September 3 2014

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3 posts tagged "Primer"

Linda Evangelista on Turning Back the Clock



Leave it to Dolce & Gabbana to sign yet another iconic face to its newest beauty franchise, The Lift Foundation and The Primer: Linda Evangelista. The fashion powerhouse isn’t so interested in barely-legal models as it is established women with history and a story to tell (like 49-year-old Italian actress Monica Bellucci, who fronted the launch of its Classic Cream Lipstick). As’s Tim Blanks said of Evangelista, “She was and is the great actress of the modeling world.” And like so many ’90s supers (such as Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford) who have made a resurgence in recent years—both starring in campaigns and starting their own brands—Evangelista is right up there with the rest of The Trinity.

As for her thoughts on the designers’ new base infused with gold silk sericin (a blend of moisturizing amino acids and polypeptides), skin-strengthening olive oil, and vitamin B3 to ramp up the production of fatty acids and ceramides: “[Foundation] has changed so much from the ’80s and ’90s—there wasn’t technology in it,” she noted. “There’s instant gratification that comes with this one and long-term benefits. Plus, you can skip steps, but it’s not a BB. I don’t like BB creams—I bought them all and never found one I liked.” The primer that boasts light-reflecting particles that blur fine lines and SPF 30 is also Evangelista’s go-to sun protection for the darker days of winter. (She relies on a daily dose of La Roche-Posay Anthelios for summer.)

Despite all of the antiaging properties found in the new products and the public pressures to obtain eternal youth, the legend says she doesn’t strive to look like she did on Dolce & Gabbana’s runway in 1990, strutting down the catwalk in a leopard coat (the first appearance of the house’s signature print). “I’m not trying to turn back the clock. I want to go forward.” We have a feeling Evanglista’s future is as bright as her illustrious past.

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation, $72, The Primer, $64,


See the Light


Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Makeup BaseChanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 was designed to create a perfect canvas and extend the wear of foundation. But after a week of being a beauty guinea pig—slathering on everything from new serums to CC creams (I know, it’s a tough gig)—I prefer to wear this weightless, milky fluid alone, for a subtle, I-wake-up-looking-this-flawless glow. While pearl-protein and licorice extracts, along with hyaluronic acid, work their moisturizing and illuminating magic deep in the skin, pure white mineral ceramic pigments even tone and create a radiant effect on the surface—making you appear well-rested (even if you sipped one too many glasses of merlot late into the night). And the addition of broad-spectrum sunscreen helps ward off future brown spots and discoloration. Available in a universally flattering peachy-pink shade (Roseé), a few tinted drops from this tiny TSA- and overnight-bag-friendly bottle are all I need to shed some light on my weekend.

$55, available at later this month.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

A Flush For Fairer Types


As the days get shorter and sun exposure becomes scarce, those of us holding our breath for a beachside holiday are reaching for bronzers until travel plans actually materialize. For our fair-skinned sisters, however, a midwinter ruddy cheek can look just plain wrong. But thanks to primers, women with porcelain complexions can still achieve an outer glow. To get the look heralded by alabaster beauties like Anne Hathaway, Selma Blair, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Connolly, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin suggests seeking out a hydrating, illuminating product like Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base rather than a flat matte base, which will give makeup a soft, diffused look and add radiance. “This product can also be used alone, without any foundation,” Goodwin adds, explaining that when applied to cheekbones, the nose bridge, and forehead, primers can enhance and highlight the complexion, creating a subtle warmth.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel