April 19 2014

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6 posts tagged "Iman"

The Lipstick Adventures of Lupita Nyong’o



Out of every Oscars race emerges a new star that captivates both Hollywood and the fashion world in equal measure. This year’s newly minted It girl is Lupita Nyong’o, the 30-year-old Kenyan beauty who is expected to score a supporting actress nomination for her standout performance as Patsey in Twelve Years A Slave (she appears on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter today with the likes of Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, and Oprah). It’s not just her sartorial choices that are garnering her lavish praise—the lipstick she wears on the red carpet has also become somewhat of a signature during her short time in the spotlight. Unlike other actresses who mostly go back and forth between nudes and reds, Nyong’o constantly switches it up.

Her makeup artist, Nick Barose, takes a cue from the bright, colorful shades of the seventies—sharing all his reference pictures with the starlet. “When I was growing up in Thailand, I loved flipping through my mom’s old fashion magazines. Makeup used to be so colorful and brave,” Barose says. A vintage Scavullo photo of Iman sparked the orange hue Nyong’o sported at the Hollywood Film Awards in October, an Escada ad from the eighties was his motivation for the purple metallic mouth she wore to the recent AMPAS Governors Awards, and Carol la Brie’s Vogue Italia cover was the jumping-off point for the violet lips and eyes that couldn’t be missed on the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of her latest film. Barose also borrows ideas from his favorite beauty icons. For example, Billie Holiday was the inspiration for the “not-too-in-your-face” red lip look the actress wore to the Toronto Film Festival in September, Diana Ross influenced the glossy, flesh-toned pout seen at the Sacai dinner, and at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Nyong’o flaunted brown lipstick flecked with gold like a nineties Lauryn Hill. Our only question is what can’t she pull off…or rather, slick on?

On Lupita, above, clockwise from left: Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Wild Ginger, MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Midnight Mambo, Dior DiorAddict Gloss in Cygne Noir with Sisley Ombre Glow Eyeshadow in Gold dabbed on center of lips, Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Monique, NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, and Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Rick Lipstick in Margaux.

Photos: Courtesy of Getty;;; Vogue Italia

Red Alert


Deep wine-stained lips may have been the prevailing beauty story this Fall, but Spring is near, and with it comes the promise of a new kind of pout preference. While the season saw nods to fuchsia, orange, and purple, it also proved that red is not, in fact, dead—no matter what the mulberry legions may have had you believe. Case in point: a birthday soiree last night, at No. 8 in New York, for Amy Sacco, Karen Mulligan, et al that saw guests such as Iman, Lily Aldridge, and Christina Ricci pull out their best crimson bullets. Interestingly, they all opted for matte finishes, another sign of the beauty sea change in the air; flat, no-shine pigment dominated the runways in September—and will prove an essential addition to your makeup bag over the next few months. And so we put it to you, dear readers: Who wore the matte scarlet mouth best?

Photo: Neil Rasmus /

Primping News From The Party Circuit


Party-hopping between the Gordon Parks Foundation annual charity dinner and the launch of YSL’s new men’s fragrance, L’Homme Libre, last night, we gleaned a few beauty scoops: Leigh Lezark has bangs, Abbey Lee Kershaw has added a pink strand to her otherwise platinum locks, and Iman is launching a new signature scent. “In between some vacationing upstate this summer, I am working on my fragrance for Iman Cosmetics,” Mrs. David Bowie told us. “I’m not so sure yet about all of the details, but it’s definitely going to be floral.” As far as olfactory inspiration goes, Iman is torn. “For years and years, I have always loved the Fracas perfume. It’s my favorite. But then I started to like Tom Ford scents, so now I don’t know.” If she manages to combine just the right amount of the former’s classic, tuberose-heavy juice with the latter’s overt sex appeal, she could have a winner on her hands. Stay tuned.

Photo: Patrick McMullan / Patrick McMullan; Kristen Somody Whalen / Courtesy of YSL

Wave Runners Take The Met


With no supermodel or superhero theme providing fodder for the outrageous looks of Met galas past (remember Madonna’s Vuitton bunny ears?), this year’s American Woman exhibit seemed to inspire a general air of classic simplicity in the beauty department—with a few colorful moments thrown in for good measure (more on that in an upcoming post). One of the biggest trends on the red carpet seemed to be an homage to pin curls and marcel waves, styles preferred by starlets of the thirties and forties—and a handful of their twenty-first-century counterparts last night. Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, and Iman all sported variations on sleek, ridged texture with deep side or middle parts. Who do you think did the ‘do best?

Photo: Clockwise from bottom left, Marion Curtis / Startraks Photo; RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Scott Barnes Talks Body Bling


The fact that Jennifer Lopez ascribes to the gospel of La Mer for her perfectly smooth, radiant skin is fairly common knowledge, although her signature bronzed glow has little to do with the miracle cream. Chalk that up to the self-described “King of Bling” makeup artist Scott Barnes, who has been tending to the singer-turned-actress’ honey-gold complexion since Jenny from the Block became J. Lo. We caught up with Barnes on the set of Lopez’s new flick, The Back-Up Plan (a romantic comedy about a woman who chooses artificial insemination after tiring of the search for Mr. Right—very new millennium), to talk bronzer for summer and beyond.

What’s your advice for steering clear of that unfortunate orange aftereffect that some bronzers can leave behind?

My tip is don’t go too dark. I’ve crossed the line myself but it’s all about knowing when to say I’ve gone too far. People have called me “a man to glow with” because my whole thing is that bronzer should radiate, and to get that result the key is moisture.

So would you recommend cream-based bronzers over powder then?

Liquid bronzers, like my Body Bling, work well to this end, and I just repackaged my cult favorite in a squeeze tube that should be out by the end of the month.

What about application techniques? Is there one right way to apply product for the perfect sun-kissed glow?

In general, I try to abide by a less-is-more mentality: You can always layer more on but it’s harder to take it off. It’s really all in the approach, though. I always see women applying powders and bronzers starting next to their nose. But the trick is to work from the outside of the face inward, rather than the other way around. This creates a halo effect and leaves a diamond shape of light in the center so your face appears a little more open. This will hide double chins and give you a visible bone structure so you don’t wind up looking old. Also, use a bronzing brush to blend allover rather than applying product directly to problem areas like crow’s feet and laugh lines. And don’t forget to do your neck and décolletage.

Do you believe that well-applied bronzer can substitute for an actual tan?

Yes! I’m a firm believer in faking it till you make it. I lost my 30-year-old brother to melanoma so I don’t go into the sun anymore and prefer to make products that simulate a natural tan without the health risks from a day spent in the sun.

You must have a good sun care regimen then. Can you share?

Coppertone Sport is actually my favorite sun protection product and it’s at the drugstore—so it’s cheap! The aerosol spray-on version is great because it actually gives you a gorgeous shine. Plus, you can put it on top of your bronzer and it actually seals it!

What about off-season bronzing? Any tips for keeping your complexion warm in the wintertime?

While terracotta bronzing colors are better in the summer because you’re actually spending time in the sun so their reddish brown hues are believable, golden yellow bronzers are better in wintertime, as they tend to be a better complement to sallow, sun-deprived skin. If you’re fair-skinned, pressed powders designed for ethnic skin are the business for winter, like those in Iman’s cosmetics range. They tend to have a lot of gold in them but because they’re all matte finish, you don’t wind up too sparkly.

Photo: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images