42 posts tagged "Shu Uemura"
One of the pillars upon which world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Shu Uemura built his eponymous brand in 1967 was the idea that beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin. Thus was born his famous cleansing oil, a product that was based on the simple principle that oil attracts other oil and the impurities in a wide range of foundations, lipsticks, waterproof mascaras and the like would therefore adhere to the elixir, get emulsified with water, and then simply wash away. Fast-forward forty-six years and one bottle of its Unmask cleansing oil is sold every seven seconds. The original camellia-oil formula has been frequently improved upon over the years, too, resulting in a range of different oils for different concerns, and to celebrate this achievement, Shu Uemura has just released limited-edition packaging for five of its best-selling bottles, including the super luxurious Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil; the ginkgo-leaf-extract- and green-tea-infused anti-aging Cleansing Oil Premium A/O; the exfoliating and clarifying, fruit acid-fueled Whitefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil; the ginger-root-oil-boosted, Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula; and the ultralight, cherry-blossom-petal-kissed Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. You’ll gravitate towards them for their fun, colorful illustrations; but it’s the visible results that will keep you coming back for more.
Just two weeks after his Spring 2013 Chanel show, Karl Lagerfeld is at the helm of yet another debut: a makeup collaboration with legendary Japanese cosmetics company Shu Uemura. After it was revealed that Lagerfeld had been using the brand’s richly hued eye shadows, and them alone, to color his sketches, the two boldfaced names have linked up in the name of beauty. The resulting 17-piece line, which includes lip colors, false eyelashes (one of which is made from fabric), a slew of nail polishes sold with corresponding nail stickers, plus a new take on the classic Shu lash curler, is a fusion of Japanese playfulness and Parisian chic. At the center of it all is Mon Shu Girl, the manga-esque character Lagerfeld sweetly sketched to symbolize the line’s irreverent “Eastern, perfect, mysterious, modern” aesthetic. She graces all of the packaging and can be seen zipping about the globe on a tube of red lipstick in a promotional video (also created by Lagerfeld). Mon Shu is nothing short of an original, although she’s certainly not the first woman to inspire Lagerfeld. Here, we gathered a collection of style icons, actresses, models, and one very special feline, who, in their prime, have all played muse to the the man behind the makeup. Click for a slideshow.
The Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection will be available from October 22 at www.shuuemura-usa.com.
Karl Lagerfeld has been a very busy man of late. In addition to designing six Chanel collections a year as well as his own ready-to-wear line, Herr Karl’s got beauty collaborations lined up out the wazoo. A year after its announcement, Paper Passion, his fragrance project with Wallpaper magazine that’s meant to smell like old books (and comes packaged in a hollowed-out tome for an extra dose of kitsch), has finally made its grand online debut; and now comes more news about his forthcoming cosmetics collection with Shu Uemura. After the Japanese makeup brand heard that the legendary designer only sketches with its eye and lip pencils—”other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors,” according to Lagerfeld—they put two and two together and enlisted the creative genius to come on board for a capsule collection that was announced in June. Said 17-piece line is reportedly inspired by Mon Shu Girl, an original Lagerfeld drawing that embodies his vision of a Japanese manga, “an Eastern, perfect, mysterious, modern beauty.” All of the packaging bears the same illustration and will include palettes, four lip colors, two pairs of false eyelashes—one of which is made from fabric—a slew of nail polishes sold with corresponding nail stickers, and—brace yourself—a new take on the classic Shu lash curler. For those of you who own one of the brand’s 24-karat gold tools and are wondering what looks best next to one limited-edition Shu curler, the answer is: another limited-edition Shu curler. A bit of retail wisdom for the American-based Shu fans out there looking to get in on this exciting fall launch: Even though the brand shut down its stateside retail stores two years ago, it’s still very much available online. [WWD]
Karl Lagerfeld is teaming up with Shu Uemura to launch a limited-edition range of pigments inspired by the designer’s love of the Japanese-born brand, whose products he exclusively uses when sketching. “Other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors,” he says. Except for Chanel, right? [WWD]
First came the spokesperson gigs for diet pills and burger joints, then the signature scents and skincare brands, and now the sisters Kardashian are teaming up on their very own makeup line. Khroma Beauty will “resonate strongly with multiethnic women of all ages who aspire to the Kardashian style of beauty.” Be afraid. [NYDN]
Daphne Groeneveld is the new face—and body—of Dior’s Dior Addict fragrance. See her scantily clad frame in a series of teaser videos for the scent’s full-length cinemercial, due out later this month. [Fashion Etc]
Jessica Chastain has been named the new face of Yves Saint Laurent’s forthcoming fragrance, Manifesto. It’s her first beauty contract—and was really only a matter of time. [WWD]
Markus Lupfer received a little free press last month when Madonna sported his Spring Intarsia Star sweater on the cover of her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” Not that he needs it; the German-born, London-based designer’s embellished sweaters have become essentials with the international style set’s most frequently photographed faces. This weekend, Lupfer will debut a small diversion from his exceptional knitwear in the form of—wait for it—beauty. The designer has created a limited-edition compact in collaboration with Shu Uemura, which features three different pastel-hued animal-print cases that you can customize with eye shadows and blush shades of your choice. “The palette designs originated from my latest Spring/Summer collection, called Everything Under the Sun,” explains Lupfer. “It was influenced by all things tropical”—which means you can now happily match crewneck and cardigan to cosmetics. “You can wear the jumper and have the palette in your handbag—many things to make you happy,” he says. While the palette is exclusively available in London, there’s no better time than the present to put in an e-mail request to friends (and co-workers) who have already crossed the pond for LFW.
The Markus Lupfer palette for Shu Uemura, available beginning February 19 at www.shuuemura.co.uk.