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11 posts tagged "Reese Witherspoon"

The Best of Met Gala Beauty Trends: Vampy Lips and Retro Waves

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With summer on the horizon, everyone has beachy hair, sun-kissed skin, and dewy makeup on the brain. It’s always a welcome change in our beauty routine, though we can’t help but mourn the winter products we’ll soon have to retire. But based upon the many moody mouths that made their way down last night’s red carpet, we may not be tucking away our burgundy bullets so fast. Two of the major trends that surfaced—vampy lips and retro, side-parted waves—are typically reserved for cooler climes but looked stunning at the relatively balmy (at least in comparison to recent weather we’ve experienced) New York event. Some of our favorite moments? Suki Waterhouse’s classic wine shade; Beyoncé’s gothic hue, which played off her Philip Treacy veil; Adèle Exarchopoulos’ brown-tinged maroon pout; Joan Smalls’ shocking violet deftly paired with a soft braid; and Elettra Wiedemann’s ruby rouge, which matched her glittering gown. Dark lips were an edgy yet elegant choice—perfect for a night that otherwise offered up bow ties and ball gowns.

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Retro, side-parted waves upped the glamour quotient even further. Cara Delevingne’s crop top and tuxedo pants (both by Stella McCartney) were far from traditional, but bouncy waves brushed to one side felt undeniably classic. Short-haired stars such as Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon added big, loose curls à la Grace Kelly, and Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, and Riley Keough turned up with long, Veronica Lake-esque ringlets.

Our best tips for sporting these trends through the summer? Skip matte foundation, which would look too heavy-handed with dark lips, and invest in a humidity-blocking spray (like Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray) to keep your retro waves sleek and shiny.

Photos: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com

Stella’s Girls Steal the Show—And the Key to Cara Delevingne’s Envy-Inducing Eye Makeup

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If there was one table you’d want to sit at tonight, it would likely be the one belonging to Stella McCartney. I like to think of her as the Regina George of the Met Gala (albeit a far less blond, way better dressed, and much nicer version at that). And with McCartney playing the role of queen bee, she naturally arrived at the museum with her gang of gorgeous plastics in tow, which included Cara Delevingne, Kate Bosworth, Reese Witherspoon, and Rihanna. But before they hit the red carpet, the primping party started in a balloon-filled suite at The Carlyle (complete with McCartney’s monogrammed undies), where makeup artist Vincent Oquendo was charged with readying the “ladies who wore the pants” tonight—McCartney and her Brit sidekick, Delevingne. “It was a girl party—Stella’s girls are fun girls,” said Oquendo. “I’ve done some red-carpet things before where you’re there and it’s like a hostage situation, and this was not that at all…Stella has good juju and it’s infectious.” While he kept things “dewy and pretty” for the designer with individual lashes, he created a smoky cat-eye accentuated by a full band of fringe for Delevingne (as if her arches weren’t already enough competition). For Rihanna, however, it was all about hair, “When she first walked [into the room] she had this gorgeous lion’s mane—it was just divine,” he noted. The guest list was certainly tight this year (likely to make room for all the Charles James-inspired ball gowns), but if you had actually made it through those storied doors, Oquendo assured me that you could indeed take a seat with Stella’s star-studded crew. (The dress code: On Mondays they wear white tie.)

Here, the step-by-step to Delevingne’s envy-inducing lid look:

1. Create the winged shape using a soft brown pencil, smudge, and set with matte, taupe shadow.

2. Next, run over the entire lid with a cream shadow, blending it up into the crease. (Oquendo applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa.) “You have to blend it quickly because it sets really fast, but once it sets it’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for the red carpet because it doesn’t move,” he explained. “The trick is to put something under it first because it doesn’t blend as beautifully as powders and pencils do.”

3. Pack a bronze pigment over the waterproof shadow to build depth. Try Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Earth Glow.

4. For definition, trace along the inner rim of the eye with black, waterproof gel liner and go “full on” with the mascara—applying to both top and bottom lashes.

5. Place a full set of falsies on the upper lash line and use a lash curler to gently bond the faux fringe with your natural set. Apply another coat of mascara to finish.

6. For Delevingne-like brows, fill in and elongate your arches “just a touch” with a combo of soft, sheer powder (like MAC’s Omega Eye Shadow) and pencil (try Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash). “I always go cool on the eyebrows—especially if I use bronzey [shades] on the eye. I like the contrast to make the eyes pop in a subtle way.”

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Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com; Instagram

Reese Lightens Up; Kate Is Still Number One; and More…

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Reese Witherspoon is back to blonde. Following some, er, negative associations with her brooding brunette, the actress has returned to her former shade of honey gold, which she revealed this wekkend underneath the protection of a sun hat. [Daily Mail]

Spoiler alert: Kate Middleton is still the number-one hair icon in Great Britain, according to a survey recently conducted by Kérastase. [Hello]

Blake Lively’s Mother’s Day shopping was made easy, thanks to her lucrative fragrance contract with Gucci. “When [my mom] smelled my Gucci Premiere, the bottle was gone from my shelf in about two seconds,” the actress said when discussing how she planned on gifting her mom this past weekend. [InTouch]

Had Lively’s mother been a Chanel No. 5 fan, we imagine this new release from the French brand might have caught her eye: Today comes news that Chanel has created a limited-edition, giant bottle of the Grand Extrait version of its iconic scent, which is filled with nearly two pounds of perfume. The oversize flacon rings in at a whopping $4,200. [WSJ.]

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Niche Fragrance Gets a Sampling Service; Reese Witherspoon Is Legally Brunette; And More…

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Birchbox and Glossybox, meet Olfactif. The Chicago-born perfume sampling service sends three miniature niche flacons to subscribers for $18 a month. It’s first box includes bottles from L’Artisan Parfumeur, Imaginary Authors, and Sonoma Scent Studio. [Crain's]

As images of Hedi Slimane’s new Saint Laurent music project—featuring Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Marilyn Manson, and L.A. indie-rocker Ariel Pink—make their way around the blogosphere today, we noticed a poignant beauty note in the self-styled black-and-white images: black nail polish appears in its most kempt—and unkempt— form throughout the series. Fingers crossed a signature black edition of the brand’s La Laque long-lasting nail lacquer is also on the way. [Dazed Digital]

Reese Witherspoon turned her blonde locks a shade of warm chocolate over the weekend, and now Ellen DeGeneres appears to have followed suit. [E!]

Zoe Saldana might be the next starlet to make the cut. “At some point, I might just want to chop [all of my hair] off and go really short,” the Star Trek star recently revealed, following designers’ lead for Fall. [People StyleWatch]

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Helena Is Fit For Life; Reese’s Fringe Benefits; And More…

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Reebok brand ambassador Helena Christensen says that spending time with her family, reading in bed, and working out make her content in life. “What I like about exercise and keeping in shape is the feeling of satisfaction that it gives you. Knowing that you are looking after your body and mind, keeping healthy and looking your best is a great feeling.” [Telegraph]

If you’ve been waiting for a “why” to explain Reese Witherspoon’s new bangs, the This Means War actress is happy to oblige: Reese apparently snipped herself a new fringe to cover a scar she acquired after an accident last year. There you have it. [Daily Mail]

France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication is finally giving the fragrance community its due with a new exhibition showcasing the art of perfumery and honoring some of France’s most esteemed perfumers. Last week, Daniela Andrier, François Caron, Olivier Cresp, Dominique Ropion, and Maurice Roucel were all made Officers of the Order of Arts and Letters. [WWD]

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