42 posts tagged "Gucci Westman"
Gucci Westman claims that she knows more about Manchester United (a British soccer team), and coaches leaving and coming thanks to her designer husband David Neville, than she does about makeup—but we beg to differ. Inspired by the bright colors and fervor surrounding the impending World Cup in Brazil, the face painter took a new approach at Rag & Bone. “It’s [the label's] first-ever lip adventure—I’ve done a stain, but never anything this full-on,” she says. A blend of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Carnival and ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous (out in January) was applied with a brush, but the rest of the face was made up using mostly fingers—Westman told her team to press the product into the skin for that lived-in look.
The lids were slightly more toned down in comparison to the models’ orange pouts—a combo of ColorStay Shadowlinks in Charcoal, Onyx, and Cocoa was applied and then wiped off using flat cotton swabs and makeup wipes. Post-shadow deconstruction, Westman applied a mix of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Dr. Hauschka Eye Contour Day Balm, and Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator onto lids for extra sheen and rubbed a shimmery brown powder shadow along the lower lash line. Her inspiration: makeup leftovers after a really fun night out. “The next day you look pretty good, even though you’re hung-over,” she joked. The rest of the face was kept simple—defining only the brows with a pencil and using Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes on cheeks and Skinlights in Pink Light (also launching in January) on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and chin for additional glow. Westman topped everything off with a spritz of Evian Brumisateur Facial Mist to give the girls a fresh, dewy look.
Guido Palau set out to reinvent the brand’s cool, wearable hair using only two products. He made clean center parts with a comb and slicked strands down around the crown to the point just above the temples using Redken Forceful 23 finishing spray. For contrast and texture, he wet the length and worked in the lotion-like Satinwear 02 before letting the hair air-dry. And instead of being hidden, the ears became the focal point of the style—with small sections being pulled out in front and the rest tucked behind. “When girls are young, their ears stick out and it adds a certain charm—I wanted to emphasize that here,” he explains. We were certainly smitten.
Diane Kruger Shows Off Her French; Gucci Westman’s Beauty Beginnings; What Your Nail Shape Says About You; and More
Diane Kruger, who was recently announced as the new face of Chanel skincare, appears in a short film accompanying the house’s La Commence de Beauté campaign that debuted today. The actress and Karl Lagerfeld muse discusses her views on beauty in fluent French. “I believe that beauty is not skin deep. I believe that beauty is something that you earn,” she said. “It’s a question of curiosity, culture, a certain strength of character.”
New online beauty destination Byrdie is off to a productive start this week. Today, renowned makeup artist (and Revlon’s global artistic color director) Gucci Westman opened up about the first time she wore makeup. “I think I was maybe 15. It would have been a baby blue eye shadow—this is terrible—a sort of cool blue mascara, and blue on the inner waterline with really, really thin plucked eyebrows, pink cheeks, and bronzer—God, don’t ever do that. It’s because I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup, so I brought stuff to school and put it on in the bathroom. I thought I looked major.” We’ve all been there, but it’s reassuring to hear about professionals fumbling early on, too.
Despite years of manicures, we’re still never quite sure what to say when asked “round or square?” To clear up that question, Vogue Australia broke down what your nail shape says about you. According to the article, ladies who opt for round “favor timeless over trend-based pieces…and like nails to take a backseat to sartorial choices,” while square girls don’t mind “trying loud colors or exploring nail art.” Meanwhile, those who keep their claws super short are “low maintenance,” and fans of “stiletto” talons “don’t shy from the spotlight.”
Following a collaboration with Le Métier de Beauté in 2010, and a signature scent that was launched last year, Marchesa has secured another beauty partnership, this time with Revlon. Lending its special brand of lavish luxury to the increasingly popular nail game, the fashion house will do three different 3-D appliqué press-ons with the storied New York beauty behemoth. Revlon has also confirmed that its artistic director of makeup, Gucci Westman, will helm the backstage team at Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman’s runway show in September. [WWD]
Also making the nail world turn today is word of Orly’s new Shade Shifters, gel top coats that change color with your mood as your body temperature rises. What will they think of next? [MTV]
You know that cup of complimentary tea you often enjoy at the salon or spa post-treatment? It’s becoming an essential part of the business of beauty. [WSJ]
After much speculation, One Direction’s first signature scent has finally arrived. The fruity floral is called Our Moment and smells of pink grapefruit, wild berries, freesia, creamy musk, sheer woods, and white patchouli. Mothers, hide your daughters. [WWD]
In other boys-who-like-girls-who-like-their-namesake-perfume news, the name of Justin Bieber’s next eau has been leaked! The follow-up to the pop star’s monster success with his first two eaux, Someday and Girlfriend, will be called The Key. [Hollywood Life]
Banana liner—or banane, as François Nars often refers to the single arched pencil etching that is customarily drawn through the crease of the eye, en Français—is a classic sixties-era makeup mainstay. You may remember seeing it last season at Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Moschino, when the decade experienced its latest resurgence. But there is a way to modernize the popular lid embellishment, as we learned from Gucci Westman at Rag & Bone’s Fall show—and makeup artist Polly Osmond in the new issue of Numéro. “The typical sixties shape starts closer to the nose,” Westman explained backstage in New York, choosing to start her stroke toward the center of the eye and drag it straight out toward the temple, rather than in a more perfect crescent shape. For her part, Osmond went the other direction, starting her line almost on top of model Nadja Bender’s nose and keeping it soft and slightly diffused. “This feels more obscure,” Westman said of the benefits of experimenting with newfangled approaches to old techniques—and making them seem new again in the process.
Oscar de la Renta gave makeup artist Gucci Westman and hairstylist Orlando Pita a challenge this season: to create four different hair-and-makeup looks instead of the requisite one. “Oscar’s collection has four very different sections, and we really wanted the hair and makeup to reflect that,” Westman explained backstage, giving every girl the dewy, glow-y skin the Revlon artistic director has become known for, with perfectly highlighted contours courtesy of Revlon’s Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nudes, before starting in on each different look.
First out was the Faye Dunaway-inspired matte-orange lip, which Westman created by mixing Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks in It Girl and Front Row. “She has a major mouth,” Westman boasted, pairing the mandarin pout with hairstylist Orlando Pita’s extra-loose ponytails with wispy strands that escaped toward the front, “as if the girls have been running.”
Then came the Kate Moss impersonators—a favorite muse for Westman, who often culls reference points from Moss’ nineties-era heyday. “She’s channeling the nineties with a nude, heavily lined lip,” Westman explained, rimming lips with Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Natural, before double-timing its Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nudes as a lipstick. Here, Pita constructed perfectly disheveled waves—a Moss signature.
Next up was the “chinoiserie” section—or “East Asian jet set,” as Westman further described the red metallic lip she created using four different shades of lipstick, depending on the model, including Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Trendsetter and Finale, as well as its Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow and Cherry Blossom. “There’s a fragility to her pout,” Westman noted as Pita implemented a “lazy loop,” which he finished off with an Oscar de la Renta jewel.
Lastly came the “gypsy girls,” according to Westman, who were meant to look sufficiently travel worn with super-dark smoky eyes and mulberry-stained mouths. “The gypsy girl is almost greasy-looking,” she explained, fashioning a wet dark eye against paled-out skin. “I’m making the eye matte at first, then adding a layer of Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Shine City so lids are shiny just before the girls walk.” The greasy finish extended to the hair as well, as Pita slicked back twenties-inspired finger waves that were matted to the side, as though the girls had started a sophisticated style but never followed through with it. If you caught a glimpse of a technique that Pita and makeup artist Pat McGrath made famous backstage at Christian Dior under John Galliano’s reign, your eyes were not deceiving you. That Mr. Galliano, who recently completed a residency in Mr. de la Renta’s studio, was actually standing backstage to take it all in only served to further the would-be homage.