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Topshop Beauty Gets A Designer Collaboration Of Its Own

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Topshop is not new to the designer collaboration game. Successful partnerships between the U.K.-based retail giant and local talent like Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Kate Moss, and J.W. Anderson (coming this fall), have spelled success for clotheshorses looking to get their fashion fix, fast. But the brand has yet to give its two-year-old beauty line the same kind of star power—an injustice that has finally been rectified. Introducing the Louise Gray x Topshop color collection for Fall, which abides by the two words that typically inform Gray’s runway shows: “young” and “fun.” This, after all, is the woman who has used The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as backstage beauty inspiration and christened the term “face confetti” after makeup artist James O’Reilly drew multicolored polka dots onto models’ faces at her Fall 2011 show. Her Topshop range comes with a similar stockpile of whimsy. Pastel pink and mint green packaging houses bright lipsticks in Mexican Wave, a bright orange, and Legend, a hot fuchsia; a creamy tangerine and rouge Cheek duo; and even a bright blue liquid eyeliner. Gray’s “face confetti” concept also makes a comeback here, this time in the form of glitter pots featuring circle- and heart-shaped iridescent sequins; the better to adorn lids and tips with.

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

Maison Martin Margiela To Release Replica: The Fragrance Line; Rihanna Gets Dreads; And More…

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Fresh off its Consumer’s Choice Award nomination at the FIFIs this week for its Untitled fragrance, Maison Martin Margiela is back with some more beauty news. The brand just revealed Replica, a trio of fragrances that are meant to mimic its Replica clothing line, a seasonal capsule collection based on duplicating garments and accessories found in flea markets. Each of the three scents, Flower Market, Beach Walk, and Funfair Evening, subsequently evokes certain olfactory triggers in our collective memory. They launch in Europe this summer, but won’t hit the States until next year. [WWD]

Topshop has announced that Louise Gray will be its next collaborator, and the London designer’s offerings won’t be limited to clothes. The mass retailer is promising a line of fluorescent glitter and creamy eye shadows from Gray as well. [Fashionista]

Since transitioning her blond shag with bangs into a severe shade of brunette with a side shave, Rihanna has been pretty loyal to a single hairstyle—until last night’s American Idol finale, that is, where she sported a towering mass of dreadlocks. [People]

Photo: Le Segretain/Getty Images

Face-Painting Your Way To Fame

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We’ve long been a fan of Kate Nash’s onstage look—the vintage dresses, the heavy ginger fringe; it all works for the London singer’s sweet indie pop stylings. Back on tour this spring, Nash appears to have added another element to her performance persona: face paint! We spotted Nash belting it out in the U.K. this weekend with shorter-than-usual rockabilly bangs and a black heart and three precisely penciled-in black dots scrawled above a perfectly painted red pout. Face-painting makes occasional forays into the fashion realm (its latest cameo came on the Fall runways of both Louise Gray and Meadham Kirchhoff), but the art form has always gone hand in hand with rock. Think Natasha Khan and KISS (good) and Ke$ha (less so). Where would you rank Nash’s complexion-as-canvas experiment?

Photo: Tony Woolliscroft / Getty Images

The Eyes (Still) Have It In London

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After Fall’s barefaced beauty moment, we were thrilled to see so much colorful makeup last week in New York. And with day four of London fashion week almost wrapped up, it seems brights are going to be very big indeed for Spring—particularly on eyes. To better serve Mary Katrantzou’s stellar digitized prints, face painter Val Garland channeled a box of Laduree’s pastel macarons, which resulted in a wash of different eye shadows, including shades of lavender, aqua, and buttercup yellow—a happy hue that makeup artist Hannah Murray also played with backstage at Michael van der Ham. Over at Louise Gray, James O’Riley took things in a slightly darker direction, etching a creamy royal blue line around both upper and lower lash lines using MAC’s Waveline Fluidline and coating lashes with a mix of MAC Pro Hi-Def Chromacake in Cyan and its Pro Lash Mixing Medium for a flash of contrasting color. A bold lid is fast becoming this season’s accessory of choice, and if you plan on finally taking a dip into that drawer of violet, gold, and emerald green shadows and liner pens you’ve been hoarding for looking-at-only purposes, we’ve gleaned a few good tips over the past couple of weeks that may be of assistance: Use a pencil or a matte shadow as a base to hold looser pigments in place; a simple smudge of Vaseline or Aquaphor can give a flat powder pigment a modern wet look; and remember, according to Lancôme creative director of makeup Aaron De Mey, matching your shadow to your clothes in homage to Kiki de Montparnasse’s signature style can be a very good thing.

Photo: Ian Gavan / Getty Images; Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com