19 posts tagged "Jil Sander"
Leelee Sobieski has emerged as something of a style star since she started stepping out in increasingly forward-thinking fashion—and beauty—looks with her husband, designer Adam Kimmel. “I like to experiment when I dress up,” the blond- bobbed actress told us last summer—a preference that still appears to hold true. At last night’s Vanity Fair kickoff party for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, the star of Robert De Niro’s new cop drama, NYC 22, plucked a look off the Jil Sander Spring runway and brought Guido Palau’s “midcentury modern, sculptured, helmet-like” hair from the show along for the ride. As frequent readers of this blog are well aware, there’s nothing we like more than when celebrities borrow full looks from the catwalk—hair and makeup included. So we’re obviously smitten with Sobieski. You too?
We’ve been charting the rise of the “un-lipstick” here at Beauty Counter for a little while now. While the allure of a bold, opaque pout perfector is undeniable, sheer, less in-your-face colors have been cropping up with frequency over the last few months, making a case for understated glamour in the process. So it was only a matter of time before the trend began to appear on the red carpet. Kate Bosworth has had her fair share of big lipstick moments—her powdery pink, Jil Sander Spring 2011 runway reprisal immediately comes to mind, although her recent crimson turn at Sundance in January was equally noteworthy—but for last night’s premiere of Life Happens, the actress chose a toned-down shade of muted rose that managed to merely enhance her natural mouth color without completely overtaking her beaded, pale yellow Prada halter dress. It was a winning combination for Bosworth, who rarely makes a fashion or makeup misstep. Don’t you agree?
“We approached it like any other collection,” Raf Simons’ longtime makeup collaborator Peter Philips said of the beauty look backstage at Jil Sander—the designer’s last as the house’s creative director. And while Philips’ handiwork abided by a set of codes that has long reigned here, nodding to mid-century themes updated with modern touches, it was more than just any other collection, as anyone who was in attendance at today’s show can attest.
Creating a matte pale base using either Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup or its Perfection Lumière Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup, depending on each model’s complexion, Philips curled lashes and redrew bleached brows when needed before focusing his attention on a “soft, rose-petal” pink lip. Tracing a finite line around pouts with Chanel Lip Pencil in #32 Pivoine so that the resulting color was “very graphic, not retro,” Philips proceeded to fill in lips with its Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in L’Élégante. “There is no sheen, so you just see pure color,” he said of the intensity that a matte-finish mouth adds to the equation.
Redken creative consultant Guido Palau stayed apace with Philips’ general direction, crafting “the most couture ponytail” he’s done all season. “You get the feeling of a Hitchcock woman,” Palau elaborated, prepping short, side parts and long blunt-cut extensions with Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion before brushing hair backward and pulling it over ears for a hint of fifties-era modesty. “It makes it look very done,” he explained of the technique, spritzing the style with Forceful 23 Strong-Hold Finishing Spray to impart a “lacquered” effect.
While Palau tweeted that things got “emotional” before the show started, he was slightly more stoic in person. “There are all these flowers in glass cases, which I’m sure will be read into slightly,” he said of the almost tragically beautiful set design. But his initial feeling was shared by every single person who had the pleasure of witnessing Simons’ last dance here; maybe it was the two pre-presentation espressos I had backstage, but my knees were shaking just a little bit when Simons took his final bow.
We’re not going to pretend that we know a whole lot about Piper Perabo. If memory serves, she was in Coyote Ugly; that’s about all we can report. But at the New York Cares Coat Drive at Bloomingdale’s last night, we learned something else about the actress: She’s willing to take risks with runway beauty. Perabo turned up to the event sporting one of the most impressive, challenging, and utterly gorgeous coifs of the Spring season, namely Guido Palau’s slicked-back and curled-under faux bob from Jil Sander—a style which Palau himself pointed out was not easily duplicatable. But that didn’t stop Perabo, which we will definitely remember next time her name comes up. Thoughts on the sculpted look’s first off-the-catwalk cameo?
Even though the tides of fashion week haven’t fully crested yet, it’s looking like certain beauty trends will rise to the top. Flawless, natural, dewy skin is among the standouts, which one might argue never really goes out of style, but is definitely in greater demand at the moment along with all manner of nude and buff-toned makeup. It’s fitting, then, that a slew of new foundations has just hit counters to help impart that radiant complexion seen backstage. Here, we rounded up the most promising debuts backed by science, paired with customized brushes, and available in a veritable rainbow of flesh-toned shades.
What: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup SPF 15
Best For: Correcting uneven spots
Seen At: Spiked with peptides to plump fine lines and ultrasomes to repair UV damage, this youth-preserving foundation was road-tested backstage at Karen Walker, where Clinique global color artist Jenna Menard employed its multi-action benefits, which marry the skin-smoothing abilities of the brand’s hit antiaging serum of the same name (Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector) with buildable coverage.
What: MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation
Best For: Airbrushing away fine lines
Seen At: This fluid’s moisturizing demi-matte finish is pretty amazing, as makeup artist Tom Pecheux illustrated when he turned to its line-reducing, soft-focus powders to help blur the appearance of dark shadows and wrinkles backstage at Marni . Available in a full spectrum of 14 light to deep-dark shades, the foundation glides on especially well when applied with the brand’s two new brushes—the 193 Angled Foundation Brush and the 190 Foundation Brush for allover coverage.