August 30 2014

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Why You Can’t Go Wrong With Red Lipstick; Still Spreading The Lacquer Love; And More…


Red lipstick is a holiday staple, and according to François Nars, you really can’t go wrong with a bold crimson mouth. “When it comes to choosing a red lipstick, there are no rules,” the makeup maestro recently told Barneys’ Simon Doonan. “Just go for what you are most attracted
to.” [Racked]

Speaking of holiday party makeup dos and don’ts, makeup artist Romy Soleimani has a foolproof way of avoiding powder and concealer mishaps. “If your concealer looks lighter than your skin, it’ll look even lighter in a [camera] flash,” she explains. Her advice: “Use a concealer, then layer your foundation on top.” [Allure]

The end-of-year beauty sales figures are in and the winner is nail polish. According to a report by the market research company The NPD Group, sales of trendy polish shades increased by a whopping 59 percent in the U.S. during the first ten months of 2011. [NYDN]

Fans of Givaudan’s iPerfumer app, rejoice: The fragrance house has just debuted iPerfumer 2, a revamped sophomore effort. Now you can simply type in your favorite notes and ingredients and the new and improved app will recommend a perfume for you. [Cosmetics-Design Europe]

Photo: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics

Backstage At Marc Jacobs, The Beat Goes On


Marc Jacobs is a man known for his statement-making abilities, and he sure made one before his show even commenced: no press allowed backstage. We were bummed not to be able to witness the beauty wizardry of François Nars and Guido Palau firsthand, but if a flurry of press (scratch that; more like a hailstorm) was going to interrupt Jacobs’ magic-making, far be it from us to stand in the way. And magic it was, as usual.

After last season’s slick, dominatrix high ponytails, Palau created the complete visual antithesis for Spring. Taking a cue from the 1969 Bob Fosse gem Sweet Charity, the goal was a sixties girl who had been out dancing all night. Prepping hair with Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion and then rough-drying for texture, Palau gathered lengths into an easy twist. In a literal nod to Shirley MacLaine’s portrayal of the titular taxi dancer, Palau also affixed irregularly chopped faux bangs and sideburns, which peeked out from beneath top-knotted bandannas.

Nars was also feeling the Fosse vibe with a few extra nods in the directions of crooners Patsy Cline and Amy Winehouse, as well as the heavy-lidded beauty featured in Sam Haskins’ photography book Cowboy Kate. That translated to naturally luminescent skin, flesh-toned lips, and seriously strong eyes. Forgoing foundation all together, Nars opted to dab on his eponymous line’s forthcoming Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer for a dewy effect without a trace of additional face color. “Eliminating blush gave the girls a strange, otherworldly effect,” Nars explained. As did applying—count them—three pairs of strategically cut false lashes. “It made the eyes look really full along the outer corner, very decadent,” Nars added. A generous slashing of NARS Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner and its Volumizing Mascara added even more visual oomph. Brows were darkened to frame the heavy lashes and lips were painted nude with NARS Pure Matte lipstick in Madere topped with its aptly named Striptease Lip Gloss. “There was no color,” Nars said of his purposeful omission of brighter pigments. “When you looked at the girls it was like looking at a black-and-white film.”

Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Marc Jacobs

Britt Maren: From Brunette, To Blonde, To Blonder?


Last night, the glitterati turned out to fête the arrival of François Nars’ new book, Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, which is hitting shelves this month. But the nineties-era supermodels that the famed face painter is best known for primping were outnumbered by newcomers like Alana Zimmer, Ginta Lapina, Ajak Deng, and Britt Maren. The four catwalkers, all of whom have spent a fair bit of time in the makeup artist’s chair, were eager to talk skincare. “Always mix your foundation with a moisturizer,” Zimmer offered up as the best backstage beauty tip she’s ever gotten. “And wear skin oils,” Lapina added. Maren, who is back to blonde after spending the Fall show season a rich brunette, has an even simpler regimen: “For me it’s just really about drinking water and moisturizing. I use CeraVe when I want a plain basic one and I have Embryolisse, which I use all the time, too.” As for her ever-changing crop, Maren’s hair is slightly longer than it’s been recently and a pretty shade of honey gold. “Lena at Ion [Studio] took me back to blonde,” she pointed out, mentioning that her days as the poster child for platinum may not be behind her. “I did really like [the bleach],” Maren admits of the strand-damaging process Guido Palau brought back into popular favor at last spring’s Balenciaga show. “I was just talking about going a little bit lighter. It was something different.” There’s always next spring.

Photo: Clockwise from left, David X. Prutting and Neil Rasmus /; Luca Cannonieri /; Monica Feudi /

Mother Knows Best


Mothers may occasionally drive us batty (and can be more critical of our wardrobe choices than anyone else in our lives), but they tend to also be a pretty wise bunch—particularly when it comes to beauty matters. With Mother’s Day right around the corner (put your flower orders in now), we asked some of our favorite beauty insiders to share the wisdom, tips, tricks, and secrets their own maternal figures have passed along to them. The overlying advice? When in doubt, D.I.Y.

Pati Dubroff, Clarins celebrity beauty artist

“My mother always taught me not to forget the neck, the skin behind the ears and the chest when applying masks, face creams, even eye creams. Anything left on the fingertips goes beyond the face. Recently an actress who is my same age remarked that my neck was ‘holding up well,’ and I’m sure it’s a result of this practice.”

François Nars, founder of NARS Cosmetics

“Blush is one of my favorite products and it’s because my mother used to be so fond of it. She would never leave the house without it. And if she ever didn’t have blush on, she would pinch her cheeks. It always made her feel better.”

Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes

“My mother introduced me to authentic Turkish rosewater. She would always make sure I had a bottle and encouraged me to mist it on my face and hair. I don’t know if she even knew of the powerful antiaging components of rose, but I still use rosewater every day. And my great grandmother who lived to be 104 always told me to wash my face with buttermilk.”

Cynthia Chua, founder of Strip Ministry of Waxing

“One of the best things [my mom] has taught me is this wonderful remedy of myrrh oil for a mouth abrasion, which always works almost instantaneously. She also taught me to drink a glass of hot water infused with lemon first thing every morning to aid your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins from your body.”

Vincent Longo, makeup artist and founder of Vincent Longo cosmetics

“My grandmother always had the most beautiful-looking skin and gorgeous silver hair; it was long down to her buttocks and she would keep it braided and wrapped perfectly around her head. I remember how every morning before braiding it she would wash it and then comb a little almond oil through. She would then take an extra dab of almond oil and rub it over her face. To this day it’s my favorite product for my hair and skin and one of the only ones I always use!”

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Liner Notes For Fall


It all started at the Couture shows in January. Peter Philips scrawled a deliberately short, thick, almost awkward line across models’ top lash lines at Chanel to “take the makeup look away from retro,” and a new era of unexpected liner applications had officially begun. Since then, the concept has been all over the Fall shows. At Marc Jacobs’ dominatrix extravaganza in New York, François Nars called his similar flicks “droopy,” comparing the downward sloping line he drew onto upper lash lines with his new for fall Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Via Venetto to “a grandmother who’s a bit eccentric that puts on her eyeliner wrong.”

Flash forward to Milan, and a whole range of unique adaptations of the sixties makeup essential were employed to keep the plethora of references to that era from becoming too literal. At D&G, Pat McGrath added white to the equation, coating the inner rim of the lower lash line with Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup Crayon Intense Eyeliner in #13 White to add a modern, graphic touch to the thick black stroke on lids. A few hours later at Moschino, Tom Pecheux turned to MAC Technakohl liner in Graphblack to draw an oval shape that swept underneath the lower lash line and almost extended to the brow bone to resemble cat-eye sunglasses. “It looks like every girl is wearing them on the catwalk whether she is or not,” he quipped, topping the outline with a dusting of MAC Single Matte eye shadow in Carbon for opacity. On Sunday, it was Lucia Pieroni’s turn at Missoni, and she focused her attention on crafting an elongated black smudge along lower lash lines only using the same MAC Technakohl liner at Missoni to help hammer home the idea of “cool girls who are slightly masculine.”

As far as our favorite incarnation goes, it’s a tie. Yesterday at Giorgio Armani, the house’s resident face painter, Linda Cantello, etched two parallel lines extended toward the temple from the outer corners of models’ eyes for a look that was inspired by “the boudoir,” while Peter Philips brought things full circle at Jil Sander. Rather than extrapolate on the trend with a new shape, he chose to introduce a new color: a shimmering, blue-reen jade. And on to Paris, we go…

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /