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Lady Dior, Pocket-Sized

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If you covet the vintage cannage quilting on the Lady Dior handbag Marion Cotillard holds in the French company’s new ad campaign but can’t rationalize shelling out the $1,800 to look and feel utterly Parisian, there is another way. The pièce de résistance of Dior’s spring makeup collection is a miniaturized compact crafted in the same shape as the classic bag. No, you can’t carry this one on your arm or fill it with cell phone, keys, etc., but it houses a complexion highlighter and creamy tint for both cheeks and lips that will at least help you paint on the illusion that you’ve got je ne sais quoi to spare when it hits counters next month.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Milla’s Regal Return

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Where, oh where to begin? Let us start with a very loud, animated “Milla!” to express our excitement at seeing Ms. Jovovich making a somewhat rare editorial appearance in Paris Vogue‘s Stephanie of Monaco tribute issue. Styled in homage to the Riviera princess, makeup artist Stéphane Marais and hairstylist Sam McKnight managed to conjure one of the best eighties beauty revival images we’ve seen since, well, the five-page eighties hair and makeup spread that also appears in this epic issue. We would now like to direct your attention to the well-crafted full brow, contoured cheeks, and perfectly punk pompadour that make Milla look terrifyingly feminine, much like her Monégasque muse. Rock ‘n’ roll royalty at its finest.

Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Paris Vogue, January 2009

Givenchy Embraces Eastern Tradition

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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

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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

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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