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The Lipstick Adventures of Lupita Nyong’o



Out of every Oscars race emerges a new star that captivates both Hollywood and the fashion world in equal measure. This year’s newly minted It girl is Lupita Nyong’o, the 30-year-old Kenyan beauty who is expected to score a supporting actress nomination for her standout performance as Patsey in Twelve Years A Slave (she appears on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter today with the likes of Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, and Oprah). It’s not just her sartorial choices that are garnering her lavish praise—the lipstick she wears on the red carpet has also become somewhat of a signature during her short time in the spotlight. Unlike other actresses who mostly go back and forth between nudes and reds, Nyong’o constantly switches it up.

Her makeup artist, Nick Barose, takes a cue from the bright, colorful shades of the seventies—sharing all his reference pictures with the starlet. “When I was growing up in Thailand, I loved flipping through my mom’s old fashion magazines. Makeup used to be so colorful and brave,” Barose says. A vintage Scavullo photo of Iman sparked the orange hue Nyong’o sported at the Hollywood Film Awards in October, an Escada ad from the eighties was his motivation for the purple metallic mouth she wore to the recent AMPAS Governors Awards, and Carol la Brie’s Vogue Italia cover was the jumping-off point for the violet lips and eyes that couldn’t be missed on the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of her latest film. Barose also borrows ideas from his favorite beauty icons. For example, Billie Holiday was the inspiration for the “not-too-in-your-face” red lip look the actress wore to the Toronto Film Festival in September, Diana Ross influenced the glossy, flesh-toned pout seen at the Sacai dinner, and at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Nyong’o flaunted brown lipstick flecked with gold like a nineties Lauryn Hill. Our only question is what can’t she pull off…or rather, slick on?

On Lupita, above, clockwise from left: Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Wild Ginger, MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Midnight Mambo, Dior DiorAddict Gloss in Cygne Noir with Sisley Ombre Glow Eyeshadow in Gold dabbed on center of lips, Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Monique, NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, and Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Rick Lipstick in Margaux.

Photos: Courtesy of Getty;;; Vogue Italia

Sisley’s Latest Eye-Opener


Sisley Supremya EyeIf ever there was a time to implore the use of a $310 eye cream it would be now—the late nights surrounding New York fashion week have already begun at, and I can feel the bags forming as I gaze at my screen and type. Lucky for me I have Sisley’s newly launched Supremÿa Eye cream-serum in my corner this season. The little sister to the brand’s Supremÿa Nighttime anti-aging serum (which will set you back $775, making this product look practically like a bargain), it includes the same patented Phyto-Complex LC12—a blend of four botanical actives that doubles the lifespan of your cells and boosts their protection and repair capabilities. In addition, this formula boasts ingredients like acai extract, yeast extract, and caffeine to target dark circles and puffiness; oat kernel, soy, and brown algae extracts for treating sagging lids and crow’s-feet; and vegetal glycerin, plum kernel oil, and shea butter to soften delicate skin. And the gel-like texture doesn’t feel thick or gloppy, but melts into this stress-susceptible area almost instantaneously—allowing me to make the most of the little beauty rest I’ll actually get this month.

Photo: Courtesy of Sisley

The Fab Five: Post-Fashion Month Skin Savers


And…breathe. Fashion month is officially over, which for many of us means the end of a three-week trek around Europe, plenty of jet lag, aching feet—and skin that has been put through the wringer; there’s nothing like air travel, late nights, and early call times to bring out the worst in your complexion. Compounding this is the fact that we’re coming up on a seasonal transition. Despite last night’s lashing of snow and rain on the East Coast, the first day of spring is just two weeks away, which should mean a whole new host of concerns, from dryness and flaking to redness and irritation. So it goes without saying that your skin could use a little R&R right about now, and luckily there are plenty of skin savers just hitting the market to help you repair, renew, and—fingers crossed—relax.

Magic Eye
Clé de Peau Eye Contour Balm Anti-Wrinkle
This extra-creamy, soothing lotion contains pure retinol, super-bio-hyaluronic acid (an intense moisturizer), and an illuminating complex to tighten fine lines, rehydrate, and prevent the signs of aging around the eyes. It also happens to be the perfect base for concealer, and can be applied on top of makeup, too, for an instant pick-me-up.

A Pore Thing
Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid
The fast-absorbing, hydrating ingredients in this silky formula are ideal for those of us with combination skin. Mattifying mineral extracts work to visibly minimize pores while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing cell turnover. The fact that it’s lightly scented with a delicate white flower essence certainly doesn’t hurt.

Lip Service
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair
Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is a cult favorite among beauty editors and makeup artists such as Pat McGrath, who regularly pulls it out backstage at the shows. This season, the multitasking wonder balm has been specially redesigned for pouts. Bolstered by ingredients like arnica-flower oil, honey, and watercress extract, it works to soothe extremely chapped lips on contact.

Night Shift
Sisley Botanical D-Tox, Detoxifying Night Treatment
Sisley’s newest night treatment is packed full of powerful ingredients like rice peptide extracts and ginkgo biloba, which have an anti-asphyxiation action on cells, working to draw toxins out from the skin. The superlight lotion instantly refreshes, and after some quality shut-eye, you’ll awake to a noticeably brighter appearance.

Patch Work
Le Métier de Beauté Ultra Hydrating Eye Mask Duo
Le Métier de Beauté’s new under-eye mask is a favorite for in-flight pampering, although it works just as well as an at-home indulgence. With these two self-adhesive gel patches that contain a patented calming seaweed ingredient, fifteen minutes is all you need to get a good dose of nourishing hydration that helps eliminate dark circles and puffiness. Editor’s note: Pop these into the refrigerator for an extra-soothing experience.

The Fab Faux


Temperatures have been on a veritable roller-coaster ride these past few weeks, but two things remain clear: Miniskirts, shorts, and the occasional flowy dress are now permanently in the fold; and our sun-starved legs aren’t quite ready for that kind of exposure. While breaking out the self-tanner seems a little drastic at the moment, temporary body bronzers offer exactly what we’re looking for in the form of a sun-kissed look without the commitment. Here, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite new offerings to get you glowing, without the Caribbean vacation.

What: Sisley Phyto-Touch Gel Teinté Corps

Why: Nine years after introducing its cult gel bronzer for the face,
Sisley is launching a version for the body. Its supercharged formula, which dries down to a sheer sun-kissed finish, is loaded with naturally hydrating ingredients like shea butter and sunflower oil and scented with an intoxicating blend of magnolia, rose, and geranium essences.

$115, available May 2012 at

What: Too Faced Royal Oil Coconut Oil Body Bronzer

Why: On top of coating skin with a hint of bronze, this nourishing, amber-hued body oil also hydrates with coconut and mangosteen oils, the latter of which is a powerful antioxidant that double-times as protection from harmful UV rays.


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Sisley’s Blueprint For Better Skin


Just as a building can suffer the effects of time, causing its foundation (or roof, as is the case with my Brooklyn pre-war) to start slowly crumbling, so too can your skin. The terrifying term for this downward spiral is “slackening”—and it is precisely as unappealing as it sounds. Skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity and tautness, leading to a lack of structure and contouring in the face. As far as Sisley is concerned, though, you can change the course of this grim trajectory. Its new Global Firming Serum aims to restore the architecture of the face with a potent cocktail of extracts—elastin-stimulating dill, plumping tiger nut, gravity-defying rye, and surface-smoothing oat seed, among others. It also happens to feel pretty great. The velvety consistency, while slightly heavier than a traditional serum, still absorbs seamlessly into the skin so it won’t fight with your makeup. Consider it a structurally sound antiaging solution.