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Cara Delevingne’s latest Instagram video promoting YSL beauty products “starts with the lips” and ends with a make-out sesh. The lucky person on the other end of her pout, however, is not Michelle Rodriguez (at least not at the moment) but the super’s own reflection. What can we say, this ad takes narcissism to an entirely new level.
“What the fuck is life without makeup?” Truer words have never been spoken, but they somehow seem even more meaningful coming from Susanne Bartsch, the iconic queen of New York City nightlife known for her extravagant fêtes at the Copacabana in the late eighties. She continues to take party planning to an entirely different level, hosting events all week long that draw eclectic crowds that can only be described as equal parts weird and wonderful. On this particular evening, however, Bartsch is letting a few lucky onlookers watch her and her team of MAC pros get ready for (what else?) the evening’s big bash. The beauty brand’s array of intense colors, over-the-top glitters, and tentacle-like lashes are clearly the only products that will do. A sense of organized chaos settles upon the room as wigs are fluffed and pigments are applied. Bartsch switches seamlessly between discussing details with her assistant (“Is the cake here? You have candles?”) and sharing charming anecdotes with the assembled group. Outfits of parties past are sprinkled throughout the room, but nothing compares with the laser-cut leather corset and thigh-high boots that she slides into after her makeup is perfected. People literally burst into applause. She looks fierce, but don’t be fooled by her love of feathers and lace. Bartsch takes her events very seriously and has raised millions of dollars over the years for the fight against AIDS. And after hearing her endearing chatter as she sits among her glam squad, you can see why people would donate hand over fist to any organization that she deems fit. After all, if life without makeup seems unfathomable, then the notion of New York City without Susanne Bartsch is just absurd.
In honor of Kate Moss’ triumphant return to Topshop as a designer (her collection makes its debut on April 30 at the British retailer, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter), Nowness teamed up with the super’s network to create a series of eight short films. In the first installment, makeup pro Charlotte Tilbury waxes poetic about the power of Moss’ lips. The face painter even has a lipstick shade in her namesake line (arriving stateside in September) dedicated to her longtime client: Nude Kate. (Not to mention the model has a range of her own tubes as the face of Rimmel London.) So close is Kate to Tilbury, that the beauty guru granted Moss (along with Penélope Cruz and Liberty Ross) one of the few coveted samples of her venerated Magic Cream before it was officially put in a jar and sold to the general public. “If I really loved you, you got a pot,” Tilbury told me recently. Here, she reveals what makes Moss a revolutionary (as pointed out during a meeting with Fidel Castro) and her ability to make even “a towel in a spa” look cool.
Face painter Francesca Tolot is Beyoncé’s go-to makeup artist—and has been since the Destiny’s Child days. She also counts Madonna, Diana Ross, and Elizabeth Taylor among her current and former clients. Helmut Newton, too, frequently called upon her services. NBD. The only time the pro has ever been starstruck was upon meeting Taylor on one of Newton’s shoots. “My mom adored her—she was her idol. She even dressed me like Cleopatra when I was little,” she said. “I took a Polaroid with [Taylor], and I never ask [clients] for a picture or autograph, but I had to do it so I could send it to my mom. To the day she died, she had that photo in her wallet.” I imagine many people’s parents today would feel the same way about Beyoncé. Here, Tolot reveals everything (well…almost everything) you ever wanted to know about the Queen:
Being a Member of the Carter Crew Is Like Working in the CIA: When asked how she kept the visual album under wraps, Tolot said, “The way I do it is I completely erase it from my mind. There are some things I don’t even tell my family, like when she was pregnant. I literally told no one, that way I’m sure if it goes out, it’s not me. It’s not that I don’t trust my family, I just don’t want to put the pressure on them to remember not to talk about it.” So essentially it’s like being an agent in the CIA? I quipped. “Exactly.”
Yoncé’s Tastes—Like Her Music—Have Evolved: Rewind to 2003 and you’ll see Tolot’s influence. “When I first met her [on the set of “Crazy in Love”], she was wearing a lot of makeup, as probably most people did around that time—especially in the music business. That was one thing I brought to her: no-makeup makeup, which made her look and feel good. She knows who she is—it was just a matter of presenting to her. She definitely bought into [the idea] immediately.”
You Have as Many Hours in a Day as Beyoncé: But you’ll never be Queen—even Tolot has never seen a celebrity with so much “drive.” When asked if Beyoncé ever sleeps while getting her hair and makeup done: “No, never. I’ve never seen that happen. She’s not one of those people that comes and falls asleep on set or in the makeup chair.”
Madge and Bey Have More Than Just Their Makeup Artist in Common: Tolot noted that both Beyoncé and Madonna run the show and don’t skimp on the details. “Madonna was always very much in charge in what the final look would be. She was very observant—she would remember if I did the liner one way and the next time I did it [differently]. She would know.”
She Gets Gorgeous on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: As for the toughest place Tolot has ever had to primp Beyoncé: “On a bus on a windy street driving up a mountain—I get car sick. That was with Destiny’s Child when we were in Europe for some promotional tour.” And this coming from the woman who has applied mascara on a landing jet.
There’s More Than One Way to Get Her Glow: Shimmery bronzer or highlighter from MAC and NARS Blush in (what else?) Orgasm are the tools Tolot frequently employs to achieve Beyoncé’s luminous complexion. “Sometimes it’s just not using powder and leaving the sheen of the foundation,” she added. From the neck down, MAC body makeup, NARS Body Glow, and RCK Luminous Body Glow are all frequently on deck.
Queen Bey Is a Fearless Beauty Leader: “There isn’t anything she won’t try. She’s open to whatever it takes to achieve the idea and the result [she’s after]. As far as makeup goes, she’s not scared of anything.” As if I ever had any doubts.
Between film premieres, parties, and celeb-studded events around the globe, this week was full of memorable hair and makeup looks (including Audra the Rapper’s bubblegum lips/clear specs combo and Jennifer Connelly’s violet eyes). Here, we recap five more of our favorite beauty moves.
Cameron Diaz; The Other Woman U.K. premiere; London
We’re all for sticking with what works. Diaz opted for her signature smooth blowout, but we love how she paired a girly pink lip with tough leather.
Shailene Woodley; Divergent Germany premiere; Berlin
This rising star has been amping up her beauty game for her many Divergent red-carpet appearances. A few weeks ago, she tried a poppy-orange lip, then went with a more classic brick red (à la Dolce & Gabbana FW13) on Tuesday. Her sleek pixie was the perfect foil.
January Jones; Mad Men season seven premiere party; Hollywood, CA
A messy side-swept braid is always a good move in our book. Jones looked particularly beachy, especially against ultramodern cobalt and gold liner.
Lykke Li; The New Museum Spring Gala; New York, NY
Li’s slicked-down strands are reminiscent of the look at Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2014 show and a must-try move as the heat and humidity rises.
SZA; SZA’s Private Listening Party; New York, NY
Big hair, don’t care. SZA’s waterfall of curls looked extra of-the-moment with a touch of aqua eyeliner.