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Although there were plenty of supermodels of the moment on the premises (Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Hilary Rhoda to name just three), the hair and makeup was inspired by originals like Marisa Berenson and Lauren Hutton. “I haven’t updated [their look] that much, I’ve got to be honest,” said face painter Charlotte Tilbury. She mixed two MAC Face and Body Foundation shades to warm up the skin, applied a burnt amber blush across the cheeks, and used a large, fluffy brush to dust Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder on the temples and points of the face where the sun would naturally hit. The lids were lined with Eye Kohl in Teddy, and a bronze-gold cream shadow was washed around the eyes. To get spiky, seventies fringe, Tilbury curled it “up, up, up,” and then coated each individual lash on top and bottom with a combo of two mascaras—Opulash to build volume, and Haute & Naughty over top to set. The lip color was a blend of beigy pink lipstick and russet-colored gloss.
In contrast to the grungy and raw textures we’ve seen this week, the sleek and straight strands created by Eugene Souleiman were refreshingly minimalist and clean. Since he wanted the hair to “fly,” it was free of styling products—with the exception of hair spray on the pinned-back piece in front. After blowing hair dry with a round brush to stretch and smooth the cuticle, Souleiman ran a flatiron from roots to ends. He used the pointed tip of a rattail comb to devise a section from forehead to crown that was the exact width of the metal barrette and then proceeded to divide it into thinner layers, each doused in hair spray and flattened against the head using a small bristle brush and blow-dryer with a concentrated nozzle. Finally, the simple yet graphic accessory was snapped into place. The end result was easy, sexy, and glamorous.
There was a single hair product on heavy rotation last night on the CFDA red carpet that assisted in a number of sleek updos: To fend off the frizz-inducing weather, hairstylists seemed to be grabbing for hair spray en masse. But it was being used akin to gel, so rather than simply setting strands with a spritz of the perennial style-fixer, models and muses such as Joan Smalls, Erin Wasson, and Rooney Mara sported loads of the stuff, smoothed back from the hairline or along center and deep side parts, respectively, for a lacquered effect. It offers assurance from the muggy temperatures that have been plaguing New York of late and also happens to look dead sexy. Here’s an additional tip for getting an ultrasmooth finish that we picked up from Orlando Pita backstage at Giambattista Valli this season: After applying a generous amount of hair spray, like Phyto’s Workable Holding Spray, use the back, flat side of your comb to create a groove-free slick. The summer humidity won’t stand a chance.
The sea of Givenchy dresses aside, last night’s Met gala was as much about beauty as it was about fashion—which shouldn’t be that much of a surprise; after all, punk’s lasting legacy has done just as much for the advancement of black eyeliner and hair color as it has for studs and safety pins. Miley’s spikes, Madonna’s black bob, and Diane von Furstenberg’s epic curls come to mind as some of the evening’s biggest beauty moments, although there was plenty more to talk about—or text about, as it were; we were engaged in a steady stream of phone commentary with no less than three style-savvy friends at once as the chaos and couture unfolded on the red carpet. Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite punk trends, reimagined for the red carpet—and in face-off form—because while the Met isn’t an awards show, per se, there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.
The Look: Peroxide Goes Platinum
The Contenders: Anne Hathaway vs. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie and her hairstylist, Luke Chamberlain, set out to make a color statement on the red carpet via Chamberlain’s silver-white, spray-in streaks, but the night’s mane event belonged to Anne Hathaway, who showed up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a brand-new, bright blonde dye job. “I decided to go for a look that [was] glam, edgy, and yet very youthful and fun,” celebrity hairstylist Sascha Breuer explained of the slicked up style she gave Hathaway’s crop, which was freshly bleached courtesy of Marie Robinson.
What makes an icon? “Confidence,” according to Constance Jablonski. “She’s the full package,” Joan Smalls chimed in when we encountered both models last night at the launch of an Estée Lauder campaign that aims to answer that question. “I’ve always loved simplicity; it’s timeless,” global creative director Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer explained of the new visual direction for the brand, which was lensed by Craig McDean and draws inspiration from Lauder’s seventies and eighties archives, putting current spokesmodels Hilary Rhoda, Liu Wen, Jablonski, and Smalls in white ensembles. When asked about her own personal icons, Lauder named a few: “Kate Moss has great style. And Gisele—I’m always intrigued when I see pictures of her.” Lauder’s grandmother, Estée, is of course at the top of her list. The brand founder’s indelible quote, “Every woman can be beautiful,” was blown up and plastered alongside each and every ad image.
The task of painting the faces of Lauder’s icons-in-the-making went to the brand’s creative director of makeup, Tom Pecheux. “You have to pay attention not just to the face, but to the character,” Pecheux said of crafting iconic makeup. “Liu Wen is so playful; that’s why I gave her that eyeliner,” he explained, pointing out the elongated black flick Wen wears in her portrait. “Constance for me, she has that innocence,” Pecheux continued, which translated to a lot of mascara and brown eye shadow mixed with black, “so it’s not so dramatic” in print. As for Rhoda, Pecheux saw beyond her signature sporty glamour and instead chose to focus on a delicate, romantic femininity. “I can see her fragility,” he said explaining his use of rosy pigments and powders. The pictures officially hit Estée Lauder counters beginning in July, but we’ve got a preview right here. Thoughts on the new campaign?
Puerto Rican-born model Joan Smalls has been added to the Estée Lauder spokesperson roster; she’ll make her print ad debut in May. The first Puerto Rican model the brand has ever inked a deal with, Smalls is looking forward to “empowering women.” [WWD]
The Museum of Arts and Design announced that it’s adding a new department: The Center of Olfactory Art will be headed up by former New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr. Its first exhibition is scheduled for next November and will feature ten fragrances that have been pivotal in their design, technical components, or aesthetics. Yes, all you naysayers, fragrance composition is an art form. [WSJ]
Look out, Zone and South Beach. The new owners of the Atkin’s Diet company are looking to rebrand—and they’ve even got themselves a celebrity spokesperson in one Courtney Thorne-Smith of Melrose Place fame. So glad to see Allison Parker back in the spotlight post that ill-advised turn on According to Jim. [Guardian]
First Mexico City, now Moscow. Madonna has decided on a second location for her chain of Hard Candy gyms. [Madonna.com]