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White Hot


Just when we thought HBO couldn’t do anything else to keep us glued to our couch on the weekends, the cable network debuted Game of Thrones this past Sunday. The complex but totally engrossing interpretation of George R. R. Martin’s multi-volume fantasy tomes is a little bit Lord of the Rings, a little bit Medieval Times—yielding a premiere that was a total visual overload: think pelts, armor, castles, bloody battles, and plenty of heaving (and exposed) bosoms. But what really caught our eye was the stark, white blond tresses of actress Emilia Clarke, who plays the exiled royal, Daenerys Targaryen. Clark joins a crop of other snowy-haired lasses like Robyn, Michelle Williams, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and even Reese Witherspoon, who brightened up her blond for her role in Water for Elephants (which, it must be said, is pretty lackluster except for the costumes, that titular elephant, and said hair).

Should you be looking to adopt similarly silvery strands for the summer, a few words to the wise: “It’s easier for someone with fair skin to pull off this look because the color will clash with dark skin tones, and the natural warmth in dark hair will make it harder to maintain,” says colorist Erin Bogart of the Sally Hershberger salon. “I also wouldn’t recommend it for someone with already damaged hair because stripping the color will cause breakage.” As the bevy of last season’s Balenciaga blondes know only too well, this icy hue requires more maintenance than any other blond in the spectrum; besides touching up the roots every four to five weeks, Bogart suggests a toner every two weeks so your platinum doesn’t turn a shade of Mountain Dew. “If you don’t want to visit the salon for toner, I would recommend using a purple shampoo like Davines Alchemic once a week to cancel out the yellow,” she says. “Since [going white blond] requires you to strip color from the cuticle, use a shampoo and conditioner for weakened hair like the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Silk Bloom collection, which contains proteins to strengthen.” Another tip: Mix, don’t match, your brows to your hair. “Darker brows look best with this color because they help to frame your face and give you structure,” advises Bogart. “You will fade away with light brows.” If you were looking for an opportunity to channel True Blue-era Madonna, here you go.


Photo: Helen Sloan / HBO

Boardwalk Empire, The Beauty Review


There were a number of reasons to be giddy with anticipation for last night’s premiere of HBO’s latest miniseries, Boardwalk Empire. First, it’s HBO, and the cable channel rarely disappoints. Second, the pilot was directed by Martin Scorsese, and, frankly, neither does he. Finally, it’s set in the 1920′s, which just so happens to be one of—if not the—richest decades from which to plunder beauty inspiration. Having already caught a sneak peek of a number of episodes (thanks, HBO PR department!), we’re happy to report that the show does indeed hit a beauty high note. And that’s thanks in large part to the efforts of lead makeup artist Michele Paris, whose résumé includes recent big-screen hits like Away We Go and Going the Distance. Paris, who is currently working on the new Will Arnett and Keri Russell TV comedy Running Wilde, took time away from her busy face-painting schedule to talk to us about Boardwalk Empire‘s flapper-era makeup, meeting Madonna, and how to differentiate between Chicago and Atlantic City molls.

So how did you land the Boardwalk Empire gig?

I had worked with one of the producers, Joe Iberti, on a couple of other films like Going the Distance and Ghost Town, so he recommended me for the job. I was shooting another film in Holland, Michigan, so I flew back to interview with Terry Winters and Tim Van Patten. And they offered me the gig! And they hired my mom, too!

She does hair, yes?

Yes. We actually just did Going the Distance together, too. I’ve worked with her, but not frequently because really, her résumé surpasses mine. But now that I’m 20 years in, it seems to be happening more and more, because now I’m more compatible. Hair and makeup work together, and we look out for each other, and we trust each other’s instincts. Our first job together was also my first, on the set of A League of Their Own. It was such an amazing way to come into the business with Penny Marshall and a star-studded cast.


Totally. She actually came to our house for dinner, and when I threw a surprise party for my mom’s 50th birthday, Madonna gave my mom her Material Girl gloves as a gift.

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Drew’s Decade-Spanning Range


At the risk of doling out a little too much Drew Barrymore love, we had to feature the Grey Gardens star one more time this week, as she is wowing us with back-to-back full looks that really deserve your attention. At the L.A. premiere of the HBO Films movie last night, she worked a late sixties/early seventies mod glam look, equipped with heavy black liner, lots of lashes, a pale lip, and a teased-out mound of blond hair—very Barbarella. Are you feeling the West Coast edition, or did you prefer her Old Hollywood look from the New York screening?

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Chloe Sevigny Cultivates A Signature Look


While Chloë Sevigny is known to fashion followers for her willingness to take style risks (and more often than not pull them off), on the beauty front she tends to play it safe with a few mainstays that work every time. Behold the matte orange-red lip and mascara on both upper and lower lash lines, which she debuted in Miami a couple months back and wore again to the premiere of the third season of HBO’s Big Love in L.A. last night—a classic case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Are you a fan?

Photo: Mark Sullivan/WireImage