21 posts tagged "Topshop"
Since Brit beauty queen Zoe Pocock’s Nail Rock overlays touched down on this side of the Pond with an exclusive launch at Nordstrom in December, they’ve developed a steady stream of American acolytes—so much so that they went mass last month, rolling out to CVS stores nationwide. Pocock’s secret to success, in our estimation, is her fashion ties, which have allowed her to create nail prints and patterns for brands like Mulberry and Meadham Kirchhoff that are simply superior to the barrage of similar offerings already on the market. The runway is actually where we caught our first glimpse of Pocock’s specialty tips, which were instrumental to the beauty collaborations afoot backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff’s whimsical Spring show. To round out hair artist James Pecis’ painted platinum wigs and the limited-edition, glitter-encrusted lipstick bullets of MAC Ruby Woo the show’s opening act of Courtney Love impersonators pulled out of their cleavage, Pocock provided custom-made nail designs, each of which was more quirky than the next—think: vintage teddy bear illustrations on a pastel yellow base and fifties-era toy ponies painted onto a background of light blue lacquer. Now, five months later, the overlays are about to arrive at Topshop. Eight total prints should be hitting shelves next week—just in time to round out any NYFW manicure ideas you may already be throwing around.
The big story backstage at Topshop’s Spring show was the sheets of gold leaf that hairstylist Paul Hanlon literally blew onto models’ tresses after coating individual strands with honey. The metallic, slicked-back style isn’t necessarily user-friendly, but the gilded effect left a lasting impression on us—and on Topshop makeup artist Hannah Murray, too, or so it seems. The face painter has designed the British retail giant’s new autumn/winter trend collection with warm golden hues in mind. “It epitomizes the idea of glossy, polished beauty,” Murray says of Smoke & Mirrors, her new 11-piece line that pays homage to the glamour of the early seventies with high-shine finishes and warm sun-kissed colors. Most impressive among the offerings, which include two nail colors, a lip and eye pencil set, a lash-extending mascara, two lipsticks, and a bronze and blush duo, are a multitasking Glow—a liquid mousse that applies like a cream to leave a gorgeous shell-toned sheen on cheekbones, lids, what have you—and a four-pan Eye Palette. Full disclosure: eye shadow quads tend to intimidate us (put what, where?), but this one is really user-friendly and happens to be crafted with our complexion in mind: There are two dark brown matte shades, one with a mauve undertone and the other with an olive undertone, and two shimmering pigments in champagne and bronze. You can wear each alone or apply the darker colors up through the crease while reserving the lighter shades to highlight the brow bone, as we’ve been doing of late. It’s going glam, made ridiculously easy.
If, like us, you too are revving up your spring wardrobe for the temperature spike that is to come—a pair of sandals here, a flowy skirt there—Topshop is presumably on your agenda. Now that its spring/summer makeup collection is officially on shelves, you may want to push the store straight to the top of your shopping list. The brand’s limited-edition seasonal trend collection, Sandstorm, is festival-focused again this year, but rather than hone in on the aesthetics of Glastonbury, Topshop’s creative team had Burning Man on the brain. The spirit quest that takes place in the Nevada desert each August has inspired a series of dusty metallic and muted brights for eyes, nails, and lips. Standouts include the Gloss Stick in Ablaze (a sheer coral) and Glisten (a pretty fuchsia), both of which feature a buildable texture for adjustable vibrancy—and are neither overtly hippie nor excessively psychedelic. The real story, though, is the boatload of new additions to the retail giant’s core collection. Included in the mix are six new shades of its highly pigmented Lips lipstick range (Muted is a great alternative to peachier nudes); four new Lip Stick glossy pout pencils (our vote goes to Rapturous, an orange red); a new, gel-formulated Lip and Cheek tint in Bitten Berry; and seven new shades of nail polish, including World’s End, a fun baby blue, and War Paint, an electric cerise. Topshop has also created a super-convenient tub of disposable nail varnish remover wipes so you can switch up your color (or remove a manicure that’s past its prime) on an elevator ride—or on an acid trip in the Black Rock Desert.—Celia Ellenberg
I have a confession to make: I’ve been uncharacteristically lax with my manicures of late. Some back-to-back travel is mostly to blame, not to mention one of the longest-lasting polish jobs I’ve ever gotten outside of CND’s Shellac. Dior’s re-released Vernis Long-Wearing Nail Lacquer has some serious staying power. But my enthusiasm for experimenting with polish colors and design has been revived, thanks to a seasonal dip into Essie Bordeaux territory. I’m planning to try out Chanel’s Riva soon, but first I’m test-driving Topshop’s new nail polish trios. My three-bottle set of choice features Utilitarian, a dark gray/khaki; Silver Bullet, an opaque metallic; and Gypsy Night, a multicolored glitter with a sheer brown base. The colors in the collection, which is only available in-store stateside (although you can order it online through the U.K. Web site), work on their own, or you can layer them for different effects. I’m currently sporting one coat of Utilitarian topped off with a coat of Gypsy Night, and it’s holiday festive without being garish. There’s no telling what I’ll get into this weekend with that bottle of Silver Bullet.
A month has passed since I conducted a purple lip experiment during the New York shows and I’ve definitively added a deep, wine-stained pout to my lip color rotation, which typically begins and ends with red, fuchsia, and the occasional coral shade. (A neon orange bullet, a la Fendi S/S 2011, is also slowly working its way into the fold for those “edgy” occasions.) Nars’ Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga was the week’s clear winner, although I recently realized that I completely ignored that other pout enhancer during my test drive: the lip stain. To remedy the situation, I’ve been on the hunt for a good, purple-tinged stain to add to my repertoire for those days when the maintenance of a highly pigmented lipstick is too much to bear. And get this: I found it at my local Topshop. The retail chain debuted a makeup line this spring, but it still hasn’t completely sunk in for me that my favorite UK import is just as reliable for beauty as it is for fashion. But there, amongst its limited edition Fall trend collection, I found the new Lip Marker Pen in Berry. An entirely new product for the brand, whose chubby Lip Stick pencils have already earned a place on my favorites list, the Pen resembles a felt-tip marker and goes on easily and precisely leaving a Bordeaux mouth behind. As with most stains, this one stays on once it’s applied and can be worn sheer or built up for more opacity. Should you find yourself in the store as you continue the search for coats and boots to get you through the Fall, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these as well. It just may prove as essential a seasonal staple.