April 19 2014

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Seeing Red


Last Spring, blue made a strong case for eye makeup color of the season, as liners and shadows in shades that ranged from aqua and turquoise to cobalt and navy turned up on the runways in full force. And it’s proved a hard habit to kick for Fall, too, as makeup artists like Diane Kendal and Hannah Murray have turned to midnight and robin’s-egg iterations of the hue at shows like Jason Wu and Topshop Unique, respectively. But there’s another color that’s staking a claim to the season, and it’s a rather unexpected one at that. “There’s a sort of seventies feeling to it,” James Kaliardos said of MAC’s forthcoming Rusted Red cream eye shadow that he blended onto lids backstage at Diane von Furstenberg, which followed a similar move by Charlotte Tilbury at Prabal Gurung, where she used the ruddy color to create a fresh, young, stained effect on eyes. In their more saturated outings, cranberry lids have showed up at Cynthia Rowley, courtesy of Romy Soleimani and her trusty compact of Stila Eyeshadow in Pigalle; at Altuzarra, where Tom Pecheux swiped MAC’s metallic raspberry eye shadow in Loves Lure underneath models’ lower lash lines for a “spooky” feel; and just yesterday at Gucci, where Pat McGrath borrowed a deep claret from Frida Giannini’s collection and turned it into a greasy, bold eye, replete with bleached brows for a molten finish. We have a feeling it won’t be the last we’ll be seeing of the color in Europe.

Considering Crimson, Again


Red lips are a dime a dozen these days. From the runway to the red carpet, and increasingly in the real world, they’ve regained their previous icon status, becoming a—nay, the—culture-crossing beauty statement of the last few years. So how do you update something that has, in its ubiquity, become almost ordinary? You make it complicated—really, really complicated. Or so the thinking went backstage at Kenneth Cole Collection, a comeback show for the designer, where makeup artist Romy Soleimani used not one, not two, but five different products to create a series of diffused “New York urban” mouths. Lining lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth, a dark raisin (that’s one), Soleimani filled them in with a blend of its Lipstick in Cyber, a deep blackberry, at the corners (that’s two) and Ruby Woo, a true scarlet, in the center (that’s three). She then framed pouts with another etching of MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry along the perimeter (that’s four), going back in with its Chromagraphic Pencil in Black Black in the corners (that’s five), before using a lip brush to blend the mix of pigments, creating an ombré effect. Add to that hairstylist Didier Malige’s slicked-back coifs that relied on Jonathan Product’s Silky Dirt Shine & Define Crème for a super-sleek finish, and the new-era red lip became the focal point of the face—and our renewed interest in the crimson institution.

Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Liner Notes


If you’ve taken a flip through the second issue of, you know that we’re particularly excited about the proliferation of colored cat-eyes on the Fall runways. After classic black iterations of the winged liner technique made a big showing for Spring, makeup artists came up with all kinds of newfangled updates on the retro flick at the shows in February. There was Pat McGrath’s thick scrawl of cobalt blue at Anna Sui, Francelle Daly’s slick of glossy red at 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Romy Soleimani’s custom mix of Obsessive Compulsive Liptars in shades of chartreuse and mustard, which she multitasked on eyes backstage at VPL. But getting that perfectly clean point—no matter the color—is easier said than done. We got a good liner lesson during a recent chat with celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff that’s definitely worth sharing: “Always use a pencil first to guide the shape.” Cream shadows and liquid liners will provide more stark opacity, she admits, but pencils are invaluable as a first step to getting a catlike effect—which is why we’ve been loving Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup’s new Crayon Intense liners of late. Part of its new floral-inspired Bouquet collection, the six-piece range includes three easy-to-wield existing shades like the deep green Agave, purple Lilac, and rose-gold Shimmer, as well as three new “fashion” shades in Acqua, a bright azure; Mint, a seafoam green; and Lemon, a bright yellow. After you sharpen the pencils, be sure to round the tip, then trace your upper lash line at will (editor’s note: keeping a makeup remover-soaked Q-tip on hand to correct any slip-ups is key). The three new shades happen to look pretty cool dragged straight out beneath the lower lash line as well.

$29 each, available April 2012 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Why You Can’t Go Wrong With Red Lipstick; Still Spreading The Lacquer Love; And More…


Red lipstick is a holiday staple, and according to François Nars, you really can’t go wrong with a bold crimson mouth. “When it comes to choosing a red lipstick, there are no rules,” the makeup maestro recently told Barneys’ Simon Doonan. “Just go for what you are most attracted
to.” [Racked]

Speaking of holiday party makeup dos and don’ts, makeup artist Romy Soleimani has a foolproof way of avoiding powder and concealer mishaps. “If your concealer looks lighter than your skin, it’ll look even lighter in a [camera] flash,” she explains. Her advice: “Use a concealer, then layer your foundation on top.” [Allure]

The end-of-year beauty sales figures are in and the winner is nail polish. According to a report by the market research company The NPD Group, sales of trendy polish shades increased by a whopping 59 percent in the U.S. during the first ten months of 2011. [NYDN]

Fans of Givaudan’s iPerfumer app, rejoice: The fragrance house has just debuted iPerfumer 2, a revamped sophomore effort. Now you can simply type in your favorite notes and ingredients and the new and improved app will recommend a perfume for you. [Cosmetics-Design Europe]

Photo: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics