9 posts tagged "Laura Mercier"
Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Laura Mercier, makeup artist and founder of Laura Mercier makeup and skincare.
The Product: “The beauty product that brings back special memories for me is quite simply eyeliner. I remember as a little girl being fascinated by my mother putting on her winged eyeliner in a beautiful shade of green. I no longer remember the exact brand she used, but I loved watching her apply it ritualistically every day. It was such a part of her look and identity. It’s also what I view as glamorous and iconic about actresses from the forties, fifties, and sixties, such as Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot, who I grew up watching in classic cinema noir movies. Eyeliner was such a strong part of their persona and what made them Hollywood starlets. As a makeup artist, aside from perfecting the skin, I am obsessive about the perfect eyeliner application. How I apply it really depends on my mood—if I am going to be bold in my application or subtle with a precise thin line. I’ll usually use my liquid Laura Mercier Graphic Eye Liner in Black or a cake liner such as Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony. Apart from perhaps my signature red lip color, you will almost always see me with my classic black eyeliner. I believe makeup is intrinsically linked to your personality. It belongs to you; it is a part of your signature style. I wear it because it makes me feel good and because it is a reflection of me.”
Mornings just may be my favorite part of the day—which may come as a surprise to those who know me well as I find getting out of bed…challenging, and I’ve never been able to muster the energy to workout before 6 a.m.—let alone 6 p.m. But those hours between rising and feverishly trying to board the F train to midtown are when my skin looks its best. That’s in large part thanks to my biggest beauty essential: tinted moisturizer. I’ve never been much of a foundation fan (except for on special occasions, like weddings and such), but I do find that a little added complexion perfecting can go a long way when it comes to making my skin look healthy and hydrated. So I slather it on with regularity after cleansing and toning, and for one to two glorious hours before my workload kicks into high gear, it provides instant dewy freshness—which ultimately fades, unfortunately. I could, of course, re-up again around 3 p.m., but that would take a lot of effort on my part to a) carry a bottle of the transparent, pigment-tinged lotion around with me; b) find time to steal away to a well-lit mirror; and c) apply it with care. It’s one less beauty dilemma I’ll have to worry about, though, thanks to Laura Mercier. Mercier—who is known the world over for the simple tools she conceives of to help women amplify their natural beauty—has revolutionized my regimen by taking the easily totable cream foundation compact concept and applying it to her fan-favorite tinted moisturizer instead. The resulting long-wearing, non-greasy formula boasts an SPF of 20 and imparts a sheer, buildable finish in 12 different shades, each of which provides an immediate pick-me-up. Best of all, it travels well; back-of-the-cab makeup artists, eat your heart out.
EXCLUSIVE: You Can Take It With You: Clutch-Sized Beauty Essentials For The Golden Globes And Beyond
At last year’s Golden Globes, something unusual happened that completely usurped the show’s typical beauty highlights. After the ceremony began and the gaggle of gowns, chignons, and painted pouts were seated, the camera panned to Angelina Jolie, who, at that very moment, rifled through her bag, produced a crystalline pink lip gloss, and proceeded to apply it at will. The Twitterverse erupted, and within a matter of hours, it was revealed that Angie was a fan of Chantecaille’s Brilliant Gloss in Love—so much so that she brought it in her clutch for periodic touch-ups throughout the evening. At the 69th annual Golden Globes last night, there were no such live, on-screen beauty moments to speak of, although we couldn’t quell the burning desire to know just what the nominees had packed in their purses. So, we did what any good reporter would do: We asked their makeup artists. Here, in a Style.com exclusive, face-painting stars like Clarins celebrity beauty artist Pati Dubroff and global artistry director and brand ambassador for Laura Mercier Matin Maulawizada tell us the single item they sent A-listers like Julianne Moore and Claire Danes down the red carpet with. Because you never know when unnecessary shine or a faded statement lip could ruin your moment in the spotlight.
Mariacarla Boscono shares her beauty secrets, all of which are unsurprisingly excellent. The Givenchy muse and the face of Riccardo Tisci’s Dahlia Noir travels with five bags of skincare products so she can keep her complexion calm no matter what part of the world her work takes her to. Her star products include Givenchy Peel Me Perfectly, an at-home scrub, Avène hydrating cream, and a pure vitamin C from Filorga, a French brand. As for as her raven-hued hair, that takes maintenance too. “It’s very many years I’ve colored my hair, but always with natural stuff; I hate the chemical things.” [Elle]
Barbra Streisand looks far younger than her 69 years, and she has a reliance on SPF 45, hand-blended Senna cosmetics, Gale Hayman Night Cream, and, apparently, character to thank for it. “When you fall under the spell of her beautiful voice you’re not thinking of her nose or makeup, just a magnificent character,” says makeup artist Laura Mercier. [Daily Mail]
Emma Watson parts ways with her pixie cut in My Week With Marilyn, a new flick in which the Harry Potter actress stars as a brunette with fifities-era curls and manicured bangs alongside Michelle Williams’ bombshell Monroe. [MTV.com]
In other hair transformation news, the rumor mill has been churning with allegations that Kate Middleton gets her enviable chestnut locks with hair extensions. But rest assured, the palace has confirmed that the paparazzi was simply confused by a scar on the Duchess’ head, which they mistook for the line of extensions. Phew. [Ok!]
We’re coming off a gorgeous holiday weekend here in New York City, one in which the sun (if you can believe it) shined for four days straight. Out and about, we noticed two things: skin—lots of it—and sunburn. Such is the price a winter-weary populace pays when summer shows up and the layers come off. But if you heeded our advice to lather on the ‘screen, you’re presumably sporting a hue that’s more bronze than lobster red. Here, five new ways to prolong your glow, from shimmer lotions to bronzing oils.
NARS Laguna Body Illuminator
NARS Body Glow is something of a cult classic. This new version retains the same exotic, Tahitian monoi oil scent and moisturizing benefits as the original, while laying down a heftier dose of sheer color.
Laura Mercier Body Bronzing Makeup
Any makeup artist will tell you that light-reflecting particles are great for deflecting attention from imperfections. Laura Mercier’s new Body Bronzing Makeup is chock-full of the shimmer for light coverage that disguises discolorations—and the occasional wobbly bit.
Sephora Illuminating Bronzing Oil
This genius shimmering tinted spray oil is loaded with super-hydrating ingredients, like grapeseed and passion fruit oil, so you can skip the gloppy moisturizer and enjoy a streak-free finish.