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Sporty But Still Smoldering, Backstage At Gucci

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Sex appeal is always expected backstage at Gucci, but this season, creative director Frida Giannini requested that face painter Pat McGrath and hair guru Luigi Murenu take a more athletic approach. “She wanted something sporty but still made up,” McGrath explained. In lieu of harsh pencils, a shimmery, golden-brown shadow was gently wrapped around the eyes—with the outer corners intensified in a sideways “V” shape for definition. To incorporate the copper shade that was threaded throughout the collection, McGrath added the same hue to the center of lids, working the pigment from the lash line up toward the crease. The top lashes were curled and coated with black-brown mascara, arches were filled in, and lips were left natural, with the exception of a clear balm for moisture. To add warmth, the makeup artist opted for a foundation—instead of often heavy and cake-y bronzers—one to two shades darker than each model’s complexion, blending it from apple to temple. A combo of cream and powder highlighters placed on cheekbones and brow bones lent a dewy effect to skin, and a touch of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream was applied to lids right before the models hit the runway for extra sheen.

Murenu created a style that played on the theme but was still “glam and exceptional.” To give hair oomph, he applied Kérastase Lift Vertige to roots and Mousse Bouffant throughout before blow-drying—using either a round brush or his fingers to add volume from forehead to crown. Once strands were dry, he wrapped small sections from the mid-length down around a curling iron to form loose waves. Murenu scraped the hair off the face with Elixir Ultime for Colour Treated Hair and worked it through to the ends for texture and shine that didn’t appear wet, greasy, or limp. “In my mind, I imagined Lauren Hutton going for a jog in the seventies,” he said. A few spritzes of Gloss Appeal were misted over top to finish. I might be more inclined to exercise if, at the end of it, I walked away looking as fabulous as a Gucci girl.

A Scent That Measures Up

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Gucci Made to Measure

Inspired by Gucci’s Made to Measure service (which entails hand-selecting the fabric and silhouette—and even having your name embroidered on the label—of your custom-made suit, tux, or dress shirt), Frida Giannini conceived a new cologne by the same name. For far less than one of the Italian brand’s impeccably tailored garments, a dapper gentleman can spritz on that same aura of luxury and sophistication with Gucci Made to Measure Eau de Toilette. And like any scent, it adapts uniquely to its wearer. Top notes of French lavender and anis seed are meant to represent the first encounter with a suit—from the softness of the silk lining down to the shiny cuff links, while the spicy heart of cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum reflect the feeling of sumptuous cashmere or substantial wool fabric on skin. A rich base of patchouli, cistus labdanum (the resin of a Spanish shrub), and leather offers a bold and refined finish, lending structure to the blend. As for the weighty flacon, Giannini wanted it to be iconic and reflective of the fashion house (similar to what No. 5 is to Chanel), adding details like the horse-bit gold cap and emblazoning it with the signature of founder Guccio Gucci. And it doesn’t hurt that James Franco—who produced The Director, a film that documents Giannini’s life over 18 months—serves as the face of the fragrance. We’d say the handsome actor fits this campaign (in which he drives around in one of Jay Leno’s vintage Lambos) like a glove.

Available now exclusively at Macy’s.

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci

Smooth Criminal

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Rooney Mara, Downtown Calvin Klein With The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of IFC Films' "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"At last night’s screening of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, held at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, Rooney Mara showed up wearing a cropped Calvin Klein look (she’s the face of the brand’s latest fragrance, Downtown) and sported sleek, half-up, half-down hair. Her slick center-parted style reminded us of the glossy strands seen at Fall shows such as Gucci, Kenneth Cole, and Cushnie et Ochs, where the top half of the head had major sheen, but the length was left dry. We also like that Mara added a bit of texture via undone waves (like those worn down the Calvin Klein Collection runway for Resort).

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Gucci To Do Makeup—For Real This Time; Paris Jackson: Beauty Vlogger; And More…

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Gucci-Makeup-Pat-McGrath.jpgAfter at least two years of speculation, sources are indicating that a Gucci makeup line is officially in the works. But the question remains: will the Italian brand, which has had a licensing contract with Procter & Gamble Co.’s Prestige division since 2006, enlist P&G global creative design director, Pat McGrath to design the color collection? Here’s hoping. [WWD]

Don’t have the willpower to go on a real diet? Try the “miracle” tongue patch, a stamp-sized piece of surgical material that is stitched onto the tongue to make the consumption of food so painful, a liquid diet becomes compulsory. It might sound crazy, but it’s gaining popularity in Venezuela. [Time]

Paris Jackson, the King of Pop’s oldest daughter, may not be following in her father’s footsteps with a career in music, but she just might achieve her own superstardom the 21st century way—with a YouTube makeup tutorial channel. [NYDN]

Everyone’s free to wear sunscreen, just like Baz Luhrmann said in the nineties. But if you do so on the regular, you will in fact reduce the physical signs and speed of skin aging. Yes, you’ve presumably heard this many, many times before; but now there is scientific evidence to back up the claims. [NYT]

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Reese Lightens Up; Kate Is Still Number One; and More…

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Reese Witherspoon is back to blonde. Following some, er, negative associations with her brooding brunette, the actress has returned to her former shade of honey gold, which she revealed this wekkend underneath the protection of a sun hat. [Daily Mail]

Spoiler alert: Kate Middleton is still the number-one hair icon in Great Britain, according to a survey recently conducted by Kérastase. [Hello]

Blake Lively’s Mother’s Day shopping was made easy, thanks to her lucrative fragrance contract with Gucci. “When [my mom] smelled my Gucci Premiere, the bottle was gone from my shelf in about two seconds,” the actress said when discussing how she planned on gifting her mom this past weekend. [InTouch]

Had Lively’s mother been a Chanel No. 5 fan, we imagine this new release from the French brand might have caught her eye: Today comes news that Chanel has created a limited-edition, giant bottle of the Grand Extrait version of its iconic scent, which is filled with nearly two pounds of perfume. The oversize flacon rings in at a whopping $4,200. [WSJ.]

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