August 27 2014

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Beauty 411: Rheanne White


RheanneWhite-cropSince 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; 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.”

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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.”

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“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.”


“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.”


“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;

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;

“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;

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;

“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;

Photo: Taea Thale

NARS and Shu Uemura: The Artist Editions



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.

Photos: Courtesy of NARS and Shu Uemura

Long Live The Lotus


Shu Uemura

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;

Photos: Courtesy of Shu Uemura; Getty Images

Himalayan Crystal Vision


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,

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura Strikes Oil—Again!


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura