26 posts tagged "Kate Bosworth"
It’s been a big couple of months for Kate Bosworth. The onetime Calvin Klein model, who is engaged to director Michael Polish, celebrated the debut of his film Big Sur at Sundance in January, a movie that she also stars in, while earning top billing in the big-budget Hollywood picture Homefront, also due out this year. But her biggest news, aside from that Topshop Christmas “movie” she and Polish collaborated on back in December, just might be SK-II’s announcement that the blonde beauty has been named the newest member of its spokesperson stable. Why, after what I imagine has been a steady stream of offers from cosmetics companies, did Bosworth go with SK-II? “I love the brand, so it really wasn’t a difficult decision,” she says genuinely—and Bosworth doesn’t enter into these things lightly. After an intimate interview, she proved herself to not only be a genuine practitioner of what she will be preaching but an incredibly informed beauty consumer as well. While we missed her in the front row at the shows this week (as previously mentioned, she’s been busy), Style.com managed to catch up with the actress, model, and would-be designer to talk the fundamentals of the dermis and epidermis—at her urging, no less—the science behind her red-carpet dressing, and makeup must-haves for the low-maintenance girl.
In today’s world of celebrity beauty deals, I’ve gotta believe that you’ve been approached with a cosmetics contract before. What was it about SK-II that made you bite?
It was a very organic natural process. Truly, the brand called and asked if I use their products, which I think is a great sign of integrity for a brand, rather than just sending an offer for someone to be the face without knowing if they care or even like their product—which happens a dime a dozen now. And I responded and said yes, I love the product, this is how long I’ve been using it, this is who introduced me to it, and this is why I started using the brand and the results I have seen. Based off of that dialogue, I think everyone felt like it was a good fit.
What specific products were you using at the time? I know everyone has their favorites.
I was introduced to the brand through the masks. It’s such a quick fix. I mean, you see results instantly. I think anyone who has that experience is like, “What is this brand?” It was during a press junket and, you know, the wear and tear during a press junket is pretty extreme. So my makeup artist recommended the mask, and I usually put it on for about forty-five minutes, and I also put them in the fridge. I have them here with me! I keep them in the minibar. It was from that that I really started to investigate the brand. My regimen is cleansing, then using the Essence, which is amazing. You really see results, because it has the highest concentration of [the fermented rice derivative] Pitera.
You seem like a fairly knowledgeable consumer. Previous to this partnership, was skincare always an important part of your beauty routine?
I’m a very low-maintenance person when it comes to makeup and hair. But in terms of skincare, I’ve always been passionate about it. I struggled with acne when I was in high school, so when you struggle with something, or are aware of something, you need to understand the workings of it. I took anatomy as an elective when I was in high school. I guess that gives you an insight into me—and it was my senior year, by the way, when everyone else was taking, like, woodworking. But I learned a lot about the fundamentals of the dermis and epidermis, and it’s the largest organ that we have, and it gets the most environmental abuse, and for some reason we don’t even really see it as that. Or value it in that way. And so I’ve always been relatively passionate and knowledgeable. I was also searching for a brand that you could mix the products and get the benefits you need and tailor it to you. This brand really does have a great umbrella for all of your needs.
There’s something about Sundance that brings out Hollywood’s casual best. Maybe it’s the snow-dusted mountain environment, or Park City’s arctic temperatures, but it seems like the red-carpet scene this week in Utah is noticeably, well, chilled out. Jeans, boots, and fur-lined parkas frequently replace gowns and high-concept heels, although seasoned style vets, like Kate Bosworth, aren’t about to downplay their preferred premiere dress code. After a Calvin Klein dinner in her honor, Bosworth turned up to the premiere of fiancé Michael Polish’s new film, Big Sur, in a full look from Calvin’s brand-new pre-fall collection. It wasn’t a head-to-toe homage, though. Rather than borrow the show’s beauty look as well, a classic Bosworth move, the newly named face of SK-II cosmetics opted for Spring’s favorite severe side part and an updated take on Fall’s dark nineties lip resurgence via a glossy shade of chocolate brown. Lov-ing it. You too?
Kate Bosworth started her official brand ambassador duties for SK-II with a press event in Australia, where she revealed a short list of her must-have products, including SK-II Facial Treatment Masks, YSL lipsticks, and tinted Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. [Bella Sugar Australia]
Horst Rechelbacher’s Aveda spinoff, all-natural beauty and lifestyle brand Intelligent Nutrients, is getting its first brick-and-mortar retail destination, a 1,000-square-foot space in Minnesota’s monolithic Mall of America. [WWD]
Lindsay Lohan has gone back to her roots, although her new deep auburn locks are apparently in transition, according to the Liz & Dick star. “It’s actually the wrong color than it’s supposed to be…But it will get there.” [People]
The skincare establishment’s latest must-have ingredient? Snail slime, of course. [Daily Mail]
Kate Bosworth was perhaps NYFW’s biggest celebrity supporter this season. The actress-turned-Calvin Klein model and L.A. style icon made cameos at Cushnie et Ochs, Prabal Purung, Theyskens’ Theory, Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler while revealing that she is in the process of starting her own fashion line to boot. That wasn’t her only big news, it turns out: Bosworth just inked a deal with SK-II to become its latest brand ambassador, to which we say—well played. With her fabulous fashion sense, enviable blond hair that always manages to be perfectly tousled, creamy alabaster skin, and gorgeous dual-colored eyes (one is blue and the other is hazel), Bosworth was made for a big beauty deal and, quite frankly, could have struck one with a good many brands. We have no doubt that she’s been approached by more than a few, which is why holding out for something like this is that much more impressive. With its upmarket distribution, extremely effective formulas, and exclusivity (Cate Blanchett is one of the Japanese line’s only visible, global faces), SK-II is the perfect match for Bosworth, who will jet to Sydney next month, presumably to join Blanchett, as she celebrates her signing. That the company is part of Procter & Gamble’s portfolio, which also includes Pat McGrath as global creative design director for beauty, makes it that much more exciting. Only great things can come out of a partnership that puts Pat on makeup and Kate on camera. Stay tuned.
As the Fall shows came to a wrap in March, the season’s clear hair color winner was brunette, which inspired a neo-goth renaissance (and our Fall Beauty Guide). But the dark moment on the runways, which saw blonde beauties like Patricia van der Vliet and Dempsey Stewart adopt espresso dye jobs, left blondes—myself included—a little adrift; how do we, the golden-haired masses, make seasonal color adjustments without committing to a deliberately dark ‘do? “I don’t think these trends need to apply to everyone,” Redken creative consultant Tracey Cunningham assures me. Cunningman is an expert on brightening (she’s the mastermind behind Emma Stone, Kate Bosworth, and Jessica Biel’s lightened locks), so we’re ready to take her at her word. Here, Cunningham weighs in on fall-ifying honeyed hair, why ombré highlights will never go out of style, and the one must-have hair product for flaxen folk.
Brunette is obviously a big trend for fall. But what if you’re blonde and you aren’t quite ready to take that plunge?
Please be careful with trends when you are blonde! I have so many brunettes who show me some blonde picture and it just isn’t going to work—and the same goes for blondes. They are so easily tricked into going brunette and it totally messes up their hair. You can lowlight your hair, make it have a little more depth, but don’t go crazy. If you have been a blonde your whole life I think you should embrace it. You just are blonde.
What if you have been experimenting with lighter shades for summer? Is it necessary to tone down the platinum and add in some amber notes so you don’t look so washed out as your tan fades?
Add some depth, which means going from what you are now to what your root color is—or maybe even a little more of that if you are not a base blonde. It doesn’t mean you need to be as dark as your natural hair, just a little darker. If you ever want to go a shade darker or lighter, always bring a photo. That is one of my main rules.
Will we see some of your blonde clients going darker for fall?
Sarah Paulson just went dark for her role in American Horror Story, actually. Who knows about Emma [Stone] though!