19 posts tagged "Sunday Riley"
After breaking the news that Sunday Riley Makeup would be debuting backstage at Vanessa Bruno this week in Paris, the verdict on the skincare guru’s first foray into color cosmetics is in: It’s totally awesome. “They’re great textures for the public—very consumer-friendly,” face painter and Sunday Riley Makeup color consultant Diane Kendal said of the full product range that includes everything from foundations and powders to eye shadows, lipsticks, and liners. To create what she described as “a very Vanessa girl—Jane Birkin, a bit sixties,” Kendal dipped into Riley’s new Liquid Light Foundation, layering it over her cult-favorite Juno Transformative Lipid Serum for dewiness. Dabbing Riley’s Lipstick in Havana Heydey, a peachy pink, onto cheeks—”it’s slightly greasier and adds more shine,” Kendal said of using lipstick rather than a cream blush—she dusted lids with the new Eye Color in Aspen Snow, an iridescent white, lining the top lash line with Riley’s Velvet Gel Eye Pencil in Black.
Riley herself was also on hand to talk about the new offerings. “We didn’t want to just do a capsule collection,” she said about the three-year process that went into meticulously crafting every single piece of the range. As for her favorites, that honor goes to Havana Heyday and her foundations (there are two, a lighter fluid formula and a cream for more coverage). “I wasn’t ever really a big foundation wearer,” the porcelain-complected Riley admitted of life before her makeup line. “But now I can never go back.” (Pro tip: Riley likes to mix her foundation with her Cashmere SPF 30 Advanced Sun Defense and dots it with Juno Serum for added radiance). Be advised that there’s also a pretty fantastic tinted primer that’s got our name all over it.
When we first caught wind of the news that Sunday Riley was hard at work on a complete collection of colored cosmetics last season backstage at Jason Wu, we had a lot of questions. First and foremost, when would we be able to get our hands on it, and who from the face-painting world would Riley wrangle as a co-conspirator on the project? Following a number of encounters with Riley on the Spring show circuit, both questions have been answered: The line will bow in October and will feature the makeup magic of Diane Kendal—she of Proenza, Alexander Wang, and Thakoon backstage fame—who has signed on as color consultant. “Sunday’s dedication to great ingredients while being very eco-conscious is an unusual combination in the beauty industry,” Kendal recently told Style.com of her rationale for teaming up with Riley. “I find it refreshing,” she continued, “and felt I could really get behind someone who is so forward-thinking.” While there are still a few weeks before the official debut of what we can only imagine will be a series of truly exceptional, green-leaning products with amazing, skincarelike textures, we just found out that we’ll be getting a sneak preview of them in action this week in Paris. Kendal will be premiering the line this Sunday backstage at Maiyet, followed by an encore performance at Vanessa Bruno on Monday. We’ll definitely report back on how it performs in the trenches. Stay tuned.
The New York City Ballet’s production of Ocean’s Kingdom premieres tonight, and with its Stella McCartney-designed costumes and Sir Paul McCartney-scored music, it’s sure to be a hit. Another thing it’s got going for it, aside form top-notch dancing and killer choreography: CoverGirl creative director Pat McGrath stepped in to help design the makeup for the production. While McGrath herself is in Milan prepping shows for Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and other power-house presentations (check out her handiwork backstage at Gucci here), a well-equipped team has been assembled to make sure her ethereal aquatic look befitting the show’s ocean-dwelling creatures and a darker, sort of goth-inspired look for its earthbound “Terra Punks” go off without a hitch—including fashion’s favorite skincare guru, Sunday Riley. “Their complexions, while young and gorgeous, definitely needed serious TLC,” Riley said of the company’s dancers, who are subjected to layers and layers of makeup for scheduled performances. Here, Riley breaks down the keys to ballerina-beautiful skin.
Why was it so important for the dancers to follow a specific skincare regimen?
Well, they’re working out all day and continually sweating. On full dress-rehearsal days, they have a thick layer of stage makeup applied on top of their skin, and they are performing under heavy lighting. Under these conditions, proper cleansing and balancing is terribly important.
With all of the light-reflecting foundations and heavy pigmented eye makeup used in this show, how did you make sure that the skin underneath remained a perfect, hydrated canvas?
When they’re going to dance, I prefer to stay away from heavy moisturizers, so we used a lightweight concentrated dose of my Skin Adrenaline instead. To give them instant radiance, we dabbed my Good Genes treatment serum on top.
Was there a specific product that you prescribed to all of the girls to keep them irritation- and breakout-free?
My Stimulant II is incredibly anti-inflammatory, and applied to breakouts, it will help cut the redness while reducing the size of acne flare-ups.
What about post-show? Did you give the dancers any cleansing instructions to make sure everything that had been put on comes off completely?
They really require a two-step cleansing process because of all the heavy makeup. First, we have them use a cream-based cleanser, like my Charisma Creme, to remove everything. It contains hydrating ingredients so it won’t dry out skin while it cleanses, plus it has chamomile and green tea to calm any kind of inflammation. Then, we followed with my Ceramic Slip, which is a foaming, clay-based cleanser that really deep-cleans the pores.
When makeup artist Diane Kendal caught wind of Jason Wu’s Spring collaboration with legendary graffiti artist-turned-painter and designer KAWS, her path was clear. “It’s pop-art inspired,”Kendal said of the makeup, which centered around a super-saturated matte red lip. After skincare guru Sunday Riley administered mini facials on site using her Ceramic Slip cleanser and a combination of her Good Genes and Skin Adrenaline serums, Kendal spot-treated complexions with MAC Studio Finish Concealer, dotting its Gloss Texture along cheekbones to create contour with shine. Then came those mouths, which Kendal lined with MAC Lip Pencil in Redd before painting on a precise coating of its new-for-Spring lipstick in Scarlet Ibis. That extra vivid, powder-y quality came from a finger-pressing of MAC Pigment in Neon Orange—”it intensifies [the color].” Kendal eschewed mascara and instead brushed MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack onto the lash line to “define the eye without making it look made up.” “Mascara can look too normal,” Kendal advised. “This is a fresh, more modern approach.” Nails were a retro throwback, adhering to that common fifties practice of matching lips to tips with two coats of OPI’s Monsooner or Later, a bright crimson.
Coiffing star Odile Gilbert took a similar decade-spanning approach with hair, sculpting it into a Grace Kelly-like smooth quiff in front and a more “boyish,” messy updo in back. Prepping strands with Kérastase Double Force Controle Ultime hair spray, Gilbert created a ridge above the hairline before pinning up sections haphazardly in the back. “It’s grungy, but haute couture—the feathers make it a sophisticated kind of punk,” she said, weaving thin black quills through models’ tresses. As for colored feathers’ ubiquitous presence of late, Gilbert was quick to point out that the play for plumage all started at couture—with some of her own handiwork at Jean Paul Gautier and Alexis Mabille, no less.”It’s not something new,” she said. “It existed in the seventies. Everything in fashion recycles. This is just a new generation seeing it differently.”
Since breaking into the beauty biz with the launch of her eponymous product line two years ago, Sunday Riley and her expertly crafted range of natural skin savers have become a fashion industry favorite. The Texas native is a backstage regular, prepping models’ skin pre-makeup at shows like Jason Wu and Stella McCartney’s recent resort presentation. These cameos have certainly helped spread the Riley gospel throughout the stylesphere, but the popularity of her smash hit Juno Transformative Lipid Serum has plenty to do with it, too. A unique dry oil absolute, the elixir includes a blend of quick-absorbing, retinol-rich natural extracts, and a ton of essential amino acids to hydrate skin on contact and create a long-lasting smooth texture. Now, Riley is giving the people what they want with a new Juno Serum for the body. Equally fast-absorbing and loaded with antioxidants, it incorporates date seed extract and Coenzyme Q10 to prevent the physical signs of aging and restore elasticity and tone for a firmer appearance. Juno Body packs 70 more mls into its frosted glass bottle as well, which means you can slather its golden contents all over arms and legs without fear of running out too quickly. Although if we were you, we’d buy two at a time—just in case.