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April 23 2014

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18 posts tagged "Michelle Obama"

Holmes & Brown, Beauty’s Latest Dynamic Duo; Rihanna Takes It All Off; And More…

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It looks like Katie Holmes’ first fashion show and her biggest beauty deal will arrive simultaneously. The Holmes & Yang designer, who will show a Spring collection here in New York this week, has just been named the first-ever celebrity face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, a post that will include a collaborative product innovation role as well as face time spent in front of the camera. [WWD]

Ever the hair chameleon, Rihanna has just debuted her latest ‘do—a super-short black pixie cut. [Daily Mail]

Finally, after hours of deliberations on Twitter and via press releases from a host of different lacquer brands, Michelle Obama’s DNC speech nail color has been revealed as Artistic Colour Gloss Soak Off Color Gel in Vogue. Thanks for doing our dirty work, MSNBC. [Fashionista]

Photo: Getty Images

The Man Behind Oprah And Michelle’s Makeup Magic; The Hunger Games Gets Lacquered Up; And More…

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What do Oprah Winfrey, Patti LaBelle, Michelle Obama and Chaka Khan have in common? They all swear by makeup artist Derrick Rutledge. “The First Lady comes first,” Oprah says. “When she doesn’t need him, I get second dibs.” [Washington Post]

China Glaze is getting an early jump on the mass hysteria that will surely set in when The Hunger Games book series comes to the big screen next year. The nail lacquer brand has announced a 12-piece lineup of polishes inspired by the dystopic saga. [Bella Sugar]

Kim Kardashian is having a bad month. On top of filing for divorce, she’s just been slapped with a false-advertising suit by Radiant, an at-home hair removal company, that is alleging that Kim has made outlandish—and untrue—claims about the superior efficacy of Tria, a rival at-home hair removal treatment. [TMZ]

Research that claims that attractive people are more likely to be happier, earn more money, and even have more success at getting a bank loan (with a lower interest rate!) is charted territory. But Beauty Pays, a new book by University of Texas at Austin professor Daniel S. Hamermesh, alleges that attractive employees are also more productive, leading to higher sales and potentially higher profits for the company they work for. It’s a vicious, really good-looking, cycle. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Time Inc.

MAC And Kate Betts Celebrate MObama

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The First Lady herself didn’t make a cameo at Milk Studios last night to fête Kate Betts’ new book about the well-dressed political powerhouse, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, but a gaggle of fashion insiders turned up to celebrate the hardback’s release in her stead. Calvin Klein, Rachel Roy, and the evening’s co-hosts, Estée Lauder Group president John Demsey and former White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers, all came out to show their support. “I was a year behind [Mrs. Obama] at Princeton and there was no fashion at all when I was there,” Betts, the former Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief, said. But the First Lady did get her first taste of fashion at the Ivy, long before she captivated the world in frocks from Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, and Alexander McQueen. “I was really surprised to learn [while researching the book] of these aspiring designers at Princeton who were putting on charity fashion shows. Michelle was their runway model,” Betts told us. So, what’s next for the fashion veteran—after her ensuing book tour, that is? “I think I am going to write another book, but I can’t tell you what it’s about yet,” she said. In the interim, Betts is doling out tips for surviving the grueling seven days that lay ahead. “I am the fashion editor who actually eats lunch during fashion week,” she admits. Now there’s a book idea, if we’ve ever heard one.

 

Photo: Patrick McMullan / PatrickMcMullan.com

L’Oréal Gets Essie, Our Founding Fathers Get Makeovers, And More…

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Essie, the Queens-based independent nail polish monolith, has officially gone corporate. L’Oréal U.S.A. announced yesterday that it has acquired the brand. What can you expect from the new partnership? A line of Essie cosmetics, to start. [WWD]

Where have Andrew Jackson’s laugh lines gone? And what happened to Abraham Lincoln’s bulbous nose and drooping cheeks? As we welcome a new design for the $100 bill, some people are taking a closer look at changes in the treasury’s printing—and photo retouching—abilities over the years. The Bureau of Printing and Engraving claims that monetary redesigns are undertaken solely to thwart counterfeiters and that any “cosmetic changes” are purely coincidental, but the proof is in the pennies—or twenties and fives, as the case may be. [Newsweek]

Perhaps not surprisingly, considering beauty products’ relative stability in times of recession, personal cosmetics shoppers are weathering the economic storm—especially when they’re located in Beverly Hills. [NYT]

Personal makeup artists to the stars—or to the White House—aren’t doing too shabby, either. Carl Ray, Michelle Obama’s face painter, flew with MObama to Mexico for her first solo trip as First Lady this week. International outings present an even bigger need for complexion perfection, if you ask us. [Huff Po]

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

MObama Beauty: The Slideshow; The World’s Most Expensive Bath; And More…

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First Lady Michelle Obama has trimmed her hair, which is only slightly evident in this slideshow about her ever-evolving beauty look. If you ask us, the bigger story is her increasingly, um, expressive brows. [The Cut]

It seems as though Heidi Montag’s recent admission to having an “addiction” to plastic surgery has put her at the center of a debate about our cultural perceptions of beauty—and right back in the spotlight. So…mission accomplished? [Boston Globe]

Diets do work! And saying they don’t may be doing more harm than good. [Discovery]

You’ve heard of diamond facials and Evian showers, but what about a $50,000 bath? Consider yourself in the know. [Luxist]

Photo: Cliff Owen / AP Photo