5 posts tagged "ghd"
Considering the endless spells of dry heat, Australian summers typically beget beauty routines that mainly consist of sunblock and lashings of waterproof mascara; it’s no surprise, then, that fashion week Australia always runs the risk of favoring a “no makeup” makeup look over more complex trends. What we saw this week was anything but, however, thanks to a thriving creative spirit and the imported face-painting stylings of British makeup maverick Val Garland. “What I love about Australians is that they have no fear and are willing to give it a go. They’re very enthusiastic, and you feel like everyone is so happy to be here,” said Garland, who made a surprise cameo at the shows this season. Here, we round up the ten best backstage moments from the week that was.
Lisa Ho’s woman never lacks sensuality, and Val Garland gave it to her in spades, courtesy of a dark, lacquered lip—”Like an oil slick,” she said of the precise texture—and gloriously glossy skin. Bodies were given that quintessential Bondi glow with the cult-favorite gradual tanning product Summer by Beauty Department, while ghd hair director and session stylist Alan White added “a power element” to strands via a segmented hair parting and a dual texture that was accented with tinted extensions in midnight blue. By cutting the extensions two inches beneath models’ own hair, White aimed to “create chicness, not a color statement,” he explained.
Watson x Watson
If you were in the market for a true-blue Aussie beach experience, you didn’t need to look any further than Watson x Watson, Somer and Liberty Watson’s young upstart line. “It’s when you go to the beach and your hair soaks up the elements like salt and it grows in texture,” Redken hair director Philip Barwick explained of the saturated strands that were pulled back into a half-up bun. “The shape comes from when you get out of the water and brush it off your face and the ends of the hair are blown out and windy.” The makeup here was similarly summery, inspired by the pink zinc that was a popular staple for eighties-era teen queens. To prevent the look from becoming too juvenile, Maybelline artists added a touch of glamour via bronzed contours and a clean base.
We Are Handsome
“[It] references the relationship that Guy Bourdin and Charles Jourdan had,” stylist Jolyon Mason explained of the direction for the swimwear label’s presentation, which manifested itself into a preference for the photographer’s beloved jewel-toned smoky eyes, high-blush contours, and shiny red lips. Fluffy seventies disco hair and tanned limbs, courtesy of St. Tropez, rounded out the homage, which got a small dose of the here and now via crazy and colorful nail decals from Rock Beauty London.
Michael Lo Sordo
Michael Lo Sordo loves geometry. The designer (who was recently nominated as a finalist for the Australian Woolmark Prize) kept his hair-and-makeup look sleek, simple, and contoured for Spring but asked his face-painting team to add a few, er, points of interest: blue triangles were painted onto models’ temples to serve as “futuristic beauty spots,” rather than architectural cat-eyes, as was the case when a similar technique was employed backstage at Erdem for Fall 2012.
At first glance, the beauty look at Shakuhachi was a little Givenchy Spring 2012, but makeup artist Natasha Severino’s references had nothing to do with the underwater theme Riccardo Tisci honed three seasons ago. “My brief was ‘techno chic,’ ” she explained backstage. “There were a lot of metallics and prints in the collection, and the silhouettes were almost raver. We wanted something to offset the metallic fabrics and shoes, so we decided to go with a white pigment powder overlaid with a glitter.” To add a touch of “glitz,” Severino stuck a single Swarovski Crystal underneath the lower lash line to provide an “extra ping” as models walked down the runway.
Being the new face of YSL’s Opium may be Emily Blunt’s beauty world debut, but it certainly isn’t the first time she’s been asked to front a product. Why hold out? “None were as classy as [YSL],” the actress says of the other offers. Smart girl. [Telegraph]
Pop star, fragrance mogul, and ghd spokeswoman Katy Perry may have no need for sunscreen thanks to a busy touring schedule that keeps her indoors “like a vampire,” but she has plenty use for long-lasting manicures. “Gels are just an amazing invention; you can bang your hands against anything! And those Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips are genius. All of my dancers are using them.” [Allure]
According to backstage regular and What Not to Wear’s resident coiffing star Ted Gibson, the “lob” is still very much en vogue. “It works with fashion, but it looks really fresh-straight or wavy or curly,” Gibson says of the collarbone-grazing style. [Fashion Etc]
We told you two months back that Katy Perry was adding a spokesperson gig for ghd hair straighteners to her roster of beauty endorsements. Now the ad visuals have arrived replete with predictable, Perry-esque adjectives like “pouty” and “colorful.” [Grazia]
It’s official: Kate Middleton will be wearing her hair down for the royal wedding on April 29. All the better for a diamond-encrusted crown, if you ask us. [Daily Mail]
“I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification,” says Lady Gaga. In other words, lip injections = bad; prosthetic facial horns = good. [E!]
With a coveted seat on the American Idol judging panel and a new album due out this month, J. Lo has secured the title of People‘s most beautiful person of the year—and the coveted role as our April Beauty Icon. More on that come Friday. [Reuters]
Perpetually pink-haired Avril Lavigne has introduced another color into her streaking routine: green. We’re going to guess that the presumed publicity stunt to help promote her new album will not have an effect on sales. [Ok!]
Perfume lovers, brace yourselves for some bad news. The cost of raw materials is expected to rise this year, meaning the eaux that fragrance houses like Givaudan produce for your favorite up-market brands are about to get real pricey. [Reuters]
Get this: Katy Perry, the décolletage-bearing pop star, claims that she hated her amply sized assets when she was growing up. “Little did I know…[they] would come in handy someday,” she says. Hey, at least she’s aware of the reason behind her skyrocketing numbers with teenage boys. [People]
And some more news for the “Fireworks” singer: Perry is the front-runner for a new spokesperson gig as the face—or hair, rather—of GHD straighteners. [Business & Leadership]
The next time you see a party girl spend a suspicious amount of time in the ladies’ room, don’t get the wrong idea; it might just be some on-the-spot hair straightening that’s put a new spring in her step. Coming soon to a club near you: the Beautiful Hair Styler by Beautiful Vending, a self-sterilizing GHD flat iron that mounts on a bathroom wall. Available across the pond since 2005, the unit was recently adapted for the United States and has already been installed at the Hard Rock and the Rain Palms in Vegas. Next up will be after-dark hangouts like Pacha and Touch in New York. Two dollars will get you two minutes to fix that cowlick, or you can insert a Lincoln for five minutes of styling bliss. (One can only hope that the Beautiful Hair Styler will make its way into men’s rooms as well to further serve the hordes of dudes who now rock the Bieber.) Of course, handling a scorching hot iron when you’ve thrown back a few too many may be more of a hazard than sporting a messy coif, but we leave that to your discretion.