19 posts tagged "Tom Ford"
The 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.
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.
Tom Ford’s Exclusive London Scent; Becks Shirtless in New Fragrance Ad; Beards on the Decline; and More
To celebrate the opening of his first U.K. store, Tom Ford created a new fragrance called Private Blend London, which will be sold exclusively at the 8,000-square-foot flagship for the next six months. According to the company, the scent captures the city’s “unique dynamic between elegant, urbane composure—and sometimes scandalous carnal amusements” with notes of pepper, saffron, coriander, cumin, and coffee. Sounds delicious.
Speaking of hot men and fragrances…yesterday afternoon, David Beckham leaked the new commercial for his David Beckham Classic fragrance on Facebook shortly before it posted on YouTube.There is plenty of gratuitous shirtlessness in the ad, which features Becks changing from a casual jeans and a T-shirt into a snazzy tux. Toward the end, the tailor asks, “Can I be of further assistance, sir?” Beckham’s response (as the camera pans to the glass bottle): “I have all I need.”
The Guardian posits that hipster facial hair is on the wane, pointing to an editorial in the current issue of Fantastic Man, which depicts models shaving it all off. We’re no pogonophiles (those who love or study beards, according to said article), but we’ve got our doubts—has The Guardian been to Williamsburg lately?
Sign us up for this one: The latest beauty gadget to take the Asian market by storm is an eye massager. Targeted at treating peepers fatigued from looking at computers, cell phones, and tablet screens all day long, a new model by Thalgo (currently used in salons only) offers precise massage movements called Temporal Pressotherapy and Digito Pressure, which reportedly reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.
“The most prominent brand that is not yet playing in the luxury beauty market” is about to put its game face on. Brace yourselves for the arrival of Eaux de Alexander McQueen! The fashion house has just inked a fragrance deal with P&G Prestige. [WWD]
Leave it to Tom Ford to capitalize on the growing demand for men’s grooming products. The heralded fashion designer, who turned his attention to cosmetics three years ago, will launch a line of nine multifunctional skincare aids, including a face cleanser, moisturizer, eye treatment, purifying mud mask, concealer, and bronzing gel—just for men—this fall. [WWD]
Sniff your way to a better body? According to a new figure-slimming fragrance, it’s very much possible. [Daily Mail]
Copper pipes—not bad genes—might be the reason behind your bad hair days. Luckily, hair-care companies are already creating shampoos and conditioners to counteract their mal-effects. [Telegraph]
If you’re in the market for a robotic healing seal, or a mouth prosthesis to help facilitate age-delaying facial exercises, look no further than Tokyo’s health and beauty industry. Only in Japan…[The Frisky]
Tom Ford’s cosmetics line may be just over a year old, but it has garnered some pretty high-profile fans in an impressively short amount of time. While the pros will tell you that they can’t live without Mr. Ford’s Shade and Illuminate two-in-one highlighting and contouring palette, it’s his rich Lip Colors that seem to be winning over the fashion-focused Hollywood set, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Diane Kruger —and for good reason: The ultrarich bullets aren’t just packed with pure pigments and Brazilian murumuru butter to make sure the color goes on and stays on with comfort, but the colors themselves are stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous. Full disclosure: After a long-standing loyalty to Dior’s #999 Fiery Red, we switched to Ford’s dark crimson Scarlet Rouge back in 2011 and haven’t looked back. It’s because of this lore, presumably, that his brand-new Lip Shines are getting so much attention. Formulated with the same moisturizing and protecting ingredients as his more opaque offerings, like soja-seed extract and chamomile flower, the ten shades—including the standout Nubile, a rose-tinged nude, and Willful, a cherry red—deliver a big dose of shine and just a veil of statement-making color. Consider them a boon to any well-stocked lip arsenal.