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23 posts tagged "Make Up For Ever"

A Lipstick Fit For The Queen of Pop


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 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.

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Beauty and the Beat: Adventures In Makeup With Shirley Manson And Her Lifetime MAC Account Card


We have the beauty department at Miss Selfridge in London to thank for Shirley Manson’s signature look. “When I was young I worked behind the makeup counter,” the Garbage frontwoman and nineties alt-rock icon recalls. The experience left its mark on the Edinburgh native: “I love makeup—it can transform somebody, and there’s an escapist element to it. So I have always loved it,” she says, letting out a loud, guttural laugh before adding, “It’s a great pleasure in my life!” Anyone who has watched Manson perform onstage, seen her in a music video, or spotted her on the cover of a magazine knows this all too well: Between her alabaster skin, always-bold choice in lipsticks, and trademark fire-engine-red tresses, the musician has never shied away from embracing the beauty world and all it has to offer. Remarkably, that’s still the case; after a break from the band and a stint on TV, Manson has returned to the stage with her fifth album for Garbage, Not Your Kind of People—and she looks better than ever. Before heading out on a European tour, the vocalist and guitarist spoke with about her evolving views on face-painting and coming to terms with her hair before spilling the beans on the existence of perhaps the most covetable item on earth: the lifetime MAC account card.

It’s been seven years since Garbage’s last album. Does it feel different this time around?
It definitely feels different. To take so much time off, you get a real chance to get some perspective on what happened to us, the band. You get a clearer idea of what we want to do and how we want to do it. The industry has changed so much since we entered it. But that’s life; it’s constantly changing. We wouldn’t want it to stay the same!

Does that apply to your personal style, too?
I would have to say my style—if indeed I have a style—has most definitely changed. A lot of that is to do with the fundamentals of aging, and obviously I’m more economically secure than I once was, so I can actually afford to dress myself. When I first entered the scene I literally had no money. It would be pretty scary if I was 45 years old and still in tiny mini-skirts and Dr. Martens boots [laughs].

Has your relationship with makeup also evolved as you’ve gotten older?
I have to confess to maybe the biggest luxury in my life, a lifetime MAC account card that was gifted to me when I became a MAC spokesperson. It’s incredible: I’m allowed to go into any store anywhere in the world and pick out what I want. And I often do! And I’ve been lucky enough to be gifted all kinds of delicious treats from makeup companies, because they know I love it and they know I’ll use it and they know I’m photographed.

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Make Up For Ever Gets Penciled In


When Make Up For Ever launched its lineup of Aqua Creams two years ago, it brought something new to the market in the form of 25 super-saturated eye color pots that happened to be incredibly waterproof. A godsend for makeup artists working on outdoor film and television sets, the occasional face-painting beachgoer, and anyone looking for no-mess makeup, the mother of pearl-enriched, silky textured hues can be blended together or worn alone, without any risk of smudging or fading. Now, MUFE is making another groundbreaking move with the launch of its new Aqua Shadows. Boasting the same element-proof blend of waxes, oils, and polymers as well as silica powder for a soft finish, 12 new neutral-to-dark shades with matte or pearly finishes have been reimagined in chubby pencil form. This means thin lash-rimming lines or full, smudged-out lids are both easily attainable with a simple scrawl. And just like their predecessor, once these shadows are on, they’re not coming off.

Photo: Courtesy of Make Up For Ever

Lip Service, With Courtney Love


Though it was mostly drawings on display last night at Courtney Love’s art exhibition And She’s Not Even Pretty, there was a certain John Galliano wedding dress (which never made it down the aisle) that had the likes of Julian Schnabel, Humberto Leon, and Eddie Borgo buzzing. While the words hand-scrawled on the white gown aren’t quite fit to print, the material with which they were written is just as noteworthy. “[It's] lipstick,” Love revealed of the aggressive sanguine pigment during a conversation that covered everything from her Jewish roots to getting noise complaints from high-profile neighbors. (While she was working on her pieces for the show, one David Bowie apparently called the police on Love for “playing Fleetwood Mac at 9 A.M.—explain that to me?!”) The scarlet letters have an equally head-scratching origin. According to the artist, she was very close to scoring the lead role in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 hit Moulin Rouge (“Baz says this in Vanity Fair. He got in a huge amount of trouble from Nicole [Kidman's] people because directors don’t do that,” Love insisted). “When [Luhrmann] was directing [the movie], he wanted a bluer red [lipstick], so he got this blue-red from Make Up For Ever and they gave me some. I was like, Oh, fucking more reminders,” Love continued of her back stock of the brand’s Rouge Artist Intense #43 Moulin Rouge Satin Vibrant Red bullet. “The point is, I was a little drunk and I just wanted to deface it.” And so she did—both the lipstick and the gown. The double devastation is on view at Fred Torres Collaborations, 527 W. 29th St., NYC, through June 15.

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 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.

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