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April 19 2014

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10 posts tagged "Joan Smalls"

Tom Pecheux’s Lips Are Sealed No Longer

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Tom Pecheux, backstage fixture and creative makeup director for Estée Lauder, could hardly contain his excitement last season at Anthony Vaccarello when he described the packaging that was in the works for a mysterious new line of lipsticks. He discreetly referred to the more architectural look and magnetic closures, but considering these types of secrets are strictly confidential in the corporate beauty world, that’s all he could share…until now. The cosmetics giant is launching twenty shades of Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, a formula that boasts time-released hyaluronic acid and multifaceted pigments (available February 24 at esteelauder.com). In this exclusive, the pro reveals all—including the shades he hand-selected to suit the many model faces of the brand.

How would you describe the new Pure Color Envy collection?
When I look at the collection, the first thing I think is the packaging is absolutely divine. Richard Ferretti did an amazing job with the case. For me, twenty colors is the perfect amount. The range captures every woman’s desire. The shades and formula are [traditional] in that they have the high coverage you expect from a lipstick and include a pure red and a perfect nude, but the new technology gives the line a modern twist. It’s like a classic wool dress that is made in cashmere. The new texture and formula make Envy extremely luxurious.

What are your favorite shades in the collection?
As a makeup artist, I cannot limit myself to one favorite shade. It will be the one that fits the person that I am working with on that day.

What do you think a lipstick says about a woman?
Lipstick tells us so many things about a woman. It tells us about her personality. For example, a woman wearing a strong lipstick—bright red—suggests she wants to express a certain power.

What is the best way to apply lip color? Fingertips, brush, or straight from the bullet?
There is no recipe. It depends on the result you want to create. A bullet is the best application because it’s fast, precise, and gives nice coverage. Fingertips create a transparent finish with no precision—more like a stain. A brush is for when you want perfection and a high-quality finish, particularly when you apply a red lipstick.

What are your tricks for making lips appear fuller? Does lip liner help?
Lip liner can help, but for me, a liner only works if it’s a nude or a color that matches the color of the lip. To make them fuller, you can go slightly outside the lip line.

If you have small lips, avoid a dark shade. The darker the shade, the more intense your lips look, but on smaller lips it can give you a mean, severe look. Also avoid very pale lipsticks if you want a fuller-looking mouth.

What is your favorite lip look?
It depends on the woman. But I am totally in love with red as much as I am with nude. I love women who play with makeup to emphasize a quality of their personality or character. That’s why in terms of lipstick, I love colors that have something to say—so either a pale nude, a true red, a dark plum, or a bright color. When it comes to a gentle pink, I understand why women want to wear it, but as a makeup artist, it doesn’t reflect a personality so well.

Which shade in the collection would you choose for each of these Estée Lauder spokesmodels?

Carolyn Murphy:
Envious. She loves a red lipstick.

Constance Jablonski:
I love it when she focuses on her eyes, so a nude color like Insatiable Ivory works on her lips.

Joan Smalls:
I love her in a dark burgundy like Insolent Plum.

Liu Wen: I would go more pink, [one that's] powerful and dynamic. A shade like Dominant would suit.

Arizona Muse:
I love her in a red as well, so Vengeful Red.

What do you think makes a woman enviable?
Self-confidence.

I think Carolyn Murphy pretty much embodies that—gotta love a bad bitch on a bike who knows how to make a serious statement by slicking on some lipstick and revving up her engine.

Industrial Minimalism, Backstage at Alexander Wang

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alexander-wangWhen you’re Alexander Wang, you don’t bring Brooklyn to the fashion set; you bring the fashion set to Brooklyn. And when you bring the fashion set to Brooklyn, you better deliver something special—like heat-activated fabrics and a 360-degree finale composed of a dozen supers (including Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Caroline Trentini, Anne V, Angela Lindvall, and Bridget Hall).

Diane Kendal and Guido Palau were tasked with creating hair and makeup that lived up to the spectacle across the river. For Kendal, that meant creating “monochrome” faces with bleached brows, light coverage foundation, a bit of contouring underneath the cheekbones and in the creases of the eyes, and a few strategic swipes of NARS Illuminator in Copacabana for sheen. “The head is very hard…so we wanted [to create] an open feel to the face—almost like mannequins,” she explained of the androgynous look.

Palau married multiple references—the sixties, futurism, comb-overs—into a lacquered style that swept across the forehead like a bang and wrapped tightly around the sides. “[The idea] was taken from an illustration that Alex had done—I wanted to do hair that was kind of drawn on,” he said. To achieve this, Palau blew strands straight using a Mason Pearson brush, made a deep side part, doused hair from roots to ends with Redken Control Addict 28 High-Control Hairspray, smoothed everything into place, and blew it dry to lock in the shape. Any remaining length was pulled into a low ponytail, which would later be concealed by cravats. The twelve models dressed in head-to-toe black (revealing vibrant shades of pink, yellow, blue, purple, and green when rotated in front of industrial vents) had their heads blasted with black powder for a seamless finish. When asked about the venue change, Palau replied, “What do I think about Brooklyn? No, it’s great.” The masses might not be in favor of crossing a bridge to get to a show, but Uber certainly enjoyed the ride.

Photo: Gianni Pucci, Indigitalimages.com

Fresh Start, Fresh Fringe

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joan-smallsSome of us take a vacation, and others—like Joan Smalls—use this downtime to revamp their look and party with Beyoncé at the Versace mansion. Sporting a new set of brow-grazing fringe (reminiscent of the kind she wore at Emilio Pucci’s Fall 2013 show), Smalls started out the New Year with a bang. As did Hillary Clinton, who arrived at the inauguration for Bill de Blasio with a layered set of her own. Times (and hairstyles), they are already a changin’.

Photo: Instagram

Beyoncé’s Split Beauty Personalities

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Beyoncé released her surprise, self-titled “visual album” early this morning. In addition to appearances by Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Drake, Frank Ocean, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Joan Smalls in the seventeen videos, a bevy of looks—including the twenty-four-hour pixie cut that set the social media world on fire, and vampire-style grill that debuted on Instagram—were put on display. (Bey’s recent spout of beauty ADD makes so much more sense now.) Here, we survey some of our favorites:

orchid-lips

Either the people at Pantone have psychic abilities or they took cues from Queen Bey when naming Radiant Orchid as the color of the year.

crimps

Reminiscent of the hair at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 show, we have a feeling crimps are going to stage a serious comeback.

blueshadow

Two of this past season’s biggest trends in one frame: blue shadow and a loud mouth.

bordeauxlips

Bold bordeaux lips paired with a matching trench make for a dynamic duo.

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From barely there makeup to head-to-toe black body paint, the looks in the video for “Ghost” run the gamut.

triple-threat

Smoky eyes, a berry-colored pout, and marcel waves? Talk about a triple threat.

eyeliner

Angular eyeliner reminiscent of the teal and cobalt slashes seen on Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2014 runway.

baby-beyonce

Who doesn’t love a good beauty flashback?

The Lady Is a Vamp

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joan-smallsStyle.com/Print‘s latest cover girl, Joan Smalls, arrived at last night’s Alvin Ailey opening-night gala in New York City sporting onyx-colored lipstick. (Similar to the tube MAC released in honor of Black Friday.) Her Instagram caption read, “Feeling a bit #emo tonight.” But paired with a thin line of cobalt liner along ultra-fluttery top lashes, Smalls’ look was more gorgeous than goth.

Photo: Instagram