August 30 2014

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The Lipstick Adventures of Lupita Nyong’o



Out of every Oscars race emerges a new star that captivates both Hollywood and the fashion world in equal measure. This year’s newly minted It girl is Lupita Nyong’o, the 30-year-old Kenyan beauty who is expected to score a supporting actress nomination for her standout performance as Patsey in Twelve Years A Slave (she appears on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter today with the likes of Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, and Oprah). It’s not just her sartorial choices that are garnering her lavish praise—the lipstick she wears on the red carpet has also become somewhat of a signature during her short time in the spotlight. Unlike other actresses who mostly go back and forth between nudes and reds, Nyong’o constantly switches it up.

Her makeup artist, Nick Barose, takes a cue from the bright, colorful shades of the seventies—sharing all his reference pictures with the starlet. “When I was growing up in Thailand, I loved flipping through my mom’s old fashion magazines. Makeup used to be so colorful and brave,” Barose says. A vintage Scavullo photo of Iman sparked the orange hue Nyong’o sported at the Hollywood Film Awards in October, an Escada ad from the eighties was his motivation for the purple metallic mouth she wore to the recent AMPAS Governors Awards, and Carol la Brie’s Vogue Italia cover was the jumping-off point for the violet lips and eyes that couldn’t be missed on the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of her latest film. Barose also borrows ideas from his favorite beauty icons. For example, Billie Holiday was the inspiration for the “not-too-in-your-face” red lip look the actress wore to the Toronto Film Festival in September, Diana Ross influenced the glossy, flesh-toned pout seen at the Sacai dinner, and at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Nyong’o flaunted brown lipstick flecked with gold like a nineties Lauryn Hill. Our only question is what can’t she pull off…or rather, slick on?

On Lupita, above, clockwise from left: Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Wild Ginger, MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Midnight Mambo, Dior DiorAddict Gloss in Cygne Noir with Sisley Ombre Glow Eyeshadow in Gold dabbed on center of lips, Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Monique, NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, and Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Rick Lipstick in Margaux.

Photos: Courtesy of Getty;;; Vogue Italia

Reminiscing With…Marie Robinson


MAC Moxie lipstickBeauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Marie Robinson, hair colorist and founder of Marie Robinson Salon

The Product: “My grandmother rarely wore makeup but when she did, everything was from Estée Lauder. She felt it was a luxurious brand that provided her with a sense of Hollywood glamour. There was a bright, rose pink lipstick of hers that I would sneak [off] to wear when I went to high school. I remember that she would apply this lipstick, very little blush, and no eye makeup. Minimalism was Grandma’s beauty motto—she would always say, ‘Play up an eye, lip, or cheek, but never more than one or it’s not chic.’ Years ago, I was shopping at the MAC counter in Bloomingdale’s and found a similar color called Moxie. It was a special-edition lipstick that reminded me of my grandmother’s go-to Estée Lauder shade. A swipe of bright pink across my lips has since become a part of my identity. I recently moved and lost the last bit of the original MAC Moxie lipstick that I had bought in bulk before it was discontinued. I wanted to have it custom-blended and duplicated. Since then, I’ve found other tubes I love—such as ones from NARS, Tom Ford, and Rimmel London (Kate Moss created a fantastic pink)—but I still hope to get Moxie-ied again.”

Beauty 411: Ursula Stephen


URSULA-STEPHEN-FINAL-2_resizeHer personal choices might often elude us, but when it comes to all things hair-related, Rihanna always has our undivided and rapt attention (like, say, last week, when she went gray, or, as she dubbed it, “brrrr”). And the woman usually responsible for RiRi’s chameleonic hair ways is stylist Ursula Stephen. Her three favorite moments in Rihanna’s hair timeline? “When we went red, the short black ’do we did for the Teen Choice Awards a couple of years ago, and the short blonde look for her ‘Hard’ music video,” she says. Besides tending to celebrity tresses (she also counts Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington as clients) and working as a Global Ambassador for hair-care line Motions, Stephen recently opened her first salon, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood; a thrill for those of us who call the 718 home. “I’d always thought of opening my own place, but this just feels like the right time in my life and career to do it, so when I got a call about a space, I couldn’t pass it up,” she explains. And lest you think she’s too busy to attend to us common folks, Stephen insists that though her schedule will vary from week to week, she will definitely be logging plenty of time at Ursula Stephen the Salon, 66 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, (347) 457-5834. Here, the busy stylist shares some of her own beautifying go-tos.

“At the Olympic Spa in L.A., you get scrubbed down like a baby by these superstrong women…in front of everyone! Don’t be shy about it. You will leave feeling like you have new skin!”

3915 West Olympic Boulevard, L.A., (323) 857-0666;

“This fragrance manages to be so many things at once: pretty, sophisticated, rich. And I have to say, the men love it. I first discovered it at a spa in New York, and now it’s absolutely one of my faves.”

$68, at

THE GO-TO COVER-UP: Kevyn Aucoin
“Hands down the best concealer out there. It’s always a lifesaver for me.”

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“I actually first discovered it after I got a bad burn from a curling iron. It helped heal that and turned out to be such a great moisturizer. I especially like it for the rough areas, like my knees and elbows. Plus, it gives skin an amazing glow.”

Available at drugstores.

“The perfect blush for summer, if you’re going for that ‘I don’t have on any makeup’ kind of look.”


THE HAIR THERAPY: Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment
“It’s the best conditioning treatment around. I recommend it to all my clients and, naturally, use it on myself religiously, too.”

Available at drugstores.

“It really is one of my favorite stores. I find all my trendy pieces there that I then mix in with designer stuff.”

“I love this place in Brooklyn. They do next-level mani-pedis! The ambience is beautiful, the staff is attentive, and every service is great. Also, mimosas. Enough said.”

1082 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, (718) 636-0600;

For Abs Like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s, Try Bronzing Powder


Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyWe started writing about crop tops two Septembers ago, when they began popping up at the Spring 2012 collections. It’s taken a while, but the look has officially gone mainstream. Last night, ModelCo ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s famous abs made an appearance at the makeup brand’s launch party. She wore Calvin Klein Collection, for the record. Now that the weather is on our side—it’s 86 but feels like 92 degrees here in New York today—we’re tempted to try the trend ourselves. Compared to Rosie, though, we’re what you might call six-pack-challenged. So before we whip out the Calvin, we’ll be dipping into our makeup bag for a little extra definition. An editor friend recommends this two-step process: First, even out the skin tone on your stomach with foundation (try MAC Face and Body Foundation). Next, highlight your muscles’ natural contour lines with a matte bronzing powder (such as Lancôme’s Long Lasting Bronzing Powder). “If you were doing your face,” she says, “you’d finish with a shimmery highlighter on the high points, but for abs, I think shimmer would look a little ‘exotic body dancer,’ so I’d skip that step.” We promise to report back on Project Midriff before the end of the summer.

Photo: Caroline McCredie / WireImage

“Futuristic Maharaja” Eyes And “Skater Boy” Strands, Backstage At Kenzo


Black cat-eyes—thin flicks of dark pencil drawn across the upper lash line—are a pretty standard maneuver for makeup artists hoping to incite a feeling of classic glamour. But what if you want to accentuate the lids while steering clear of that feeling entirely? “It’s all about the under eye,” according to Aaron de Mey, who used an elongated uptick of MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder underneath the lower lash line, inside the water line, and in the root of the lashes to get the reverse effect at Kenzo—or a “punky” vibe, as he put it.

“It’s very futuristic maharaja,” de Mey said of the look, citing references ranging from Stanley Kubrick to India as he topped his hand-scrawled stroke with MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon to intensify the darkness of the pigment and its Fluidline in Blacktrack, which was used on the outer corners only to define the straight shape. “It looks strong, direct, and purposeful,” he continued of the graphic element that contrasted with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s incredibly rich, colorful collection—as well as skin that de Mey described as “icy” as he used a blend of its Cream Colour Base in Pearl and its Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk to create dimension on the high planes of the face. Slicking MAC Gloss Texture across lids for a high-shine finish, de Mey concentrated a small dose of it on the center of mouths as well, which had been made slightly smaller with a finger-pressing of foundation around the edges. “It’s like the girls were sucking on ice,” he explained of the technique—which wasn’t too hard to imagine, considering the subarctic chill backstage at La Samaritaine.

“There’s a lot going on,” Anthony Turner confirmed of the bounty of prints and patterns in the clothes, not to mention the large enameled Delfina Delettrez Fendi-designed earrings that dangled from models’ ears. “We wanted to make sure we brought the girls back into the young Kenzo world,” he elaborated of the “cool, downtown, nonchalant” hair he fashioned by coating strands with Moroccanoil Curl Defining Mousse, drying them with his fingers, and then carving out messy side parts. “I was inspired by skater boys—you know, how they put too much product in their hair,” he continued, slathering lengths with its Intense Curl Cream before tucking them behind the ears and simulating a soft, piece-y frizz around the hairline and the crown, so the style felt more organic. “I live in New York,” Turner declared. “I know what this looks like.”

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