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Givenchy Embraces Eastern Tradition


Inspired by Bollywood’s kitsch glamour, gaudy music, and retina-burning costumes, Parfums Givenchy’s artistic director, Nicolas Degennes, has created a new makeup collection that pays tribute to India’s national cinema. The range, which hits counters next month and is positioned right in line with spring’s vivid trend, includes two Precious Sari glitter eye shadows, a Magic Kajal eye pencil, two Prismissime Visage nine-color face powder palettes, two Sari Glow limited-edition iridescent blushes, and two new shades of Rouge Interdit lip color and Vernis Please! nail lacquer—all of which combine rich hues of orange, pink, and red. Product names like Maharani silver and packaging that’s adorned with golden bindis help sell the story line. We were particularly taken with the pink and tangerine blush compacts (shown above), covetable pieces that are so beautifully crafted you almost don’t want to use them for fear of destroying the embossed patterns on their surface. We did ultimately dip into the Maharani Orange out of sheer curiosity—orange blush?—and are pleasantly surprised to report that it goes on like a warm, sheer bronzer. It made us want to break out into an impromptu dance number.

Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

Change Is Coming, Much To The Chagrin Of The Cosmetic Industry


While most of the fashion world clamors over Michelle Obama’s dress options for the inaugural ball, members of the international beauty community are biting their manicured nails, watching closely for signs of costly regulatory changes to the environmental policy that could be a focus of Barack Obama’s new administration. As reported by Cosmetics Business this morning, the biggest concern for cosmetics giants comes over potential reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which gives the EPA authority to regulate certain chemicals. Currently, the act excludes the cosmetics industry, but any major change in the law could add cosmetics to the list of substances under review, which would mean increased environmental reporting and testing requirements for chemicals used in all personal care products. (As of right now, manufacturers are only required to test chemicals for human safety, not for risks to the environment). A mandatory registration for beauty companies with the FDA, which can cost up to $10,000, could also be on the table, as are amendments to the statute governing wildlife protection, which would require additional disclosures of imported plant seeds and might restrict materials commonly used in perfumes and cosmetics. Call it a forced “greening,” if you will; this kind of institutional progress could bring certain brands closer to fulfilling their promises of being truly eco-friendly.

Photo: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

An Edgier Pink Hits Counters For Spring


As the new Spring collections roll out into stores this month and next, Estée Lauder appears to be one of the first brands to embark on a total embrace of the fuchsia movement that was so prevalent on the runway. Going so far as to name its new color collection Fuchsia Now, the company has combined the bright pink hue popular at Hussein Chalayan with some of the season’s more reliable muted neutrals, for color that actually works with most skin tones. The line includes a limited-edition Fleur de Lys Shimmer Powder that contrasts warm honey and peach shades with vibrant pinks, a limited-edition Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Indigo (which also boasts fleur-de-lis imprints), Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Rich Berry, Pure Color Gloss in Fresh Berry, and a Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Fuchsia. The lip colors are a bit sheerer than the opaque version seen on the catwalk, but we’re guessing this was intentional; creating products to keep traditional beauty junkies conservatively on trend is a feat in and of itself.

Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman, But Still Totally Age-Appropriate


It was bound to happen: Dakota Fanning is a teenager. But as evidenced by her appearance at last night’s Palm Springs Film Festival Gala, the soon-to-be 15-year-old has a good head on her shoulders—and a good makeup artist/stylist team keeping her from going the way of Disney-bred teen queens who were a little too anxious to grow up (by which we mean, to experiment with trashy, overdone makeup). Dakota’s bare face, natural brows, and just the slightest touch of mascara spell good things to come for this child star. If she can just manage to avoid the set of all future High School Musical productions, she should be fine.

Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Peter Philips Redefines Lash Luxury


The editors at i-D magazine essentially dedicated January’s “Beautiful Issue” to cover girl Eniko Mihalik, the Hungarian model and Gucci campaign star whose otherworldly cheeks and generally perfect, Daria Werbowy-like visage are garnering her It girl status. An It team was thus assembled to prep and photograph her for the shoot, including Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin behind the lens, Oribe on hair, and one Peter Philips on makeup duty. Occasionally taking off his creative director of Chanel makeup hat for the right editorial engagement, Philips applied a precise coat of what we’re assuming is one of Chanel’s new goth-inspired Rouge Allure lip colors due out in February (Hysteria is a phenomenal shade of black with a hint of violet) to Mihalik’s doll-like pout while utilizing actual jewels, rather than jewel tones, to make her lower lashes, er, stand out. A strange accessory to be sure, although one that could potentially have a shot at retail success. (Chanel devotees are generally cut from an exceedingly loyal cloth.)

Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for i-D magazine, January 2009