44 posts tagged "Madonna"
After launching Hard Candy Fitness, a gym empire that has spread its wings from Mexico City to Moscow, Madonna is bringing her bulging bicep workout routine to the rest of us with an instructional, four-disc DVD set. No word yet on when tutorials on how to get Madge’s ageless complexion will debut. [Well + Good]
After a stint sporting burnt orange hair last week, Lady Gaga is the latest boldfaced name to embrace Fall’s brunette dye job. What is she calling the milk-chocolatey shade? “Louis Vuitton brown,” obviously. [Facebook]
If Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette wore a fragrance, what would it be? “Aoud Purple Rose by Montale Paris,” according to Elements Showcase founders Frederick Bouchardy, Ulrich Lang, and Jeff Lawson. Huh, and we always fancied her more of a Chanel Mademoiselle fan… [The Cut]
So, how much money does it actually cost to look like Kim Kardashian? About $102K worth of eyelash extensions, 24K gold facials, tequila body scrubs, personal fitness appointments, hair extensions, and nail appointments. That’s over 180 hours of beautifying every month, for those of you counting. [Daily Mail]
The did-she-or-didn’t-she rumors about Kristen Stewart getting ousted from her role as spokesperson for Balenciaga’s new Florabotanica fragrance in light of some bad press surrounding her affair with Rupert Sanders appear to be 100 percent untrue. Attention, blogosphere: Just because the actress does not appear in one piece of the fragrance’s marketing materials, namely an internal inspiration video, does not mean she’s been fired. [Grazia]
Confused about eye cream application? This four-step system should clear things up. [Bella Sugar]
According to Madaonna’s first-ever makeup artist, Debi Mazar, the queen of pop refused to pluck her eyebrows in the eighties. “She would never go for it—it was her Latin heritage and she wanted to keep them,” Mazar recalls. But all it took was a few nudges from François Nars to sway her. “[He] convinced her to pluck them at a Steven Meisel shoot,” Mazar reveals. [Allure]
All right, America. After a whirlwind global tour that has taken her from Israel to Istanbul with stops in Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, and Paris shorty thereafter, Madonna is wrapping up the far-reaching, European leg of her MDNA tour and is looking to make landfall in the U.S. of A at the end of the month (there will be a few stops in Philadelphia and Canada before the Material Girl finally touches down in New York on September 6). And while there are some reliable constants seasoned Madonna showgoers can expect from the superstar’s latest heart-pumping performance piece—expert choreography and mind-boggling costumes, to start—there is one brand-new feature ticket-holders have to look forward to: a red lip. “I tried doing a red lip once,” Madge’s trusted makeup artist Gina Brooke admits. “But in the middle of a quick change, they ripped off her boot at the same time as I was doing her lip and it went like this,” Brooke recalls, motioning across her cheek. “It was a nightmare”—and it has kept Madonna’s onstage makeup an eyeliner-only affair ever since.
Until, that is, Brooke caught wind of a new lipstick innovation from Make Up For Ever. Debuting at Sephora this September, its new Aqua Rouge is a lip-saver modeled after the brand’s successful Aqua Cream franchise. A double-sided wand, the pout perfector offers a supersaturated pigment that applies like a stain on one end and a glistening gloss on the other for a lacquered effect that is waterproof, smudge-proof—and even boot-to-the-face proof. There are 12 shades in all, including one that Brooke custom-created for the MDNA tour. Here, after a month of grueling rehearsals followed by two months on the road, Brooke talks to Style.com about pre-show prep, why creams always trump powders, and what it’s like working for “the most detail-oriented person you’ll ever meet in your life.”
So take me back a few months. How does the creative process for one of these mega global tours usually start?
I start about four weeks before the tour. [Madonna] is in rehearsal for months before that, but I work with [stylist] Arianne Phillips, who will send me the sketches and the concepts of the show, and then from there I’ll start thinking about what we’re going to do with the makeup. Then I’ll create storyboards, show [Madonna], and then she ultimately knows what she wants. I’ll bring some ideas to her and then she puts her own twist on it.
Where do you typically take inspiration from for your storyboards?
I have a huge collection of art books. I have files. When I’m not working, my assistant and I make copies of everything in the art books, and we put them in binders, so when it’s time to do an editorial spread or something like that I pull it out. It’s easier to make storyboards that way. A friend of mine got me this Melvin Sokolsky [photography] book—it’s amazing. You have to wear white gloves to open it! It’s just beautiful and it’s all his work from the fifties and sixties. You know, Madonna loves her eyes. She likes that fifties, sixties look and I love the sixties, so combining the two seems to work. I always focus on her eyes, but for this particular tour we’re really focusing on the lips.
What caused the shift in focus?
Just to change it up. Because, you know, she’s always been very much about her eyeliner. She’ll never go on stage without a really strong line to her eye. But I just wanted to create something that’s more shocking. Her skin is really creamy and beautiful, so we wanted to make something like a strong red and I was searching, and searching, and searching for a color, but I couldn’t find a color that was bright enough to really stand out on stage, and I heard that Make Up For Ever was doing this Aqua line. I wanted a really, really blue red that’s shocking, and I wanted it to be waterproof and not move. Because I would say out of all the tours this is the most strenuous tour.
First came the red soles, and now it looks like Christian Louboutin will be devoting his attention to red lipsticks. The famed shoe designer has announced plans for Christian Louboutin Beauté, which will launch early next year. [WWD]
In today’s nail-obsessed world, new lacquer lines are a dime a dozen. But Duality Cosmetics founder Barbara Lampugnale’s Nail-Pak still manages to stand out. The lacquers pack polish removing pads and a file in the bottom of each bottle. Another day, another million-dollar idea we wish we’d had first. [WWD]
Believe it or not, celebrity fragrances aren’t all overwhelming successes. But two personality-fronted flacons continue to outperform all the rest: That’d be Justin Bieber’s Someday and Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds. Our prediction: Give Madonna’s Truth or Dare another month at the counter—to unseat Bieber, at least. [WP]
Elsa Schiaparelli will share the spotlight with Miuccia Prada at this year’s Met Costume Institute exhibit, which opens this Thursday, and now comes word that the design legend’s brand will reportedly be resurrected as early as this fall—with a focus on beauty! Diego Della Valle, the chief executive of Tod’s, bought the rights to the Schiaparelli house five years ago and plans to revive it not so much with clothes but original accessories and a reboot of the designer’s original fragrance hits, including 1936′s Shocking!, a reference to her signature bright pink. [NYT]
People magazine is releasing its intimate interview with 2012′s “most beautiful woman in the world,” Beyoncé Knowles, piecemeal, but it’s only marginally irritating because every new tidbit is better than the last. Today’s scoop: Beyoncé never leaves the house without makeup because every day in her life is a part of her history, she says. “I’ve worked really hard on my career and my life. So I make sure I wouldn’t be upset if somebody saw me.” That means L’Oréal lip gloss, blush, moisturizer, and old mascara are daily essentials. “I prefer old mascara. It makes your lashes thicker and longer.” [People]
The Washington Post has decided to rain on the never-ending nail polish parade that has been marching full steam ahead for the past year with a host of warnings about potentially negative side effects that can stem from regular mani/pedis. Formaldehyde and acetone allergies, UV light skin damage, and bacterial or fungal infections are just some of the things you should keep in mind while indulging in summer’s latest polish trends. [WP]
There’s trouble in perfume paradise. Australian artist RJ Williams is suing Madonna over copyright infringement, alleging that the insignia on the Material Girl’s new fragrance bottle, Truth or Dare, is a ripoff of his own handiwork. [Toronto Sun]