23 posts tagged "L’Oréal"
Today, L’Oréal announced that it’s adding cult indie cosmetics brand Urban Decay to its luxury division, which currently boasts labels like YSL Beauté and Ralph Lauren. “[Urban Decay] is the makeup specialist we needed to fully satisfy young women in search of playful colors…at an accessible price point,” said L’Oréal Luxe president Nicolas Hieronimus. [WWD]
Following the likes of Clémence Poésy, Anja Rubik, and Chloë Sevigny, Finnish catwalker Suvi Koponen has been named the latest face of Chloé Eau de Parfum. Koponen is a favorite of the French house, having recently starred in Chloé’s Fall ready-to-wear ads. [Paris Vogue]
Speaking of models with blockbuster beauty contracts, Sui He landed the job as Shiseido’s new brand ambassador back in September. Today, a behind-the-scenes video with the Chinese stunner and makeup artist Dick Page hit the Web, giving us a first look at the forthcoming campaign. [Models.com]
Beyoncé’s Tumblr page has become a source of great joy for many of us, and this weekend’s update—a pic of the megastar with daughter Blue Ivy Carter on vacation—didn’t disappoint. Aside from her Aurélie Bidermann gold bling, what really stood out to us were the beach-y cornrows that reminded us of Beyoncé’s golden days in Destiny’s Child.
Julianne Moore was only just named the new face of L’Oreal’s antiaging Cellular Renaissance line, and she’s already doling out the beauty wisdom. “I think it’s a privilege to age,” says the 51-year-old flame-haired actress. “Often as adult women, you hear people say that they wish they were younger—to which I say, enjoy where you are. Because by wishing that you are younger, you really only end up missing the year in which you’re living. So enjoy that year and every year that you have as long as you’re able.” [WWD]
Butter London has teamed up with Goop to offer a limited-edition three-pack of custom-blended polishes to loyal readers of Gwyneth Paltrow’s ever-growing lifestyle website. Get while the getting’s good. [Goop]
Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday fragrance has finally arrived—as has its elaborate commercial, which features a black-clad Minaj laying on a bed of black roses, which turn a shade of bright fuchsia after she pricks her finger on a thorn and bleeds bubblegum pink all over the set. Oh, she also puts in a pair of hot pink contact lenses at the end, you know, to hammer home the point. [MTV]
Clinique has partnered with model Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund and will start raising funds for the foundation dedicated to rebuilding schools in disaster-stricken areas through profits earned from its Happy Heart women’s fragrance and a series of limited-edition “Make Someone Happy” T-shirts. [WWD]
Topshop Unique’s girl is effortlessly cool and understatedly chic—a profile that was made infinitely clear with a quick peruse of the show’s front row. Next to Elle Fanning sat Leigh Lezark, who was a stone’s throw away from Poppy Delevingne, Pixie Geldof, Tallulah Harlech, and Olivia Palermo. “She’s the girl that everyone wants to be,” hairstylist Anthony Turner confirmed backstage, where the It-ness of it all was reinforced with a gaggle of the season’s biggest catwalkers. Cara, Jourdan, et al. got Turner’s low side parts, which were tucked behind the ears and treated with L’Oréal Beach Frizz for a shine-free, matte texture. “It’s the day after the night before,” he explained, throwing in a “nineties Kate Moss” reference as well as the words “very cool” to describe strands, thus completing the season’s hair inspiration trifecta. As models lined up before the show, Turner roughed up the hairline and broke up sections in the back, creating a randomness to the otherwise uniform coifs.
“It’s nineties grunge meets punk,” makeup artist Hannah Murray further elaborated, giving a “pretty edge” to designer Kate Phelan’s white and pale yellow palette. Mixing two Topshop Makeup Blushes in Prime Time and Flush, Murray made a makeshift, rosy eye shadow, which she dabbed with the silvery shade from its Eyeshadow Palette in Constellation to give lids a sheer iridescence. Cheeks were contoured using Topshop Lips in Beguiled, a vampish dark red that was layered with a dollop of its Balm for a dewy finish. To ensure the girls didn’t look “too done,” Murray took mouths down with a finger-patting of foundation while manicurist Anatole Rainey reprised Spring’s “nothing nail” with Topshop Nails in Nice & Neutral.
“Seventies disco punk” was where makeup artist Lucia Pieroni firmly placed the makeup look backstage at Jonathan Saunders, confirming our suspicions that the designer’s woman had loosened up from her more precise, uptight beginnings. “It’s the day after a big night out,” Pieroni elaborated, cuing up a requisite lived-in liner look of the day-old variety.
Giving skin a “gorgeous, dewy finish” with highlights courtesy of luminescent shades of MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna and Hush, Pieroni relied on her trusty MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, a rich black, to rim lids, slicking on a touch of grease and smudging the line with her fingers. The pencil was also used in between lashes, instead of mascara, to enhance the undone feel. Added to this was a stamped-on bordeaux lip, which Pieroni created with a deliberate etching of MAC Lip Pencil in Burgundy, a rich wine hue that she was adamant about keeping in the center of mouths, rather than traced around the edges. “Keep [the lips] heart-shaped and perfect,” she instructed her team, adding a dollop of clear gloss in the center of pouts, right before models hit the runway.
“She’s a bit dangerous and has attitude,” Paul Hanlon elaborated, repurposing the D-word that guided him through much of the New York shows. Spritzing hair with L’Oréal Studio Matte & Messy Salt Spray through the mid-lengths, Hanlon worked the product through the ends with his fingers and a diffuser to bring a natural movement to the look. Random sections were given a gentle wave to keep them from appearing too uniform. Then, coating his hands with L’Oréal Studio Silk & Gloss Straight Cream, Hanlon swept side parts over to the left, sculpting them over one eye to add “mystery.” Elnett Diamond Hold & Shine Hairspray kept strands in place and flyaways at bay.
London’s inaugural men’s fashion week kicks off tomorrow, and Charlie Le Mindu is hoping to see long locks on the runways. “I hope we’ll get a return to the seventies, when men were hippies and wore long hair like Willy Cartier,” he says. Known for a particularly cutting-edge attitude (Le Mindu can be credited for everything from Lady Gaga’s acid blue dye job and giant lip wig to stylist Anna Trevelyan’s Technicolor locks), the beauty visionary could certainly make it happen. A patron of the Haute Coiffure movement—”when a hairdresser puts all his time and all his ideas into one creation,” the 25-year-old explains—Le Mindu is about to expand his influence in a big way: Harrods just named the Bordeaux-born, London-based stylist-turned-designer the Avant-Garde Director of its Urban Retreat Salon.
Stationed in his own corner of the pristine atelier, which he’s made decidedly Le Mindu-like (human hair hats and leopard-print smocks from his Fall 2012 collection abound), the hair artist not only hopes that his young-and-hip faithful will pay him a visit at his new digs, but that classic Harrods women will take a walk on the wild side, too. “I’d like to work with the ladies who love their big blow-dries, but I want to give them colorful hair,” laughs Le Mindu, who’s been dyeing his own quasi-shaved hair black since the age of 9. Currently taking special appointments and training a team at the luxury department store, Le Mindu will officially launch his Urban Retreat experience next month.
But that’s not all Le Mindu has on his plate. Come October, he’ll unveil a line of cartoon-inspired ready-to-wear wigs (think: Jessica Rabbit), which will weigh in at just under 200 pounds each, and next week, he’ll release a special-edition line of L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray called Mademoiselle. “I think it’s going to be quite controversial,” he explains, alluding to the fact that the “M” word is newly outlawed on official documents in France thanks to a growing feminist movement that had it legally banned, citing the fact that there is no male equivalent. (Le Mindu’s hair spray was in production before this turn of events, of course.) Luckily, the man who makes sunglasses out of hair and dresses out of thousands of custom Minx nail overlays thrives on controversy.