April 19 2014

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


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



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


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


Photo/Video: Courtesy of NARS

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


Anna Sui

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.


The 411: Marcia Kilgore


Marcia Kilgore is, to put it simply, beauty royalty. After all, she is the brains behind Bliss—first a pioneer, and now a ubiquitous presence, in the spa category. It was in 1996 that the Canadian-born entrepreneur turned her own longtime quest for clear skin into a business that would, in the years since, grow to become a vast empire, which is characterized by no-nonsense, results-driven treatments (like that iconic triple oxygen facial that first earned Kilgore many a celebrity devotee) and those signature baby blue products with the clever names. And Bliss isn’t even the only notch in Kilgore’s beauty belt; she can also lay claim to Soap and Glory, the similarly cheeky London line that reentered the U.S. market at Sephora last summer, and FitFlop! To say that the slender tycoon with the severe blonde bob is beauty obsessed would be an understatement. It goes without saying, then, that compiling her list of favorite primping and preening destinations was just a little bit of a thrill.

The One-Stop Beauty Shop: Sephora
“The original Sephora Soho store is still my favorite stop for beauty products in New York. Not only because I can do a quick ‘sweep’ of the Soap and Glory shelves, but because that strip of Soho brings back a lot of great memories for me.”
555 Broadway New York, NYC, (212) 625-1309.

The Pond-Hopping Face Places: Bliss and Sarah Chapman
“In New York it’s Beata Chyla at Bliss Soho; there’s nobody better. She’s fabulous, kind, thoughtful, extremely thorough, and has a great positive energy. In London I go to Sarah Chapman on Draycott Avenue; she’s the first facialist I didn’t feel the need to correct!”
Bliss, 568 Broadway, NYC, (212) 380-4699,; Sarah Chapman, 106 Draycott Ave., London, +44 0207 589 9585,

The Hair Heroes: New York and L.A. Pros
“In New York, I generally beg for a last-minute appointment between receptionists at Garren and Yves Durif at the Carlyle. In London, it’s Kevin Moss at John Frieda, then Josh at Josh Wood Atelier or Daniel at Daniel Galvin for color.”
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