67 posts tagged "Shiseido"
If you’ve ever looked at Dick Page’s Instagram, you know that it’s utterly drool-inducing. When the pro isn’t painting famous faces, he appears to spend a lot of his free time in the kitchen, cooking up dishes like lamb with a side of potatoes, savoy cabbage, and mustard (bottom left), or a “crispy masa harina fried skate, baked couscous with vegetables, sautéed escarole, and dill coleslaw with a good squeeze of lime” (bottom right). In other words, Page’s culinary skills are just as impressive as his maquillage, and he rivals Zac Posen as the Julia Child of fashion. (Food Network, take note.) Haute cuisine even inspires Shiseido’s reigning artistic director when it comes to product development—many of the colors in the current collection are based off of some of his most memorable meals. And it’s not just Page who brings a foodie sensibility to the table—the Japanese cosmetic giant owns a Michelin-star-rated restaurant, Faro Shiseido, in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. Here, the backstage fixture and master of makeup shares his favorite dining hot spots around the world and what to order when you’re there. We suggest making a reservation in each city now before the Spring ’15 stampede arrives.
New York, USA: ACME, 9 Great Jones Street
What to order: Mackerel with radish, apple, and mustard (which inspired Shiseido’s Face Color Enhancing Trio in Apple [RD1], a palette filled with “sun-kissed shades of pink, gentle fawn, and light peach”). Feeling decadent? Ask for the foie gras and langoustine—a dish that’s similar in color to Lacquer Rouge in Ebi (RD321), a pinkish red liquid lipstick.
Paris, France: Semilla, 54 Rue de Seine
What to order: “Dorade ceviche, seared shiitake with Xeres vinegar, and all the vegetable preparations!”
London, England: Hereford Road, 3 Hereford Road, Westbourne Grove
What to order: Beetroot, sorrel, and cow’s curd, or lamb’s sweetbreads and green beans with mint.
Milan, Italy: Antica Trattoria Della Pesa, 10 Viale Pasubio
What to order: “Risotto al salto con rognoncino trifolati [crispy fried risotto 'cake' with veal kidneys and mushrooms] and foiolo [tripe] alla Milanese.”
Tokyo, Japan: Jyuso-ya, 2-4 Ogawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku
What to order: “Charcoal-grilled Tokyo negi [a kind of giant scallion] and all of the grilled chicken dishes!” Can’t hop a 14-hour flight for dinner? Swipe Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Shoyu (BR623), a deep brown, for a smoky effect inspired by soy sauce.
On a mission to combat shiny complexions sans cakey pigments, Shiseido created not just one, but two breakthrough oil-blotting papers. Unlike those blue sheets beloved by many as teens, these rectangles are slightly larger and boast hydro-balancing and oil-absorbing ingredients. (Sure, there isn’t the same gratification that comes with seeing your blotting paper go from opaque cornflower to transparent indigo, but these new-and-improved versions are a more discreet way to remove the post-commute perspiration that never fails to form on your T-zone.) The dense, rubbery Sweat & Oil Blotting Film consists of a highly porous material that erases any unwanted sheen instantly but preserves some moisture so your face doesn’t feel entirely parched. If you’re blemish-prone, try the Sebum & Oil Blotting Paper, which contains hydroxyapatite, a phosphate mineral that soaks up the acne-causing substance that naturally occurs on the surface of the skin. Here’s to a glowy—not greasy—summer that doesn’t involve powdering your nose.
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Subtle—it’s a word we’ve often heard backstage at Narciso Rodriguez, and this season was no different. Inspired by an iridescent, gray-green paillette on a slipdress from the collection, makeup pro Dick Page added a flash of sheer pink or mint from the forthcoming Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static to the inner corners and lightly along the upper and lower lash lines. “The interference pigments in the green reflect gold, and for the pink, they reflect red-violet,” he explained. Arches were filled in and lips were topped off with Lacquer Rouge in Viola, a rose-brown. “There are a lot of really bold color choices in the collection—I would have been happy to swipe one of those for the face—but it just seemed to make more sense with what we’re doing to keep it open and transparent.”
To create the “controlled” but not “board-like” hair, Paul Hanlon saturated the roots with CHI Volume Booster and the mid-lengths and ends with Silk Infusion, then blew them dry with a round brush. A flatiron was glided through to smooth out any kinks before a hairspray was misted section by section across the crown and brushed through with a bristle brush to form a “graphic line around the hairline,” Hanlon explained of the sleek, center-parted strands. The length was then tucked behind the ears before a wax was glossed over the surface for shine. “The formality of the hair and the brow gives the face the structure—the rest is just decoration,” Page said of the finished product.
“I had an aunt who worked at the Shiseido counter in Hong Kong, and when she moved to the United States, she worked in San Francisco. I remember—and this was the eighties—that I was totally fascinated by how artistic her eyelids looked. There were probably four different colors and [all were] shaded. It was over the top, [especially] because my mother wore no makeup and was very simple and very clean. And this aunt, she was young and beautiful—it was definitely that whole era of excess. The big hair, the three-tone eyelid, the heavy contour—and that’s kind of fantastical.”
We pay homage to Lam’s childhood beauty memory with a look from his Spring 2010 show. And though his recent collaboration with Estée Lauder and Tom Pecheux is decidedly more muted, perhaps, according to our interview with the designer, more colorful things lie ahead.
The pro: Yosh, perfumer and founder of Yosh fragrances.
The product: “When I was about eleven or twelve, I went on a family holiday to Hawaii and came across a beautiful perfume from Shiseido: Hana-Sumire. The bottle was frosted with very little decoration—only two small kanji characters in white. It fit perfectly in my hands and had a heart-like shape. The scent was light yet deep, ethereal, and familiar. I remember opening the bottle and having this experience of recognizing the aroma. I’m almost certain it had iris in it, and perhaps violet, and probably sandalwood. The scent is kind of a perfume holy grail for me. I haven’t been able to find it since. I’ve tried [to locate it] with bottle and perfume experts both in the U.S. and Japan. I even went to the Shiseido Corporate Museum in Tokyo to see if anyone knew anything about it! It’s an illusive, yet indelible, scent memory. I have yet to come across any raw materials worthy of creating an homage to this iris scent, although every now and again, I think I might try.”