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21 posts tagged "Tom Ford"

Perfectly Pink: 5 New Lipsticks to Beat the Cold-Weather Blues



Though winter isn’t quite done with us yet, there have been glimmers of hope, like those sunshine-y weekend afternoons when it’s been warm enough to lose a layer and retire the duck boots. A thrilling indication that warmer weather is indeed right around the corner. Makeup-wise we’re already getting in the mood with a lipstick shift of sorts, swapping the crimsons and wines of the past months for something lighter, brighter, and, well, pinker. And these five new hues spanning the pink spectrum feel like they can summon the sunshine, visually at least, despite the fact that there’s snow forecasted for the first day of Spring.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
A creamy matte, a gorgeous not-sprung-from-nature kind of neon hue, and a puny price tag make this one a beauty no-brainer.


Surratt Lipslique in Bon Bon
A baby pink with the subtlest lilac undertone and negligee-sheer texture, it’s a grown-up version of your favorite frosty hue of yore. Also, Cate “She Can Do No Wrong” Blanchett paired it with her fluttery Givenchy gown at this year’s SAG Awards, and if it’s good enough for Cate…


Bite Beauty Matte Crème LIp Crayon in Satsuma
This is the pink we imagine Schiaparelli had in mind. A shocking blue-tinged hue that, much to our surprise, has a very approachable creamy texture.


Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Paradiso
A warm, looks-even-better-against-bronzed-skin pink and the luxurious velvety texture that has become Tom Ford’s lipstick MO comes housed in a retro-elegant ivory and gold case that would look perfect being plucked from a purse on the beaches of Biarritz. Paradiso, indeed.


Lipstick Queen Vesuvius Liquid Lipstick in Fuchsia
The glossiest of the bunch, this juicy fuchsia makes for a seamless transition from winter’s darker hues. Also, anecdotally, we’re fairly convinced it makes our teeth look whiter.


Beauty 411: Alexandra Soveral



London-based Alexandra Soveral may be able to boast quite the career backslash—aromatherapist/cosmetic designer/facialist—but among those in-the-know, she could simply go by “the skin whisperer.” That’s because Soveral, who first launched her eponymous natural skincare and bespoke fragrance brand with Jorj Aleem in 1995 and watched it grow, primarily through word of mouth, is best known for her signature facial treatments. The aromatherapy-based facials, which rely heavily on pressure-point massage, are continually in demand, prized for their detoxing and seemingly skin-lifting effects; Soveral even hosted a weeklong pop-up in New York in January. And soon, Net-a-Porter (bless them) will be stocking her cult skincare product line so even those of us in a state of complexion disrepair across the pond can access its restorative effects without having to book a trip to London. Here, the beloved naturalist shares some of her local go-tos.

“To detox, regenerate, and feel nurtured, the best place on earth is this amazing country house in North Devon. There you will find yoga, country walks, and delicious nutritional meals. It’s a very special place where quality, good taste, and sustainability reign.”


THE SALON STOP: Daniel Hersheson at Harvey Nichols
“It’s easy to access, the service consistent and efficient, yet it’s a relaxed environment where you feel you are being taken good care of. Any of the Hersheson Salons or Blow Dry Bars have a lot to offer, but I personally go to Hersheson at Harvey Nichols. You can check in for a whole day and have everything done from head to toe whilst working on their customer iPads. They will even order you a champagne lunch if that’s what you fancy! Libby does my cut; she’s amazing in that she can do something you can easily maintain at home and looks super-stylish. Sibby does my color when I have time. She’s also amazing at making you look like you never had color done—just natural, shiny hair.”


“I love the feel of silk on the skin, and I love color, especially during the dark winter months. My work wardrobe consists mainly of Tucker silk dresses for when I’m seeing clients and Tucker blouses that I wear with boyfriend jeans on laboratory days. When I want to sharpen things up for an important meeting, I go for Peridot London—their modern tailoring makes me feel powerful yet fashionable. To keep up with the trends and upcoming designers, the best places are Viola in the West End and Celestine Eleven in East London. Both shops are owned by top stylists who buy what they like most from the latest collections.”

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“I start the morning by dry brushing the skin on my face and neck, all in upwards and outwards movements. This wakes up the lymphatic system so that you can detoxify and reduce puffiness. Next, I cleanse with Soveral Awaken, followed by a face massage with oil to stimulate the muscles and activate the circulation, and then moisturize with Soveral Formula 1. In the evening I always do a deep pore cleanse with Soveral Angel Balm that I remove with a damp, hot, fluffy flannel—nothing makes you feel more clean. I finish with another oil massage, this time using Soveral Midnight Oil.”


“My favorite concealer is from Laura Mercier; it’s really efficient and blends perfectly into the skin. I love Tom Ford for color, and the textures of the Aerin range are just divine. The Aerin Multi Color for Lips and Cheeks is 100 percent spot-on in consistency—it has become my handbag essential. When not wearing makeup, you can use it to give yourself quick and subtle lift.”

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“I design bespoke fragrance for my clients and also formulate for other brands, so I always wear whatever I’m working on…sometimes two at a time, one on each arm! However, I very much admire the work of Frédéric Malle—the Editions de Parfums collection is an amazing range of individual works of art. I would urge anyone who wants to explore perfume to spend some time finding out which one suits them. What may smell beautiful on one person may smell overpowering and even nauseating on another—that’s what true perfume is all about.”


“I actually just started running for the first time a year ago…at the age of 42! It’s so liberating—all I need to do is get out the door and start [jogging]. Having a good playlist on my iPod is important because the music carries me. I’m also a member of the Harbour Club; there’s one in Notting Hill and another one in Chelsea Harbour. They have great classes, a gym, and swimming pools so you can keep things varied. I like old-fashioned Pilates without any machines to aid me, as I believe you are more in touch with your core muscles that way. I’ve also just discovered Pilates Barre, which is the same concept but standing up holding onto the barre. I feel like a ballerina, and it’s really efficient.”


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

The Lipstick Adventures of Lupita Nyong’o



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.

Photos: Courtesy of Getty;;; Vogue Italia

Tom Ford’s Exclusive London Scent; Becks Shirtless in New Fragrance Ad; Beards on the Decline; and More


tom_resizeTo 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.