55 posts tagged "Gwyneth Paltrow"
Sonya Dakar is somewhat of a skincare psychic. Upon looking at a client’s complexion, the facialist can determine whether they’ve been eating properly; if a breakout is related to digestive problems; and, more important, which products will eradicate the issues at hand. Her latest labor of love: a four-piece, 100 percent natural collection that launched yesterday on Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop. Made from the oil of a hoya flower—a protected plant species found in Asia that is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits—the line includes a cleanser, organic omega booster (a new variation of Dakar’s cult-favorite skin-changing serum), body oil, and eye treatment. “Oils were originally used to anoint kings and leaders, and have incredible antibacterial properties,” Dakar noted.
In addition to the hoya flower, the range boasts a bevy of other complexion conditioning ingredients: Passion fruit and fig oils protect and strengthen skin; grapefruit, orange, and lime extracts purify and invigorate; and grape seed and avocado oils nourish while infusing your face with antioxidants. And if it’s good enough for Gwyneth, than it’s good enough for us…not to mention, sticking to a skincare regimen sounds a hell of a lot simpler than conscious uncoupling.
Hoya Nourishing Cleanser, $85; Organic Omega Booster, $85; Hoya Nourishing Body Oil, $95; Hoya Nourishing Eye Treatment, $78; goop.com.
Over a platter of Nutella French toast earlier this week, hair pro Andy Lecompte (the go-to guy for A-listers like Madonna and Penélope Cruz) revealed that the Tracy Anderson workout puts as much strain on your strands as it does your muscles. “Guess what happens when you bounce around like that?” he asked the breakfast table. “Your ponytail breaks off.” Dedicated followers like blond bombshell Gwyneth Paltrow and rainbow bright Nicole Richie are particularly at risk because their hair is routinely processed, leaving it brittle and more susceptible to breakage. His advice for Anderson’s band of followers (or anyone who hits the gym on the regular): Apply a moisturizing oil (like Wella Reconstructive Elixir, on shelves in July) and gather your length into a topknot. You’re going to sweat anyways, so you might as well forget about sustaining your blowout and treat your hair to some much-needed hydration instead. His other fitness tip (and secret behind his own hot bod): “I started breathing.” Who needs sustenance when you already have air?
When it comes to sex symbols, men and women don’t usually agree. The Hollywood “hotties” (as they are so frequently dubbed by teenage boys…and way-past-their-teen-years boys) that appear on the covers of men’s magazines don’t often strike a chord with the ladies. And then there’s that rare breed of smoke show that has the ability to win over both. Case in point: Olivia Munn. Not only is she intelligent and unafraid to lay down the law (calling out Jezebel’s criticism of her being hired at The Daily Show in an interview with Ocean Drive magazine: “Are you saying that you can only be funny and smart if you’re ugly? If the embrace of my sexuality makes you mad, it’s your problem, not mine.”), but she knows how to rock tangerine lipstick and work a bob. After our conversation (and this rarely happens), my first thought was this: “That girl is badass and I want to hang out with her.” She even revealed the journalism skills she picked up at the University of Oklahoma and started asking me questions (again, this rarely happens). Here, we talk everything from her skin secrets to sleepovers with Johnny Depp.
I heard that you got hooked on Proactiv after swiping it from your cousin. It’s hard to imagine you having anything close to acne.
When I was 16 I moved from Japan to Oklahoma, and it was either the weather change of going from one country to the other, or it was because I was the new kid in a new school and had a lot of anxiety and stress, and I got this massive breakout on my forehead. It’s hard enough being the new kid in school, but now I had to walk around with a massive amount of pimples on my forehead. I never had acne and I tried everything. This was when people were doing really hardcore things—whatever burned the most you felt like that was working. I was like Oxy pads, “Burrrnnn.” And then my cousin said to me, “My mom ordered me Proactiv, do you want to try it?” So I gave it a try and it all completely cleared up in less than a week .”
At least those days are behind you.
Weirdly enough, in 2013…all of a sudden out of nowhere I get this cystic acne on my forehead, neck, and below my ears that wasn’t going away.
What do you think caused that?
I think it was a hormonal change, but I was also on this medicine for ten days and then I got off the medicine and something happened in my body that triggered this horrible outbreak. I was shooting a movie [at the time] with Eric Bana, who is so gorgeous, and I was playing his wife, and I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is the worst.” So I got injections in my face from a dermatologist, which just collapsed my skin in certain places. Other costars, I would say, “It’s fine, it’s fine,” but the only costar that I would truly like to look nice for would be Eric Bana…I actually haven’t done a lot of make-out scenes with people in my career, I really haven’t.
Well, Eric Bana isn’t a bad place to start.
Not a bad place to start, unfortunately my acne wanted to come out, which I completely understand because I’d want to be there too if someone was hanging out with Eric Bana. So I tried everything—from acupuncturists, to a dermatologist, to Acutane…and then I came home to Proactiv+ and started trying it…thankfully I got to meet Johnny Depp with clear skin.”
Speaking of Johnny Depp, did he or Gwyneth Paltrow share any beauty secrets with you on the set of Mortdecai?
Gwyneth and I bonded quickly. I had gone to Tracy Anderson once before, but I wasn’t sure…so I started doing Tracy Anderson more and more. But that’s not really one of her beauty secrets anymore…
No, I think she’s converted quite a few at this point. What about Depp or Ewan McGregor, any good tips?
Ummm…no. If you want to be more philosophical about it, the best beauty tip you can get from them is to be nice. They were laughing and joking with everybody. There are some really mean people who are very beautiful, but they don’t radiate beauty. And these guys look so freaking young. And I worked with Jeff Goldblum and his skin looks super young. I didn’t really venture into asking them their [secrets], but I’m going to e-mail the guys and say, “You know what, we never got a chance to girl talk it out.”
You should just have a slumber party.
“Oh my gosh, it’s going to be me, Johnny, Ewan, and Gwyneth putting Proactiv masks on each other.”
What are your makeup must-haves at the moment?
My makeup must-have is the Dior Brow Styler that twists up. I can’t live without this. It’s the right color and the consistency is really great. My go-to used to be cream blush, but now it’s just the brow pencil.
It’s the Cara Delevingne effect.
I think being [half] Asian, my brows have always been really important for whatever reason. I had a makeup artist over-pluck my eyebrows a few years ago, so ever since that happened the Brow Styler became my friend. What’s your go-to?
My go-to? It would probably have to be Clé de Peau concealer.
Really? I was using that for a while, but it felt a little thick at times. Did you feel that?
I think if you use it over your moisturizer it somewhat thins it out. My new favorite, though, is the RMS Un Cover-Up.
I have that in my purse right now! I’m tapping it right now—you can’t see me, but [sound of tapping] that’s me tapping it. I use the Proactiv+ Eye Brightening Serum underneath and then I put the RMS Un Cover-Up on top of it and it reflects the light and makes such a difference. The RMS Un Cover-Up is so great because it’s not thick…I also put the undereye brightener and concealer around my nostrils—it really makes you look a lot more youthful.
Aside from the over-plucking incident with the makeup artist, what was your biggest beauty mistake?
I’ll actually tell you the event, most people won’t do that, but I will so that you can see exactly [what I’m talking about]. I was on the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London presenting the award to my boss [Aaron Sorkin]. It was at night and I had a Bridget Jones moment because I was in the car with my girlfriend and I said to her, “Do I have enough blush on? I think I need more blush.” And in some of the pictures it looks nice, but I’d say 80 percent where the flashes are hitting me, it’s like, “Wow, calm down with the blush.” All of my choices were so bad: It’s dark, inside of a car, without a mirror, and I’m on my way to a red carpet. If you look up GQ Men of the Year Awards, my name, London, and I was wearing this Armani dress—my blush is so intense. I was totally like, “Yeah bitch, this feels good, this feels hot. I’m ready to go. Watch out, London.”
I’m looking that one up on Getty.
“Yeah when you see the pictures you’ll look at it and say, “It’s better to look pale than to look like that.”
[Editor’s note: I did look up the photo on Getty, the blush was a bit extreme, but when you look like Olivia Munn, I doubt anyone is looking at your cheeks…well, at least the set on your face.]
Candles with origin stories of the far-flung fantasy variety always have a certain wooing ability with us, but so too do the ones inspired by one very specific (and very local) place—like the lovely smoky concoction Le Labo created for the Gramercy Park Hotel, or Whittemore House Salon’s peppery rose scent dreamt up by owners Larry Raspanti and Victoria Hunter. And now Shen, the Brooklyn boutique that has become a go-to for those with more under-the-radar beauty buying tendencies (think Uka nail oil, Amanda Lacey skincare, and RMS and Kjaer Weis makeup), adds a signature candle to its roster. Dubbed Cashmere, the vanilla, patchouli, and lime blend is as soft and warming as its name implies. “Typically my favorite candle is a very heady scent, but when I started thinking about what would represent Shen, it became about something that is clean, classic, and not too overpowering,” says cofounder Jessica Richards. “Timeless and unique, just like Shen.” The name and scent feel luxurious, and so too does the packaging—graphic designer Mark Farrow took his cues from Chanel’s signature black and white. And the candle can already boast one very well-heeled fan: It’s Gwyneth’s new favorite.
Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her green eyes—to which her husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, dedicated a song. And last night at the L.A. premiere of Thanks for Sharing, she played them up by rimming them with a navy liner—a shade we saw backstage at Derek Lam this season. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux told me that he opted for the inky hue over black because it was “less aggressive,” a point Paltrow certainly proves here, with her soft, rosy cheeks and always flawless, fair complexion. I do think, however, that she should have taken a cue from Lam’s show and left the red lipstick home—opting for quieter nude that allowed her lyric-worthy assets to take center stage.