47 posts tagged "Madonna"
For nearly every day of the year there is a seemingly insignificant holiday—see Cheese Pizza Day, Talk Show Host Day, and Hug Your Cat Day. But today marks the arrival of one unaccredited holiday we definitely feel good about getting behind: National Lipstick Day. In celebration of our favorite magic bullet, we took a quick peek back at some of the greatest moments in lipstick of the past 100 years. Time to kiss and tell.
Face painter Francesca Tolot is Beyoncé’s go-to makeup artist—and has been since the Destiny’s Child days. She also counts Madonna, Diana Ross, and Elizabeth Taylor among her current and former clients. Helmut Newton, too, frequently called upon her services. NBD. The only time the pro has ever been starstruck was upon meeting Taylor on one of Newton’s shoots. “My mom adored her—she was her idol. She even dressed me like Cleopatra when I was little,” she said. “I took a Polaroid with [Taylor], and I never ask [clients] for a picture or autograph, but I had to do it so I could send it to my mom. To the day she died, she had that photo in her wallet.” I imagine many people’s parents today would feel the same way about Beyoncé. Here, Tolot reveals everything (well…almost everything) you ever wanted to know about the Queen:
Being a Member of the Carter Crew Is Like Working in the CIA: When asked how she kept the visual album under wraps, Tolot said, “The way I do it is I completely erase it from my mind. There are some things I don’t even tell my family, like when she was pregnant. I literally told no one, that way I’m sure if it goes out, it’s not me. It’s not that I don’t trust my family, I just don’t want to put the pressure on them to remember not to talk about it.” So essentially it’s like being an agent in the CIA? I quipped. “Exactly.”
Yoncé’s Tastes—Like Her Music—Have Evolved: Rewind to 2003 and you’ll see Tolot’s influence. “When I first met her [on the set of “Crazy in Love”], she was wearing a lot of makeup, as probably most people did around that time—especially in the music business. That was one thing I brought to her: no-makeup makeup, which made her look and feel good. She knows who she is—it was just a matter of presenting to her. She definitely bought into [the idea] immediately.”
You Have as Many Hours in a Day as Beyoncé: But you’ll never be Queen—even Tolot has never seen a celebrity with so much “drive.” When asked if Beyoncé ever sleeps while getting her hair and makeup done: “No, never. I’ve never seen that happen. She’s not one of those people that comes and falls asleep on set or in the makeup chair.”
Madge and Bey Have More Than Just Their Makeup Artist in Common: Tolot noted that both Beyoncé and Madonna run the show and don’t skimp on the details. “Madonna was always very much in charge in what the final look would be. She was very observant—she would remember if I did the liner one way and the next time I did it [differently]. She would know.”
She Gets Gorgeous on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: As for the toughest place Tolot has ever had to primp Beyoncé: “On a bus on a windy street driving up a mountain—I get car sick. That was with Destiny’s Child when we were in Europe for some promotional tour.” And this coming from the woman who has applied mascara on a landing jet.
There’s More Than One Way to Get Her Glow: Shimmery bronzer or highlighter from MAC and NARS Blush in (what else?) Orgasm are the tools Tolot frequently employs to achieve Beyoncé’s luminous complexion. “Sometimes it’s just not using powder and leaving the sheen of the foundation,” she added. From the neck down, MAC body makeup, NARS Body Glow, and RCK Luminous Body Glow are all frequently on deck.
Queen Bey Is a Fearless Beauty Leader: “There isn’t anything she won’t try. She’s open to whatever it takes to achieve the idea and the result [she’s after]. As far as makeup goes, she’s not scared of anything.” As if I ever had any doubts.
Open your heart…to #MDNASKIN, which is (what we think could be) a new skincare collection by Madonna. The singer posted a photo of herself on Instagram with the mysterious caption, “She’s done for the day! Bath or shower? #MDNASKIN.” A little research into the hashtag leads to an even more mysterious website that says it will be unveiled in Japan on February 12. Madge, we can’t wait to get our hands on your new material. [Daily Mail]
French label Balmain unveiled a new women’s fragrance this month. Extatic, created by perfumer Emilie Coppermann, includes notes of rose, night jasmine, cashmere wood, iris, and nashi pear. “Extatic is like Balmain clothing,” creative director Olivier Rousteing told British Vogue. “Once you have taken the time to make it yours, you can truly express yourself through it and communicate what you are to others.” Fittingly, the fragrance’s packaging is evocative of a Balmain jacket: shiny, gold, and like Anna Selezneva—Balmain love child and face of the new scent—daringly sexy. [Vogue UK]
You can get more than just a sensible cardigan or monogrammed backpack at Lands’ End. The Wisconsin-based retailer recently unveiled a new line of beauty products, a first for the brand. The Coastal Living Collection includes body lotion, hand cream, and body wash, each containing notes of honey blossom and fresh lavender designed to “transport the wearer to a lighthouse by the sea.”
Nothing brightens up Polar Vortex-induced doldrums like a few spring-y blooms—and London-based nail brand Ciaté can help you do just that. Its new Flower Manicure kit contains real dried and pressed flower petals and a pastel lacquer for a garden-party-worthy manicure in the middle of winter.
“Cara Delevingne is saving an entire generation of women [with her full and thick arches]—I plucked mine within an inch of my life [in the early nineties]. After seeing Madonna’s “Deeper and Deeper” video, my brows were gone the very next day.”
The gallery owner revealed her traumatic beauty tale to me at a dinner party celebrating the newly launched Antonio Lopez collection from MAC Cosmetics (the fashion illustrator and photographer was also the subject of an exhibition at Geiss’ downtown Manhattan space last September). Above, we pay homage to two very distinct sets of brows. And while I haven’t yet spotted Delevingne backstage this season, it’s nice to know that somewhere she’s changing some impressionable young girl’s life.
Comedy Central may have “roasted” James Franco last night in Culver City, but at the VMAs in Brooklyn, it was all about grills. Rihanna was decidedly understated this year—wearing cuffed jeans, an MC Lyte tee, a diamond-studded collar, and a tiny cross positioned between her two front teeth. And while this isn’t the first time that RiRi debuted some bedazzled dental work (wearing a much larger gold gun earlier in the month), this bite-sized version is something we can get on board with (especially when compared to Katy Perry’s over-the-top, rainbow, diamond-studded “ROAR” mouthpiece). With everyone from Madge to Queen Bey giving their pearly whites a serious gilt trip, we’re wondering if the mouth party will become as mainstream as the arm party? And an even bigger question, will Lara Stone or Georgia May Jagger fill their famous gaps with grills? Time (and teeth) shall tell.