocks.” The limited-edition range includes a few standouts that debuted at Lam’s show (an amazing, canary yellow Pure Color Gloss in Citron Kiss, among them), alongside a brand-new eye shadow palette, a truly sumptuous Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee in Topaz Chameleon, three new Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Colors, and a muted teal Pure Color Nail Lacquer for your polishing pleasure. We were most drawn, however, to the Intense Kajal Eye Crayons—chubby sticks that apply with a creamy finish, which were modeled after the sooty pigments popular in India. Available in Dramatic Teal and Dramatic Black, the pencils can be blended for a sultry effect or used to rim lids with an exact line when precisely sharpened. In case you haven’t heard, it’s all about eyeliner for Spring 2012.

Photo: Courtesy of Estee Lauder

Evelyn Lauder, 1936 – 2011


The beauty industry and the global beauty community lost an innovator and a friend this weekend when senior vice president of the Estèe Lauder Companies, Evelyn Lauder, passed away at her home in Manhattan after complications with non-genetic ovarian cancer. Lauder was 75. She joined the New York-based beauty empire when she married Leonard Lauder, the son of company founder, Estèe, in 1959. As a new product director and marketing director for the company, Lauder came up with the name Clinique and became the first to wear the brand’s signature white lab coat as its first training director in 1968. In her later role as the head of Lauder’s global fragrance development, Evelyn was behind such smash-hit scents as Beautiful, Happy, and Pleasures. She also spearheaded the company’s acquisition of Bumble and bumble in 2000.

But Lauder’s real legacy just might be her creation of the pink ribbon. A breast cancer survivor, Lauder—with the help of the then-editor-in-chief of Self Magazine Alexandra Penney—distributed hundreds of the symbolic pins along with breast self-exam charts in 1992 at Lauder counters to help raise awareness about the disease. The following year, she founded the Breast Cancer Research Fund, which to date has raised more than $350 million to help eradicate it. “Evelyn was the nicest, smartest lady around,” a beauty editor colleague of ours said as news of Mrs. Lauder’s death spread. She will be sorely missed.

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Leather And Fully-Loaded Lids, Backstage At Versace For H&M


The “flavor of Versace” was alive and well backstage at the house’s much-anticipated collection for H&M tonight in New York, according to makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Donatella [Versace] wanted something fun, something glam that was very rock ‘n’ roll at the same time,” he explained of the beauty look, which translated to deep aubergine nails courtesy of Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon lacquer and the go-to makeup move of ladies who like to live hard: a black, smoky eye. “A black matte eye,” Pecheux confirmed of the full, elongated strokes of MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon he was sweeping over Natasha Poly’s lids, adding a metallic silver pigment on top from the upper lash line through the crease. Skin was kept dually matte with Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation and powder, which he applied to complexions that had been thoroughly prepped with Rodin Olio Lusso and a mixture of Estée Lauder’s DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme and its Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. Bleached brows and a nude mouth slicked with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC35 provided an added edge. “It’s Versace today and Versace tomorrow,” Pecheux surmised of the result, before conversation turned to his plans for re-dyeing brows once the show was over. “Yeah, what are you going to do about that?” Poly asked the famed face painter. “The girls are going to have to choose between getting their eyebrows [back] and Prince,” he joked, referring to the post-presentation entertainment.

There was a hint of Versace yesterday, too. “The last show I did with Gianni [Versace] we used leather headbands,” coiffing star Orlando Pita explained of the impetus for the wide pieces of black leather that sat in a stack next to his station. After adding waist-grazing extensions to every model and razor-cutting the ends so they looked “jagged,” Pita lined up the center of each band near the brow line and, holding the ends in his hands, folded the fabric once behind the ears, then again, ensuring that the top lay flat before he tied a knot at the back of the head. “It’s Versace, so it has to look expensive and rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s H&M too, so I wanted to keep it young and cool.” Click here for more pictures.

Estée Lauder Embraces Heavy Metals


Metallics were one of Spring’s surprise makeup trends (check out our full backstage beauty report in our debut magazine, which hits newsstands next week!). The high-shine, shimmering pigments are typically a Fall mainstay, but they turned up with frequency this season on lids at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexandre Herchcovitch; on hair and brows at Topshop and Fendi, respectively; and even on lips at Mary Katrantzou and Yves Saint Laurent, where loose, flecked pigments were pressed on top of pencil-coated mouths. But Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux’s performance with the foillike shadows backstage at Derek Lam was particularly noteworthy, as he managed to use golden and bronzed olive tones to seamlessly blend brow bones into arches. That’s where we got our first glimpse of Lauder’s new limited-edition Pure Color Cyber Eyes Gelée Powder Eyeshadows. Available in six different shades, including a glimmering pink, a shiny silver, a sparkly teal, and a lush lilac, Pecheux utilized a combination of Cyber Copper and Cyber Green to create full-framed arches that channeled Richard Neutra and “that time in architecture when they let the outdoors come in.” The shadows have a unique formula that is part liquid, part powder and part gel, which allows them to glide on easily when applied dry. But for a flash of full-on glitz, we’ve become accustomed to dampening the sponge applicator before sweeping it across our lids.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Gelée Powder Eyeshadow, $24, available November 2011 at

Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Breaking: Madonna, Marni Get Into The Fragrance Game


We’re taking a quick break from our backstage beauty duties to bring you some good tidings from the perfume world: Marni has just inked a deal with Estée Lauder, which will assume fragrance licenses for Consuelo Castiglioni’s quirky Italian house effective immediately. The first scent won’t bow until next year, but you better believe we’ll be waiting with bated breath until then; if Castiglioni’s beauty aptitude is anywhere near her prowess with prints and fashion-meets-art shapes and textures, her forthcoming flacon will be among our favorites for Fall 2012. It will have some stiff competition in the form of a rumored scent from Madonna, though, as the Material Girl is reportedly in talks to launch a signature scent with Coty. Seeing as how Coty basically owns the celebrity and designer fragrance game, producing scents for Beyoncé, Marc Jacobs, and Balenciaga among a slew of others, eau de Madge will no doubt impress, so stay tuned. Now, back to the trenches. [WWD]

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