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Beauty And The Beat: Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster Goes Blonde—And Goes Solo


It’s been two years since indie dream pop trio Au Revoir Simone went on a hiatus, but singer and keyboardist Erika Forster has found a way to keep busy with a newly launched solo project. “I wanted to still do music and I felt like, ‘Well, I have everything set up for me to do this, so I need to just see what happens.’ I just started experimenting,” she says of her self-titled debut EP, out this week. As with Miuccia Prada-favorite Au Revoir Simone (who are now back together and presently working on their fourth album), the tracks on Erika Spring showcase Forster’s dulcet voice and knack for ethereal, just-the-right-side-of-sweet melodies. Here, caught up with the Brooklyn-based musician to find out her eco-friendly beauty favorites, why silk is a touring musician’s best friend, and why blondes really do have more fun.

What’s the biggest difference between working solo versus with a group?
It’s really nice in the band [because] I always have two people that I trust to bounce ideas off of. Sometimes I feel a little, like, I don’t know the answer to the question and I’m going to have to figure it out. But I also have to say it’s allowed me to meet other amazing creative people—like Jorge [Elbrecht], who produced [my album]. Just having those experiences were really positive.

Besides going solo, you’ve also gone from brunette to blonde—another big change, I imagine.
I had been wanting to do it for a long time. I’ve had every kind of blonde since then; I started slowly and then I went all the way to platinum, which was fun, but it was really hard to keep it up. Now I’ve settled down. I’ve found my blonde! The girl who does it is amazing. I go to Aura Friedman at Serge Normant at John Frieda in [New York's] Meatpacking District. She has great ideas; when I first started getting my hair done by her, we were putting a lot of really pale pastel pinks in. She also has a really great color Tumblr [] that’s just so beautiful. She’s an artist.

Did going blonde have any effect on your personality?
I feel like at the time that I did it, I really needed to lighten up in a very spiritual and all-encompassing way. I didn’t think about it that way then, but looking back, I wanted to just have this physical change. I think stereotypes about blondes are annoying but some of them are really true—in many ways I feel like my personality fits being blonde.

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Fall’s Severe Brunette Dye Job Strikes Again


As French actress and Prada Candy fragrance face Léa Seydoux took her seat front-row at Miu Miu earlier this month, she revealed a huge hair moment: the Mission Impossible star had shorn off her chest-grazing blonde locks, revealing a new, flaxen pixie cut in their stead. But that was then, and this is now. Seydoux dropped another beauty bomb last night at the Paris premiere of Les Adieux à la Reine, the new Marie Antoinette flick, following in the footsteps of models like Patricia van der Vliet and Heidi Mount and embracing Fall’s severe brunette dye job. It goes without saying that her new ‘do is a lot of look. But is it a good one? Weigh in below.

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Seeing Red For Spring


Black cat-eye liner was the eye makeup trend of the Spring season (click here for more of our top ten beauty moments), but there was another unlikely eye pigment shade that got a fair bit of play: red. It turned up in varying degrees of opacity—from a wash of color at Clements Ribeiro and Anna Sui to a much more “fab, fun look,” as Pat McGrath referred to the heavily rimmed crimson lids she slicked on at Miu Miu. “It’s really the idea of a splash of color—be it red, blue, or green,” McGrath explained when we recently had the pleasure of recapping the season’s most significant beauty developments with her. “It’s not like every girl is going to be walking around with red lids.”

But if you do want to give the look a whirl, there are myriad ways to successfully go scarlet. For a more subtle effect, try buildable semi-sheer pigments, like MAC Pro Chromacake in Crimson and Coral, which makeup artist Lucia Pica smudged across eyes at House of Holland for a “watercolorlike” finish; or go with a creamy blush, like CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry, which McGrath multitasked on eyes and cheeks backstage at Anna Sui. To go bold with the fiery hue, McGrath recommends tracing upper lash lines with—get this—lipstick, and coating that with a professional-grade pigment in the same color. In a recent trial run, we found chubby lipstick pencils, like Mirabella’s new Velvet Lip Pencils in Red Velvet, are the easiest tools for the task. Top that off with a theatrical red shadow, like Lime Crime’s Magic Dust Eyeshadow in Siren, and you should be good to go.

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Hailee Steinfeld’s Berry Best


You needn’t look any further than Hailee Steinfeld’s red-carpet turns in Prabal Gurung, Prada, and most recently, Stella McCartney at the Met gala to know that the kid’s got fashion sense. But the 14-year-old True Grit star with the gorgeous, shiny mane of chestnut brown hair is emerging as a burgeoning beauty icon as well. Case in point: At the 13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in L.A. this weekend, the newly named Miu Miu face accessorized her head-to-toe look from the house with a thin black cat-eye, baby spider lashes, courtesy of CoverGirl LashBlast in black, and a gorgeous raspberry mouth that makeup artist Stephen Sollitto patted on using Jouer Lip Gloss in Mirage. We love to see Hollywood’s bright young things getting hooked on the statement lip early. You too?

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Miu Miu’s Mass-Market Beauty Extravaganza


In a departure from the abundance of sixties tributes we’ve seen this season, Miuccia Prada honed in on the forties at Miu Miu, which closed out Paris fashion week. Her glam squad of Pat McGrath and Guido Palau acted accordingly. “Modern vintage and forties elegance,” is how McGrath described the makeup, which consisted of two looks, one with a bare mouth and the other with a striking, matte red pout courtesy of a precise line of CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipliner in Passion filled in with a mix of its Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot—”the essential red shade”—and Eternal, a hot fuchsia. Both lips were complemented by porcelain skin, thanks to a light coverage of CoverGirl Natureluxe Foundation, groomed brows, and what will likely go down as McGrath’s signature for Fall 2011, spider lashes. “It’s an excessive lash,” she said of her heavy-handed application of CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara in Black, which was helped along by a few individual false lashes applied to the center of the top lash line.

Palau also went with his own adaptation of the era, focusing his attention on “a loose, naturally textured half updo,” that was prepped with Redken Wax Blast 10 high Impact Finishing Spray Wax for a piece-y effect and center-parted. The key to the style came from two simple hair combs—Goody hair combs, to be exact—which Palau used to sweep side sections from above models’ ears and secure on the top of their heads. Palau’s penchant for drugstore hair accessories, spotted here, at Prada, and McQueen, is an exciting development as far as getting properly (and affordably) coiffed come September.

Photo: Courtesy of Redken