26 posts tagged "Michelle Williams"
EXCLUSIVE: You Can Take It With You: Clutch-Sized Beauty Essentials For The Golden Globes And Beyond
At last year’s Golden Globes, something unusual happened that completely usurped the show’s typical beauty highlights. After the ceremony began and the gaggle of gowns, chignons, and painted pouts were seated, the camera panned to Angelina Jolie, who, at that very moment, rifled through her bag, produced a crystalline pink lip gloss, and proceeded to apply it at will. The Twitterverse erupted, and within a matter of hours, it was revealed that Angie was a fan of Chantecaille’s Brilliant Gloss in Love—so much so that she brought it in her clutch for periodic touch-ups throughout the evening. At the 69th annual Golden Globes last night, there were no such live, on-screen beauty moments to speak of, although we couldn’t quell the burning desire to know just what the nominees had packed in their purses. So, we did what any good reporter would do: We asked their makeup artists. Here, in a Style.com exclusive, face-painting stars like Clarins celebrity beauty artist Pati Dubroff and global artistry director and brand ambassador for Laura Mercier Matin Maulawizada tell us the single item they sent A-listers like Julianne Moore and Claire Danes down the red carpet with. Because you never know when unnecessary shine or a faded statement lip could ruin your moment in the spotlight.
There’s no hiding the fact that one of the most exciting parts of the upcoming awards season for us will be watching Michelle Williams light up the camera flash bulbs on more than one occasion. The My Week With Marilyn star has a number of Best Actress nominations coming up, and we imagine she has more than a few “best of the red carpet” moments in the works as well. There are plenty of people who think that this is Williams’ year, too, and if we were the pixie-cut posterchild, we’d be adding an important person to any planned acceptance speeches: “I’d like to thank…my eyebrow groomer.”
Williams’ arches have always mesmerized us—particularly when she went platinum at Cannes a few years back and proceeded to fill in her brows with a dark brown pencil for a starker-than-usual contrast. But even now, as she transitions into a more honey-hued flaxen, her high arches and elongated shape are still the focal point of her face, which was on display last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Next weekend, when Williams heads out to L.A. for the Golden Globes, she’ll also take the opportunity to meet up with an old friend, Anastasia Soare. “I did her eyebrows for years, and when she moved to New York I was only able to keep up with her for a little while,” Soare laments of Williams, who she doesn’t get to see all that much anymore. But when the petite blonde does head for the Hollywood Hills, Soare is on her speed dial. “She looks so beautiful with really thick brows, so we always tried to save every little hair, because when she was younger they were thinner,” says the celebrity brow specialist. Williams is long past her over-tweezing days, so Soare’s job for next Sunday will be slightly easier, although she’s still got a few plans in mind to ensure that Williams’ arches are podium-ready. “I like that she wears her eyebrows darker. We used to dye her eyebrows, but even when we dye [them], she still has to use ash blonde powder. I advise my clients who have blond hair to use makeup that is one shade darker. For dark hair, you should use one shade lighter,” Soare says, adding a few words of application wisdom. “The lead in my Brow Wiz pencils is so fine, you could do a few strokes of hair in between your natural hairs. If you use powder, use an angled brush to try to do strokes of hair, but the key with powder is to blend afterwards.”
As for rehabilitating over-plucked brows to get them back to a thickness and length on par with Williams’, Soare is quick to big-up her newly reformulated Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced. “It not only stimulates the hair growth, but it creates a healthy environment around the hair follicle,” she explains of the elixir. Unclear if Williams has been partaking in Soare’s new miracle pen, but she’s certainly doing something right—make that a lot of somethings.
While Michelle Williams admits that the only people who currently like her signature pixie haircut are “gay men and my girlfriends,” she says she cut it for “the one straight man who has ever liked short hair”: Heath Ledger. “I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.” [Us]
Guyliner, meet guylashes. Thanks to supporters like Johnny Depp and Russell Brand, false lashes are no longer just for the girls. [Daily Mail]
A Botox turf war is heating up as medical professionals outside of the dermatology sphere begin offering the popular injectable at their practices. Whether or not you should trust your gynecologist or dentist to get rid of that furrowed brow while conducting your annual checkup is another story. [Huff Po]
Alexander Wang muse Zoë Kravitz may have access to some of fashion’s most conceptual designs, but the actress swears she’s “pretty simple” when it comes to beauty. “I always use coconut oil and I always wear mascara. That’s kind of it.” [Teen Vogue]
We’re excited for Simon Curtis’ new film My Week With Marilyn for two reasons: First off, we’re not ashamed to admit that we’re endlessly fascinated by all things having to do with Monroe—her laundry list of ex-lovers, her mysterious death, her recent CGI cameo in that Dior commercial—and secondly, we welcome any opportunity to see the movie’s star, Michelle Williams, on the red carpet. Case in point: For the premiere at the New York Film Festival last night, a vintage Dior-clad Williams was positively glowing with rosy cheeks, a muted pink mouth, and delicately lined eyes. We’re also happy to report that she seems to be standing by her now-signature pixie cut, which was tended to by Renato Campora for the occasion. “It’s an easy-to-wear, chic, and undone look,” Campora said, applying Frédéric Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel to wet hair, drying, and then creating separation and definition with its Coiff Nonchalant Piecing and Forming Wax. Williams happens to look pretty excellent on-screen with Monroe’s platinum curly bob, but we’re partial to the pixie. You too?
If Michelle Williams looked almost gilded at the Met ball last night, that was intentional. “The gold birds on her [custom Miu Miu] dress really inspired us to go for a golden look,” her trusted makeup artist Jeanine Lobell said of the “golden smoky eye” she crafted, blending the shades from Chanel’s Quadra Eye Shadow in Mystic Eyes. But we were more intrigued by Williams’ signature pixie, which seemed slightly longer than usual—and equally golden.
“She let me trim her hair up,” hairstylist Peter Gray said of Michelle’s crop, although the coiffing star, who was working with Williams for the first time, did something a little unexpected with his trusty pair of shears. “When you’ve got a short haircut, everyone thinks its low-maintenance—but it’s not. The first thing it wants to do is go into a ball.” To make sure that didn’t happen, Gray worked against Chris McMillan’s original cut, layering Williams’ hair behind her ears and slicking it back before slicing away around the temple to the crown, instead of tapering it up, to take the weight out. “I don’t like short hair when it looks contrived,” Gray pointed out of the Mia Farrow and Jean Seberg-esque styles that can be over blow-dried. “You can have a really short haircut and it can look soft and feminine. Otherwise, it gets boring after a while.”
Williams, it seems, was into changing it up. “I talked to her about growing [her hair] out around the outline and she was really up to the idea,” confirms Gray, who doubled as DJ at Williams’ home pre-gala. (“Her record collection is amazing—everything from Tom Waits, old Bowie records, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra to Notorious B.I.G. And they’re vinyl LPs!”)
“She is thinking about growing it out,” Williams’ colorist, Anthony Palermo, reiterated when we looped him in to discuss her new, amber-hued hair. “She wanted to have it really, really light a couple of months ago when she was promoting Blue Valentine and then we decided to make it a little softer so she could give it a bit of a break. We were dyeing it every 15 days.” Luckily for Williams, Palermo has a trick for keeping strands healthy, despite peroxide abuse—which Gray incorporated into his styling efforts as well: Moroccanoil Light. “I put it right into the lightener to keep the texture in good condition so [her hair] conditions as it lightens.”
As for Gray, his fingers were “constantly in the oil.” (Pro tip: Avoid an allover greasy effect by pouring a good-sized dollop of the argan-rich elixir into your palm and coating your fingertips with it before rubbing into roots and through the lengths for a “lived-in feel.”)
“I had wigs, I had extensions, but when [Michelle] put the dress on, I thought, she doesn’t need anything at all,” Gray surmised of the finished look. “Everyone else went for an over-the-top effort; it’s so much cooler to just go for effortless beauty.”