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The fine china reference that guided Giambattista Valli’s Fall couture presentation offered Val Garland a chance to interpret the designer’s inspiration fairly literally. “It’s all about porcelain figurines—patterns on porcelain and crockery—so I wanted the skin to feel very alabaster, to make [the models] look like they’ve got ‘super skin,” the makeup artist said, inadvertently coining the perfect descriptor for the impossibly flawless, paled-out complexions that were heavy on the highlights and not much else. “You’ve got to use a serum first,” she advised of the kind of beautifully bare effect she was after while reaching for Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, which provided a base for a good helping of MAC Mineralize Foundation. Then came the gleam, which was built with a mixture of MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell, Luna, and Pearl,and brushed across the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on top of the Cupid’s bow of lips. “It’s not too innocent,” Garland stressed, eschewing mascara and focusing her attention on a heavy, architectural brow instead, which extended toward the temples to give the face structure and ensure models did not “look like aliens.”
Also helping that cause were Orlando Pita’s blunt-cut half-up, half-downs that recalled a classic school girl-style, albeit with much more precision. “He sees everything,” Pita said of Valli, matching the horizontal parts he used to divide two distinct sections of hair with the line of Garland’s brows. Sticking with the porcelain theme, Pita implemented the ceramic material’s signature shine glazed via direct spritzes of Osis Session Finish Extreme Hold Hairspray, which smoothed out the top of the look and gave it a sheen. Then, for his crowning achievement, Pita placed a series of gold and pewter coronets above the forehead on eight, select girls—Maud Welzen (above), among them.
Hairstyles that are created to complement a collection’s clothes often turn out better than those that introduce an entirely new theme or idea; hairstyles that are created with a collection’s clothes often turn out even better. “It’s Boldini, but modern and more abstract,” Odile Gilbert said backstage at Alexis Mabille referencing the Italian painter whose flowing brushstrokes guided much of Mabille’s Couture designs—including those that made their way on top of models’ heads. “They’re flowers,” Gilbert explained of the pieces of hand-painted tulle that she took from select dresses and shellacked onto a Mexican-style head-wrapping technique that required copious amounts of professional-grade gel. “It’s a lot of work,” she admitted, combing product through panels of hair to create a sleek base for the fabric appliqués-turned-hair-accessories.
To keep it all from skewing too romantic—and to add a “touch of the futuristic” to the equation—makeup artist Carole Colombani dusted a mix of MAC Blush in Prism and its Sculpting Powder in Sculpt high onto the cheekbones and along the temples, cutting the light pink color with a sheer wash of its matte white Eye Shadows in Gesso and Blanc Type that extended from the outer corners of models’ lids. Then, mixing MAC Pigment in Silver with its Mixing Medium to create a molten-pewter effect, Colombani traced just the inner corners of the upper lash line with the metallic hue that was revisited on nails in the form of Essie’s No Place Like Chrome polish, which was dotted with alabaster moons. And lest you forget this was a Haute Couture beauty look, not your average ready-to-wear affair, false lashes upped the glamour quotient while lips were individualized per girl, using a blend of MAC Lipmixes in Fuchsia, Midtone Nude, and White.
Following that YSL Manifesto with the purple-paint-covered hands, Jessica Chastain is back to front the fragrance, this time with a perfectly applied smoky eye, pink lips, and the house’s classic Le Smoking. [E!]
Beauty apps are the big new thing in the digital universe. From nail-polish color simulations to hair-salon booking programs, your passport to manicured tips, complexion perfection, and well-coiffed strands is just a finger swipe away. [Shape]
If it seems like everyone has a fragrance these days, it’s because the do. Celebrities, cities, sports teams, and now even universities are creating signature scents. [Austinist]
The cruise industry is mounting a comeback that’s based less on the bad press you might have read about a few ill-fated vessels recently and more on new amenities like the medi-spa Botox and derma-filler treatments that are now being offered onboard some Norwegian and Celebrity Cruise Line vessels. [USA Today]
If there were a designer for each season, Mara Hoffman just might have the corner on summer. That’s thanks in great part to those ecstatic psychedelic prints, which have, over the years, become her calling card. Hoffman, who holds degrees from both Parsons and Central Saint Martins, launched her first line, Circle by Mara Hoffman, with idiosyncratic hand-dyed and batik dresses that were an immediate hit with the downtown set. It evolved into her current eponymous brand in 2005, and three years later Hoffman translated her wildly imagined fabrics into equally covetable swimwear. Since then, her ascent in the world of summer wear has been fast and furious. With the season’s cusp just a few days behind us, we couldn’t think of a more fitting subject to quiz about warm-weather beauty essentials.
The Skin Resuscitator: Joanna Vargas
“I recently started getting light-therapy facials with Joanna at Joanna Vargas Skincare, and I’ve seen immediate results from that. I’m also a huge fan of her skincare products, especially her Exfoliating Mask. It feels so good to get rid of all of the grit and grime that comes with living in the city.”
For more information, visit joannavargas-skincare.com.
The Complexion Correctors: SkinCeuticals and Clarisonic
“For my everyday skincare, I’ve been using SkinCeuticals products for years. I especially love their C E Ferulic serum. I use it at night, after washing my face and before moisturizer. And I’m a total devotee of the Clarisonic brush. I use it once a day—I love anything that exfoliates.”
Available at www.skinceuticals.com and www.clarisonic.com.
The Makeup Must-Haves: Personal Favorites
“I’ve never been a huge makeup person, but there are a few products that I stick with. For everyday use to even out my skin tone, I use Chanel’s Hydramax Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15. I’m a huge advocate of sunscreen, so it’s really important to me that I protect my face—La Mer’s The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid is my go-to. For mascara, I rotate between Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Lash and Maybelline’s classic Great Lash. I always have Caudalie’s Lip Conditioner on me. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I’ll throw on eyeliner, using a traditional Indian charcoal stick.”
Available at www.chanel.com, www.cremedelamer.com, www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com, and .
The Bronzing Basic: Clarins
“I’ve always been a fan of this sort of Moroccan-gypsy look, with bronze desert skin and a smoky eye. Sometimes I use Clarins self-tanner mixed into my moisturizer in the morning to give me a little bit more of a sun-kissed look. That being said, I tend to stay pretty basic with my everyday look.”
Available at www.clarinsusa.com.
The Exercise Ritual: Yoga
“I’ve found it pretty tough to fit working out into my schedule after having my son, but I’ve been a yogi for many, many years. Whenever I can make it to a class, I’ll head to one of a few studios in my neighborhood. I like to stick close to my home, and if I can fit a class in, I’ll try to go to the Kula Yoga studio in Williamsburg. We also try to have 8 a.m. yoga sessions at the office a few times a month.”
For more information, visit www.kulayoga.com. Continue Reading “The 411: Mara Hoffman” »
We never pass up an opportunity to have lunch with makeup artist Gina Brooke. Madonna’s go-to face painter is not only a great dining companion but she also happens to be full of beauty wisdom, which she readily distributes; Brooke’s excellent advice has given us the perfect shade of red lipstick (Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Raven); an eyelash-extension guru in L.A.; and enough MDNA tour anecdotes to fill a book—which, incidentally, Brooke is also working on. Today’s lesson: skin hydration. “It’s all about hyaluronic layering,” she said over appetizers and salads, reciting the Intraceuticals gospel from which she so often preaches. A longtime fan of the brand’s oxygen facials, which she frequently performs on the set of music-video shoots and editorials, not to mention backstage on world tours, Brooke has turned a good many celebrity onto the noninvasive spa treatment. But when used correctly, its topical line can be just as transformative, she insists. Comparing the skin to a sponge, which absorbs moisture better when it is already semi-saturated, Brooke preps every canvas she works on with Intraceuticals Daily Serum, which boasts an incredibly low molecular hyaluronic-acid weight to allow for easier absorption. Next comes one of its brand-new Boosters—a vitamin-A formula to clarify and brighten while reducing fine lines and wrinkles, a vitamin-C formula that fights free-radical damage, a collagen booster to create a plumping effect, and an antioxidant booster to eradicate toxins for a more even tone—which is followed by its Hydration Gel that has a medium molecular hyaluronic weight, and finally the Moisture Binding Cream, the heaviest lotion, which acts to lock everything in. “You can mix an SPF product with the Binding Cream if it’s too many things,” Brooke explained, noting that while four skincare steps might seem crazy to even the biggest beauty buff, the process is entirely worth it. “I have clients with skincare contracts who only use [Intraceuticals],” she revealed. (In case there was any doubt, we’ll be first in line to buy that book.)