8 posts tagged "Linda Evangelista"
CR Fashion Book cover girl and voluptuous Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton has nabbed her first beauty contract. Upton will be the new spokeswoman for Gillette…hawking its men’s, not women’s, razors…and will star in promo videos for its Fusion ProGlide Styler in which she comes clean about what it will take to win her over. Spoiler alert: The answer is lots of manscaping. [NYDN]
Even the original supermodels had confidence issues when it came to their looks. “I got so insecure because you were all talking about my gums and my knees,” Linda Evangelista recalls of her first shoot with François Nars in a new interview with the makeup maestro. “And I’m like, I’m gonna get thrown out of here because of my knees!” [Interview]
The frequently crimson-lipped burlesque queen, Dita Von Teese, thinks red lipstick looks great on everyone. The secret, she says, is finding the right red, which for her is always matte. “It’s easier to wear, and it’s always classic and always elegant,” Von Teese says of the finish. [E!]
Edgar Montalvo, the hairstylist responsible for coiffing Jackie Onassis and Nancy Reagan has given a new, candid interview about working with both former first ladies. “[Jackie] was wonderful,” Montalvo recalls of the style icon for whom he made wigs after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As for Reagan, he had “nothing positive to say.” Ouch. [NYP]
Throwback Thursday is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Models: Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista
The Moment: Larger-than-life lashes, big brows, and dramatic cat-eyes
The Motivation: If there’s one look that will stand the test of time, it’s big, flirty lashes and a seductive cat-eye (see Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture for further evidence). From Brigitte Bardot and old Guess ads to, yes, even the sisters Kardashian, the enduring combination is the ultimate sign of sexed-up femininity. Adding a full, groomed brow, a neutral, heavily lined lip, and a pre-big-tobacco-crackdown cigarette gives this particular spread an undeniably nineties feel, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not prime for a reprise; the decade that pioneered dark excess before segueing into minimalism and grunge is having a moment, in case you hadn’t noticed.
If there’s one thing you can say about the R&D geniuses at Giorgio Armani Beauty, it’s that they make one hell of a foundation. Its Luminous Silk Foundation has become the skin-enhancing gold standard since it launched ten years ago, as its lightweight, silky fluid formula imparts a natural, perfected glow that is hard to duplicate. The secret is in the pairing of transparency and coverage, a specialized skill that served the brand well when it began development on its new Maestro Fusion Makeup eight years ago. “It’s not a foundation, it’s a complexion perfector,” Armani’s international makeup artist Linda Cantello says of the fluid face saver. The idea here isn’t necessarily new: Utilizing an ultra-fine pigment suspension system to create veil-like foundations has become quite popular over the past few years, giving us Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua and more recently, Estée Lauder’s Invisible Fluid Makeup. Armani’s offering is different in its execution, though—which is to say that the entire 12-shade range is a textural revelation: Each one goes on like a liquid, quickly dries down to a velvet—not matte—finish, and blends in seamlessly without a greasy residue thanks to its dry-oil base. Add a few dabs of the similarly weightless Maestro Eraser Fusion Hybrid Concealer to illuminate the under-eye area, and the fall face is as good as yours.
From $40, available September 2012 at www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.
Models and music videos have a long-standing symbiotic relationship. Almost as long as bands have been conjuring up visual accompaniments for their musical musings, they have been casting pretty faces to star in them—and by “star,” we mean gyrate around while looking desirable. Actresses have gotten in on the gig plenty of times, too, of course—who can forget Kim Basinger’s turn in Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” Gwyneth’s cameo in Melissa Etheridge’s “I Want to Come Over,” or Alicia Silverstone’s entire Aerosmith oeuvre? But this week, we’ve got models on the brain, thanks to George Michael’s latest release, “White Light,” in which he shares screen time with Kate Moss (and one very strong wind machine). This is not Moss’ first rodeo; the original waif has appeared in videos for Johnny Cash, the White Stripes, and Primal Scream—and her experience shows: Kate has the nonchalant, pouty sway down to an art, which we imagine is only slightly vexing to the members of Michael’s original model-filled video for his 1990 hit “Freedom.” That cinematic experience just so happens to top our greatest “models in music videos” hit list, which is just a click away.
Here are some truths about me and my exercise regimen: 1) I don’t do well with trainers or classes; 2) I go through on and off phases: When I’m on, I run and swim; when I’m off, I watch a lot of TV while sitting in spandex shorts and talking about going to the gym; and 3) my overall goal is strength, not slimness—specifically in my abs and arms.
Item 1 often offsets item 3, as my problems with authority and regimented schedules preclude me from learning any new muscle-building techniques (my core-tightening knowledge begins and ends with antiquated workouts I learned from playing high-school sports many moons ago). Celebrity fitness and wellness expert David Kirsch seemed to have me in mind when he penned his new tome, David Kirsch’s Abs & Arms, which went on sale this weekend. The illustrated book takes you through a number of do-it-yourself exercises, with user-friendly instructions for proper usage of the “stability ball” so you can get a washboard stomach and svelte—not bulky—biceps à la Liv Tyler, Karolina Kurkova, Linda Evangelista, and Heidi Klum, the latter of whom Kirsch got back onto the Victoria’s Secret runway just eight weeks after she gave birth in 2005. Kirsch also provides a guide to following his patented high protein/low carb diet, which will help you see maximum results from all the reverse plank and pike push-ups on the agenda. The paperback has actually inspired me to return to the gym after a brief hiatus, if only so I can try out some of my fancy new moves in public and finally break free from the try-whatever-the-woman-next-to-me-is-doing approach.