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There’s a new batch of blushes on the block, and they’re bringing with them some impressive glow-giving technology. From Hourglass comes the feverishly anticipated Ambient Lighting Blush, which marries rouge with the same optically transparent particles found in the brand’s beloved range of Ambient Lighting Powders to add both luminosity and depth. Available in six luscious hues, the buttery powders’ ease of application rivals that of a cream blush—and their arrestingly lovely marbled appearances don’t hurt, either. Make Up For Ever is doing its part to assist in brightening complexions with HD Blush, a new addition (sixteen of them, more correctly, with shades to suit every skin tone) to the brand’s best-selling, high-definition-inspired fare. The delicately moist formula features a blend of silicone oils, waxes, and dry oils, which melts into skin for a healthy, post-cardio flush. Finally, Giorgio Armani Beauty has thrown its hyper-luxe hat into the ring with the new Cheek Fabric, a finely milled powder reboot of the gel blushes bearing the same name. The Color Essenza technology lends itself to the truest translations of hues on skin—a non-whitening base ensures that what you see in the pan is what you get, rather than some chalky version thereof. Spring seems to be coming up roses already.
It’s so easy to let good food habits slip. A few too many late nights, glasses of Veuve, and indulgent trays of Ladurée macarons later, and au revoir to your intention to eat sensibly. Getting back on track post-fashion month, or just post-party time, is easier with the aid of a motivational read, such as Eat Pretty. The new mind-body manual from health coach (and former beauty editor) Jolene Hart approaches food from the very refreshing point of view that it’s here to make you more beautiful. By eliminating or limiting options that put stress on your looks—like processed junk, sugar, caffeine, red meat, and pesticide-sprayed produce—and focusing on choices that impart benefits, such as protein-rich fish, wholesome grains, organic fruits and vegetables, nut milks, and other foods you can easily identify in nature, you’ll be more likely to glow. Granted, you might have heard some of this advice before, but Hart breaks down all the science without turning preachy, and takes a realistic stance on creating balance—like, you might not entirely give up alcohol, which can dull your complexion, but you can scale back, right? I particularly enjoyed the chart on page 46, which lists all the beauty perks of certain nutrients (who knew vitamin B6 supports healthy hair color, or that zinc fights skin inflammation and redness?) and the best sources for each. Hart’s simple but delicious seasonal recipes (pumpkin-spice pudding, anyone?) also inspired me to use the stove for more than storage, and shop the farmers’ market with purpose. Pretty radical, huh?
What was life like before the rise of the beauty bar? Much more of a hassle, that’s for sure. Built on the concept that busy individuals want to walk into a destination devoted to a single service—be it blow-outs, eyebrow shaping, braid-making, or even skin checkups—without an appointment and be out the door in less than an hour, these speed-oriented shops have been popping up with ever-increasing frequency. To which we say: Welcome. The latest arrival is Pucker, a new makeup studio in Soho, where you can drop by for touch-ups or entire face transformations in about thirty minutes. The menu features a variety of looks (everything from a red lip and dark lashes to contoured cheekbones and bright eyes) and, notably, utilizes the studio’s own cosmetics range, created by cofounder and makeup artist Julio Sandino.
Another standout feature: the beauty of the space itself. Arranged to feel like a friend’s well-edited apartment, it features sheepskin throws, vintage-minded furniture, and a number of design concepts conducive to both applying and organizing makeup brilliantly. Case in point: the vanities in the center of the room with thoughtfully placed lighting overhead and mirrors that reflect your face without being frighteningly oversized. The masterminds behind this intelligent aesthetic are Philipp and Kit von Dalwig, the husband-and-wife founders of Manifold Architecture Studio in Brooklyn, whose clientele includes Italian sneaker label Superga and industrial-cool Gasoline Alley Coffee shops in New York City. For more details on the beauty-focused interior, we spoke with architect Kit von Dalwig for pro ways to scout out a similarly modern—and pretty—setup at home.
Pucker is all about speed and efficiency—did that inform your design process as well?
It was a quick process! We finished the entire space in three months. The time frame was actually the biggest challenge.
So how can someone without a lot of free time on their hands create a sleek makeup space?
We did a mix of custom-built or specialized pieces, which took more time, along with items that were more readily available, like the mirrors on the wall, which are from West Elm.
Let’s discuss the vanity—it doesn’t look like a typical makeup table, which makes it so cool.
We talked a lot about that. It’s modeled after a curiosity table, where you can pull out the tablets and set them on the table if you wish or slide them back and have it look neat. The concept for the space was to have tables where you could play with makeup, along the lines of a lab or workshop. The top is made from Carrara marble, which is nice, because if you seal it, you can clean up makeup spills easily and it takes on a patina that grows with you.
How did you organize the drawers so you can find everything?
We arranged the makeup by how you would apply it. So from the center of the drawers moving outward we put products for face, cheeks, and then eyes. On the top, Julio had the idea for custom wooden holders for the lipstick. We wanted to create a landscape of lipstick without the typical pyramid stands. This way, you can see all the lipsticks and you also have the flexibility to add different colors for seasons. It’s something fun and different.
What else should a woman display on her vanity? Which products does an architect swear by?
We did a glass tray with cotton swabs, cleansing products, and taller items, like makeup pencils, in the center. It’s just the basics. I don’t have much beauty stuff at home. I get stuck on one brand, so I don’t have to think about it! Now I’m really into Aesop. I love the body soaps, and I just started using the facial cleansers and oils. They smell great, and the bottles look nice, so I can leave them out.
Lighting is obviously key when putting on makeup. What was your approach for casting the right glow?
We wanted to step away from the typical vanity [setup] with round bulbs and a huge mirror. Do you really need such a giant mirror in front of you? We thought it better to make the mirror fit the table more, and be there but not be so in-your-face. Then we did groups of hanging lights overhead, which makes them more substantial and also brings down the scale of the very tall ceilings. The brass and copper on the lights make them almost jewellike, and it adds a nice bit of glitz, but not too much.
Who were your sources for the custom pieces?
We used a lot of Brooklyn millworkers. The lipstick display, vanity mirrors, and glass trays were from Reason modern furniture, based in Bushwick. Furniture maker Mark Jupiter made the three vanity tables with drawers. He’s in Dumbo, just a block down from our studio, so it was great when things had to be fast moving.
How can makeup be a “muse,” so to speak, when designing a space at home?
It’s about textures and layering different finishes—glossy versus matte, for example. The plastered wall in Pucker was inspired by that moment when you open a new eyeshadow and it has that great texture and patterned softness to it.
And I heard there’s a “selfie” station in Pucker where you can snap a photo of your finished look. Did you try it out?
I did not—I’m too self-conscious. When I was a little kid, I was the type who turned around when someone was taking a picture. I was really shy.
During my tenure as a beauty editor, I’ve seen many scrawl a quick flick on the outer corners of the eyes, and I have even attempted the technique on myself (armed with a bottle of makeup remover and pointy Q-tips to fix the amateur imperfections, of course). But I’ve never witnessed someone craft the perfect cat-eye quite like Kakuyasu Uchiide, international artistic director for Shu Uemura. Using the brand’s new liquid liner pen, Calligraph:ink—modeled after a traditional Japanese calligraphy brush—he sculpted a flawless wing. Uchiide studied the art as a child, and he took what he learned in the classroom and under the tutelage of the Mr. Shu Uemura and developed an ultra-precise tool and waterproof formula. “We obsessed over the selection of the [bristles], the length of the handle, the materials—everything,” he said. In addition to a pen, the collection also includes five shadows—ranging from basic beige to bright vermilion—that were inspired by the colors used to accent this ancient form of writing (done almost exclusively in black ink). To emphasize the eyes even further, the cosmetic label partnered with Paperself, the London-based company that specializes in crafting everything from merry-go-rounds to rose gardens in delicate paper lash form, to create two sets of falsies. The first pair boasts the phrase “Love Forever,” while the other features tiny cherubs floating across your fringe. After all, the language of love is a dialect everyone understands.
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This season, makeup artists reached for all sorts of unconventional beauty tools—dental floss at Anthony Vaccarello, liquid latex at Dior, and feathers at Alexander McQueen—but you’ll never guess where makeup artist Vincent Oquendo nabbed the star-shaped toppings he sprinkled on lids for the March issue of Italian ELLE. While a magician of maquillage never spills his best-kept secrets, he did give me a hint: It’s a sweet-smelling place you go to treat yourself and stray from your diet.