310 posts tagged "MAC Cosmetics"
The Model: Amber Valletta
The Moment: Faux Freckles
The Motivation: One look at model Amber Valletta, and it’s easy to see why she’s still gracing magazine pages nearly two decades after she first stepped in front of the camera. Valletta is one of those naturally beautiful girls whose face can hold theatrical hair and makeup just as well as none at all—or, as is the case with this 1995 Peter Lindbergh-lensed shot, a little bit of both. Please note the blond beauty’s Twiggy-esque side part, similarly sixties white-and-black-rimmed lids, and the image’s standout feature, the faux freckles scattered across the bridge of her nose! Nothing says summer like the speckling of a few rogue beauty marks on the high planes of the face, a runway technique makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has employed on more than a few occasions backstage at shows like Chloé and Donna Karan over the years. Should you want a few subtle spots, without the sun exposure, follow the flame-haired face-painter’s lead and reach for MAC Lip Pencil in Hodgepodge.
If you spent much of your time as a 14-year-old going to raves and staying out until 6 A.M.—with your parents, no less—you might have also wound up spending your later years in rehab, not topping the pop charts. But don’t tell that to British hitmaker Charli XCX. The well-adjusted 20-year-old and the voice behind the song that is currently stuck in our heads, a collaboration with Icona Pop called “I Love It (I Don’t Care)” (Girls watchers will remember the jam from the dance-party scene during Hannah’s short-lived cocaine addiction), Charli—short for Charlotte—is a different kind of pop princess. Accented by mounds of black eyeliner, punky lyrics, and midriff-baring T-shirts, her sound isn’t so much candy-coated as rich with rhythm-backed synth riffs that are immediately catchy. As for the XCX bit, “it was part of my MSN screen name when I was 13, and it kind of stuck,” she told us when we caught up with her in the middle of a tour in support of True Romance, her debut album that features the addictive track, “Nuclear Seasons.” Here, the “nineties chick” at heart, talks about late-night clubbing, being inspired by Britney and Baby Spice, and her unconventional secret to the perfect dark lipstick.
How did you get into music at just 14?
As soon as I saw “Hit Me Baby (One More Time),” I knew I loved Britney and music videos, and I was in awe; it inspired me to start making music. I started writing, but it was just me kind of experimenting. I posted demos on MySpace, and a guy who ran a club in East London brought me up to play these raves. I started performing and became a regular in that scene. My parents came with me. They’d drive me and stay at the parties; usually I would play at 2 or 3 A.M. and leave at 6 A.M. At the time, I wasn’t into hanging out with my parents. We’d drive home in the morning and stop for breakfast. They were really supportive. We were always the weird family at the warehouse parties.
Um…Amazing. Why is the new album called True Romance?
All of the songs are about love and my experience with relationships and how I’ve changed my opinion on love, how the relationships have changed me. In true romance, you don’t have just walking on clouds, amazing, happy, beachy moments. To have true romance, you also have to have isolating, depressing moments of crying. The songs are about both. Some are happier and some are darker; some are pop; and others are more mysterious—and that’s what romance is like in real life. “Stay Away” is about an unhealthy obsession with someone, making yourself ill over them, but I haven’t been through that, so it’s more of an imagining.
Your Icona Pop collaboration “I Love It (I Don’t Care)” is the theme song for Snooki & Jwoww—do you watch the show?
That made me really laugh. I don’t watch the show religiously, but I’ve seen it. I think Snooki is pretty cute. They’re both hilarious.
Beauty Etiquetter addresses your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Quandary: Is it OK to go to the department store makeup counter to legitimately test new products and try stuff on without purchasing anything, or are you expected to buy if you have someone there do your makeup?
The Expert in Residence: Neil Young, MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist
The Advice: “Going into a department store, or visiting any cosmetics counter, can be daunting at the best of times. These days, makeup artists and consultants invest so much time and effort in delivering excellent customer service and advice, that it can often leave clients feeling obligated to purchase something before they leave. But it’s essential you feel confident and comfortable with your new makeup before committing to purchase, and sometimes that means wearing it for the whole day. Today, cosmetic companies encourage everyone to come and play with makeup, so there are always going to be customers that have no intention of buying—that is just a part of the process. What we do know is that great service increases sales opportunities. The client experience is one of the most crucial parts of the job and is just as significant as the artistry itself. Sales pressure should never be a part of the experience, but provided [the artist] listened well, executed a great look, and exceeded the customer’s expectations, [he] is establishing a loyalty factor and that customer will always come back.”
Considering the endless spells of dry heat, Australian summers typically beget beauty routines that mainly consist of sunblock and lashings of waterproof mascara; it’s no surprise, then, that fashion week Australia always runs the risk of favoring a “no makeup” makeup look over more complex trends. What we saw this week was anything but, however, thanks to a thriving creative spirit and the imported face-painting stylings of British makeup maverick Val Garland. “What I love about Australians is that they have no fear and are willing to give it a go. They’re very enthusiastic, and you feel like everyone is so happy to be here,” said Garland, who made a surprise cameo at the shows this season. Here, we round up the ten best backstage moments from the week that was.
Lisa Ho’s woman never lacks sensuality, and Val Garland gave it to her in spades, courtesy of a dark, lacquered lip—”Like an oil slick,” she said of the precise texture—and gloriously glossy skin. Bodies were given that quintessential Bondi glow with the cult-favorite gradual tanning product Summer by Beauty Department, while ghd hair director and session stylist Alan White added “a power element” to strands via a segmented hair parting and a dual texture that was accented with tinted extensions in midnight blue. By cutting the extensions two inches beneath models’ own hair, White aimed to “create chicness, not a color statement,” he explained.
Watson x Watson
If you were in the market for a true-blue Aussie beach experience, you didn’t need to look any further than Watson x Watson, Somer and Liberty Watson’s young upstart line. “It’s when you go to the beach and your hair soaks up the elements like salt and it grows in texture,” Redken hair director Philip Barwick explained of the saturated strands that were pulled back into a half-up bun. “The shape comes from when you get out of the water and brush it off your face and the ends of the hair are blown out and windy.” The makeup here was similarly summery, inspired by the pink zinc that was a popular staple for eighties-era teen queens. To prevent the look from becoming too juvenile, Maybelline artists added a touch of glamour via bronzed contours and a clean base.
We Are Handsome
“[It] references the relationship that Guy Bourdin and Charles Jourdan had,” stylist Jolyon Mason explained of the direction for the swimwear label’s presentation, which manifested itself into a preference for the photographer’s beloved jewel-toned smoky eyes, high-blush contours, and shiny red lips. Fluffy seventies disco hair and tanned limbs, courtesy of St. Tropez, rounded out the homage, which got a small dose of the here and now via crazy and colorful nail decals from Rock Beauty London.
Michael Lo Sordo
Michael Lo Sordo loves geometry. The designer (who was recently nominated as a finalist for the Australian Woolmark Prize) kept his hair-and-makeup look sleek, simple, and contoured for Spring but asked his face-painting team to add a few, er, points of interest: blue triangles were painted onto models’ temples to serve as “futuristic beauty spots,” rather than architectural cat-eyes, as was the case when a similar technique was employed backstage at Erdem for Fall 2012.
At first glance, the beauty look at Shakuhachi was a little Givenchy Spring 2012, but makeup artist Natasha Severino’s references had nothing to do with the underwater theme Riccardo Tisci honed three seasons ago. “My brief was ‘techno chic,’ ” she explained backstage. “There were a lot of metallics and prints in the collection, and the silhouettes were almost raver. We wanted something to offset the metallic fabrics and shoes, so we decided to go with a white pigment powder overlaid with a glitter.” To add a touch of “glitz,” Severino stuck a single Swarovski Crystal underneath the lower lash line to provide an “extra ping” as models walked down the runway.
As mentioned in the pages of the new issue of Style.com/Print, I am a big fan of classic manicures. When I wasn’t painting on dark shades of red from Dior and & Other Stories, I wore Essie’s deep berry Bordeaux for much of the winter. But the shock of unexpected warm weather we got this week got me thinking about brightening up—specifically, with a color I typically reserve for spring and summer. Often called “tomato” or “fiery” red, the particular polish shade I’m referring to is an orange-tinged scarlet that offers up a lighter, sunny adaptation of more readily available blue-tinged crimsons. I’ve always sworn by RGB Cosmetics’ opaque crème Coral, but there’s a whole new crop of contenders that are now skirting the mandarin-scarlet divide. Here, my top five favorites.
Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Fever Pitch
A lively dose of gingery pigments spruce up this dark rose base.
Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel in Sunburst
With a sheer, jelly-like consistency, this poppy hue has a wonderful lightweight finish that can be built up for a deeper color payoff. It veers more toward true tangerine than the others, but in a subtle way, thanks to its transparency.
MAC Nail Lacquer in Ablaze
As part of MAC’s new Fashion Sets collection, this fuchsia-tinged flame color is also available in a corresponding Lipglass, Lipstick, and Lip Pencil. But the varnish is the standout of the bunch, as far as I’m concerned.
Le Vernis de Chanel in 647 Lilis, available May 2013 at www.chanel.com
One of a handful of great colors in Chanel’s hotly anticipated summer range, this polish is nearly identical to MAC’s offering, albeit a bit more delicate.
Givenchy Le Vernis 11 Croisiere, available May 2013 at www.sephora.com
Delivering a flat matte finish, this clementine-skewed cerise is perhaps my favorite incarnation of the festive color, which happens to wear incredibly well sans glossy top coat.