48 posts tagged "Gucci Westman"
“Very fresh, optimistic, natural, and pretty.” The words rolled off makeup artist Gucci Westman’s tongue as she enthusiastically applied cream-textured neutral tones to models’ lips and cheeks backstage at Oscar de la Renta’s Resort show this afternoon. “The focus is really on the girls—we need this freshness right now,” Westman continued, patting alternating strokes of Revlon’s Cream Blush in Berry Flirtatious and Not So Nude onto skin with her fingers. To complete her tribute to “realism and rawness,” Westman brushed brows upward, filling in sparse areas with pigmented powder before taking down lips with foundation or concealer. A quick mist of thermal water spray left that coveted dewy finish, “as though the girls have just run off the beach and slipped into their Oscar,” Frédéric Fekkai hair stylist Andre Rodman offered. For his part, Rodman was also taking things back to basics, prepping models’ hair with Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray to create texture for two easy waves that fell on either side of the girls’ faces.
Seeing as how flawless skin and hair necessitate a flawless body, de la Renta brought in the big guns for his gams-friendly Resort show, namely Martha Friedlander. A “body specialist” best known for her work at the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, Friedlander specializes in creating bronzed, uniformly toned legs, arms, torsos, and whatever else is visible on the runway using hand-mixed “concoctions” of lotions and gels paired with different shades of shimmer. Homemade tinted skin salves are an easy DIY beauty trick for the summer, too—should you be “slipping into your Oscar.” Just mix a touch of liquid bronzer with your favorite lotion, cream, or oil and raise your hemline at will.
No cash for an ad campaign? The next best thing for transmitting your message, many designers have been discovering lately, is a well-produced lookbook, print or digital. Ohne Titel designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill seek out “inspirational” collaborators for their online marketing materials. The job requirements: “We work with people who are strong and interesting,” Adams told us about the design duo’s approach, which has already made models out of 80-year-old former fashion buyer and retailer Marilyn Reisman and artist Tauba Auerbach. “It’s pretty organic,” she admits of the selection process. And fans of the brand, like Cecilia Dean, who will be representing the Fall collection, are usually more than willing to oblige. “I was totally flattered,” Dean said of being asked to participate in the shoot,
which wrapped this weekend at the Eldridge and also includes cameos from Interview‘s Christopher Bollen and L.A.-based boutique owner Zainab Sumu. “I wear a lot of their stuff anyway,” Dean added. “Wearing their clothes, it’s like I’m heading for battle and ready to take on the world.”
Dean, who confessed that she rarely wears makeup or even does her hair, was being tended to on set by Revlon’s global artistic director, Gucci Westman. (World domination often requires a little touch-up, after all.) Westman, who can be credited for the beauty look at Ohne Titel’s runway presentations, whipped up a “lived in” seventies-inspired eye for the occasion, blending Revlon’s Luxurious Color Satin and Perle Eye Shadow in Black Galaxy across Dean’s lids and smudging its Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet around her upper lash line. A thin stroke of Revlon’s ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen “kicked out” at the outer corners’ of Dean’s eyes and a more-is-more approach with its Grow Luscious mascara added a hint of drama to the whole look. To really give off the “just leaving the club” vibe she was going for, Westman mixed a little lip balm on top of her shadow job and spritzed Dean’s face with water so that the Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator on her cheeks appeared dewy and glowing. Was this a sneak peek at what we can expect to see backstage at Ohne’s show come September? Not so much. “These are real personalities, so you want to emphasize their individuality—not make them look like one person,” Westman explained of her creative direction. What we did get to preview was the face painter’s new limited-edition Multi Use Palette, part of her Fall Suede Rhapsody Collection, due out in October. Four creamy colors for eyes and cheeks sit on top of a universally flattering shade of reddish pink lip tint that slides out to the side like spy gear. “I hope this is the first of more of these in different shades,” Westman divulged. Us, too.
Early risers looking for a way to enjoy what is supposed to be some glorious verging-on-summer weather in New York this weekend—while supporting women’s health initiatives—should head over to Times Square tomorrow morning for the start of the annual Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Revlon 5K Run/Walk for Women. Below, we’ve come up with a top three list of reasons why it’s worth your while to make for midtown on a Saturday:
1. As one of the largest single-day fundraisers for women’s cancers in the country, you could be among 25,000 cardio-enthusiasts burning calories together to help raise funds in support of breast and ovarian cancer research.
2. It’s supposed to be 85 degrees tomorrow, so getting yourself up, out, and moving early will ensure maximum enjoyment of the day. Plus, a 5K is like…only three miles. Bring a coffee and a friend and leisurely stroll your way up to Central Park’s East Meadow, where the event culminates.
3. Revlon brand ambassadors Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Jessica Biel will be there (we’re guessing in yoga pants and baseball caps), as will Revlon artistic director Gucci Westman. One Dr. Oz will also be in attendance (we fancy him more of a warm-up pants kind of guy).
Click here to register, or just show up in Times Square around 8:15 a.m. for the opening ceremonies. Bring water, sunscreen, and peace of mind knowing that you’ve done womankind a small solid.
As readers of this blog already know, a good red lipstick has become a must-have for your fall makeup bag, and the classic pout color is continuing its catwalk run in Milan with recent appearances at Dsquared², Just Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Pollini, Moschino, and Versus. But if you’re looking for something a bit darker next season—in both hue and emotional affect—deep berry stains are picking up acolytes on both sides of the Atlantic as well. In New York, it was Tom Pecheux who set the bar at Peter Som, using a MAC Lip Pencil in Currant, which he topped with its burgundy lipstick in Kittenish and held in place with a few mattefying dabs of its Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in My Dark Magic. The idea was “uptown with Woodstock on the mind,” Pecheux said of the good-girl-gone-bad color scheme. In London, makeup artist Gucci Westman went for a similar vibe at Antonio Berardi, where she topped Revlon’s Colorburst Lipsticks in Grape and Plum with a dark brown eyeliner for depth. The shade may have been at its best at Missoni yesterday, though, where Lucia Pieroni mixed MAC lipsticks in Cyber and Hang-Up for a rich purple that she made even darker by precisely blending a black eyebrow pencil around the lip line. The color has head-to-toe appeal, too; the mani/pedi-minded among you might be interested to know that that delectable wine-stained polish that was peeking out of those Louboutin gladiator sandals at The Row was courtesy of Lancôme’s Le Vernis in Untamed Plum.
Kate Moss morning-after makeup was out and Christie Brinkley was in at Oscar de la Renta yesterday. Cosmetics ads from the early eighties served as inspiration—dramatic eyes, sunken cheekbones, feathered hair, and all. “It’s really the whole look,” Revlon’s global artistic director of makeup, Gucci Westman, explained backstage, where she was giving the era of excess a few modern updates. Chalky skin was thus replaced by a lustrous finish, thanks to Revlon’s Age Defying Spa Face Illuminators in Pink Light and Gold Light, and matte brick lips were made glossy to bring them back to the now with Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Chocolicious and Lipgloss in Shine City. Westman’s cheek contours and smoky, shimmering eyes were a direct tribute, though—as were Orlando Pita’s highly stylized feathered waves, for which sections of hair were set in rollers then brushed out, teased in the back for height, and set with T3 Elevate Heat-Seeking Volumizer. It was a defiant stand against the “undone” message proliferating at the shows this week, and we liked it. A lot.