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April 18 2014

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16 posts tagged "Julia Roberts"

For Julia Roberts, The Eyes Have It

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71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsUnlike many makeup artists, Genevieve Herr prefers to start with skin and finish with eyes. This is the process she’s adhered to in the twelve-plus years she’s worked with Julia Roberts. Despite the fact that she was crafting a bold (and often messy) smoky eye for the Golden Globes this evening, Herr didn’t deviate from the tried-and-true system. “I wanted the [makeup] to match the structure of the dress,” she explained in an exclusive interview. To avoid any fallout and craft the perfect, “catlike, Sophia Loren” shape, she applied Lancôme Liner Design Gel Eyeliner in Black Fishnets all over the lids—steering clear of the inner corners to keep the eyes looking bright and open. To set, she topped the liner with Color Design Eye Shadow in It List and The New Black. “The key is to shake the brush [after dabbing it into the pigment], blow on it, and then apply to the eye,” she explained. The same trio of products was used on the lower lash lines and blended with a cotton swab. A couple coats of Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara and a few false lashes on the outer corners acted as the finishing touch. And since a beige mouth with a smoky eye has “been done before,” Herr opted for a “raw” shade close to Robert’s natural lip tone (Rouge in Love lipstick in Lasting Kiss). “It’s much more modern if you add a little color,” she said. As for verging into bolder territories, don’t hold your breath. “We have never done red lips…[Julia] has big lips, so there’s no need to define them with [vibrant] lipstick.” You’ll have to re-watch Pretty Woman to see that makeup move (paired with white opera gloves) in all its nineties glory.

Photo: Getty

Bird of a Feather

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bird of a featherIn the beauty realm, eyebrows wield a particular power. Too sparse, too bushy, too inky, too light—all can significantly alter a visage, for better or worse. Molding them is an art form that few have mastered. Kristie Streicher is among the virtuosos. Her arch-grooming talents led her to open her namesake Beauty Bar in L.A.’s Warren-Tricomi salon (she makes frequent trips to New York to see clients as well) and have garnered her favor among such discerning celebrities as Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Emily Blunt, and Julia Roberts. Here, Streicher talks about her signature (and trademarked!) Feathered Brow and reveals her all-time favorite arch icon.

You’ve become known for a style called the Feathered Brow. What is it exactly? Can you describe the shape?

“The Feathered Brow is my signature style. It’s a natural-looking and softly shaped eyebrow. The start of the brow is gently fanned and ends with a diffused tail. The Feathered Brow creates a beautiful, sexy brow that draws attention away from dark circles or other imperfections around the eye. The effect is achieved with tweezing, and seamlessly blends the eyebrow with the contours of the face and forehead, resulting in brows that are just naturally gorgeous. I came up with The Feathered Brow name because I really love the image of softness that ‘feather’ elicits. The overall look of a full natural brow closely resembles a feather, with the broad fanning of hairs at the front and a softly diffused tail.”

What motivated you to develop that signature shape?

“I really started specializing in the fuller, more natural brow style when I moved to New York in 2011. I found most women in my chair wanted to look younger and less tired. Everyone in New York works twice as hard as the average person, then you add the harsh weather and elements on top of it, and it’s above and beyond hard on the body, mind, skin, etc. I began seeing a significant change in the face when the eyebrows were fuller, stronger, and more abundant. Never having been a fan of wax to begin with, I started using tweezing as my main form of epilation. I found I not only had more control when shaping, but it left a more natural, less contrived look. Tweezing is gentler on the skin, especially around the sensitive eye area. I also found that coloring or tinting the eyebrows made a tremendous difference—it immediately helps to richen the brow hair color and add fullness to the base of the brow.”

How do you execute the Feathered Brow?

“The Feathered Brow is achieved by first applying a custom tint, usually a shade darker for better definition to the interior of the brow. Then strategic tweezing of hairs from the outer arch of the brow gives the feathered look. The result is a diffused edge, rather than a hard, lined, definitive brow. It softens the eyes and face, detracting from age lines and dark circles. The Feathered Brow looks great on every face because it is simply your own, natural eyebrow shape with just the few carefully chosen hairs removed from selected areas to open and widen the eye area.”

If someone can’t score an appointment with you, any advice on how they can DIY a feathered-style brow?

“The first step is letting your eyebrows grow out for three to four months in order for their natural shape to become apparent. For some, this is by far the most difficult part of the process. Then only tweeze the few hairs it takes to open up the arch. To find your natural arch, draw an invisible line from the corner of the nose straight up toward the forehead; this is where the eyebrows should start. The arch should fall just outside the pupil and go all the way across the brow bone. The biggest mistake women make is not finding their own natural arch. Oftentimes it is placed too close to the inner part of the brow, rather than the outer portion of the brow. If you try to arch your eyebrows too high above the bone, it will look unnatural. All bone structure is different, and so are eyebrows. Stay with the arch that works best with your bone structure. It’s the one that you naturally have. Eyebrows that are too long and come too far down can make eyes look droopy. Be sure to feather ends outward, giving the eye a lift. Look at your bone structure and hair texture as a guideline for your eyebrows. Softer, more delicate facial features look best with a slightly thinner, more elegant eyebrow, while a stronger bone structure is the perfect face for a thicker, stronger eyebrow. Avoid making the brows slant upward; this has the potential to create an angry look.” Continue Reading “Bird of a Feather” »

Julia and Christy, “Too Perfect”; First Look: Emma Watson, Fragrance Face; And More…

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Overly airbrushed ads from Lancôme, featuring Julia Roberts, and Maybelline, featuring Christy Turlington, have been banned in the U.K. under the contention that the women’s too-perfect complexions were misleading to consumers. Apparently, in order to compare and contrast Roberts’ ad image with her actual countenance, Britain’s Advertizing Standards Authority (ASA) had to use red-carpet photos as the Eat, Pray, Love actress’ contract with the L’Oréal-owned brand stipulated that no un-airbrushed pictures of her could be released. Now that’s star power. [Jezebel]

Yet to be scrutinized by the ASA is Lancôme’s just released print campaign starring its newest face, Emma Watson, who fronts the brand’s Trésor Midnight Rose fragrance. [Grazia]

Allure has officially entered the world of e-commerce. The “Beauty Bible” has inked a deal with Beautybar.com to give readers the opportunity to learn about products on its Web site and then click-to-buy through a redirection to the Amazon-owned Web shop. [Beautybar.com]

Advice from beauty editors is well and good, of course, but more and more women are looking to product wisdom from their peers, if the review-generating site Makeup Alley’s 1.1 million subscribers is any indication. [NYT]

Photo: Scope Features / Daily Mail

Riccardo Tisci Makes His Fragrance Debut; Julia Roberts Lightens Up; And More…

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Dahlia Noir, Riccardo Tisci’s first fragrance for the house of Givenchy, will debut in August and feature a print campaign starring his muse Mariacarla Boscono. Love the visuals. [The Fashion Spot]

Also launching a fragrance this year: Nicki Minaj. It will reportedly smell like a sexy and confident woman and have a “va-va-voom factor.” [Examiner via Allure]

In an exciting plot twist, Paris Hilton is not launching another fragrance. A skincare line, however, is in the works. [Female First]

Julia Roberts: also not launching a signature scent—as far as we know. Her latest beauty coup features golden highlights, which lightened up her dark chestnut locks at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. [Bella Sugar]

Photo: Courtesy of The Fashion Spot

Julia Robert’s Mane Man, Now Making House Calls

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When you see a famous person on a magazine cover or the red carpet with cascading waves of airy hair, chances are Serge Normant has run his fingers through it. The beloved French stylist has tended to the tresses of America’s sweethearts (Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon) and all the major supers (Linda, Christy, Cindy). After a successful, long-running relationship with John Frieda, where he served as a creative director, Normant recently parted ways to develop his own line of eponymous haircare, which we’ve been eagerly waiting to try out. The eight-piece collection is formulated with Keravis, a vegetable-derived strengthening complex, along with natural ingredients and high-tech compounds that work like skincare creams to repair the hair cuticle while also imparting that enviable shine and free-flowing movement that Normant is famous for. When asked to pick out his favorites, Normant points to the Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray, a weightless frizz-tamer made with camellia and olive fruit oil that can be applied wet or dry; and the Meta Revive Dry Shampoo with Cedar Bark, which adds wind-blown texture but doesn’t leave strands stiff and dull—or powdery white (it’s a transparent mist). We recently saw the Meta Lush Volumizer in action on a photo shoot and were impressed with how it doubled the thickness of every model’s hair and made it glisten, and then glisten some more. Normant has hinted that there are more products in the works, the first being a set of dry shampoos to match different hair colors. The core collection just launched on the stylist’s Web site; let the virtual pillaging begin.

Photo: Courtesy of Serge Normant