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47 posts tagged "Estée Lauder"

Angels In America—And Backstage At The Row


A lot of designers are just starting to get on the skincare tip, inviting complexion-saving experts backstage to join their hair and makeup teams, but Tom Pecheux has always been a firm believer in a thoroughly cleansed, toned, and moisturized base. The Estée Lauder creative makeup director brings a selection of the beauty giant’s face salves with him wherever he goes. “You can see the difference,” he said yesterday morning at The Row, where he was layering the brand’s Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator and Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher with its DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Crème for a dewy, refined canvas. Proper skin prep was particularly important for the bare-faced beauty directive Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen gave to Pecheux, referencing angels. “It reminds me of a Peter Lindbergh woman—slightly fresh, but a little moody,” Pecheux said of the luminous skin he created using a new Estée Lauder transparent liquid foundation and its new-for-Spring limited-edition Gelée Bronzer, which he brushed on in vertical swipes, rather than horizontally for contour, to “catch the volume of the cheekbone.”

“There’s a gentle power to it,” Pecheux surmised. “The only thing you can see is a strong eyebrow,” which he embellished with Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Bold Volume Mascara in either black or brown. Lids remained bare, but lashes were treated to a signature Pecheux trick, in which he applies black mascara at the roots to top lashes only and reserves brown pigment for the bottom. “All black is too dense,” he pointed out, before moisturizing lips with Homeoplasmine and topping them with Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Beige, a creamy nude.

Hairstylist Odile Gilbert received the same divine inspiration from the Olsens, which led her to a textural updo. “It’s a small head, a bit like an old statue of angels̶not Victoria’s Secret angels,” Gilbert clarified. Prepping strands with Kérastase Volumactiv Conditioning Mousse and its Mousse Substantive for guts and density, Gilbert sprayed on copious amounts of its Double Force Hairspray for a matte effect. Then, taking random sections, she twisted and braided the lengths, pinning them up onto themselves to create a concentrated mass of coils. “Everything is round—like the head and the earth,” she philosophized.

Photo: Courtesy of Estee Lauder

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Beauté


Everyone may be buzzing about Paris Vogue‘s September cover girl, Charlotte Casiraghi, but we’re caught up with an entirely different editorial from the French glossy’s big fashion issue. In an exciting turn of events, editor Emmanuelle Alt enlisted not one but three of the business’ biggest face painters to present their own interpretation of French beauty on Isabeli Fontana’s gorgeous visage. Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux went with his standard nude lip, smoky eye combination—a similar look to the limited-edition Pure Color Night collection that he launched for the beauty brand last year as a tribute to French women. “It’s very sensual, very cool, and very sexual,” he said. Lloyd Simmonds, Yves Saint Laurent’s newly named international makeup artist, chose a high-shine red lip and smoked-out lavender eye with gold accents on the inner corners, pointing out that French women should dare to experiment with bold color more. As for Aaron de Mey, the Lancôme artistic director of makeup spotlighted the dynamic effect of asymmetry in makeup by dusting one lid with a rich emerald pigment and the other with shimmering sapphire, in order to illustrate French women’s unique ability to bush boundaries. Which interpretation do you like best?

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier for Paris Vogue, September 2011

Mercury Rising


After seeing Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux’s Modern Mercury collection in action backstage at Derek Lam in February, there were a few items we immediately jotted down as a reminder for a later date. In ballpoint scribble we were ultimately able to decipher the words “Black Chrome” and “Modern Mercury,” referring to the Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo shades Pecheux dusted across models’ lids for a graphic look. The pigments, which are just hitting shelves, are in fact as amazing as we remember them being five months later, although with the whole metallic-hued range now on view, we have a few new favorites to report. The limited-edition Pure Color Liquid Eyeliners that Pecheux has whipped up for the season are not to be missed, coming in three ultra-shiny shades including Graphite, a sparkling slate gray, Black Quartz, a deep onyx with iridescent shimmer flecks, and the real winner, Silver Zinc, which packs a gilded khaki punch. The easy-to-maneuver pens make scrawling a thin stroke across the upper lash line a fairly simple endeavor, and best of all, they stay put so that a molten cat-eye is totally acceptable fare even in the midst of summer’s excessive humidity.

DVF To Put The “Soul” Back In Fragrance; Tinsley Gets A Makeunder; And More…


First DVF dropped the name of her forthcoming fragrance (Diane) on Twitter, and now the designer has taken to her blog to discuss the reasons behind her triumphant return to beauty: “In the last 10 years, the perfumes that have been created seem more like beautiful ideas but a bit soulless…I wanted to put the true power of a woman in a bottle!” If anyone can do it, she can. [Vogue U.K.]

Leighton Meester’s debut commercial as the face of Vera Wang’s new Lovestruck fragrance hit the Web today, and in case the rock reinterpretation of ESG’s “My Love for You” didn’t tip you off, the floral eau is meant for the young and hip. [Grazia]

Estée Lauder is the latest beauty giant to get into hot water over Photoshopping claims—although in an interesting turn of events, model Caroline Louise Forsling is suing the cosmetics giant for not digitally retouching her face. Forsling is alleging that the advertising visual that displays her smile lines and forehead wrinkles has “irreparably damaged” her career. [Daily Mail]

We’re still not quite over the untimely demise of Jane magazine, but its much-loved “Makeunder” feature has been resuscitated by former editor Jane Pratt on her new Web venture, First up? A typically overdone Tinsley Mortimer. [xoJane]

Photo: Courtesy of WWD

Everything Is Illuminated


One of the things that amazes us when we cross paths with face painter and Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux backstage is how he always takes the time to treat models’ skin before breaking out the foundation and powder. To properly achieve the “casual, sophisticated, feminine, and minimal” look he was after at Derek Lam “without being boring,” a dewy, perfect complexion was key. So Pecheux busied himself giving catwalkers mini massages with Estée Lauder’s DayWear moisturizer and a new serum called Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. It should be noted that we spotted the contents of the aqua blue bottle long before we settled into a conversation with Pecheux. One of his publicists was looking particularly radiant for our 9 a.m. call time, and when we remarked on her skin’s impressive brightness, she extolled the virtues of the oil-free, antioxidant-rich elixir that imparts a glow while serving to reduce redness and pigmentation marks for a uniform finish. “It launches in June,” she told us—which seemed like eons from that cold February day, yet here we are, five months later, enjoying 80-degree weather and a serious skincare boost.

Photo: Courtesy of Estee Lauder