August 30 2014

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Grammy Beauty: And the Nominees Are…


Fashion week may be dominating the style set’s attention right now, but come Sunday, the spotlight will shift to the music world as the Grammys get under way. A grandiose excuse for overexposed pop stars (and their labels) to pat each other on the back, the awards show does offer up a welcome and amusing respite from the serious styles of the Oscars and its film-focused cohorts. Glitter makeup, elaborate nail design, and a lot of wigs will presumably hit the red carpet. In anticipation of the big event, we tracked down some of the nominees’ go-to primping experts to get an insider’s look at what we can expect to see this weekend. All you have to do is press play.

Vena Cava’s Bringing Makeup Back


We’re only a day into NYFW, but the bare-faced look that completely dominated the Fall runways may finally get some competition this Spring—makeup lovers, rejoice! Allow us to present exhibit A: the “late-seventies/early-eighties high glamour” that makeup artist Christian McCullough churned out at Vena Cava this morning. With Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface as his reference point, McCullough did something a little unexpected: “I’m bringing back heavy makeup for summer,” the face-painter said, describing his layered navy and bright coral color palette. ”It’s dangerously heading into Joan Collins territory, because it’s a full face,” he joked. (Editor’s note: We hold both Pfeiffer and Collins in the highest regard as beauty icons, so McCullough’s heavy-handed application was A-OK by us.) Eyes were covered with metallic navy MAC eye shadows in Contrast and Graphology, which McCullough dragged across lids and out into a winged tip toward the temples. With most girls sporting fuller, natural brows, only a slight etching of brow pencil was added to arches for definition. MAC lipstick in Morange and MAC Pro Amplified Creme lipstick in Neon Orange provided the bright pouts, while its Mineralize blush in Dainty, a pinkish gold, brought color onto the cheeks as well. With so much focus on the face, hairstylist Ted Gibson had little choice but to prep tresses with his Tame It Shine Lotion and pull them back into texturized low-slung chignons. Seeing as how Gibson is not one to be denied his own bit of flair, he incorporated a twisted head scarf into the mix to mimic the color-blocking Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai played with in their collection.

Photo: Andy Kropa / Getty Images

Colored Hair Streaks Look To Be A Season-Spanner


“Equestrian, but super hip and cool, not stuffy,” is how hairstylist Ted Gibson for described his inspiration backstage at Vena Cava this morning, where he gathered models’ hair into low ponytails that looked primed for riding helmets. Floppy, wide-brimmed hats more Soho than Saratoga Springs were the headgear of choice on Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock’s runway, however, which explains the “urban” touches Gibson added to his coifs, namely Streekers temporary hair color in purple, pink, and green; and Velcro leather cuffs in place of plain old hair bands. Makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds abided by a similar theme, creating a sun-kissed flush on models’ faces as though they’d been out frolicking in the country. He dabbed MAC Pro Cream Colour Base in Orange Alarm onto the apples of their cheeks for a warm flush and topped two neutral shimmer shades in Antiqued Gold and Mid-tone Sepia with some targeted face gloss for added shine on eyelids and cheekbones. As for that red lip, it’s all about the MAC Pro Lipmix. An incredibly saturated tube formula, it allows for total color opacity and a surprising amount of control; Simmonds didn’t even need to use a liner to keep those crimson pouts perfectly precise.

Photo: Courtesy of Ulta; Marcio Madeira /

Vena Cava Goes Deep For Spring


When we made our way to the second floor of Milk Studios for Vena Cava, our first backstage encounter at the revamped venue, we were greeted by an unexpected sight. Models were walking between the hair and makeup stations sporting deep violet pouts, a hue that tends to be included in the fall color palette more so than spring. “Makeup doesn’t have to be seasonal,” makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds explained of the custom color he created using four different shades of MAC Pro Lipmix in White, Burgundy, Red, and Blue. Unwilling to make the call that darker lip shades will persist into next year (“this is my first show!” he quipped), Simmonds did mention that his motivation to stray from the pastel lilacs more suitable to the season had little to do with a desire to break the mold and was actually a direct correlation with the collection itself. “It comes from the clothes,” he said of the color, which he kept matte for a touch of sophistication, a word hairstylist Ted Gibson also used to describe his coifs. Gibson called his messy chignons “sophisticated chic. Not too put-together, put still put-together,” a dichotomy he achieved by twisting the models’ ponytails before pinning them into buns and pulling pieces out in the back for texture. The nails were a similar mix of business casual, a turquoise/cobalt shade Butter London’s Nonie Creme whipped up especially for the occasion. “We’re calling it Corporate Blue,” she said of the bright lacquer, a reference to the background color of a Staples ad the designers sent her way for a point of reference. It’s all about finding inspiration in the everyday, no?

Photo: Paul Morigi / Wire Image; Marcio Madeira

Ted Gibson Heads To Cable TV


For fans of What Not To Wear, TLC’s popular show where friends and family members out a loved one for style violations (the public shaming is subsequently smoothed over with a $5,000 wardrobe budget and a celeb-caliber makeover, naturally), a big change is coming to the beauty department. Ted Gibson will replace Nick Arrojo as the show’s celebrity stylist, which should make for some exciting hair heroics, not to mention a healthy dose of playful banter. Gibson, who tends to the tresses of Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, and Debra Messing, among other celebs, ranks among our favorite backstage fixtures during fashion week for his personality plus approach to styling, not to mention his love for a good accent scarf. Yet another thing to add to our growing why-we-should-break-down-and-get-cable list. (We’ve had problems with a Food Network addiction in the past, but maybe things will be different this time around?)

Photo: Courtesy of Ted Gibson