August 22 2014

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5 posts tagged "Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics"

5 Crazy Lip Colors Worth Trying


This spring brought us two jewel-toned lip looks that were seriously striking: Joan Smalls’ amethyst pout at the Met ball in Manhattan (seen below) and Rihanna’s emerald mouth at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in L.A. Ever since, my seatmate, fellow lipstick lover, and’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, and I have tried tracking down similar tubes to no avail. Today, however, we discovered the holy grail of offbeat, opaque colors: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics “Unknown Pleasures” Lip Tars. Our favorites from the range that dropped online today: Vain (a dark indigo with green undertones reminiscent of RiRi); Technopagan (a metallic purple bordering on navy that’s the closest thing we’ve found to Smalls’ shocking violet); Pagan (a blackened plum comparable to another makeup move the model and cover girl made last year); Covet (a camel color that has normcore written all over it); and Manhunter (a glittery red that is the next best thing to Saint Laurent’s ruby slippers). Commitment-phobes, be warned, these matte, liquid formulas have serious staying power and pack a major punch of pigment that practically requires paint solvent to take off, but our motto when it comes to mouthing off: Go big or go home.

$18 each;


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Makeup Just for Men


Versace-Moncler-MakeupTypically, about halfway through the menswear shows, someone steps up and uses the runway medium to showcase the kind of face and body painting that comes standard during the women’s collections. For Spring 2014, that moment came as the Milan schedule neared completion. Nothing goes better with cricket whites than black lipstick Thom Browne suggested at Moncler Gamme Bleu this weekend, while Donatella Versace commissioned a diverse array of compression tape backstage at her show to create colorful, crisscrossed swirls down models’ legs, arms, and torsos. All this and the Paris shows haven’t even started yet! Stay tuned for more men’s beauty marks.

Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images; Kuba Dubrowski / WWD

The Fab Five: Eye Candy


If the influx of shoppers and Christmas decorations on Fifth Avenue hasn’t tipped you off, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The most wonderful time of the year ushers in a month-long frenzy of overspending and overindulging, the latter of which just so happens to extend to our daily caloric intake and our eye makeup preferences as well. Lids that were once neutral and bare often get a little sparkle these days, which can be done in a way that’s not too over-the-top for the glitter-phobics among you. Whether you sweep on a fine sheen of shimmering powder or blend in a luminescent cream, these five pigment pots and palettes should help get you into the festive spirit—if those limited-edition, seasonal red Starbucks cups haven’t already done the trick.

Four Play
Clarins Eye Quartet
While it looks almost too pretty to touch, this palette contains the perfect mix of subtle, luminescent hues ideal for daytime wear, as well a gilded chunky glitter/shimmer hybrid that can be built up into a molten gold finish.

Green Goddess
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Color Concentrates in Nori
OCC’s products not only boast a 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free tag, they’re also extremely pigmented and long-lasting. A splash of the loose glitter (available in 36 dazzling shades) can be used on eyes, lips, cheeks, or brows and contains light-reflecting mica for ultimate sparkle. We’re particularly feeling Nori right now, a dark hunter green.

Gold Standard
Estée Lauder Pure Color Gélee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Gold
Makeup maestro Tom Pecheux is the genius behind these incredibly soft, easy-to-use pigments, which have a silky-smooth formula that applies like a gel but dries to a powder. Bonus: Each one, like the gorgeous Cyber Gold, provides enough shimmer to open up your eyes yet still look sophisticated.

Purple Haze
Dr. Hauschka Eye Shadow Solo in Smoky Violet
A favorite of the style and celebrity set, Dr. Hauschka’s holistic skincare offerings are beloved for their soothing, skin-saving ingredients. Containing extracts of black tea to nurture the delicate skin around your eye, this talc-infused iridescent powder provides a subtle sheen and will help keep puffy eyes at bay. Also, this aubergine color makes makes hazel eyes pop.

Into the Blue
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Tenacious Teal
Feeling dry from the winter cold? Go with a cream shadow formula, which provides more moisture than powders. We’re obsessed with the boldness of this hue, which can be ultra-vivid when layered into an opaque finnish. Once applied, it won’t budge but is still easily removable after a long night of merrymaking.

Obsessive, Compulsive, And Now On The Lower East Side


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics creator David Klasfeld started his face-painting career in product development at MAC—”when they were still small and independent”—before launching OCC seven years ago. “I was like a kid in a candy store,” he recalls of the experience—make that a vegan candy store. Klasfeld has been animal byproduct-free for the last few years, which is why using natural, cruelty-free ingredients in his own line of über-bright, pigmented skin, lip, eye, cheek, and nail colors was not up for debate. “It’s more about thinking about what’s in your makeup than trying to join some sort of granola crunchy, Whole Foods movement,” he told last night at the official opening of his first brick-and-mortar store, which is situated in the Lower East Side, where he grew up. It’s a fitting location for Klasfeld’s vast selection of cult-favorite products, like the ultra-saturated Lip Tar that he used backstage at shows like Steven Alan and Gretchen Jones during NYFW. “It can look demure or punk rock depending how you wear it,” he says—which should suit Ludlow Street’s cross section of hipsters and Murray Hill transplants just fine.

174 Ludlow St., NYC,

Photo: Courtesy of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Gerlan Marcel Revisits Angsty Youth


With Bleach London officially open for business at Milk, and street-style bloggers snapping everybody’s new candy-colored streaks, hair color is big business at the Spring shows. It was the mane event on the runway yesterday at Gerlan Jeans, where designer Gerlan Marcel presented her “teen witch” collection. “You’re alternative-but then again, you’re going to the mall to buy your alternative look,” the designer said, describing that phase of life where you hate just about everything (your boring blonde or brown hair, specifically). While the clothes featured Marcel’s special brand of textile design (Think: fabrics adorned with images of illustrated yearbook photos, oil slicks, slime, and duct tape), strands got the Manic Panic treatment, courtesy of hairstylist Chuck Amos. “You want to be different, and you’re totally committed to it,” Marcel says, which explains the black lipstick directive she gave Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics makeup artist Kristi Matamoros. “But at that same time, you are so self-conscious about those things that you are trying to embrace. It translates into this weird, awkward self-confidence that you can really only have in that transitional period between tween and teen.” We’re long past those days (thank god), but Marcel does provide some great ideas for future experiments with hair color. We’re sure there’ll be more before NYFW comes to a close.

Photo: Christelle de Castro