42 posts tagged "Shu Uemura"
During my tenure as a beauty editor, I’ve seen many scrawl a quick flick on the outer corners of the eyes, and I have even attempted the technique on myself (armed with a bottle of makeup remover and pointy Q-tips to fix the amateur imperfections, of course). But I’ve never witnessed someone craft the perfect cat-eye quite like Kakuyasu Uchiide, international artistic director for Shu Uemura. Using the brand’s new liquid liner pen, Calligraph:ink—modeled after a traditional Japanese calligraphy brush—he sculpted a flawless wing. Uchiide studied the art as a child, and he took what he learned in the classroom and under the tutelage of the Mr. Shu Uemura and developed an ultra-precise tool and waterproof formula. “We obsessed over the selection of the [bristles], the length of the handle, the materials—everything,” he said. In addition to a pen, the collection also includes five shadows—ranging from basic beige to bright vermilion—that were inspired by the colors used to accent this ancient form of writing (done almost exclusively in black ink). To emphasize the eyes even further, the cosmetic label partnered with Paperself, the London-based company that specializes in crafting everything from merry-go-rounds to rose gardens in delicate paper lash form, to create two sets of falsies. The first pair boasts the phrase “Love Forever,” while the other features tiny cherubs floating across your fringe. After all, the language of love is a dialect everyone understands.
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Since the premiere of HBO’s Girls, a great many people have, understandably so, come to care deeply about Lena Dunham—what she says, what she wears, what she posts on Instagram, and, naturally, what she does to her hair. And though the pixie has experienced a major celebrity surge this year (see: Jennifer Lawrence, Pamela Anderson and, briefly, Beyoncé), Dunham’s crop was among the first and, in our opinion, the best. The stylist responsible for the wispy pixie perfection? Rheanne White. And as of this month the longtime freelance stylist, whose handiwork has graced the pages of such magazines as GQ, Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire, is sharing her talent with the masses thanks to the opening of her first eponymous salon (Rheanne White Salon, 14 Jay St., 212-966-2928; rheannewhite.com). Here, White shares some of her own go-to products and places, many of which, it should be pointed out, are a mere stone’s throw from her new Tribeca digs.
THE HAIR STYLING TOOLS: Shu Uemura and Layrite
“I love Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-in-Cream because it’s so user friendly. It’s great on fine to thick hair with curls and waves, and a quarter-size amount is all you need for shine and control. And Layrite makes the best pomades—they’re all water-soluble. I use the Men’s Layrite Super Hold not just on my male clients, but also on women’s short hair any time I want to give a style that piece-y look.”
THE SHAMPOO DUO: Kérastase and Shu Uemura
“Kérastase K Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo is great for making a good hair day last a little longer. Just spray at the roots to soak up an oily scalp and get that bounce and texture back. And Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Shampoo is a cure-all for winter hair.”
THE SKINCARE ESSENTIAL: Mun Skin
“Makeup artist Munemi Imai makes the best face oil. I use the No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum every day and put any remaining product on my hair.”
THE HOME SCENT: Le Feu De L’Eau
“Le Feu De L’Eau make the most divine candles. I can’t pick a favorite—I burn them all on different days at my salon.”
THE ACCESSORY GURU: Pamela Love
“I love everything she does. I want it all. So badass!”
THE SKIN APPOINTMENT: Diamond Facial at Shibui Spa
“My facialist, Kate Walsh, uses Natura Bissé, an amazing, family-owned skincare line from Barcelona that focuses on gentle-but-effective exfoliation. She also uses muscle manipulation massages to leave the skin plumped, hydrated, and glowing.”
377 Greenwich St., New York, NY, (646) 203-0045; thegreenwichhotel.com/shibui-spa
THE MASSAGE: Euphoria Spa
“They have too many amazing massages to pick just one. It really depends on what you need that day. I’ve had the Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy—a hands-on massage technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions in order to alleviate pain, improve flexibility, restore motion, and create fluidity. Deep-tissue massage is also applied when needed.”
18 Harrison St., New York, NY, (212) 925-5925; euphoriaspanyc.com
THE ONE-STOP-BEAUTY-SHOP: Space.NK Apothecary
“This is my go-to when I’m in need of a new face cream. I love RéVive—worth every penny!”
90 Greene St., New York, NY, (212) 941-4200; us.spacenk.com
THE WORKOUT: Aqua Cycling
“Give this in-water spinning class a try. Trust me—it’s so much fun and gives great results without the post-workout soreness.”
78 Franklin St., New York, NY, (212) 966-6784; aquastudiony.com
THE CAFFEINE SPOT: Laughing Man
“This little gem has some of the best coffee and teas in the ‘hood. We only serve their goods at the salon.”
184 Duane St., New York, NY; livelaughingman.com
Art begets art. And two beauty giants’ most recent makeup collections—NARS + Guy Bourdin and Shu Uemura + Takashi Murakami—prove just that. But much like the artists whose work inspired them, they couldn’t be more different. Photographer/provocateur Guy Bourdin was actually one of François Nars’ early inspirations to pursue a beauty career, and it’s easy to understand why: makeup—severe makeup, at that—figures large in his images. Bourdin’s studies of dangerously beautiful women usually in various states of undress, and always in compromising positions, may not win any feminist accolades, but photographically speaking, they are stunning, and his signature dramatic, color-saturated style translates easily to cosmetics. The NARS collection is chock-full of the same intense hues as Bourdin’s image—particularly striking are the nail polish in Follow Me and blush in Coeur Battant (both, a vivid fuchsia), the Cinematic eye shadow in Wishful Thinking (a deep cobalt), and the Cinematic lipstick in Short Circuit (a bright, orangey red). At the opposite end of the artistic inspiration spectrum is the Shu Uemura/Takashi Murakami mash-up. The eighteenth collaboration between the Japanese beauty brand and neo-Pop artist extraordinaire takes its cues from Murakami’s forthcoming 6 Heart Princess animation series, and the graphics and colors of Uemura’s interpretive makeup are fittingly lighthearted and whimsical—think pretty pinks, iridescent pastels, and quietly shimmery grays. My favorite: the Lip & Cheek Fun-tasy in Magical Red, a perfect crimson with a velvety finish. Both collections are, in this critic’s estimation, affordable art at its finest.
LOTUS (lo-tes) / n. / 1. An aquatic perennial from the Nelumbonaceae family that serves as the national flower of India and Vietnam; / 2. / This plant boasts the rare ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers, similar to mammals—a talent suspected by researchers of helping to attract insect pollinators. It can also survive for thousands of years, with a 1,300-year-old sacred seed being successfully germinated in the early nineties; / 3. / A seated posture in yoga, often used for meditation, in which the legs are crossed and the feet are placed on opposing thighs—also known as padmasana; / 4. / Used in Asian cuisine, the seeds, leaves, roots, and flowers can be pickled, dried, boiled, and even popped like popcorn; / 5. / A British manufacturer of sports cars, whose vehicles were driven by James Bond in Casino Royale, The Spy Who Loved Me, and For Your Eyes Only; / 6. / A symbol often found in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents fortune, purity, rebirth, enlightenment, and beauty, among other positive attributes; / 7. / Venerated in many cultures (including ancient Egypt) for flourishing in the most hostile environments, this flower boasts high concentrations of lipids that have been used for centuries to soften hair and skin; e.g., “Whether you drive off in one—or slather yourself in the ingredient—a lotus will always leave you looking smooth.”
Try it in Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment Duo Serum, $38; www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com
HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL / hymn-a-lay-in kris-tal/ n. / 1. Halite, commonly known as rock salt, which is mined in the Pakistani mountains; / n. / 2. A pinkish-white salt that has been maturing over the past 200 million years, under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities; / n. / 3. An increasingly popular condiment that contains the same eighty-four natural minerals and elements found in the human body and boasts a unique cellular structure that stores vibrational energy; / n. / 4. A tasty, healthy popcorn-topping alternative; / n. / 5. A potassium-, iron-, and magnesium-rich beauty aid that is known for fortifying the hair fiber, e.g., “Say no to butter flavoring and yes to stronger, healthier strands with Himalayan crystals.”
Try It: Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Treatment Masque for Fine Hair with Himalayan Crystals, $68, www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.