August 28 2014

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Beauty 411: Jenni Kayne


Jenni KayneA chic flat shoe can be hard to find. So that it happens to be the hero product of L.A.-based designer Jenni Kayne’s eponymous line should come as no surprise. We speak specifically of her D’Orsay flat. Perfectly cut for ultimate foot flattery, highly wearable, and available in a veritable Crayola box of colors, they have graced the feet of many a style-setter, both famous and not. Besides dreaming up a pair of flats par excellence, Kayne, who launched her brand while still a teenager, is known for dealing in clothes with a simple but sophisticated appeal—modern easy-wear, if you will. She has also recently turned her attention to the wide world of personal blogs with the launch of Rip + Tan, a very Goop-esque lifestyle site named after her kids, Ripley and Tanner, with everything from recipes to product finds. This year marks Jenni Kayne’s (the brand, that is) tenth birthday, a perfect time, we think, to check in with her and get the scoop on some of her own beauty favorites.

“My best friend, Nicole Simone, turned me on to Jessica’s just over eight years ago, and I go religiously every week. It’s totally old-school. They have amazing nail polishes, and the manicures are the best. It has become such a part of my routine that I don’t feel like I can breathe if I skip a week.”

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“I go once a week for acupuncture, to try to stay balanced and have a relaxing hour to myself. It keeps me healthy and sane. I drink their Chinese herbs daily—they keep me from getting sick and definitely shorten colds when I get them.”

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“Terri is the best. I always leave glowing, balanced, and relaxed. I try to go once every two months. She also makes amazing products—I use her Stem Cell Moisturizer daily.”

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François Nars Colors Outside The Lines


“I’ve always felt strongly that there should be few rules when it comes to makeup.” So sayeth face-painting legend François Nars—and so it goes with his new fall collection. The usual, seasonal suspects are there—a trio of brick red-gone-bordeaux lip fixes, including the sensational Sheer Lipstick in Autumn Leaves, a translucent caramel-y red; a new Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Rouge Tribal, a metallic, mocha-burgundy; and a Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam, a warm garnet. A limited-edition nail polish in Storm Bird, a slate gray, also calls to mind September’s traditional color palette. But two of the collection’s “must-haves,” according to Nars, are slightly less predictable. High Society, a limited-edition Trio Eyeshadow, features a shimmering lilac pigment more recognizable as part of spring offerings. But alongside a matte forest green and a deep aubergine, the color takes on a new icy-cool quality that all of a sudden makes sense for fall. The new Undress Me Multiple is similarly surprising in that it is a nude pink cream with a lot of silver—rather than gold—shimmer. “It’s beautiful in the hollow of cheeks,” Nars explains of how best to utilize its frosty finish, which works equally well as a highlighter on brows or cheekbones. Our current favorite from the lineup is the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil, though, which is now slicking in More, a sheer auburn that amps up your natural lip color with a dose of moisture that’s never sticky.

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In The Operating Room With NARS And Fabien Baron


The controlled, precise movements of a surgeon in the operating room served as the inspiration behind NARS‘ new Fabien Baron-directed short film for its Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliners ($23), starring model of the moment Emily Baker, with makeup by Mark Carrasquillo. It doesn’t take the sturdy hand of a doctor (or, in this case, a robot) to apply these creamy liners. They’re billed as fool-proof (translation: smudge-proof and long-lasting), and we can attest to both of those claims. They are available in stores now in nine different shades, from Via Veneto black to Abbey Road electric blue. My favorite? The Rue de Rivoli—it’s perfect to achieve a smoky eye with a twist of hunter green. The short debuts exclusively above.

Nars’ Makeup Your Mind, Take Two


François Nars is having a big 2011. The famed face painter worked his magic backstage at Marc Jacobs in February, crafting a look reminiscent of a “grandmother who’s a bit eccentric,” and opened his first U.S. flagship on Bleecker Street in March. Next week holds yet another exciting milestone for Mr. Nars: the launch of his newest book, Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, the sequel to his 2001 instructional tome of the same name. The new version is similar in concept to the first—there are before-and-after shots with an acetate insert between the two detailing exactly where makeup was applied. But Nars has taken his penchant for photography to the next level with the 2.0 edition, street-casting 60 “models” from the mean (and yet still highly attractive) streets of New York. The book debuts on Monday (click here to pre-purchase), along with three limited-edition palettes for eyes, lips, and cheeks, which will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom, so you can play makeup artist as you read along.

Photo: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics

Marc Jacobs Bangs One Out, Fight Wrinkles With Chocolate, And More…


Marc Jacobs is getting back into the men’s fragrance world with Bang, a labor of love for which the designer serves as the campaign face—and naked, greased-down body. This marks the first time Jacobs has posed in his own advertising visuals, and is just one of many new beginnings that he reportedly has in the works. Look out for MJ-branded underwear and color cosmetics in the very near future. [WWD]

NARS cosmetics has named Francelle Daly as its national makeup artist, a new role they’ve created specifically for the face painter. Daly often works with Kate Bosworth, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Chloë Sevigny, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and adding to her cool cred is the fact that her expert hand was behind the backstage Lancôme beauty look at Victoria Beckham’s Fall presentation last February. NARS-sponsored shows for the upcoming season just shot to the top of our list. [WWD]

A chocolate bar that can slow the aging process and keep wrinkles at bay? Believe it. Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest chocolatier, has found a way to preserve the flavonol antioxidants found in cocoa beans that are usually destroyed in the chocolate-making process. You can almost hear the collective rejoice of womankind, no? [Telegraph]

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty is getting a revamp courtesy of Stila founder Jeanine Lobell, who has signed on as the brand’s new creative director. Lobell says she wants the brand to have “the life it always deserved.” We’re all for that. [Independent]

Photo: Juergen Teller for Coty Prestige