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April 18 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Living In The Fresh Moment

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Fresh is one of those rare brands that has somehow managed to avoid certain beauty industry mandates that often come with success. Despite being bought by LVMH in 2000, the company’s founders—husband-and-wife duo Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg—are still very much the creative force behind the Boston-based fragrance and cosmetics enterprise they launched in 1991. Another rarity: They have never tapped a celebrity or model to represent the brand for them. “Our Sugar Lip Treatment is our Fresh ambassador,” Roytberg deadpanned this week at a dinner celebrating Fresh Moments, a new digital venture that she and Glazman have devised as a way to showcase external creative forces that help drive their work. “We’re inspired by people who are really interesting, have their own mind, don’t follow trends but create trends. [These people] create their own fresh moments in their life—and they enjoy using our products,” Roytberg explained, alluding to the series of guest editors that will start appearing on a new Fresh Internet platform that will be equipped with short, emotive videos.


The series begins this week with a vignette that introduces Roytberg and Glazman on their farm in Woodstock, Vermont, as a way of orienting people with the line’s ethos, and will be followed by another episode starring Citizens Band ringleader Sarah Sophie Flicker on June 19. “I’m such a huge fan not just of the products but how the company came to be,” says Flicker, who admits that she doesn’t have too many really fresh moments in her life. “I have two kids,” she jokes. “But I’ve gotten into this routine where even if I have ten minutes, I take a bath, I listen to the news, and I do my Fresh Sugar Scrub and Face Mask—and that’s my time.” Flicker’s other favorite products, like the Cannabis Rose fragrance, will soon be up online along with a fun Q&A meant to introduce readers to “people who live a certain style that we feel is very Fresh,” according to Roytberg. It sure beats a stable of spokesmodels. Click above to watch the first installment.

The Citizens Band Finds Beauty In The Recession

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The Citizens Band’s performances have come to represent more than just an opportunity to see well-choreographed political satire in cabaret form. The singing, dancing, and acrobatic extravaganza that stars a rotating cast of a few of our favorite fashion and Hollywood notables has become something of a beauty showcase as well. Backstage, James Boehmer, international lead stylist for NARS Cosmetics, is frequently charged with crafting dramatic makeup schemes to help further the plot line of each show. For “The Debt Rattle”, the Citizens’ eighth original show, which premiered last night at the Henry Street Settlement and runs through Saturday, Boehmer transformed the likes of Sarah Sophie Flicker, Karen Elson, and Zoë Kravitz into Depression-era ragamuffins who have taken shelter from the economic storm in an auditorium promising food, warmth, and prize money if they can best their competitors. To translate all of that into cosmetic form, Boehmer took inspiration from illustrations of 1920′s Paris burlesque girls, Weimar Berlin, and a little Jane Fonda. “The show borrows from the Jane Fonda movie They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? about a desperate dance marathon during the Depression, so we decided to make everyone a bit tired around the eyes,” Boehmer explained. This meant starting individual eye makeup applications with a black base using NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Zardos and adding definition with a black pencil. To sculpt and highlight the area, Boehmer then added shimmery and glittery colors on top so they would “pop,” like NARS new Soft Touch Shadow Pencils in Aigle Noir, a gold-flecked onyx, and Goddess, a glistening pink Champagne. “I’m obsessed with Biba,” Boehmer added. “So there are elements of that in the makeup, too. It’s all about reinterpreting great heroines of the past—Theda Bara, Garbo, Jean Harlow—but with a late-1960′s spin.” As for the skin, Boehmer did a lot of shaping and sculpting with NARS Multiple Bronzer and opted for Velvet Matte Lip Pencils over lipstick for added staying power. The rest is just showmanship. “Add some glitter, sequins, rhinestones, false eyelashes and then it starts to feel about right!” Click here for show times and ticket information.

Photo: Jason Rodgers

Citizens Unite In The Name Of Makeup

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Known for fusing a classic burlesque sensibility with an undercurrent of political satire, The Citizens Band’s gaggle of actresses and supermodels (and an aerialist for good measure) has been spreading its message of social change through song and dance for the past four years. In its sixth original show, the troupe will perform The Panic Is On this week at the Lower East Side’s Henry Street Settlement, a quirky mix of classic songs and original compositions in which they muse over war, immigration, xenophobia, poverty, and their own hopes for political progress. The three-night engagement, which begins tomorrow, will feature the vocal and acrobatic stylings of regular TCB’ers like Karen Elson and Sarah Sophie Flicker as well as special guests Nina Persson of the Cardigans, Zoe Kravitz, and one James Boehmer, NARS Cosmetics’ international lead makeup artist, who joined the Vaudevillian freak show back in January. Style.com caught up with Boehmer, who is a backstage mainstay during shows in New York, Paris, and Milan, to talk about the difference between stage makeup and runway makeup and how to get that classic Clara Bow lip.

What made you want to add theater makeup to your already well-established fashion repertoire?

I actually started out on in theater—regional theater and plays in high school—and I found that I always loved what was happening backstage more than what was going on onstage. So I went to college for makeup artistry and assisted a stage makeup artist in Chicago, which just kind of evolved into fashion somehow.

And how do you find the two undertakings different? Do you like one more than the other?

With editorial and runway, you’re usually grooming people so that they look very beautiful, and this is a political cabaret troupe that is providing a subtle, subversive commentary on what’s going on in the country. So for me it’s rewarding to actually have a political message.

Can you walk us through the process of designing the makeup looks for a Citizens show?

It starts with conversations between me and Sarah Sophie Flicker—she’s sort of always served as the creative director for the group. We talk about ideas and inspiration and go through how we see each character looking. They’re all meant to live in this imaginary time from the turn of the century to the 1920′s and 1930′s, so we look at silent film stars like Theda Bara and Clara Bow.

So how does that kind of high-concept approach play itself out onstage?

Well, Sarah is playing a 16-year-old and when the show starts, it’s her 16th birthday. So the idea we had for her is that she is this living doll circa the 1920′s, with pale skin, rosy cheeks, and long, individual doll eyelashes with heavy makeup in the crease of her eye so she looks like a “blinky doll.” She also has Clara Bow lips.

Yes, that tiny pucker is very indicative of the era—and Citizens Band performances as well, it often seems. How do you go about creating that kind of lip?

We usually erase the natural lip entirely with concealer and then I’ll use a plum or black pencil to get the shape of the mouth. Afterward I layer an intense pigmented red or berry lipstick on top and compliment the small lip with big eyes, enlarged with smokier colors.

I know you said that each character’s look is unique, but do you find that there is an overlaying concept or color scheme that runs throughout?

I usually limit my palette to create cohesiveness, while making sure that each character retains some sense of individuality. For example, the band is meant to look like a sepia-tone photograph—like a somber, turn-of-the century marching band. So they’re all contoured and highlighted and shadowy-eyed in muted tones. One of the band members is getting a vintage American flag on his face so the flag is going to be burgundy, cream, and gray, instead of red, white, and blue. You never know though—we’ll see if it pans out!

Photo: Courtesy of The Citizens Band