September 2 2014

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A Spa Day With Stella McCartney



In contrast to the normal kerfuffle, the backstage scene at Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall presentation was relatively calm—almost serene. This could be attributed to the fact that the models were treated to expedited spa services by Sunday Riley. When I arrived, a steamed washcloth was being draped over the likes of Hanne Gaby Odiele, prepping her face for a quick four-minute mask consisting of Ceramic Slip Cleanser (containing French green clay to tighten pores and black pepper to ramp up circulation) and Good Genes (a treatment with lactic acid to exfoliate and licorice to brighten). After this first step was wiped away, Start Over eye cream—described as a “high-tech cucumber”—was applied to de-puff. To seal in moisture like “saran wrap,” the brand’s forthcoming facial oil (out in March), Artemis, was smoothed from forehead to chin. This blend of lemon ironbark, lemon myrtle, grapefruit, black cumin seed oil, and milk thistle seed oil tones, takes down redness, and, more important, absorbs quickly so that the girls could be passed on to face painter Neil Young.

“It’s one of those makeups that’s like a recipe; some girls need three ingredients and some need five,” Young said of the fresh-faced look. Concealer was applied only where needed, a taupe powder was used on “less angular” models to contour, and MAC Power Blush in Blushbaby was used to “cheat it a bit” and create a natural flush in a few cases. Lips were dabbed with balm, and brows were brushed up. The hair by Antoinette Beenders was equally as easy: Aveda Pure Abundance Style-Prep was spritzed at the crown, and ends were smoothed with Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil before blow-drying to enhance any natural texture. “It should look like the girls slept on it and put their hands through it,” Beenders explained. To finish, strands were tucked behind the ears for “toughness,” and for those with shorter cuts, the length was twisted into a knot near the nape of the neck. Will the undone hair and no-makeup makeup movement we saw for Spring 2014 continue to reign for fall? Hard to believe the answer is only a few weeks away.

The 411: Raquel Allegra


DRaquel-Allegraespite her NorCal roots, Raquel Allegra is championing L.A. with each piece of her eponymous collection. The Berkeley-born designer, who first caught the eyes of fashion folks with the deconstructed tees she was making while an associate at Barneys in Beverly Hills, specializes in draped silhouettes in whisper-weight fabrics that come in a palette of muted neutrals, as well as a finessed tie-dye technique that puts our backyard efforts to shame. While their structured ease happens to work just as well across the Continental Divide, they are the stuff this lifelong East Coaster imagines any well-heeled Topanga Canyon resident would ascribe to. Ditto Allegra’s dedication to health and wellness. Here, she shares some of her own go-tos for body, mind, and soul.

The Body Indulgence: Massage with Keiko
“When I just want to indulge, I call Keiko Matsuo over for her brilliant deep-tissue massage and Reiki work. Breathe through the hard parts! It can be pretty painful, but it’s well worth it. And her oxygen facial at the end is epic! In NYC, you can catch her once a month at Yasmine Djerradine.”
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The Desert-Island Product Line: Sunday Riley
“You know that question people ask about being stranded on an island and only having one thing? Well, for me it would be two things: The Bionic and Juno Oils by Sunday Riley.”
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The Nude Nail Favorite: Deborah Lippmann
“About a year ago, Deborah Lippmann sent me a box of goodies; now her nude polish, Fashion, is all I ever wear.”
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The Spiritual Guides: Triple Threat
“I have three Sikh gurus that I absolutely adore, who I go to for my health and spiritual wellness. Guru Prem Singh Khalsa, who first introduced me to, and opened my world to, Kundalini yoga, and Tej Kaur Khalsa, who is a brilliant teacher who I’d recommend to anyone looking to explore the Kundalini community in L.A. And then there’s my doctor, Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa, who blends Eastern traditions with Western medicine.”
Guru Prem Singh Khalsa,; Tej Kaur Khalsa,; Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa,

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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Sunday Riley


Beauty Nostalgia is a new weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Sunday Riley, founder of Sunday Riley Skincare and Makeup

The Product: “I’m a child from the seventies and grew up during my mother’s hippie days. My mother was impossibly beautiful, with fair skin and dark hair and eyes. She used to put on this Maybelline icy pastel blue eye shadow that I will never forget. Every day she would do a full face of makeup. We lived in Houston, Texas, where you do not go outside without your makeup on because, as my mother would say, ‘You never know who you’re going to meet.’ She had a specific technique of sweeping eye shadow over the lid, then she would wet a brush and line her eyes, top and bottom, with navy shadow. The finishing touch was her frosted pink lipstick! My mother isn’t extravagant, but she is very focused on her beauty routine. I remember sitting and watching her meticulously put on all these products—foundation, powder, liner—but the eye shadow stuck with me the most. When it came to creating my own line, I made the eye shade Blue Bonnet for her, which is a modern take on baby blue, and I wanted to be sure the packaging had clear tops. My mother usually had about 20 to 30 shadows in her drawer at any time, and she would have to look through them all to find the exact right shade. To this day, I’m still a blue makeup person. But navy is more my color than icy blue!”

Taking A Powder Backstage At The Row


Reporting the backstage look at The Row takes a certain level of dedication, what with that 6 a.m. start time and all. But Tom Pecheux’s siren call is hard to ignore—especially when he collaborates with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. “They want the girls to feel absolutely not made up,” the makeup artist said of the sister duo’s direction, which often results in gorgeous highlights, beautifully natural built-up brows, honey-kissed lips, and for Spring, an impressive English rose complexion. “British garden” is how Pecheux described the inspiration behind the velvet skin finish that was the result of some purposeful prep with Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment and its Juno serum, a precise wash of its sheer Liquid Light Foundation, and a dusting of its Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder. Powder is key to creating this kind of plushness, but it can be hard to wield. “It can cause patchiness,” Pecheux admits of the mattifying agent, which frequently sits on the skin in a heavy, unflattering way if not applied correctly—and there is a correct way to apply it, says Pecheux:

Step 1: Don’t dip your brush into your powder and apply directly to your face.

Step 2: Do spill product into the cap of your powder tub.

Step 3: “Squeeze” your brush into the lid, pressing it down and twisting to ring out excess.

Step 4: Swipe onto the face in long strokes.

Et voilà—skin so fresh no one will be the wiser that you got up before sunrise.

Photo: Courtesy of Sunday Riley

“Fresh Girls With A Bit Of An Edge,” Backstage At Stella Resort


Over the past few seasons, Stella McCartney has made a concerted effort to update the the “quintessential Stella girl’s” beauty routine, as makeup artist Pat McGrath endearingly refers to the natural, glowing, dewy skin she has been charged with giving models backstage at almost all of McCartney’s ready-to-wear collections to date. At her pre-fall show, McCartney requested a streak of electric blue eyeliner; for her Fall show, she stunned the crowd in Paris with bright blue mascara—a season highlight; and at her resort show yesterday in New York, the eyes still had it.

“It’s a fresh girl with a little bit of an edge,” makeup artist Jeanine Lobell surmised of the look of the day, which included McCartney’s signature “glowy” complexions thanks to a combination of Sunday Riley Juno Serum and its Tinted Primer. “Eyeliner is her thing,” Lobell continued of the archetype she was after, which necessitated a straight stroke of Riley’s Gel Pencil in Pitch Black that was scrawled below the lower lash line to offset the “healthy” flush Lobell buffed onto cheeks for a “cloud effect,” courtesy of a foundation brush dusted with Sunday Riley Blush in Blushing. Lids were neutralized with its Prisma Silk Eye Color in Rice Paper and Camille before lashes received a slick of its Mascara in Obsidian Black. As a finishing touch, Lobell treated lips to one of two Sunday Riley Lip Colors: Trench Coat, a taupey nude, which toned down any overt redness and Marie Antoinette, a dusty rose, that was painted onto pouts in need of a little color boost#8212;and resembled the custom-mixed Priti NYC nail lacquer in Fairy’s Petticoat that manicurist Eloise Lennen applied to fingertips in two coats.

Models’ hair was classic Stella, though. “[McCartney]” wanted a natural fall and a natural amount of volume,” hairstylist Tabitha Baker explained, middle parting a newly cropped Ruby Aldridge’s now chin-grazing locks, and setting freshly pressed waves with Aveda Air Control Hairspray. “She didn’t want to see any iron marks so we’re using brushes and our hands to break the waves up,” Baker continued, coating her palms with Arrojo Hair Cream to ensure that the hair had weight, “but still looked polished.”

Photo: Orrie King