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July 31 2014

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Product Eye Candy: An Exclusive Sneak Peek at a Beauty Line Gone Rogue

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When three of the beauty industry’s mane men—Garren, Thom Priano, and Howard McLaren—who boast more than one hundred years of combined experience, join forces, the result is bound to be good…and even better for your hair. “It just sort of happened. There was no real plan that all three of us got together,” said Priano, who refers to McLaren as their “West Coast connection” and “European brain.” “Garren and I have been talking about products for years, and then a third party came in and we thought, What a great idea, this is a dream team for us.” The trio refer to themselves as a collective—much like Andy Warhol’s Factory—where artists of all kinds (hairstylists, photographers, fashion stylists, etc.) can weigh in and contribute to their evolving brand, R+Co (which is short for Rogue and Company), launching next month. In addition to industry insiders, social media will play a huge role in how they continue to evolve the already-extensive range consisting of twenty-three products that are “free of most everything,” including parabens, sulfates, glutens, petroleum, and other bad-for-the-Earth ingredients. “It will be interesting how this line is going to grow,” he noted. “This is just not Garren, myself, and Howard, it’s everyone.” (Feel free to hit them up on Twitter or Instagram @RogueandCo with your brilliant ideas.) And the packaging is as innovative as their formulas and thought processes. From chandeliers to beach scenes to the New York City skyline, the bottle designs are reflective of the three founding pros’ eye for aesthetics and time spent on shoots with photographers such as Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, and Irving Penn, as well as supers like Gisele Bündchen and Karlie Kloss. (Garren was responsible for Kloss’ much-lauded bob and Farrah Fawcett’s iconic feathered look.) “The photographs [on our labels] tell a story all on their own,” noted Priano (not to mention dress up the walls of your shower). Plus, the range features five citrus-based scents—Love Bite, Serious Gaze, Relative Paradise, Dark Waves, and Rosy Eyed—that are guy- and girl-friendly. While Garren gave beauty editors a sneak peek at the Chiffon mousse he used at Anna Sui this past season, click here to get an exclusive first look at the full collection.

The triple threat behind R+Co (from left): Howard McLaren, Thom Priano, Garren

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Rita Ora Brushes a Few Inches Off; Nonie Creme Breaks Away From Butter London; and More

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rita-oraDays after she walked the Moschino catwalk sporting sultry Hollywood waves, Rita Ora revealed an edgy new bob on Instagram, joining the likes of Hilary Rhoda and Taylor Swift. “He is a genius @Chrisappleton for my fresh cut!” she captioned. The British singer’s choppy new ‘do proves that 2014 is, in fact, the Year of the Bob, and the crop is obviously so 2013.

Watch out, Rita. Daniel Radcliffe also debuted a new bob this week. Sadly, his wasn’t by choice. Radcliffe’s locks are actually extensions put in place for his new role in the upcoming Frankenstein film. Said the actor of his longer-length strands: “The amount of work it takes, having to dry it—do anything to it is a f*cking nightmare. I do have a whole new sympathy for women.” May we suggest a Jared Leto-esque man bun. [Elle]

In other hair news, eating more meat can be good for your bones—and your locks. A diet lacking in protein, hairstylist Garren told Allure, can lead to “starving” hair that spindles out and sheds more easily, as protein is an “essential nutrient for healthy hair,” noted dermatologist Francesca Fusco. For vegetarians, Fusco recommends foods like quinoa, spinach, and tofu.

Nonie Creme, the former founding creative director of Butter London, announced that she’s launching a new mass-market beauty line in January of next year dubbed Nonie Creme-Colour Prevails. It will include beauty products across all categories, such as hair (“semi-perm hair dye” she noted on Twitter), nails, and cosmetics. “It’s not a big secret that I cut my teeth backstage, grew up as a fashion kid in London on shoots and shows, and I was fortunate to be adopted early when nails weren’t even a thing,” she told WWD. “I was able to zero in on the fact that someone needed to be there [to give models a manicure]. You can’t have [Mario] Testino shooting a model with dirty, skanky nails.” No, you most certainly cannot.

Musing on Anna May Wong, Backstage at Anna Sui

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In terms of interpreting a reference, the work of Pat McGrath and Garren was quite literal, if not spot-on. Anna May Wong in the silent film Piccadilly served as the inspiration, along with Anjelica Huston and Mary Quant. Sure, Wong wasn’t exactly wearing vibrant cobalt or emerald hues on her eyes (at least not from what we could tell judging by the black-and-white film), but Sui’s collection—punctuated by pops of ruby red, forest green, violet, sapphire, and burgundy—called for some serious color. And did McGrath ever deliver. After applying CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup (a water-based foundation formula), the upper and lower rims were lined in black. Then the makeup guru dampened either a blue or green pigment and applied an opaque wash around the eye, dabbing a lighter iteration of each shade on the inner corners. The decision of who received what color was left up to Sui, said McGrath. Lashes were coated with a yet-to-launch mascara, and lips were slicked with a deep brick pencil and a custom-blended lipstick. A bit of pigment was removed in the center and replaced with LipPerfection in Hot (a flaming red).

Garren did his part by re-creating Wong’s signature bangs for each fringe-less model—reaching for extension pieces with a triangular base and side pieces. “We’re doing them in center sections so that they dart down the middle and are very blunt across the forehead,” he explained. A flat chignon was made in back and held in place with a single chopstick. As for trying faux strands at home à la Sui-channeling-Wong, the hair pro said, why not? “You have so many options as girls, so you might as well enjoy it all.” I couldn’t agree more.

Photos: Getty

NARS Channels the Tropics

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With temperatures expected to drop into the teens tomorrow, I figured now is the perfect time to share NARS’ steamy new Spring 2014 campaign video featuring model Toni Garrn, makeup artist Diane Kendal, hair guru Garren, and, of course, founder François Nars behind the lens. With shades inspired by lush, tropical fruit (like a guava-hued lip gloss and cantaloupe-colored nail polish) and metallic shadows and liners (lending lids that slick, fresh-out-of-the-water sheen), this collection will certainly help dispel those winter blues and brighten up a black-and-gray cold-weather wardrobe.

Available January 15 at NARS boutiques

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Photo/Video: Courtesy of NARS

Backstage at Anna Sui: Pre-Raphaelites Enter the Modern Era

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The models who walked down the runway looked as if they’d just stepped out of a painting produced by William Holman Hunt or John Everett Millais, both founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (an artistic movement in Victorian England). Makeup master Pat McGrath put a slight twist on the theme by injecting “psychedelic pastels” and adding a touch of sparkle for a bit of “Anna Sui magic.” While the majority of models received the rosy treatment, there were three—Hanne Gaby Odiele, Julia Nobis, and Janice Alida—who wore a pop of punchy acidic blue on their lids.

McGrath started by evening out the skin with foundation and concealer, then applied CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush in Roses on the cheeks, lids, and along the lower lash line. She topped that with a slightly deeper pink shade, Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry (a cream formula). To add a subtle luminescence, the face painter dabbed a gold highlighter (available in January 2014) on the tops of cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes, and finished with a light dusting of glitter on the center of the lid. After lashes were coated with rich black mascara, she used Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Luv Bug to lend a sheer stain to lips. The process remained the same for the trio with the brighter shadow, only this time McGrath swapped out the blush on the eyes for a theatrical paint, running the color into the inner corners and just up past the crease. (Try Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Sapphire Flare for a similar effect.) For more definition, black mascara was also added to the bottom lashes.

Hairstylist Garren set out to combine two contrasting ideas: rock ‘n’ roll and romanticism. After strands were lengthened with extensions, he made a center part. “If I made a side part, it would turn into a disco [look],” he said. (For models with shorter cuts, he pulled the top half up into a small knot and added extensions to the back and sides.) Next, he sectioned the hair and made waves by clamping a triple-barrel iron at an angle about a half-inch from the root down to the ends, starting at the bottom layers and working his way up to the surface. To lend an undone, airy finish, he used a wide-tooth comb to brush through and open up the waves. Paired with the beaded headpieces and floral crowns, the total package was dreamy but not at all dated.

Photos: GoRunway.com