18 posts tagged "Vera Wang"
Many a makeup artist made a case for hitting the gym this season (well, kind of). The dewy complexions churned out to accompany the athletic aesthetic at Vera Wang and Gucci were definitely the best incentive I’ve seen in a while to take a brisk jog. Face painter Munemi Imai, however, has a less physical solution to getting that healthy, illuminated look: Mun No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum, a blend of prickly pear, Argan, and rose oils. And although the name might suggest adding this formula to your before-bed routine, it’s so light that I’ve been patting it on in place of my regular moisturizer. Here, Imai demonstrates how to get that Spring 2014 glow:
Apply one pump of oil to your palm and use your finger to dot some onto your cheek. Then spread the formula out toward your jawline and underneath the eye. Repeat these steps on the other side of your face. After placing a dot in the center of your forehead, massage it out onto the temples. Then rub your palms together and work the oil underneath the eyebrows, over your upper lip, and chin. Spread any leftovers onto your neck and cuticles. Top it off with foundation, like Imai’s go-to: RMS “Un” Cover-Up, and add a light dusting of translucent powder to set. In my opinion, her method beats breaking a sweat any day.
If Vera Wang herself was to hark back to her figure skating days or take a loop around the reservoir in Central Park, we have a feeling she’d pair her signature black leggings with this hair and makeup look. To play up the athletic theme of the collection, face painter Lucia Pieroni kept things minimal—opting for evenly toned skin and flushed cheeks, using the peachy side of the Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo in #4 on the apples. For an added glow, she dusted the Luminizing Face Enhancer in Sandy Beige over the cheeks and brow bones. Pieroni took a fluffy brush to lids and softly diffused a brown shadow from the Eye Color Quad in Peach Brown (available in February) around the eye for slight definition. For a dewy finish that mimics the effects of “running up a hill in a nice frock,” she added a touch of Egyptian Magic to the high point on the cheeks, Cupid’s bow, and bridge of the nose, then topped off lips with Enriched Lip Luminizer in Watermelon Sugar for that “fresh-bitten” feel.
The hair was equally as minimalist (and gym friendly)—Jimmy Paul blew hair smooth using Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry and a round brush. For thicker textures, he ran a flatiron over the top to sleek-ify. The ponytail was secured a little below the center of the head with a bungee tie, and a black band (a “happy accident” that occurred during the fittings, says Paul) was slipped over the tips of the ears and across the center of the tail. (A similar accessory was seen at both Balenciaga and Nina Ricci for Fall 2013.) Any flyaways were eliminated with Creme Contour (a pliable paste). The hair test couldn’t have been easier, added Paul, as he was only tasked with making strands look polished and “more expensive.” After all, when the Vera Wang customer hits the treadmill, she does it with panache.
While a natural, beige nail seems to have won out this season at New York fashion week (appearing at Derek Lam, Vera Wang, and Michael Kors among many others), the manicurist at Proenza Schouler has no intentions of going bare:
“Nail art has been alive for years—Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, Detroit—for me it never dies. It may go down to a solid [color] or something more mild [for Spring 2014], but I’m always going to have a party.”
And to that, we say: Lacquer up and dance like nobody’s watching.
Kate Hudson Reveals Her True Calling (Spoiler Alert: It’s Face Painting); Why Eating Sweets Is a Good Thing For Your Waist Line; And More…
A Hollywood upbringing earned Kate Hudson more than just a leg up in the biz: Apparently, playing with products from mom Goldie Hawn’s makeup artist’s case as a child gave Hudson an early appreciation for cosmetics, which led her to become an application wiz. The actress and Almay spokeswoman apparently does her own makeup for premieres and often plays face painter to a select group of friends as well. [People]
Vera Wang plans on releasing a flanker to her Leighton Meester-fronted Lovestruck fragrance this summer, and Meester has been enlisted for spokesperson duties again. The Gossip Girl star wears an appropriately floral-printed dress in new ad images for the Champagne, pink peppercorn, marigold, white freesia, and cashmere woods-infused Lovestruck Floral Rush. [Scented Salamander]
Forget everything your mother told you: Dessert for breakfast may actually help speed up your weight-loss goals. Commence chocolate chip scone-eating…now. [Time]
How do you avoid a potential biohazard in your makeup bag? Clean your brushes once every four weeks, toss anything older than 18 months, and never, ever share eye or lip products with friends. [Shape]
“Gorgeous, creamy, golden fabulousness” is how makeup artist Lucia Pieroni described her handiwork backstage at Vera Wang, where she had taken up the task of creating the perfect Upper East Side woman. “She’s in her fabulous apartment and she just got back from the beach so she’s a little dusty,” the Clé de Peau color creator said, tearing into a palette of bronze, champagne, and shimmering ivory pigments. “There’s not much makeup, really,” she mentioned, prepping skin with Clé de Peau’s forthcoming Skin Finish Foundation and “adding the dewy on” with its new Luminizing Face Enhancer in 12 Gold, a prismatic highlighting palette due out in March. For a “slight tan,” Pieroni dusted Clé de Peau Blush 5 across the nose bridge. Eyes were defined using the two lightest shades from its new Eye Color Quad in 208, a mix of beiges and browns, while lips were tinted a shade of “see-through caramel” thanks to Clé de Peau’s Enriched Lip Luminizer in 220 Honey Nuts. To keep the almondine shape of the upper eyelid visible, Pieroni skipped the mascara. “You can’t see it when there’s too much on the lashes,” she lamented.
Hairstylist Orlando Pita was on a similar beachy tip. “It looks like the girls just came out of the water,” Pita said of the contrasting textures he had whipped up, showcasing a dry, matte-finish top section and a sleeker back. Coating strands with By Byron Spirulina Hairspray, Pita created middle parts and brushed hair back, pinning it along the neckline for a natural-looking bend. Then, using a fine-bristled brush, he back-combed around the hairline for deliberate frizz. “It’s simple organic beauty,” he surmised of the look.