July 25 2014

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On Makeup, And Makeup Bags


The lure of burlesque beauty has long fascinated Liz Goldwyn. The cinema scion essentially wrote the book on it; her 2006 tome, Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens, and the subsequent film project of the same name, encompassed eight years of research on the subject. But this weekend in L.A., Goldwyn diverged slightly from her original muse. “This is the first taste of a new work that I’ve spent as much time on,” a chartreuse-satin-clad Goldwyn said on Saturday at an interactive installation that served as the premiere of The Painted Lady. Shot six years ago, the vignette stars 19-year-old actress Jena Malone and is part of a larger project about the history of prostitution, although Goldwyn was quick to point out that the film’s title has multiple meanings. “Actresses were women of ill repute back in the day,” she explained, “and they had to be made up under the artificial stage light”—a practice that she was exposed to at an early age. “When I was really little, my dad [Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.] was producing the Academy Awards, and Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor were both presenting, and I remember him taking me during rehearsals to meet these two women in front of these beautiful vanities, and they were each scooping up pancake makeup with their own hands and applying it,” she recalls.

A makeup lover in her own right—it’s rare to see the auburn-haired artist without her signature red pout—the film is just one part of Goldwyn’s tribute to Hollywood’s golden era. “I designed the whole collection around this hanging cosmetic bag,” she explained of the boudoir-inspired lineup of holiday accessories she has created for MAC, who sponsored the event. In a nod toward authenticity, the devotee of the brand’s Lipstick in Lady Danger and So Chaud made sure that her sketches, and even the lace that was used in the design process, referenced her own extensive collection of 1950s lingerie. “I wanted [them] to have the feel of something you would have in your underwear drawer,” she said of the leopard and lace pouches, which happen to function just as well—if not better—hanging in your bathroom.

Photo: Donato Sardella/WireImage

Liz Goldwyn X MAC; For A Better Complexion, Drink More Coke; And More…


L.A.-based artist and red lipstick lover Liz Goldwyn has teamed up with MAC to launch her first beauty collaboration, a line of three makeup bags that will debut alongside the brand’s holiday collection later this month. [WWD]

Coca-Cola: beauty purveyor? The monolithic soft drink manufacturer has just inked a deal with Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company, to make a range of beautifying beverages that will launch at European drugstores this fall. But will they taste like Diet Coke? That’s what we want to know. [WSJ]

Dakota Fanning has ditched her blond locks in favor of a warm, chocolaty brown, making it that much easier to tell her apart from her younger sister Elle. Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss has also cashed in her flaxen locks for a shade of chestnut. [InStyle and Daily Mail]

The trickle-down effect of smash-success blow-dry bars like Blow and Drybar has finally arrived. Behold: the Bang Station, a new concept salon in Beverly Hills that deals only in fringe. [THR]

Also a long time coming: ChatPerf, the new USB port that can be plugged into your iPhone to release a series of fragrances from a pre-loaded app. [Popular Science]

Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images