9 posts tagged "L’Oréal Professionnel"
Messages against overfishing were abundant at Kenzo—with No Fish No Nothing scrawled across the doors of the La Cité du Cinéma and a sweatshirt in the collection. The idea was also reflected in the iridescent fabrics (with a sheen similar to that of scales), sunglasses with fish-eye-like baubles that wrapped around ears, an “aquatic sound system” in middle of the catwalk that jolted with every beat, and a floor-to-ceiling waterfall that served as the backdrop for the runway.
To reflect the marine movement, makeup artist Aaron de Mey mimicked the “crest of a wave” by drawing a graphic band of MAC Acrylic Paint in White across the tops of lashes with an angled brush, abruptly ending the line at the outer corners. “It looks like zinc on the lids—[providing] the reverse effect of classic sixties eyeliner,” he said. In addition to oceanic inspiration, de Mey cited Black Flag (a punk band hailing from Hermosa Beach, California): “I experimented with black, but it was too heavy and literal—punk is a feeling of being opposite to everyone else, and the blunt shape makes it feel more aggressive.” The rest of the face was kept bare, applying concealer only where necessary and dabbing a heavy cream on the tops of cheekbones, chin, and down the bridge of the nose to lend a dewy finish.
To give strands an underwater—yet androgynous—feel, hairstylist Anthony Turner blew them dry using mousse and his fingers for texture, then made a boyish side part and slicked the top section back behind one ear with a wet-look gel. “It’s almost how a boy would grease the side of his hair,” he explained. And in lieu of schools of fish, a gang of tough L.A. girls (similar to the idea at Prada, but with a far more West Coast vibe) served as the pro’s muse. Turner left the length dry, but used a curling iron to create ridges and marks—his interpretation of how women in the street “badly tong” their hair. He topped everything off with a liberal amount of L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium hair spray for added shine and control.
Press-on tips designed by Naomi Yasuda were based with MAC Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle (an ebony hue) and streaked with Vestral White using a skinny liner brush. The abstract art not only picked up on the patterns at the beginning of the show, but popped against the cobalt, fuchsia, acid yellow, and sea foam green colors splashed across dresses, blazers, midriff-baring tops, minis, and floppy beach hats. If taking a stand looks like this, I’m ready to join the cause.
Since L’Oréal Professionnel launched its Mythic Oil this summer, its first foray into the highly popular (and highly profitable) hair-oil game, the slim bottle of golden elixir has become a fast favorite at the retail level and on the runway; backstage at Anthony Vaccarello, Anthony Turner kept a bottle of the rice-bran oil-based treatment close at hand to treat models’ world-weary locks and remedy the residual damage of a grueling show schedule. Next month, the French beauty giant is hoping to capitalize on the product’s success with a full line extension that will include a Mythic Oil Nourishing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner, and Nourishing Masque, all of which will be fortified with frizz-fighting argan oil and strand-softening cotton seed oil. Even more interesting, however, is the company’s decision to take the liquid gold to its network of trained professionals via an in-salon oil bar. Consisting of three different concentrated blends—a Scalp Clarifying option with citrus, cypress, and tea-tree oil to purify and energize the scalp; a Nourishing option rich in regenerating rice-bran oil; and a Color Protecting option that boasts linseed oil to illuminate and protect individual strands—each service is completely customized and includes an über luxe massage to ensure that the ingredients penetrate the hair follicles without weighing hair down. Talk about a smooth move.
L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil In-salon Indulgent Experience, $15 to $50, visit www.LPsalons.com to find a location near you.
Hair oils have reached cult status among beauty brands—so much so that having some kind of argan-infused elixir in your product arsenal to smooth unruly strands and create a better blow-out is almost a requisite. And while L’Oréal Professionnnel, it of the many complex hair looks backstage at Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. presentations each season, hasn’t gotten into the game yet, it’s about to join the party. The salon brand just released its new Mythic Oil duo. The Rich Oil boasts argan and rice bran oil for a quick-absorbing nourishing finish, and the Colour Glow Oil utilizes linseed and cranberry oils to boost shine and help protect dye jobs from fading. Both are recommended as a pre- and post-heat styling step for frizz protection and softening, but as it’s been way too humid of late to turn on a blow-dryer, we’ve been using the rich oil on wet hair, air-drying, and reaping the light, shiny rewards.
$32 each, visit www.LPSalons.com for salons.
When Tom Pecheux signed on as Estée Lauder’s creative director of makeup in the fall of 2009, he had a specific goal in mind: to inject a sense of ”fashion, fantasy, naughtiness, and above all youth” into the 66-year-old brand. Three years later, he managed to get all four objectives into one backstage beauty look, as the makeup artist and the storied New York cosmetics brand combined forces at Anthony Vaccarello, Lauder’s first ever appearance at Paris fashion week.
“The inspiration is Parisian women late at night,” Pecheux said—a recurring theme with the Frenchman who spent his younger days dancing until the wee hours of the morning in the City of Light at clubs like Le Palace. Pecheux is so well versed in the way of nude lips and sultry eyes, he has even designed a limited-edition color collection for Estée Lauder in homage to the “naughty-chic” aesthetic, as he likes to call it. Prepping skin with a blend of its Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher and DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15, Pecheux applied a veil of Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 to hold a “little bit of contour,” courtesy of its Bronze Goddess Soft Shimmer Bronzer. Lips were painted nude with its Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Vanilla Truffle, which Pecheux matted down with translucent powder.
But what made these girls beautiful Parisian women—and not beautiful American or even Polish women, Pecheux explained as Anja Rubik sat in his chair—was a focus on the eyes, and the eyebrows. “You know how much I love them,” the face painter said of the full, face-framing arches, which he filled in and brushed up using Lauder’s Artist’s Brow Pencil Double Groomer. Lids were layered with a combination of its Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Onyx, which Pecheux drew around the outer corner of the eyes and in strokes underneath the lower lash line, only to smudge them later with his finger, and a mix of shimmering black and berry shadows. ”I’m using a burgundy pencil just inside the eye,” he explained of the stroke of Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Wine that he topped with a dollop of its Pure Color Gloss in Opulent Opal to add a multi-dimensional glimmer that referenced the iridescent fabrics in the middle of Vaccarello’s collection. Hairstylist Anthony Turner’s sleek, gelled-down, “sexy soldier” ponytails bore a similar shine. ”C’est bon?” Pecheux asked Rubik as he slicked the glitter-flecked salve across her eyes. “Oui!” she replied.
With a unique ability to give hair that hard-to-execute edgy-but-chic, done-but-undone quality, Paul Hanlon has become the preferred coiffing star of fashion’s reigning cool kids: Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Giles, and Jonathan Saunders are all card-carrying members of the Hanlon fan club. After a number of high-octane performances over the last week and a half, we may have witnessed Hanlon’s finest work last night at Ance. “It’s that Debbie Harry thing, when she used to bleach her hair but keep it dark underneath,” Hanlon said backstage, where he was adding extensions to models’ hair in shades that contrasted with their natural color. “It’s supposed to look grungy,” he continued, choosing clusters of black, mousy brown, or honeyed red locks, which he prepped with L’Oréal Professionnel tecni.art Volume Architect Thickening Blow Dry Lotion and its Infinium hair spray for body and texture. To give the whole thing a “dangerous” quality, Hanlon artfully sprayed tinted dry shampoo onto the roots so it appeared as though a good amount of post-dye-job regrowth had taken place, too.
Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni—a frequent Hanlon collaborator and last season’s champion of the full, boyish brow—had busied herself with the task of crafting “bronze-y, ruddy, dusty faces—as though the girls have been hanging out in the Arizona desert.” MAC’s Mineral Powder in Mineral Deep provided Pieroni’s desired shade of “terra-cotta tan,” while its new-for-Spring Metallix Infusion Eyeshadow in Rust was smudged onto eyelids, around the temples, and onto cheeks for a deep-toned shine. To finish off what amounted to a fairly monochrome face—save for bold brows that were filled in with MAC Eyeshadow in Omega, Copperpot, Brun, and Typographic—Pieroni slicked on a rusty nude lip using a blend of MAC lipsticks in Freckletone and Fresh Brew.