July 30 2014

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Les Cascades De Rochas Revealed; “Way Existential” Green Beauty; And More…


More news on Rochas’ forthcoming fragrance developments. The Olivia Palermo-fronted perfume called Les Cascades de Rochas, is inspired by “a Parisian fountain in the summer,” is skewed toward a younger demographic, and launches in Europe in July. [WWD]

Alicia Silverstone is dedicated to promoting a green lifestyle—and green beauty, as the case may be. After a collaboration with EcoTools, the Clueless icon and PETA member has teamed up with the organic-minded Juice Beauty on a five-piece collection of skincare and makeup essentials. [WWD]

It was revealed this week that Botox is not the cure-all for migraine headaches researchers claimed it to be last year. But no matter; the wrinkle reliever has a new off-market use: a remedy for teeth grinding. [FOX News]

Speaking of strange uses for injectables, shooting your feet up with dermal fillers to minimize the pain of wearing sky-high heels is apparently gaining in popularity. [Daily Mail]

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Purple Haze


Matte lips have dominated the Fall runways this season, and more often than not they have been painted classic shades of red. Backstage at Victoria Beckham and Marc By Marc Jacobs in New York, lips were a perfect crimson hue, while a precise slick of scarlet ruled at PPQ in London and Rick Owens this week in Paris. But another pout color is starting to stake its claim on the season, and it’s gaining ground with each passing day: behold, the dark mulberry mouth. We got the our first glimpse of it in Milan, where Pat McGrath coined the “dark romance” effect at Gucci before creating “shading and contrast” at Bottega Veneta with paled-out skin and another burnt-cherry lip that she lined with a black eye liner and then filled in with a blackened-red pigment. Lucia Pieroni picked up on the idea at Rochas, where she crafted a dark wine-stained, “stamped-on” lip to complement the rich color palette of Marco Zanini’s collection. Then today at Viktor & Rolf, McGrath captured the enchanted show’s “witchy elegance” with a burgundy pout that she described as “gothic glamour.” This last incarnation had the addition of a high-gloss shine, which the makeup artist applied just before models hit the run way to avoid any, er, sticky situations.

The color is striking on a host of different complexions, but the real secret to pulling it off lays with a good lip liner. “[They're] brilliant!” Pieroni effused at Rochas of the colored pencils that can retain even the wiliest of lipstick bullets. Pro tip: For a true matte finish, apply your liner around the perimeter of the mouth and in the center before adding your lipstick. Blot with a tissue, dab with finger-patting of translucent powder, then apply the liner to the surface of the mouth again to thoroughly remove all traces of shine.


Pots And Painted Pouts, Backstage At Rochas


The color references were endless at Rochas, where Marco Zanini replicated a rich palette of Scandinavian pottery prints throughout his Fall collection. But makeup artist Lucia Pieroni honed in on a single shade of deep aubergine, which inspired the “stamped-on lip” she painted onto models’ mouths in perfect complement to the deep steely blues, warm mustard yellows, and hints of plum that were woven into the clothes.

“I’m making them matte,” the Clé de Peau color creator said of the lips, pressing a tissue over a dusting of translucent powder that she had blotted on top of a slick of the brand’s forthcoming Extra Rich Lipstick in #R10, a dark mulberry, to remove all traces of shine. Skin was kept luminous and pale thanks to a veil of Clé de Peau’s Teint Naturel Foundation and its Luminizing Face Enhancer palette in #12 Gold, which Pieroni swept across the tops of cheekbones. Blending a “soft-focus” eye onto lids with a mixture of its new-for-fall Satin Eye Colors in #118, a shimmering sand, and #116, a glistening wine, Pieroni beefed up brows, as she is frequently wont to do.

“It’s all about the textiles,” Wella global creative director Eugene Souleiman confirmed of the backstage beauty inspiration. And Souleiman added another nod to handcraftsmanship with a series of lacquered cinnamon stick barrettes that he bought in Paris specifically for the show. “We found them in the Marais for 50 cents! We bought every last one,” he effused of the street-market find that added a “wooden, organic” element to Zanini’s folk-ceramic influence. Sectioning out a front panel of hair, adding a bit of mousse, and brushing it backward for a semi-sleek effect, Souleiman rolled the lengths under themselves, pinning them down for a touch of volume at the nape of the neck. The remaining side sections were back-combed ever so slightly to maintain the shape of a faux bob before they were gathered together and secured with the barrettes. “She’s rich, but not in a vulgar way, in an artisanal way—like a character in a Bergman movie,” he proposed of Zanini’s muse for the season. “So the hair is soft but it’s definitely been done—by impeccably good hands.” And how.

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Rochas X SK-II


Cate Blanchett does her best to keep her personal life private—which is to say, you don’t see her in the pages of Us Weekly all that much. But there’s one thing she’s quite public about: her love of SK-II skincare products. Make that two things: Aside from maintaining her porcelain complexion with standouts from the Japanese skincare giant, Blanchett is known for her acute style sense, often plucking gowns right off the Givenchy, Balenicaga, and Lanvin runways for red-carpet events. Just in time for the holidays, the Oscar winner has combined her two interests into one stylish skin perfector. The SK-II brand ambassador has enlisted Rochas designer Marco Zanini to help create a limited-edition bottle of the line’s coveted Facial Treatment Essence. The magic elixir, which is packed with the company’s patented Pitera—a fermented rice derivative that has amazing skin softening and smoothing properties—reduces pigmentation, boosts moisture, and increases the skin’s barrier function. That it now comes in a frosted glass flacon with a gold cap and a crystalline floral pattern etched into its surface is just another reason to start slathering it on.

$195, available at

Photo: Courtesy of SK-II

“Alien Beautiful,” Backstage at Rochas


“Marco [Zanini] likes a sculpted beauty,” makeup artist Lucia Pieroni said backstage at the designer’s Spring Rochas collection. “A simple, yet made-up” look that she and her coiffing counterpart, Eugene Souleiman, delivered in spades. Working off one of this season’s big trends—”perfection,” fifties-style—Pieroni added a sci-fi twist, channeling Tim Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks. “It’s alien beautiful,” she said of the clean, powdered skin that shined “in all the right places,” thanks to Clé de Peau’s forthcoming Luminizing Face Enhancer in 12 Gold, a prismatic highlighting palette, which Pieroni swiped across cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose. A “fifties brow”—that classic straight, full shape—was filled in and given a pointed arch with MAC Eye Shadow in Omega, Copperplate and Typographic, while a smudged lid, which received a diffused line of chestnut pigment from Clé de Peau’s new-for-spring Eye Color Quad in 208, a mix of beiges and browns, created depth. To tone down mouths ever-so-slightly, Pieroni patted on its as-yet-unreleased Enriched Lip Luminizer in 220 Honey Nuts for a golden nude finish.

“They’re so perfect, they’re almost from outer space,” Souleiman elaborated of Zanini’s directive, which the coiffing star translated into gravity-defying French twists. “We simply reduced the weight of the hair by creating a ponytail that’s been teased to death,” Souleiman said of the process, which required little more than a few mists of hair spray. “Then, you just wrap all of that frizz into a hairdo. It’s a quick fix, but it actually works,” he said—particularly well with the chiffon scarves that were assigned to a few of the girls at random. “They sort of feel like they’re levitating,” Souleiman offered of the diaphanous fabrics billowing quality. “But it’s not weird.”

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