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Beginning this month, Shiseido artistic director and backstage makeup artist-cum-magician Dick Page’s new Makeup Perfect Rouge Lipstick arrives at Nordstrom retailers nationwide. Rose Bronze, as the color is called, is a dusty shade of pink with a pearlized metallic finish that was created exclusively for Nordstrom customers and offers pretty much the perfect transitional hue to take you from an endless winter mind-set to the spring and summer months that lie ahead. It will only be available until June, though, so best to get while the getting is good—i.e., before tons of other style-savvy folk catch wind of it. While you’re at the counter, pick up one of Page’s new Smoothing Lip
Pencils in Rosewood as well, which he recommends using to outline lips before you start in with the Rose Bronze.
Smoky eyes, smoky nightclubs—they just go together. So it was a surprise to see them at Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, two designers who typically show fresh, natural faces and whose clientele would never be caught at Marquee or Lotus. Given the task of “creating a bit of an edge” at Michael Kors, makeup artist Dick Page crafted a precise gunmetal gray eye with four different products. “The secret is blending,” Page divulged, which meant lining the upper and lower lash lines with a Shiseido black pencil and then combining the liner with Hydro Powder H3, a copper shade that he spread across lids to the crease. He topped this off with both a gray and a black shadow, after which he dragged a beige shade of Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color in Lingerie, a new color for fall, over the brow bone. At Oscar de la Renta, Pat McGrath was given a similar switching-it-up task. “We were going with a natural face in the beginning,” she said, until Mr. de la Renta decided he wanted the eyes a little stronger to complement the beading and luxe fabrics in his collection. McGrath put together a soft smolder, lining the inner rims of models’ eyes with a beige liner and smudging out Max Factor’s MAXeye Liner in Fresh Coffee from the upper lash line. A brown shimmer shadow mixed with black provided the intensity Mr. de la Renta was after, without sacrificing any of the class he typically sends down the runway.
Alexander Wang may not have staged a rowdy after-party this year—much to the chagrin of downtown scenesters and their wannabe hangers-on—but there was plenty of throwing down backstage at Roseland Ballroom last night, where in one of the more odd sponsorships we’ve seen, Hooters and its scantily clad girls were doling out chicken wings and iceberg-lettuce salads. We managed to avoid the fried-food temptations, and met up with makeup artist and Shiseido artistic director Dick Page, who was holding court in the corner. “Lip pencils have too much red in them,” Page explained as he dabbed a gray/brown eyeliner from his new Fall collection on models’ lips, filling them in with a Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Spiced Cream, a deep nude shade that launched this month. “I wanted the makeup to be a bit aggressive,” he said, adding that his inspiration was Wang’s monochrome collection of blacks, whites, and grays. To achieve this, Page applied foundation in a shade or two darker than models’ natural skin color to their cheek contours for severity and coated eyelids with the same brown liner he used on lips, mixed with a Hydro-Powder Cream Eye Shadow in Whitelights. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert perpetuated this direction with a sleek pseudo-pompadour that she described as “very masculine from the front,” which incorporated a corset-style hair band crisscrossed in the back to hold sides taut, while allowing unfinished waves proper mobility for sashaying down the runway to hard rock.
Cult Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is looking to take over the lipstick category, or at least ruffle a few feathers with its vibrant new color and liner range created by the brand’s artistic director and fashion’s favorite makeup artist, Dick Page. The collection of Perfect Rouge lipsticks and Smoothing Lip Pencils will hit stores this February, but a celebration of grand proportions hit New York last night when a gaggle of beauty editors and industry regulars toasted Page at Splashlight Studios. Also in attendance was Australian model Christina Carey. The spokesmodel for the new brand was fresh off the first half of a global press tour that kept her in Tokyo until Saturday. Style.com caught up with Carey to get a sense of what it takes to be the “face” of a new makeup line. Here, a day in the life of the beauty from Down Under.
Jet-lagged! I woke abruptly and felt wide awake because in Tokyo, the time would be 3:30 p.m. I’m kind of used to it now though as I went through a similar thing just a week ago when I arrived there.
Early room-service breakfast and then I meet Hiroko, who works in the PR department at Shiseido headquarters in Tokyo, in the hotel lobby, for some interviews with various press. Today I’ll only have two interviews, which is nice and low-key in comparison to the Tokyo event, where I had around ten meetings over the course of a day. I will be interviewing with two editors I met at a dinner last night, who have flown from Australia and New Zealand for the NYC press event. The interviews evolve into a casual chat about how I started modeling, what my interests are, the skincare products I like, and how I feel about being chosen to be the new spokesmodel for Shiseido Perfect Rouge.
Jet lag hitting me hard as Hiroko and I enjoy a well-earned enormous lunch at the hotel, which I follow with a quick power nap in my room for an hour.
Hiroko and I meet downstairs and take a taxi to designer Maria Cornejo’s Lower East Side boutique, Zero. Maria, a friend of Dick’s, has kindly offered to provide outfits for all of the events for this press tour. We spend the next hour or so choosing an outfit for the event, as well as a couple of options for the Paris leg of the tour.
After a quick dash back to the hotel to get changed into our newly chosen outfits, Hiroko and I meet to take a cab to the event location, even though it’s literally two blocks away (we had our heels on and were feeling a little too lazy to walk it!).
We bump into Lady Bunny in the reception area, the DJ for the party, and we all go together upstairs to finish getting ready for the event, which is scheduled to commence at 6 p.m. There are many people up there already, busily setting up makeup displays, as well as the extensive catering and bar. Lady Bunny gets straight on the decks and soon the atmosphere transforms into much more of a party vibe than a work environment.
Hair and Makeup touch-ups. Jenna, Dick’s assistant, kindly attends to my face, which is looking a tiny bit fatigued after my three hours of sleep last night. She does a lovely glowing finish on my skin and finishes with my favorite deep shade of Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Mystery (shade RD613), from the new line. A quick bit of hairspray and a shot with the hair-dryer and I’m ready!
The night is a great success, as everyone happily wanders around chatting with one another and enjoying the kind services of Dick Page’s makeup team, who are working at the event and offering free rein of the new collection of lip colors.
A few hours and numerous lipstick changes later, we have some cake to celebrate Dick’s birthday and then head back to the hotel for some rest. Tomorrow I leave for Paris to do it all over again!
Photo: Courtesy of Shiseido
Leave it to the Japanese, masters of technological advancement and trend recasting, to bring the beauty industry into the twenty-first century. According to increasingly visible buzz, Shiseido has collaborated with Sega to create Project Beauty, a make-over program for Nintendo DS. Come November, the dual-screened handheld console will apparently be in the business of dolling out makeup advice, as well as slaying dragons. The “game” will have a scanning device that feeds a digital image of the user’s face into the console, at which point special software sorts the image into one of four groups—cool, active, cute, or feminine—before showing two images of the face, one without makeup and the other with makeover suggestions. The next, er, level teaches users how to put these suggestions into action, with step-by-step application techniques and a shade selector. Project Beauty will unfortunately only be available in Japan at first, but eBay will no doubt bring it to the world marketplace shortly thereafter, so best to start brushing up on your Japanese now.
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