58 posts tagged "Givenchy"
A newfound love for Manic Panic may not have made it to the Europe shows, but brow-bleaching—in all of its weird, futuristic glory—has been the rage from Milan to Paris. Despite the fact that Chanel Iman recently came out on behalf of the long-legged-model set to say that walking sans brows makes her feel like she’s “from another planet,” designers continue to instruct their backstage teams with the same four words: Blank out those brows. Aaron De Mey is the latest makeup artist to employ the technique, sending nothing but forehead out onto the Givenchy runway yesterday. But De Mey added a touch of voluptuousness to the otherwise androgynous look by employing a simple lip-plumping technique that doesn’t require tingling serums or vials of collagen. He used a brown liner to lightly trace the outer corners of models’ lips, adding a touch of caramel color to the centers to give the illusion of fuller pouts. We saw Stéphane Marais do something similar at Zac Posen, with a gray liner and pink gloss. It’s an easy way to retain a touch of femininity (and humanity)—you know, if you decide to erase your arches for spring.
So enamored was I with the backstage beauty look at the Givenchy Couture show yesterday, I went as far as to call my boyfriend over to the computer to have a peek. “Just look at the showmanship,” I said, pointing out the precision with which makeup artist Aaron De Mey and his team placed individual rhinestones onto models’ faces while hairstylist Luigi Murenu painted black gloss onto their hair for stark uniformity. He surveyed the situation with genuine interest and let out a very sincere, “That’s cool. What does it look like all finished?” And so, trying to contain my excitement as we perused the full slideshow, I took him through the 21-piece collection and we marveled at the union of beauty and fashion, together. Sigh…
We’ve taken on a new attitude these past few days of gray skies and endless-seeming downpours: If the sun won’t come to us, we’ll just do our best to simulate its absent glow on our own. Enter Givenchy’s new summer range, which was designed, its press release explains, with the intention of creating “gilded skin.” The collection of warm, shimmering tones includes a limited-edition eye shadow quartet, sun powder, compact powder, and two different lip glosses, as well as a Mister Bright Sun Touch of Light Pen and Glow to Wear Satiny Body Enhancer, our two favorite pieces in the line. The pen works as a bronze highlighter to brighten eyes, cheeks, and even lips if you’re into a metallic pout, while the body enhancer, which can be worn alone or combined with a moisturizer or oil, adds a touch of beach-y glimmer to skin. We’re actually wearing both of them right now, shaking our fists toward the cloud-covered sun, and boldly declaring, “Who needs you, anyway.”
A spin-off of spring’s coral trend, apricot blush seems to be usurping better-known shades of pink as the cheek color of choice these days, popping up in makeup collections and on the red carpet with increasing frequency. As far as we’re concerned, Chanel’s new Fandango and Givenchy’s Maharani Orange shades take a close second and third to Benefit Cosmetics’ Georgia face powder, an old favorite in this color category that still gets the job done. But according to New York-based makeup artist Mariel Barrera, cream blushes are the way to go if you want to fully rock this look. “A cream-based product helps your blush look like skin,” Barrera says, pointing out that the appeal of an apricot blush lies in the fact that it can mimic the sun, providing a much more natural finish than, say, an icy pink or deep berry. “The color tends to work better on women with darker complexions,” Barrera says, ” although if you have fair skin you can still wear it; just be wary of over-applying so you don’t look too orange.”
Application tips: Apply your apricot blush similarly to the way you might apply a rouge, starting on the apples of your cheeks and blending outward toward the cheek bones. Then add a little color to the bridge of your nose and forehead, anywhere the sun might hit, to make it look as natural as possible.
Inspired by Bollywood’s kitsch glamour, gaudy music, and retina-burning costumes, Parfums Givenchy’s artistic director, Nicolas Degennes, has created a new makeup collection that pays tribute to India’s national cinema. The range, which hits counters next month and is positioned right in line with spring’s vivid trend, includes two Precious Sari glitter eye shadows, a Magic Kajal eye pencil, two Prismissime Visage nine-color face powder palettes, two Sari Glow limited-edition iridescent blushes, and two new shades of Rouge Interdit lip color and Vernis Please! nail lacquer—all of which combine rich hues of orange, pink, and red. Product names like Maharani silver and packaging that’s adorned with golden bindis help sell the story line. We were particularly taken with the pink and tangerine blush compacts (shown above), covetable pieces that are so beautifully crafted you almost don’t want to use them for fear of destroying the embossed patterns on their surface. We did ultimately dip into the Maharani Orange out of sheer curiosity—orange blush?—and are pleasantly surprised to report that it goes on like a warm, sheer bronzer. It made us want to break out into an impromptu dance number.