April 20 2014

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44 posts tagged "Estee Lauder"

The Fab Five: Eye Candy


If the influx of shoppers and Christmas decorations on Fifth Avenue hasn’t tipped you off, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The most wonderful time of the year ushers in a month-long frenzy of overspending and overindulging, the latter of which just so happens to extend to our daily caloric intake and our eye makeup preferences as well. Lids that were once neutral and bare often get a little sparkle these days, which can be done in a way that’s not too over-the-top for the glitter-phobics among you. Whether you sweep on a fine sheen of shimmering powder or blend in a luminescent cream, these five pigment pots and palettes should help get you into the festive spirit—if those limited-edition, seasonal red Starbucks cups haven’t already done the trick.

Four Play
Clarins Eye Quartet
While it looks almost too pretty to touch, this palette contains the perfect mix of subtle, luminescent hues ideal for daytime wear, as well a gilded chunky glitter/shimmer hybrid that can be built up into a molten gold finish.

Green Goddess
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Color Concentrates in Nori
OCC’s products not only boast a 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free tag, they’re also extremely pigmented and long-lasting. A splash of the loose glitter (available in 36 dazzling shades) can be used on eyes, lips, cheeks, or brows and contains light-reflecting mica for ultimate sparkle. We’re particularly feeling Nori right now, a dark hunter green.

Gold Standard
Estée Lauder Pure Color Gélee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Gold
Makeup maestro Tom Pecheux is the genius behind these incredibly soft, easy-to-use pigments, which have a silky-smooth formula that applies like a gel but dries to a powder. Bonus: Each one, like the gorgeous Cyber Gold, provides enough shimmer to open up your eyes yet still look sophisticated.

Purple Haze
Dr. Hauschka Eye Shadow Solo in Smoky Violet
A favorite of the style and celebrity set, Dr. Hauschka’s holistic skincare offerings are beloved for their soothing, skin-saving ingredients. Containing extracts of black tea to nurture the delicate skin around your eye, this talc-infused iridescent powder provides a subtle sheen and will help keep puffy eyes at bay. Also, this aubergine color makes makes hazel eyes pop.

Into the Blue
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Tenacious Teal
Feeling dry from the winter cold? Go with a cream shadow formula, which provides more moisture than powders. We’re obsessed with the boldness of this hue, which can be ultra-vivid when layered into an opaque finnish. Once applied, it won’t budge but is still easily removable after a long night of merrymaking.

Eau De Marni, Revealed


After announcing last fall that she would launch her first fragrance—with Estée Lauder, no less—Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni has finally revealed more details about her house’s debut scent. “It’s for a woman who dresses for herself, who doesn’t follow trends but is sophisticated and also maybe a little eccentric,” the designer explains of the blend of spicy and woody notes tinged by an intense rose heart—all of which should sound familiar to the Marni faithful, who will be equally excited by the perfume’s bottle. Based on a flacon Castiglioni found at a flea market, the glass orb has been polka-dotted and topped with a red cap. “I wanted a bottle that was kind of traditional—that is, one that lasts over time, like the clothes we make,” she tells WWD. “It isn’t seasonal. I think this bottle reflects our concept—you want to keep it.” Ditto the Nick Knight-lensed ad campaign shots starring Raquel Zimmermann. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Marni

The Envy-Inducing Beauty Of “La Parisienne,” Backstage at Anthony Vaccarello


“What is amazing with Anthony [Vaccarello] is that in two seasons, he created his woman,” Estée Lauder creative director of makeup Tom Pecheux said backstage at the designer’s Spring show. And for most admirers of Vaccarello’s work, that woman is Anja Rubik in the pelvic bone-baring white-gown-heard-round-the-world from the Met ball this year. There was some of that here (see Rubik’s show-closing black gown), but as Pecheux rightly pointed out, while some designers are “showing a dream that is unreachable,” Vaccarello’s clothes are much more wearable this season—some of them, at least. So too was the makeup. Gone was the molten, burgundy-tinged black smoky eye from Fall; in its place, something much more natural. “It’s more like the girl hanging out by the pool, not coming out of the club,” Pecheux suggested—or, rather, the reflection of the light off a pool, an optical phenomenon that inspired his color palette of washed-out blues and iridescent grays that created “La Parisienne,” the kind of face-painting effort that is barely perceptible yet striking.

Fittingly, French-born Estée Lauder face Constance Jablonski was in Pecheux’s chair as he administered a massage using his trusty tub of Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Crème and its Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher that he topped with a finger-patted application of Lauder’s Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer to create a base. Brushing its Pure Color Blush in Blushing Nude upward underneath cheekbones, “so the color fades into the cheek” and contours while providing a flush, Pecheux toiled over eyes, which he lined with a forthcoming aqua shade of Estée Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner, which was blended out for just a trace of blue and topped with its as-yet-unreleased Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint in Sinister and Steel. A dab of its Pure Color Gloss in Opulent Opal added a light-reflecting effect meant to mimic the middle section of Vaccarello’s collection, which included “materials that looked like liquid,” according to Pecheux. Swiping glossy brown pigment on the inside lashes and a richer black color on the outer corners with Lauder’s Sumptuous Two Tone Mascara, Pecheux brushed up brows and created what he likes to call “the French kiss,” a nude mouth slicked with its Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Vanilla Truffle, a honey-hued neutral, and accented with the slightly darker Barely Nude only in the center of pouts.

Anthony Turner sculpted “very French hair” in complement. “It’s confident in a very understated way,” he elaborated of strands that were spritzed with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Architect, finger-combed in back and dried with a large round brush in the front to get a little volume. “It’s cool but not grungy,” he continued of the sweeping side parts that he let fall over Cara Delevingne and Arizona Muse’s right eyes. “We’ve always done vampy hair here so it’s nice to do something that’s wearable,” Turner surmised of the coifs—which was a true enough sentiment. Delevingne’s hair, we could easily sport; the dress she wore in look 17, however, maybe a little less so.

Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Simple, Soft Beauty Backstage At Derek Lam


Maybe it was the fact that last season’s big, sixties-era undone bouffants met with mixed reviews—or that Spring’s general, minimal-minded beauty mantra is spreading. Whatever it was, Orlando Pita kept the hair backstage at Derek Lam incredibly simple—”relatable,” even, he offered.

The technically gifted hairstylist was more inclined to blame the move toward minimal on the wavering economy—”it’s not really the time to be flashy”—not to mention the state of fashion. “There are all these people now who are practical in the way they design,” he said, running off the list of sartorial stars responsible for the marked change, in his opinion. “Raf Simons is at Christian Dior now; Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent—and Jil Sander is back at Jil Sander.” Then, of course, there’s Lam—a master in his own right at the simplicity of sportswear. “Derek wanted something that wasn’t referenced,” Pita shared, as he coated hair with Phyto Intense Volume Mousse, blowing it dry for texture and then coating his hands with its Workable Holding Spray before slicking down front pieces from an imperfect side part. Pita used T3′s straightening and styling iron to create loose waves through the lengths, deconstructing them a bit to ensure that the hair never looked “worked on.”

Estée Lauder creative director of makeup Tom Pecheux was going for a similar light-handed approach, despite using a bounty of product. “The only thing we’re not using is mascara!” he said of the fully made-up face that still managed to avoid looking heavy, thanks to Pecheux’s focus on a “see-through,” transparent finish. Prepping skin with Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Intensive Age Renewal Creme, his trusty bottle of its Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator and the new-for-spring Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion, Pecheux created a base with its Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup. Contouring with Lauder’s Pure Color Blush in Brazen Bronze instead of a sculpting product, Pecheux moved his focus to the eyes, which were layered with a selection of the brand’s forthcoming Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints in Cosmic, Extreme Emerald, Halo, and Steel, a sheer teal/sandy-gold palette Pecheux described as “aqua—like the reflection of sunrise on a lake.” Lips were toned down and arches were beefed up, in accordance with Pecheux’s preference for big, full brows—”I can’t help it,” the face painter joked. As Lam made his way around the room, checking on the pre-show progress, he stopped by Pecheux’s station for a quick hello. “The girls look pretty!” he said. Indeed.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

The Night Time Is The Right Time


If you ask Tom Pecheux what inspires his makeup looks at any given show backstage during fashion week, you’ll get a myriad of different responses from a myriad of different designer directions. “Spooky girls” at Marni; “the little sister of Amy Winehouse” at Moschino; and college coeds with “twisted minds” at Derek Lam. But deep down, there is really only one thing that drives the Estée Lauder creative director of makeup: “Parisian women late at night.” It guided his face-painting effort at Anthony Vaccarello in October—and it’s what lies at the heart of Lauder’s new Pure Color Nail Lacquer.  A move that is meant to expand Lauder’s polish offerings to meet an increasing consumer demand for statement nail varnishes, Pecheux has created two new color collections for the beauty behemoth: Beyond Black features deep, creamy opaque shades like Blue Blood, a fabulous inky navy; Viper, a blackened green similar to the color Pecheux ordered up for Vaccarello’s Fall show; and Caviar, a luxurious slate gray. Meanwhile, Metal Mania includes shades like the shimmering Smashed, a ruby glitter-flecked aubergine, as well as Fiery Hot, a gold- and silver-spiked burgundy. They’re technically meant to be worn as evening attire, but, like, when hasn’t a night at the Parisian discotheque lasted well into the morning hours?

Photo: Courtesy of Estee Lauder