August 28 2014

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7 posts tagged "Tom Ford Beauty"

Calling on Carine, Backstage at Tom Ford


tom-fordThe goings-on at Tom Ford are usually shrouded in mystery. You’re more likely to get the lowdown on the inner workings of Area 51 than you are trying to sneak a peek behind one of the fashion world’s most exclusive shows. Until now, that is.

Let’s start off by saying that the makeup stations were the stuff beauty dreams are made of (think: vanities overflowing with Tom Ford-branded brushes and compacts). Face painter Charlotte Tilbury created a smoky eye that paid homage to Carine Roitfeld on a stellar cast that included Georgia May Jagger, Karen Elson, Liberty Ross, and Joan Smalls. She worked the designer’s Eye Defining Pencil around the upper and lower lash lines, then proceeded to blend it out with Noir Absolute for Eyes (a cream formula). “This isn’t a feline flick; it needs to look slept in—Tom and I had a long discussion about the right amount of smudge,” Tilbury explained. “It had to be on the right side of rock chick and adapted to each girl’s eye shape.” A touch of mascara at the roots and a brush through the brows finished off the top half of the face. Perfected skin played backdrop to these sultry eyes, with just a hint of highlighter from the Shade & Illuminate palette tapped onto cheekbones.

A spritz of volumizer was applied to roots before hair was blow-dried by Orlando Pita, then parted just off center. Where strands were all one length, the pro cut in soft layers—forgoing a traditional coating of hair spray. “I’m not using any finishing products…it should look really natural and not too precise; all I’ll do before the girls walk out is tuck some of their hair into the clothing,” Pita explained. We imagine the French fashion doyenne would skip the shellac and do the same.

Photo: Indigital

See Tom Bronze


Tom Ford knows a thing or two about bronzing. Just look at the limbs in any number of the ads from his tenure at Gucci, all gilded and glossy. For his summer cosmetics collection, the inimitable designer harnessed his knowledge of faux glow in an attempt to simulate the specific look of skin that is “bathed in sunset light.” Included in the limited-edition nine-piece range of eye, lip, nail, and face staples that weigh heavily on radiance-boosting shades of peach, pink, copper, and opalescent white are new Illuminating Cheek Colors that are worth their weight in gold. Available in two shades—Blush Guilt, a soft rose-tinged champagne, and Bronzed Amber, a burnished rust—the chubby sticks feature a shimmering cream formula that melts into cheekbones, brow ridges, clavicles, what have you, leaving behind a pretty wash of sun-kissed glimmer in its wake, no sun necessary. Although for those of you who simply cannot part with (safely) soaking up some rays, the Bronzed Amber will make a particularly good companion to a fresh-from-the-beach tan.

Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty

Beauty and the Beat: Adventures In Makeup With Shirley Manson And Her Lifetime MAC Account Card


We have the beauty department at Miss Selfridge in London to thank for Shirley Manson’s signature look. “When I was young I worked behind the makeup counter,” the Garbage frontwoman and nineties alt-rock icon recalls. The experience left its mark on the Edinburgh native: “I love makeup—it can transform somebody, and there’s an escapist element to it. So I have always loved it,” she says, letting out a loud, guttural laugh before adding, “It’s a great pleasure in my life!” Anyone who has watched Manson perform onstage, seen her in a music video, or spotted her on the cover of a magazine knows this all too well: Between her alabaster skin, always-bold choice in lipsticks, and trademark fire-engine-red tresses, the musician has never shied away from embracing the beauty world and all it has to offer. Remarkably, that’s still the case; after a break from the band and a stint on TV, Manson has returned to the stage with her fifth album for Garbage, Not Your Kind of People—and she looks better than ever. Before heading out on a European tour, the vocalist and guitarist spoke with about her evolving views on face-painting and coming to terms with her hair before spilling the beans on the existence of perhaps the most covetable item on earth: the lifetime MAC account card.

It’s been seven years since Garbage’s last album. Does it feel different this time around?
It definitely feels different. To take so much time off, you get a real chance to get some perspective on what happened to us, the band. You get a clearer idea of what we want to do and how we want to do it. The industry has changed so much since we entered it. But that’s life; it’s constantly changing. We wouldn’t want it to stay the same!

Does that apply to your personal style, too?
I would have to say my style—if indeed I have a style—has most definitely changed. A lot of that is to do with the fundamentals of aging, and obviously I’m more economically secure than I once was, so I can actually afford to dress myself. When I first entered the scene I literally had no money. It would be pretty scary if I was 45 years old and still in tiny mini-skirts and Dr. Martens boots [laughs].

Has your relationship with makeup also evolved as you’ve gotten older?
I have to confess to maybe the biggest luxury in my life, a lifetime MAC account card that was gifted to me when I became a MAC spokesperson. It’s incredible: I’m allowed to go into any store anywhere in the world and pick out what I want. And I often do! And I’ve been lucky enough to be gifted all kinds of delicious treats from makeup companies, because they know I love it and they know I’ll use it and they know I’m photographed.

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Primping Picks From Madonna’s Material Girl; Suri Cruise: Beauty Queen; And More…


Lourdes Leon may now have her own beauty line to cull from with the cosmetics expansion of Material Girl, but when she wants a classic crimson lip, she pulls out the big guns: MAC’s cult favorite, Russian Red. [StyleList]

Marcia Kilgore’s Soap & Glory beauty line is launching in Sephora stores stateside in September, but it has already found success in the Hamburg retail chain Douglas. To thank the German people for their embrace of the brand, Kilgore commissioned artist Oliver Voss to create a giant female bather sculpture, which has been placed in the city’s Alster Lake. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the Hudson. [WWD]

Mexican beauty queen Cynthia de la Vega made headlines today when the Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant stripped her of her title due to what the organizers term a “lack of dedication and discipline.” Translation: De la Vega refused to follow a prescribed diet when she put on a little extra weight. Ouch. [Daily Mail]

Dieting shouldn’t be an issue for burgeoning beauty queen Suri Cruise. The trim five-year-old is reportedly obsessed with TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras and is considering entering the child beauty pageant circuit. [Now Magazine]

Photo: Courtesy of Material Girl

Seven Days Of Purple Lipstick: Part 6


As religious readers of this blog know, I’ve sported a different shade of purple, berry-tinged lipstick every day for the past week—and on each day, at least one person has asked me if I was wearing Tom Ford’s new lipstick. And so, I broke it out for day six. Without further ado, I give you Black Orchid.

The Lipstick: Tom Ford Private Blend Lipcolor in Black Orchid.

The Application: Black Orchid is not as dark as you’d think it would be. Not really a deep purple, it’s more like a brick red with some deeper aubergine accents once it’s on the skin. For those of you who swore by Clinique’s Black Honey back in the nineties, consider this the richer, slightly more extravagant version.

The Upside: Considering that I prefer red- rather than blue-toned purples, this was an obvious winner. It also got rave reviews from the fashion set during the shows yesterday—so much so that when I defected to my signature red pout for’s tenth anniversary party last night (it just looked better with my outfit, OK?), people actually inquired as to the whereabouts of the purple shade I had been wearing earlier.

The Downside: None to speak of, really—except that because Tom Ford’s beauty offerings do not include lip liners, I had to go with a pencil I found in my coffers that was a little too dark for the glossy pigment. (Note to Tom Ford: Please get on that).

The Final Word: The in-demand color delivered—and pulling the beautiful ivory and gold rectangular bullet out of my purse never got old.

Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty