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10 posts tagged "Rachel Weisz"

Bird of a Feather

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bird of a featherIn the beauty realm, eyebrows wield a particular power. Too sparse, too bushy, too inky, too light—all can significantly alter a visage, for better or worse. Molding them is an art form that few have mastered. Kristie Streicher is among the virtuosos. Her arch-grooming talents led her to open her namesake Beauty Bar in L.A.’s Warren-Tricomi salon (she makes frequent trips to New York to see clients as well) and have garnered her favor among such discerning celebrities as Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Emily Blunt, and Julia Roberts. Here, Streicher talks about her signature (and trademarked!) Feathered Brow and reveals her all-time favorite arch icon.

You’ve become known for a style called the Feathered Brow. What is it exactly? Can you describe the shape?

“The Feathered Brow is my signature style. It’s a natural-looking and softly shaped eyebrow. The start of the brow is gently fanned and ends with a diffused tail. The Feathered Brow creates a beautiful, sexy brow that draws attention away from dark circles or other imperfections around the eye. The effect is achieved with tweezing, and seamlessly blends the eyebrow with the contours of the face and forehead, resulting in brows that are just naturally gorgeous. I came up with The Feathered Brow name because I really love the image of softness that ‘feather’ elicits. The overall look of a full natural brow closely resembles a feather, with the broad fanning of hairs at the front and a softly diffused tail.”

What motivated you to develop that signature shape?

“I really started specializing in the fuller, more natural brow style when I moved to New York in 2011. I found most women in my chair wanted to look younger and less tired. Everyone in New York works twice as hard as the average person, then you add the harsh weather and elements on top of it, and it’s above and beyond hard on the body, mind, skin, etc. I began seeing a significant change in the face when the eyebrows were fuller, stronger, and more abundant. Never having been a fan of wax to begin with, I started using tweezing as my main form of epilation. I found I not only had more control when shaping, but it left a more natural, less contrived look. Tweezing is gentler on the skin, especially around the sensitive eye area. I also found that coloring or tinting the eyebrows made a tremendous difference—it immediately helps to richen the brow hair color and add fullness to the base of the brow.”

How do you execute the Feathered Brow?

“The Feathered Brow is achieved by first applying a custom tint, usually a shade darker for better definition to the interior of the brow. Then strategic tweezing of hairs from the outer arch of the brow gives the feathered look. The result is a diffused edge, rather than a hard, lined, definitive brow. It softens the eyes and face, detracting from age lines and dark circles. The Feathered Brow looks great on every face because it is simply your own, natural eyebrow shape with just the few carefully chosen hairs removed from selected areas to open and widen the eye area.”

If someone can’t score an appointment with you, any advice on how they can DIY a feathered-style brow?

“The first step is letting your eyebrows grow out for three to four months in order for their natural shape to become apparent. For some, this is by far the most difficult part of the process. Then only tweeze the few hairs it takes to open up the arch. To find your natural arch, draw an invisible line from the corner of the nose straight up toward the forehead; this is where the eyebrows should start. The arch should fall just outside the pupil and go all the way across the brow bone. The biggest mistake women make is not finding their own natural arch. Oftentimes it is placed too close to the inner part of the brow, rather than the outer portion of the brow. If you try to arch your eyebrows too high above the bone, it will look unnatural. All bone structure is different, and so are eyebrows. Stay with the arch that works best with your bone structure. It’s the one that you naturally have. Eyebrows that are too long and come too far down can make eyes look droopy. Be sure to feather ends outward, giving the eye a lift. Look at your bone structure and hair texture as a guideline for your eyebrows. Softer, more delicate facial features look best with a slightly thinner, more elegant eyebrow, while a stronger bone structure is the perfect face for a thicker, stronger eyebrow. Avoid making the brows slant upward; this has the potential to create an angry look.” Continue Reading “Bird of a Feather” »

Lanvin X Lancôme; Miss New York Takes The Crown; And More…

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Stop the presses: Alber Elbaz is getting into beauty. The Lanvin creative director is teaming up with Lancôme on a limited-edition color collection due out in June. Consider the countdown on. [WWD]

Miss New York, Brooklyn-based Mallory Hagan, has been crowned Miss America, the first time that the Empire State has taken top honors in the storied pageant since Vanessa Williams won the crown nearly thirty years ago. An FIT student, Hagan hopes to become a cosmetics executive after completing her pageant duties. [NYT]

Nicki Minaj’s longtime hairstylist, Terrence Davidson, has parted ways with the American Idol judge, citing “creative differences.” And so the rush on candy-colored beehives will finally subside. [IBT]

Rachel Weisz’s pale berry lip and side-parted waves may have been our favorite red-carpet beauty moment from last night’s Golden Globes. As for her insane porcelain skin, it was helped along by facialist Joanna Vargas’ signature VitaLight treatment and her instantly sculpting Triple Crown Facial, which Weisz insisted upon as preshow prep. We’ll have what she’s having. [Joanna Vargas]

Photo: Yannis Vlammos / GoRunway.com

Beauty Rewind: The Golden Globes Hall Of Fame

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As we count down to the Golden Globes—a ceremony that, in all of its booze-fueled glory, kick-starts awards season—many have begun to formulate their own predictions for who will occupy the winner’s circle in both the acting and the just as highly contested style categories. Before we look forward, however, we thought it would be far more informative to peer back at a dozen of this year’s female nominees to decide which of their former Golden Globes cameos is the most memorable. And so, without further ado, allow us to present the Golden Globes Beauty Hall of Fame, which will be welcoming a new class this Sunday. Click here for a slideshow.

Photo: Frank Edwards / Archive Photos

Rouge In Love—And On YouTube; Gwyneth Will “Take [Her] Wrinkles”‘ And More…

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As if snagging brand ambassador Emma Watson as the face of its new Rouge in Love makeup collection wasn’t enough, Lancôme has enlisted the French band the Brigittes to create an exclusive video for its new longwear lipstick. [YouTube]

Gwyneth Paltrow has never been afraid to speak honestly about her fitness and beauty routines, so it comes as no surprise that the actress would be just as candid about her thoughts on aging. In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Paltrow admits, “I’ll take my wrinkles. I don’t like the Botox thing.” [People]

The newest target for beauty manufacturers is the “tween” category, apparently—that’s girls aged 8 to 14 who are looking to stock up on lip gloss and blush all their own. [NYT]

L’Oréal Paris has caused quiet a stir in the U.K. with a new campaign for its Revitalift Clinical Repair, starring Rachel Weisz. The ASA has banned the ad, insisting that its claims are misleading due to the “heavily retouched” images. [E!]

It looks like human growth hormone (HGH) is not just for baseball players and aging action stars anymore. A host of female celebrities are now using it to stave off wrinkles and gray hairs. [Page Six]

Photo: Courtesy of YouTube

Rachel Weisz Makes A Brow-Grazing Move

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Thanksgiving weekend is typically a quiet time for celebrity goings-on, with A-listers taking a break from the red carpet to eat turkey and all the trimmings with family and friends. But just as we were lamenting the lack of high-octane beauty and fashion happenings to report, we stumbled upon this: Rachel Weisz got bangs! The Bulgari Jasmin Noir spokeswoman turned up at a photocall for a BAFTA screening of her new film, The Deep Blue Sea, in London with freshly cropped strands that make her look one part Rose Byrne and another part Parisian, although that might just be the striped tee she’s wearing in the photo. Thoughts on Weisz’ fringe benefits?

Photo: DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES; Alexandra Wyman/WireImage