13 posts tagged "Linda Cantello"
In the annals of makeup geniuses, Linda Cantello ranks very high. The international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani cosmetics has been sharing her beauty wizardry with the masses since the latter part of the eighties, when, after graduating from London’s Harrow Art School she moved to Rome to build a beauty career. Since then she has worked with literally every iconic photographer in the biz—Klein, Avedon, Penn, Roversi, van Lamsweerde and Matadin et al.—playing a crucial role in building some of the most groundbreaking fashion images the world has ever seen. Here, the beloved makeup artist who splits her time between New York and a farmhouse outside of Paris gives us a peek inside her own beauty black book.
The Hair Hero: Christophe Robin
“I was one of Christophe Robin’s first clients; he calls me his godmother. I couldn’t live without my ritual every six weeks of a salon visit to get my blond back. He has a suite in the Le Meurice hotel, very chic, and very much like The Women. I wash my hair daily with his rose shampoo, and soak it once a week with his rose conditioner.”
Christophe Robin at Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France, +33 1 44 58 10 10.
The Signature Scent: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
“I have worn Frédéric Malle’s Carnal Flower since 2000, but have recently started wearing his Mediterranean Lily; I go to his store on rue de Grenelle, and spend hours talking to the guy who works there about old fragrances, new fragrances. I want to buy the entire store; I am a fragrance freak and have a weakness for buying it, even if I wear the same fragrance every day. Literally I am a sucker for anything that smells good…perfume, bath oils, candles. I have cupboards full.”
Available at www.fredericmalle.com.
The Makeup Essential: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
“In my capacity as international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani cosmetics I do get to visit the amazing labs with Mr. Armani. It’s high tech and security is crazy, but I do pick up some incredible things there; pigments and bases to mix them with so my kit becomes a kind of portable lab. I get very excited before a visit. Maestro Foundation is my must-have foundation. It’s a whole new generation of makeup that feels incredible, looks invisible, and makes skin appear luminous every time. Anyone can wear it!”
Available at www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.
The Tip Pros: Blush Nail Lounge
“I like fast speedy fixes in New York, and I only love getting my nails done there. I go to Blush in the East Village; they do a great job and are lovely people.”
Blush, 218 East Fifth Street, NYC, (212) 375-1340.
The Liquid Lunch: Juice Press and Healthfully Organic Market
“My life is very schizophrenic, slow and indulgent in Paris, fast and healthy-ish in New York. I love Juice Press for juices, and Healthfully, my local health food store is great. They have a great range of organic beauty lines and a big selection of organic and raw products for such a small store. My latest obsession is shea butter; they have a wild, raw shea butter, karité, that’s amazing. I used to use emu oil years ago, and then progressed to argan oil, but now I use camellia oil on my face, and the raw shea on my legs and arms.”
For more information, visit www.juicepress.com and www.healthfully.com.
The Yearly Ritual: Panchakarma
“I have to confess that I don’t do yoga, and I am not a gym bunny, but I do try and get a Panchakarma every year. It’s a total detox for mind, body, and spirit, and very full on. The place I was going to, the Lancaster Health Center in Massachusetts was founded by the Maharishi, and was a total time warp; I loved it, but sadly it closed down a few months ago. They have a sister clinic in Germany so I might go there, or I would love to go to Kerala.”
For more information, visit www.ayurveda-germany.com.
The Regular Restaurants: New York and Paris Standbys
“My hands-down favorite restaurants in New York are ABC Kitchen and Omen. And in Paris my favorites are Prunier for its wonderful seafood and laid-back atmosphere. And Stella Maris has a Japanese chef cooking French food that is amazing.”
Omen, 113 Thompson St., NYC, (212) 925-8923; For more information, visit www.abckitchennyc.com, www.stellamaris-paris.com, and www.prunier.com.
After a Fall and Resort show season that had makeup minds firmly focused due north of the nose, the eyes continue to have it for Couture. Blue-gray smoky varieties dominated at Chanel, and they turned up again yesterday at Armani Privé, where the brand’s creative director of makeup, Linda Cantello, eschewed more common, black varieties of the classic, sultry shadow technique and went with slate and pewter instead. As Peter Philips did for Karl Lagerfeld, Cantello delivered a completely updated shape to the standard style for Giorgio Armani, calling it “a wash” of color. Extending brows all the way toward the hairline in a single, dégradé stroke, Cantello concentrated her pigment on the inner corners of the eye, sweeping her brush only halfway through the crease, breaking, and then continuing the color toward the outer corner in a thicker, more transparent block that tapered out toward the temple. Models’ lips received a dusting of powder with a similar palette so they appeared pale, matte, and muted to go along with the designer’s theme, which took its inspiration from the light at dawn and dusk. The striking yet still minimal face-painting effort created a certain futuristic consistency that still managed to hark back to more classic eras—a point that was certainly helped along by Franco Gobbi’s sleek, 1930′s “ocean waves,” which boasted sculpted ridges along the hairline and a bun in the back to allow room for the army of black Philip Treacy headpieces that marched down the runway.
After a viral campaign to get ideas from fans for The Masterpiece, a dress designed by Nicola Formichetti for Lady Gaga’s Viva Glam campaign for the MAC AIDS Fund, the frock has been revealed in a new video short that just hit the Web. Also in the Ruth Hogben-directed film: Formichetti modeling Gaga’s “universal beige” lipstick shade for the cause. [Billboard]
We told you about Giles Deacon’s debut nail collection for British retailer New Look a few months back, and while we were hoping to see it backstage at his show in London, it was, alas, not on view. But the first images of the 12-piece range that launches in November have just surfaced, making this next piece of news that much sweeter: New Look ships to the U.S.! [Telegraph]
Makeup artist Linda Cantello revealed Giorgio Armani Beauty’s holiday Madre Perla (Mother Pearl) makeup range backstage at the designer’s Spring show, and now campaign star Megan Fox is revealing it to the masses with a new 1930′s Hollywood glamour-inspired ad. [Daily Mail]
It’s only been a year since Katy Perry made her grand entrée into the fragrance market with Purr, but the pop star has no intention of resting on her laurels. Perry has just announced a follow-up scent called Meow, obviously. [MTV.com]
“Mother-of-pearl,” that delicate, iridescent, reflective color most notably found inside seashells, may not be easily translatable into fabrics, but Giorgio Armani made short work of that task for Spring. Its glimmering effect is readily available in the cosmetics world, however, which was not lost on Giorgio Armani Beauty international makeup artist Linda Cantello, who not only applied the shade onto a clean, powdered base backstage but had a specific cream shadow created for the occasion. The latest installment of Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Intense Eye Shadow will debut next year (and will in fact be called Mother of Pearl, for its shimmering, pastel-tinged quality), but Cantello had early access to the pigment, which she swiped across eyelids and out past temples. On top, she traced its forthcoming shadow in Ecaille, a blackened green, along the upper lash line with an angled brush, scrawling it onto the crease as well in a 1930′s-era half-moon shape to create the illusion of a double-extended flick when models opened their eyes.
As for those textured updos, hairstylist Franco Gobbi was going for low-maintenance but super-elegant. Prepping hair with Bumble and Bumble Holding Spray, Gobbi created soft side parts and, finger-combing hair backward away from the hairline, he twisted small sections into tight coils that he pinned randomly.
It all started at the Couture shows in January. Peter Philips scrawled a deliberately short, thick, almost awkward line across models’ top lash lines at Chanel to “take the makeup look away from retro,” and a new era of unexpected liner applications had officially begun. Since then, the concept has been all over the Fall shows. At Marc Jacobs’ dominatrix extravaganza in New York, François Nars called his similar flicks “droopy,” comparing the downward sloping line he drew onto upper lash lines with his new for fall Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Via Venetto to “a grandmother who’s a bit eccentric that puts on her eyeliner wrong.”
Flash forward to Milan, and a whole range of unique adaptations of the sixties makeup essential were employed to keep the plethora of references to that era from becoming too literal. At D&G, Pat McGrath added white to the equation, coating the inner rim of the lower lash line with Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup Crayon Intense Eyeliner in #13 White to add a modern, graphic touch to the thick black stroke on lids. A few hours later at Moschino, Tom Pecheux turned to MAC Technakohl liner in Graphblack to draw an oval shape that swept underneath the lower lash line and almost extended to the brow bone to resemble cat-eye sunglasses. “It looks like every girl is wearing them on the catwalk whether she is or not,” he quipped, topping the outline with a dusting of MAC Single Matte eye shadow in Carbon for opacity. On Sunday, it was Lucia Pieroni’s turn at Missoni, and she focused her attention on crafting an elongated black smudge along lower lash lines only using the same MAC Technakohl liner at Missoni to help hammer home the idea of “cool girls who are slightly masculine.”
As far as our favorite incarnation goes, it’s a tie. Yesterday at Giorgio Armani, the house’s resident face painter, Linda Cantello, etched two parallel lines extended toward the temple from the outer corners of models’ eyes for a look that was inspired by “the boudoir,” while Peter Philips brought things full circle at Jil Sander. Rather than extrapolate on the trend with a new shape, he chose to introduce a new color: a shimmering, blue-reen jade. And on to Paris, we go…