19 posts tagged "Make Up For Ever"
Beauty And The Beat: Little Hurricane’s CC On Bridging The Drummer Gender Gap And The Merits Of Waterproof Primer
Celeste “CC” Spina has been playing drums since she was 10, but it took a short-lived career as a chef followed by a serendipitous Craigslist posting to finally get behind the kit in an actual band. She joined singer-songwriter Anthony “Tone” Catalano to form the San Diego duo Little Hurricane, whose debut album Homewrecker (out next week) lives up to the group’s name as something small but powerful; think bluesy rock tracks that sound just as good when played to thousands at Lollapalooza as they do soundtracking an episode of Gossip Girl (GG fans will likely recognize the song “Haunted Heart”). Although CC prefers wearing vintage dresses and styling her hair in long, side-swept waves, she’s no delicate flower—just look at her inked-up arm for proof. “I got my first tattoo at 18,” she says. On the eve of their big album release, CC spoke with Style.com about sweat-proof primers, stocking up on dried fruit, and an American Apparel staple that, in a twist of irony, prevents her from flashing an entire audience.
What does someone not familiar with Little Hurricane need to know going into your debut album Homewrecker?
It’s rock, but there’s blues, folk, country, punk, and funk lurking there as well, [and] it’s full of personal stories of heartache and hope. It’s a true DIY album, recorded while touring the West Coast.
You’ve been compared to—and have yourself talked about—Meg White. Do you ever feel like you need to differentiate yourself from other blues-rock duos with female drummers?
Being compared to someone else is part of playing music and every band goes through it. I like that most female drummers are viewed as a novelty; it’s great motivation to be a better drummer. Being on an all-guy drum line was really challenging when I played as a kid. It sets me apart in a different way now, and I love that. I just really try to be myself. It wouldn’t be any fun to just copy another band.
Like many of our latter-day lipstick-loving peers, there’s nothing we covet more than a richly pigmented, nearly, if not entirely, matte bullet. But there is a time and a place for something a bit lighter in weight and color—a time, like, say, when the New York spring shows up two months early. We’re talking about lipstick that, though pigmented, is sheer enough to apply entirely sans mirror—let’s call it an un-lipstick. This spring, we will be rotating a trio of new varieties that fit the bill. Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural is a precise counterpoint to the line’s Rouge Artist Intense in that it offers a similarly extensive palette in a new, airy, slightly glossy cupuacu butter-packed formula. We are particularly partial to the Iridescent Orange Pink (#N35) and Watermelon (#N41), both of which provide a sheer pop of color. Then there’s Fresh’s Sugar Coral, the latest incarnation of its wildly successful Tinted Lip Treatment line. A perfectly warm-weather-ready deep peach, this blackcurrant seed oil-enriched stick hydrates while protecting pouts from harmful UV rays with an SPF of 15. Finally, we give you Lipstick Queen’s Saint Eden, which follows in the footsteps of the brand’s previous un-lipstick innovations, Medieval and Blue Jean. This time around the brand’s founder, Poppy King, has dreamed up a totally easy-wearing hue that imparts a wash of transparent fuchsia-red. All three make a pretty good argument for giving your regular bullet a break.
The preshow rehearsal backstage at Dries Van Noten went a little longer than usual this afternoon, which meant we had a fair bit of time to kill before speaking with hairstylist Paul Hanlon and makeup artist Peter Philips. So we did what any fashion-obsessive would: We peeked at the models’ racks to get a preview of the show before it started. “There was a big exhibit of Asian clothing at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and Dries took pictures and printed those pieces onto other pieces,” Philips confirmed of the Japanese-inspired motifs we spied next to Tilda L.’s and Monika S.’s cards. “You get a print of a jacket on a jacket,” Philips explained, pointing out that he took a single color reference from these fabrics and reimagined it in the makeup.
“It’s about color-blocking,” he said, using three variations of an orange undercurrent from the collection on eyes, including two discontinued shades of Make Up For Ever Eye Shadow in no. 66, a mustard, and no. 78, a rusty mandarin, and Chanel’s Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Tigerlily, a “fresh” tangerine according to Philips. Skin was kept pale to contrast with the bright lids, while lips were lined and filled with Chanel Crayon Lèvres Lip Liner in no. 35 Natural for a muted, matte finish.
As a Smiths’ best-of album played on the sound system, Hanlon was perfecting yet another iteration of Fall’s favorite updo, the ponytail. “Make sure the little bits in the front have spray on them to hold them down,” he directed his team, smoothing the front of a short side part across the forehead and over the ears before securing texturized lengths with a black elastic that would ultimately be removed. “There are no hairbands,” he said explaining that after a hefty portion of hairspray and a hit of heat from the blow-dryer, the fasteners would be cut out to leave behind a slight indentation. “It’s a little detail,” he said, calling the overall look “natural and easy—very real,” the better to balance out Van Noten’s opulent, detailed designs.
Make Up For Ever founder makeup artist Dany Sanz is known for innovations that range from specialized foundation that is nearly invisible to pore-scrutinizing HD cameras to eyeliner so waterproof that synchronized swimmers swear by it. And while Sanz’s professional line became consumer-friendly about ten years ago when it got prominent placement in Sephora stores worldwide, the brand has never had a real home to call its own in the States. That’s all about to change, though. After cutting the ribbon on a pop-up shop at the Sephora store on Broadway in New York earlier this year, the brand will open the doors to a new West Coast flagship on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles this week. The 1,300-square-foot boutique officially opens on Friday, and in addition to signature aesthetic touches like hot-pink neon signs, black brick, and colorful photos of body-painted Parisian models, shoppers can create custom palettes out of the more than 1,400 products that line the shelves and then see the pigments’ potential color combinations brought to life on a touch-screen Smart Board the size of a large TV. The space is also crawling with experts who provide 30- to 60-minute beautifying sessions, which, in a store exclusive, can be recorded and downloaded to a USB drive for future reference. “Our customers are always saying to our artists, ‘I wish I could take you home and have you do my makeup every morning,” says Michelle Carroll, MUFE’s Executive Director of Sales. “We wanted to offer them that experience.” For the visual learners of the world, this just might be the ticket to finally figuring out the secret to crafting a truly legit smoky eye in the comfort of your own home.
Make Up For Ever, 132 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles; www.makeupforever.com.
Today marks the official start of Burberry’s new Facebook sampling campaign with its latest fragrance, simply called Burberry Body. Not friends with Burberry online? Not to worry. The floral, woody, amber eau hits stores September 1. [WWD]
In other designer fragrance news, after debuting Esprit d’Oscar in the spring, Oscar de la Renta is launching its first, totally new fragrance since getting its beauty license back last year. Live in Love, a green floral, takes its name directly from a tattoo on the arm of the chief of the house’s atelier and utilizes the old-school method of illustrated fragrance ads. [WWD]
In addition to coming out against plastic surgery, Kate Winslet is working on another big beauty move: a curated makeup line with Lancôme to benefit her charity the Golden Hat Foundation, which helps improve the lives of autistic children. [Independent]
What does it take to keep Britney Spears’ complexion flawless and her tousled hair grease-free as she writhes her way through a two-hour show? Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, its HD MicroFinish powder, and a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Shampoo. [Allure]
The latest launch from STRANGEBEAUTIFUL, a nail polish brand with a knack for the pretty and obscure, includes shades called A Worn Black Bible (a soft black) and Gradation of a Bruise (a warm purple). Perhaps unshockingly, the colors are pretty true to the mental images their names evoke. [StyleList]