August 23 2014

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A Math Lesson in Makeup, Backstage at Narciso Rodriguez


Narciso Rodriguez

The king of minimalism didn’t stray far from his roots this season when it came to hair and makeup (although the designer did display a new hem length on the runway). But behind the barely there maquillage was a study in both physiology and proportion, explained makeup pro Dick Page. “Rather than projecting the idea of painting the face, I thought about how everything is mobile and three-dimensional…it’s almost like when you do a life drawing in art class and have to think about structure.” For brows and lashes, he mixed three parts gel to one part brown mascara to achieve the optimal shade and texture. On lids, he blended Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Shoyu with a bit of moisturizer for a transparent finish, and applied the same shadow formula in Yuba to the inner corners to subtly catch the light. Page also concocted a custom shade of blush, with fairer girls receiving a ratio of two parts Lacquer Rouge in Metalrose (a reddish pink) to one part Hellebore (a plum), and used the same tones for darker complexions, only with the equation reversed. To apply, he pinched a cosmetic sponge to create a domed shape (seen above) that is optimal for working the product into the skin. A blend of foundation and Lacquer Rouge in Camel was tapped on to the lips for a muted effect.

Hairstylist Paul Hanlon kept things classic with what he described as an “old salon blow-dry.” He started by spritzing Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection from midlength down, and added Volumizing Mousse all the way through. Then Hanlon blew strands dry in large sections using big, round brushes. For a hint of sexiness and as an ode to the forties (a reference given to him by Rodriguez), he added a deep side part, hair-sprayed the top to cancel any flyaways, and used a drop or two of Treatment Light on the ends for separation. Simple, yet impactful—just like the collection.

Photos: Ivan Lattuada /

Fifty Shades Of Patricia Van Der Vliet


Dutch model Patricia van der Vliet was put through the hair color ringer last season. After cutting her long blond hair into a wispy mahogany crop before the Fall shows got under way, Guido Palau gave her a 1920s-era black bob at Calvin Klein. “It’s so much easier, and I so enjoy being the tough girl,” she said of the look back in February. “I’m definitely going to keep it for now, but I’ll have to see what happens when spring/summer comes around.” So, what did happen when summer segued into the new show season? “It was a little too black,” van der Vliet told us backstage at Carolina Herrera yesterday, where she was sporting a new rich auburn hue courtesy of her trusted colorist, Whittemore House’s Victoria Hunter. “I had to [do it],” she continued of her latest dye job, pointing out that while a set of extensions coated with Morrocanoil Volumizing Mousse, Luminous Hairspray Strong, and Frizz Control worked amazingly well with Orlando Pita’s “sleek, architectural” show look, she’s in a funny stage in the grow-out process and is all about experimenting with her color until her length comes back. “We’ll see what happens.” Yes, we imagine we will; with three more weeks of shows to get through, don’t be surprised to see a few more shades of van der Vliet.


Beauty And The Beat: Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss Goes From Business Casual To “Bombastic, Energetic, And Tough”


With a varied career path that has included stints singing in the teen pop group RubyBlue and teaching the fourth grade, you’d hardly expect Alexis Krauss to have a soft spot for spiked leather jackets, big hoop earrings, and blunt jet-black bangs. Yet the Sleigh Bells front woman has developed a badass onstage persona that pairs perfectly with the band’s chainsaw rock sound. Since forming the Brooklyn-based outfit with Derek Miller in 2008, the twosome has released two albums (the latest, Reign of Terror, came out earlier this year) and garnered a diverse range of fans—including M.I.A., who signed them to her music label—and the throngs of kids who come to their sold-out shows to watch Krauss sing, dance, and headbang her way through the set. How does she maintain the high-level energy, night after night? “I try to stay as sober, well rested, and active as possible,” she explains, adding, “I bring my bike on the road with me and lately I’ve been practicing a lot of hot yoga—it’s an incredible challenge but the payoff is worth it!” Before heading out on a two-month tour, which takes Sleigh Bells across the U.S. and through Europe, Krauss let in on a few of her other tricks, including how to trim tough-girl bangs, doing your own nail art, and what it feels like to get a custom-made jacket from Nicola Formichetti.

What has been the biggest difference between releasing the first and second albums?
Our confidence levels. We are more assertive and more capable of making smarter business and creative decisions. We’ve learned to never compromise and to never succumb to the pressure or expectations of others. We no longer feel like the new kids on the block, and as a result we are more comfortable being who we want to be.

Rock ‘n’ roll has its fair share of tough girls. What is it about certain symbols of toughness—be it leather jackets or jet-black hair—that you think appeals to a lot of female performers?
I can only speak for myself, and in our case the band’s aesthetic is inextricably linked to the music we make. I want my style to represent our sound, which is bombastic, energetic, and tough while also being playful, innocent, and feminine. I like wearing clothes that represent that juxtaposition, whether it be pairing a studded leather jacket with a pair of pastel daisy dukes or classic white Keds with shredded fishnet stockings. I’m also constantly referencing the looks of rock ‘n’ roll’s most badass women, like Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Lita Ford, Debbie Harry, or Mary Weiss, to name a few.

So your look is pretty thought-out?
Honestly, it’s something that I’m constantly thinking about and cultivating. When I began performing in Sleigh Bells I was still teaching fourth grade, and it took some time to transition my wardrobe from business casual to what it is today. I did tons of research looking into designers and cultivating relationships with my favorites. I love working closely with small labels such as Obesity & Speed and Bambi and Manson to create looks that are compatible with mine and the band’s sensibilities. Like many women I love experimenting with clothing and makeup and I’m always pushing myself to take risks and try different things.

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Morrocanoil: The Full Body Experience


When Moroccanoil launched stateside three years ago, it entered the U.S. market through a particularly inventive channel that proved overwhelmingly effective to its future popularity: the red carpet. After stocking the Hollywood coiffing set’s best and brightest with myriad bottles of its amber, argan-rich oil and styling products, word of the formulas’ shine-enhancing, conditioning abilities spread like wildfire. Katy Perry’s retro waves at the 2009 Grammys? Courtesy of Morrocanoil. Ditto Marion Cotillard’s Oscar French twist that same year. So when the brand decided to branch out into skincare, it chose a similarly unique entry point via prestige spa partners. Morrocanoil’s new five-piece collection of skin-smoothing salves, soaps, and body “soufflés” will ultimately roll out to select luxury retailers like Henri Bendel and Fred Segal next month, but it is currently only making the rounds on massage tables at Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Trump, and Canyon Ranch properties near you. The orange peel-equipped Body Buff polishes away dead skin while avocado, grapeseed, and sweet almond oils act as the ultimate replenishing trio; the Hand Cream features the line’s titular argan oil, which has been blended with cocoa, shea, and avocado butter for a super-hydrating but weightless solution to flakiness; the Cleansing Bar is a mild argan and shea soap that gently removes dirt with the soft scent of the original haircare range; and the Body Soufflé offers the same ultra-luxurious blend of argan and shea in skin-slathering form. Our favorite new addition has got to be the Intense Hydrating Treatment, though, which goes from a gel to an oil as it melts into warm limbs. That you have the option to book a professional treatment to indulge in the entire group makes the user experience that much more enjoyable.

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Photo: Courtesy of Morrocanoil

Backstage At Paul Smith, Brow Lifts—No Injectables Necessary


Peter Gray secured himself a place in Spring 2012′s hair hall of fame when he fashioned faux undercuts backstage at Paul Smith last season to help create the illusion of “cool, English rock chicks who shaved their heads for the summer.” Yesterday, the hairstylist was up to his old tricks, devising another optical illusion backstage at Smith’s Fall show, where there was a reason models’ faces looked particularly taut on the runway: “It’s a pulley system for cheekbones,” Gray said, taking a fine section of hair from above each ear and pulling it tight against the scalp before securing in the back of the head with a few spritzes of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray and a piece of elastic. A back-combed top section that Gray fashioned into a side-parted, soft bouffant ultimately hid the flattened panels from view. “It forms a secret winch, tugging on the skin for an instant facelift effect,” he explained, pointing out that the technique is “one step on from the tight ponytail.” It sure beats Botox.

Photo: Stuart Wilson / Getty Images