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August 30 2014

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46 posts tagged "Estee Lauder"

Estée Lauder Expands Its Digital Space With a New Editorial Channel

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Beauty behemoth Estée Lauder took over Navy, a cozy restaurant in Soho, last night to celebrate the launch of The Estée Edit, a new editorial channel on its website. Navy was the perfect location for the event, and not just because of the warm atmosphere and chic address—the name served as a nod to the brand’s iconic packaging color. And if that weren’t enough, the bar area was filled with the scent of tuberose, a note found in classic scents like Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.

The Estée Edit features interviews with influencers in beauty, food, and fashion, as well as how-tos and original photo shoots. Guests at the soiree included many of the contributors to the channel, like street-style photographer Garrance Doré, who shot fellow French native and Estée Lauder spokesmodel Constance Jablonski for the site, and the company’s style and image director Aerin Lauder, who gives viewers a glimpse of her favorite flower shopping destination in Manhattan (that would be Zezé). Of course, The Edit also includes stories of the brand’s rich history, and the result is a well-executed blend of the past and the present.

During the intimate, dimly lit dinner, Karen Graham, the first face of Estée Lauder, shared stories with the captive audience around her, including Jablonski and current spokesmodel Liu Wen. Graham, who worked with the brand from 1969 to 2001, chatted about everything from her decision to quit modeling at age 40 for fly-fishing to growing out her silver, shoulder-length bob. “It took me a while to decide if I wanted to stop dyeing it. I had to work up the nerve, and then I just did it,” she said. On the other end of the table, Doré discussed the pop of color she was wearing on her lips. “I wear very simple clothes, like white T-shirts, so for me red lipstick is like an accessory,” she noted.

Just before dessert was served (chocolate-covered marshmallows, Estée’s favorite), bowls filled with Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick and mini powder and fragrance compacts were placed on the table for the guests to swipe. “This is so Estée,” said Graham. “She was a firm believer in every woman having a compact.”

Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Carolyn Murphy Talks About Her Stance on Selfies and Pleasing Her Toughest Critic

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carolyn-murphy-1When it comes to making a red-carpet appearance, Carolyn Murphy knows what she wants and whom she likes, and for this year’s Met Gala the routine and glam squad were no different. (After all, she was a member of the “insular crowd” attending the ball long before Beyoncé and Jay Z ever received an invite.) Romy Soleimani, her makeup artist of “many, many years,” was on hand, defining the catwalker’s already-chiseled cheekbones with Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory, and dabbing a bespoke blend of this particular nude and Potent (a peachy pink hue) on her pout. Her radiant complexion can be attributed to a recent trip to Mexico, along with the help of Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB, and a few drops of Advanced Night Repair serum mixed with a vanilla pigment from the PureColor EyeShadow Trio in Gilded Chocolates. “We can pop the eye and do a really bare lip, or do a really great lip and a bare eye—never the two together,” said Murphy. “Some people might call it boring or playing it safe, but at least I feel good this way and that’s all that matters.”

Well, not all that mattered. Her 13-year-old daughter, Dylan, had big expectations—including selfies with the likes of Rihanna, Karlie Kloss, and Taylor Swift. And although Murphy is obviously comfortable in front of the camera (appearing on countless covers over the past fourteen years), taking her own photo is another thing entirely. “I almost put ‘If you’re looking for selfies, don’t expect them here’ in my [Instagram] bio,” she quipped. But her personal stance on the subject of self-promotion was put on hold for the evening, as the pressure to be viewed as “cool” by her middle schooler took precedence. (For the record, Murphy grammed one pic from an after-party, posing next to none other than Erykah Badu.)

Before selfies can be snapped, however, there was a lot of prepping involved: “This afternoon I did fifteen minutes on the treadmill to get the blood flowing, and then the StairMaster. I came back up [to my room], took a quick shower, put deep conditioner in my hair, and then took a hot bath with sea salt, [followed by] a cold shower to rinse everything off,” noted Murphy. “I also did a Triad facial yesterday. I chopped off my hair last Thursday—I forgot about that! I chopped it off and went blonder.” The super explained that her strands were orange after a recent photo shoot, sending her running to Corinne Adams at Serge Normant to undo the damage in time for the big night at the museum. Her one-of-a-kind Roberto Capucci gown was also a game-time decision: “My original dress was opposite of the theme,” Murphy revealed. “We always set out in a certain direction and usually we’re really prepared, but this year there were some last-minute changes.”

When the total package was finally put together and accessorized with Fred Leighton jewels, you’d never be able to tell Murphy’s look wasn’t meticulously planned for months. While the verdict is still out on whether this supermodel mom scored points with her most ardent critic back home, if she had posted a selfie in her “Estée Lauder-blue” gown, I would have undoubtedly hit like.

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Photos: Ibra Ake

Gettin’ Flossy, Backstage at Anthony Vaccarello

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anthony-vaccarelloInspiration comes from everywhere, and in the case of makeup artist Tom Pecheux, we mean everywhere. Before the face painter left for Milan, he had concocted an entirely different look with the designer. Upon returning to Paris, they both decided it wasn’t right. So what brilliant tool does one turn to when in need of something fresh? Floss. (Yes, really.) “That same morning before going to the fitting I had an appointment with the dentist, and I was sitting in the dentist’s chair, and I was like, ‘Ah, yes—floss,’” Pecheux said. (It wouldn’t have been my first thought while awaiting the drill, but hey, that’s what makes the man such a genius.) After prepping lids with powder and using a black pencil in between the lashes, he coated a strand of floss wound tightly between his fingers with Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Envious, then pressed it above the top lashes and below the bottom set. With model Liu Wen acting as his “sexy assistant” by holding the Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid Eyeliner while he ran the string over the tip, Pecheux framed the graphic red lines with skinny black bands, adding a final onyx slash in the “banana” (i.e., crease). Aside from a trip to the dentist’s office, illustrators like René Gruau and Tony Viramontes inspired the eighties-meets-rock-and-roll maquillage; the color palette came by way of the collection (particularly the shiny, crimson ruffle on Look 26). While this isn’t the first time Pecheux reached for floss in a fashion context (having used it for an editorial in V magazine), improvements in oral care did pose a new challenge: “Fifteen years ago dental floss was dry, and now it has wax on it, so it’s very slippery,” he noted.

The hair by Anthony Turner was equally as edgy, but in lieu of clean lines, the pro employed a “bit of bend” to give strands movement. After prepping with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli Thermo-Fixing Spray, he pressed sections in with his fingers while blow-drying. “It shouldn’t feel too sad—it’s not about grungy, lank, nothing hair,” he explained. A masculine side part was made, Wild Stylers Next Day Hair (“a dry shampoo without the dustiness”) was misted all over, and the length was tucked behind the ears and into the “polar necks” that completed the majority of the ensembles—a gesture we’ve seen multiple times throughout the season. “She means business, I reckon, this woman. She doesn’t even think about her hair,” said Turner. I reckon I’d agree.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde; Indigitalimages.com

Tom Pecheux’s Lips Are Sealed No Longer

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Tom Pecheux, backstage fixture and creative makeup director for Estée Lauder, could hardly contain his excitement last season at Anthony Vaccarello when he described the packaging that was in the works for a mysterious new line of lipsticks. He discreetly referred to the more architectural look and magnetic closures, but considering these types of secrets are strictly confidential in the corporate beauty world, that’s all he could share…until now. The cosmetics giant is launching twenty shades of Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, a formula that boasts time-released hyaluronic acid and multifaceted pigments (available February 24 at esteelauder.com). In this exclusive, the pro reveals all—including the shades he hand-selected to suit the many model faces of the brand.

How would you describe the new Pure Color Envy collection?
When I look at the collection, the first thing I think is the packaging is absolutely divine. Richard Ferretti did an amazing job with the case. For me, twenty colors is the perfect amount. The range captures every woman’s desire. The shades and formula are [traditional] in that they have the high coverage you expect from a lipstick and include a pure red and a perfect nude, but the new technology gives the line a modern twist. It’s like a classic wool dress that is made in cashmere. The new texture and formula make Envy extremely luxurious.

What are your favorite shades in the collection?
As a makeup artist, I cannot limit myself to one favorite shade. It will be the one that fits the person that I am working with on that day.

What do you think a lipstick says about a woman?
Lipstick tells us so many things about a woman. It tells us about her personality. For example, a woman wearing a strong lipstick—bright red—suggests she wants to express a certain power.

What is the best way to apply lip color? Fingertips, brush, or straight from the bullet?
There is no recipe. It depends on the result you want to create. A bullet is the best application because it’s fast, precise, and gives nice coverage. Fingertips create a transparent finish with no precision—more like a stain. A brush is for when you want perfection and a high-quality finish, particularly when you apply a red lipstick.

What are your tricks for making lips appear fuller? Does lip liner help?
Lip liner can help, but for me, a liner only works if it’s a nude or a color that matches the color of the lip. To make them fuller, you can go slightly outside the lip line.

If you have small lips, avoid a dark shade. The darker the shade, the more intense your lips look, but on smaller lips it can give you a mean, severe look. Also avoid very pale lipsticks if you want a fuller-looking mouth.

What is your favorite lip look?
It depends on the woman. But I am totally in love with red as much as I am with nude. I love women who play with makeup to emphasize a quality of their personality or character. That’s why in terms of lipstick, I love colors that have something to say—so either a pale nude, a true red, a dark plum, or a bright color. When it comes to a gentle pink, I understand why women want to wear it, but as a makeup artist, it doesn’t reflect a personality so well.

Which shade in the collection would you choose for each of these Estée Lauder spokesmodels?

Carolyn Murphy:
Envious. She loves a red lipstick.

Constance Jablonski:
I love it when she focuses on her eyes, so a nude color like Insatiable Ivory works on her lips.

Joan Smalls:
I love her in a dark burgundy like Insolent Plum.

Liu Wen: I would go more pink, [one that's] powerful and dynamic. A shade like Dominant would suit.

Arizona Muse:
I love her in a red as well, so Vengeful Red.

What do you think makes a woman enviable?
Self-confidence.

I think Carolyn Murphy pretty much embodies that—gotta love a bad bitch on a bike who knows how to make a serious statement by slicking on some lipstick and revving up her engine.

A New Side of Nail Polish; Women Go to Great Lengths to Snap a Selfie; and More

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esteelauderEstée Lauder offers a new (and artsy) way to choose your perfect polish shade. Bottoms up! [Instagram]

From long, Gandalf-esque beards to fishtail-braided Fu Manchu whiskers, the latest photo craze around the Net is the “ladybeard.” Women with long-haired locks are sharing their hilarious (and highly skilled, if we do say so ourselves) selfies on Reddit, proving that the lumberjack look isn’t just for the boys. [Dailymail]

Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, died Saturday after losing his battle with cancer. According to WWD, the 72-year-old natural beauty advocate was inspired to found the eco-friendly brand after a trip to India, where he studied holistic systems and plants.

Milan fashion week is fast approaching, and with all the glitz, glamour, and excitement—er, eccitazione, shall we say—comes a few beauty emergencies that can make a jam-packed fashion week feel like hell. To help prevent mishaps (shoe-related ones, in this case), Byrdie compiled a list of seven anti-blister products that will make breaking in those new leather boots a bit easier while dashing from show to show.