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3 posts tagged "Olio Lusso"

Linda Rodin’s Liquid Gold

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By all accounts, Linda Rodin’s Olio Lusso is an undisputed hit. The jasmine-heavy, skin-quenching elixir that is a backstage staple amongst makeup artists and models has become a cult favorite since it launched in 2008—so much so that Rodin partnered with hair stylist Bob Recine on a version of the fluid for parched strands two years later. And while the former editor-turned-stylist and beauty entrepreneur is pretty happy with her homespun product, there is one thing about it that has always irked her. “When I was making the oils, I found the scent intoxicating, but it didn’t last.” Rodin recently got an opportunity to address this issue when she crossed paths with D.S. and Durga’s David and Kavi Moltz. “It was serendipity,” she says of her chance encounter with the perfumers, with whom she has partnered on a fragrance that has a similar scent composition to her beloved complexion booster. Comprised of 22 percent jasmine, you have to be a real lover of the sensual white flower to get into this flacon. But if you are, a delectable blend of neroli, bergamot, lily of the valley and musk is your reward in the form of a heavily concentrated formula—that lasts and lasts. Problem, solved.


$220, available May 1 at www.barneys.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Oli Lusso

The 411: Linda Rodin

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Linda Rodin may just be her own best advertisement. At 63 (yup, believe it), her skin is something to behold, thanks in large part to the dutiful application of the products that bear her name. Since it first hit shelves in 2008, her signature Rodin Olio Lusso has quickly earned cult-favorite status among beauty aficionados, finding its way into many a backstage makeup kit. Rodin’s own career has always revolved around fashion—she modeled in the sixties, before switching to the other side of the lens to assist Swedish photographer Gosta Peterson. Then she opened a designer-stocked boutique called Linda Hopp in SoHo, and put in stints at Henri Bendel and Harper’s Bazaar before settling into a long-term career as a stylist. It’s a role that’s given her the opportunity to work with some of the most legendary one-namers in the business, both photographers (Ritts, Avedon) and faces (Madonna, Gisele, Cindy, Linda). Rodin’s own style and beauty routine can be summed up in two words: simple elegance. Here, a peek at the products and places that help her put her best face forward.

The Skincare: The Rodin Routine

“I only use my own products on my skin. Both A.M. and P.M., I cleanse my face with the new facial cleanser [hitting shelves in a few months], pat it dry leaving it moist, and rub three drops of Olio Lusso all over. I do the exact same thing with the body oil. I use the lip balm at night and many times during the day. With the hair oil, I use two drops in the morning to hydrate and refresh my hair, then after washing it every three days I either add a few drops to my leave-in conditioner or to towel-dried hair.”

Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil, $140, Lip Balm, $28 and Luxury Hair Oil, $60, www.barneys.com .

The Makeup: Magic Mix

“I always use the Shu Uemura lip pencil #375, the most gorgeous pink, and on top, a lovely Chanel color, Rouge Allure in Insolente, given to me by makeup artist Fulvia Farolfi. It’s very creamy and stays on a long time. I also use Rose-Marie Swift’s Cream Eye Shadow and her Lip2Cheek as blush. Rose-Marie makes all-natural products and the colors reflect that; they don’t appear as anything other than natural on your skin which is perfect for me.”

Shu Uemura Lip Pencil, $20, www.shuuemura-usa.com; Chanel Rouge Allure in Insolente, $32, www.chanel.com; RMS Beauty cream eye shadow, $28 and Lip2Cheek, $36, www.spiritbeautylounge.com.

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Olio Lusso, The Backstage Skin Saver

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Spending a concentrated amount of time pulling backstage duty each season, we have noticed a few secret weapons in makeup artists’ kits. Cosmetics, after all, can only go so far on their own. Tubs of Vaseline and tins of Smith’s Rosebud Salve make frequent appearances from New York to Paris, since, when combined with an eye shadow or pigment powder, each can create an instant grease paint for eyes, cheeks, and lips—and can even be turned into a colored mascara, as we saw Charlotte Willer whip up backstage at DKNY last month. For all skincare concerns, Pat McGrath keeps SK-II Signs Eye Masks on hand, so that in the event that an overtired, sallow-skinned model shows up in her chair—be it at Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, or Balenciaga—she can instantly make dark circles and parched skin right as rain (“It takes just five minutes,” McGrath recently divulged of the cotton overlay’s super powers). Alternatively, Tom Pecheux prefers Rodin’s Olio Lusso for all complexion corrections and has toted the yellow elixir with him from Badgley Mischka to Balmain. Branded as a “skin scent” that doubles as a liquid moisturizer-cum-illuminator-cum-total miracle worker, Olio Lusso is packed with 11 essential oils, including ever popular and skin-regenerating argan, as well as apricot, evening primrose, and arnica, which reduces puffiness. The supple, glowing results are visible almost immediately, whether you use it as a primer pre-foundation or slather it on cathartically before bed. At a very basic level, though, it just feels (and smells) good, making it one of the best beauty tips we’ve come away with from the shows.

Photo: Courtesy of Rodin