62 posts tagged "Katy Perry"
It appears that every beauty trick Beyoncé pulled out for her visual album was employed by Katy Perry (and then some) for her latest song release, “This Is How We Do.” The parallels I noted: the strategic use of a black light (this time spotlighting a tennis headband in lieu of Day-Glo lips), fluffy curls, and multiple scene-stealing pouts. (Keep an eye on Perry’s backup dancers for some serious lipstick game.) A few new ideas Perry brought to the table: a gravity-defying, Mondrian-inspired updo; electric eyeliner (reminiscent of Chanel’s Fall 2014 show and Dior Addict’s It-Line campaign starring Sasha Luss); glittery lids; a pastel ponytail; cornrows; baby buns; scrunchies; Marlene Dietrich-like arches; “Japanese-y” pizza nails; and an angular, asymmetrical bob. And as one would expect, there was no shortage of candy-colored wigs. Though the chorus says otherwise, packing this many hair and makeup moves into a three-minute-and-30-second music video is a very big deal, indeed. Straight stuntin.
Eyebrow transplants surged this year, tweezer sales plummeted, and brow pencils and powders picked up steam. But after all the fuss about bulked up brows, is the Cara Delevingne-fueled craze finally taking a backseat to bleach? Rita Ora posted an arch-less photo to Instagram today, and Katy Perry pulled a similar move last week. While it’s a common occurrence backstage (both Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs sent brow-less beauties down their Fall 2014 runways), we’re hoping this is one trend that doesn’t take off. One of the things that set Ora apart from the legions of platinum converts out there were her perfectly articulated arches. In an earlier interview with Style.com, she said, “I trim my brows a lot because I’m Albanian and I’m pretty hairy.” Unless you’re Andy Warhol, who famously stated, “I had a lot of dates, but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows,” when it comes to the hair above your eyes, the bolder, the better.
Two hair trends we’ve seen emerge in recent months are Crayola-colored strands and bangs. Everyone from Katy Perry to Kylie Jenner jumped on the rainbow bandwagon, while supers such as Joan Smalls and Karen Elson have opted for forehead-grazing fringe. And then there are women who work both: Catwalker and frequent shade-shifter Chloe Norgaard arrived at several fetes this week with brunette roots and bangs, but polished off her look with Kool-Aid punch-esque ends. Artist Christine Sun Kim sported an electric green topknot and classic black fringe at last night’s The Narcissists Ball celebration. What can we say, when it comes to hair, this combo is all business in the front and a nonstop party in the back.
We discussed My Little Pony-like hair at length with several industry insiders for our Spring Beauty Guide, but as of late, another coloring concept is staging a significant comeback. While we’re hesitant to declare ombré “a thing” again, the vibrant iteration (in lieu of boring blond) recently made appearances at Coachella (Katy Perry and Chanel Iman) and two celeb-studded parties that took place on opposite coasts last night (Michelle Harper and blogger Elaine Daneshrad). If you’re not willing to go all the way with a root-to-tip transformation, consider a dramatic dip instead.
Rita Ora knows how to make an entrance, debuting her new single “I Will Never Let You Down” from her forthcoming album on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week. She told me that Madonna is one of her icons, so it comes as no surprise that the pop star with peroxide strands wore white, reminiscent of the virginal Material Girl in the early eighties. That squeaky-clean image wouldn’t last long, however, as Paris-born street artist and videographer Mr. Brainwash added some color via buckets of paint. “I still have a bit of pink in my hair…We shot it the first time around and it was good, but I wanted to rub the paint on my chest and I forgot to do that onstage, so I ran to the shower, washed it off, did my hair and makeup, and then did it again,” Ora explained. And the Brit, much like her philosophy on fashion and beauty, isn’t afraid to make the occasional misstep in order to make a lasting impression: “When I kissed [Fallon], the paint turned into a shit color. It was so embarrassing!”
While the singer confessed she won’t change for anybody, it doesn’t mean she thinks only about herself: She wanted to set the record straight after being booed on the runway alongside Katy Perry at Moschino’s Fall 2014 show for arriving more than an hour late, saying it was a miscommunication between the house and their respective teams. “We were at the hotel waiting [for the signal], ‘OK, you can come now,’” she said. “And we were a bit pissed off about it because I knew it would look like [we were being divas], but we flew in to [Milan] for that, so why would we be late, you know? It honestly wasn’t like that.” And I have to say that I wholeheartedly believe her. When I interviewed the celeb, she kicked off her heels (saying they were killing her feet); answered every question uncensored (with one exception: “I’m not going to tell you all my tricks, but I do wax some places”); asked about the “budget” (offering up product picks from both the ultraluxe and affordable categories), and did it all without an entourage or publicist present—we even swapped nail art tips for getting the ombré manicure with her new line of lacquers from Rimmel London (“You know those makeup sponges that you get from CVS? You basically just dip it in the polish and smudge it on your nail”).
It seems that Ora is always willing to play nice—unless, of course, you get in the way of her dream, the ingredient-label wedding dress designed by Jeremy Scott and worn by model Lindsay Wixson to close his first collection for Moschino. “I said to [Jeremy], ‘Well, unless you decide to design another one, [it's mine],’ because I might have twenty weddings,” she laughed. “I’ll go Elizabeth Taylor on these bitches.”
To discover all of her best-kept beauty secrets, read this week’s Beauty Essentials feature