20 posts tagged "Versace"
Picking just one beauty image from yesterday’s Versace show may have been the most difficult thing we did all day. Just about every single model backstage had the most gorgeous skin we’ve seen at the Spring shows yet. Lindsey Wixson ultimately won out because, well, she’s Lindsey Wixson (oh, that face!)—but don’t think for a second that the flawless complexion pictured above is solely due to the model-of-the-moment’s good genes and youth. No, credit must also be given to makeup artist Pat McGrath and her magic bottle of CoverGirl NatureLuxe Silk foundation, which has already wowed us backstage at both Anna Sui and Gucci, and sadly will not be available for purchase until January 2011. On top of this perfectly polished canvas, McGrath blended warm shades pink blush, applying CG’s LashBlast Length mascara in Black on the upper lash line to add dimension to a layer of of its Professional Eye Enhancer eye shadow in Mink, a soft taupe-y beige. “A new type of glamour,” is how hairstylist Guido Palau referred to the overall beauty look, which was a departure from Donatella Versace’s typical directive, which tends to involve dark, sultry eyes and a more-than-occasional dabble into big, voluminous blowouts. “It’s a strong, Helmut Newton sort of woman,” Palau added, slicking back tresses with Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong gel and fashioning low-slung knots, which he covered with a square piece of black PVC leather and secured with a hair tie. That super-glossy finish came courtesy of a quick smear of Redken’s Glass 01 Smoothing Serum right before models hit the runway.
With just the Paris shows to go, it’s safe to say that smoky eyes are going to be huge for fall. The black smolder, with occasional variation (a softer brown version has also made a good showing this season), has been one of the most consistent elements we’ve noticed backstage—aside from an influx of TV crews and untouched dessert trays. Yesterday alone, we saw two prominent versions of the look, with a heavy metallic liner (another good option for diversification) adding to smudged-out black and gray shadows at Versace and Dsquared². Perhaps anticipating the technique’s increased popularity, Benefit Cosmetics just launched its new Smokin’ Eyes Sexy Eye & Brow Makeover Kit, a handy all-in-one compact that makes application easy for those times when a team of professional makeup artists is simply inaccessible. The palette includes three shadows, a black eyeliner pencil, a brightener, brow powder, two brushes, and mini tweezers. There’s also an instruction manual so you get just the right amount of sultry—and completely avoid giving yourself a self-imposed shiner.
Freida Pinto, in the VIP room at Dolce & Gabbana:
“Times are hard but I believe less is more. Concealer is the essential element. I swear by Vichy’s Dermablend. It’s very skin friendly. If I want to add to this I use mascara (Chanel) and lip gloss. My favorite color is Tangerine Jet by Dior.”
Chanel Iman, backstage at Versace:
“Hands down value for your money is Rosebud Lip Balm at Sephora. It’s just this one product that softens your cuticles, cures baby rash, and glosses up your lips. Cheap mascaras like Maybelline work better for me. The ones that charge more seem to clot. It’s crazy but true!”
Milla Jovovich, at Roberto Cavalli’s dinner:
“Your big investment must always be on skincare. It’s just something I believe you can’t skip on. I swear by the Swiss brand Cellcosment.”
Master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has had a hand in pretty much every fragrance success story in the last 15 years. The go-to nose for the houses of Dior, Gaultier, Versace, and Saint Laurent—not to mention the mastermind behind Narciso Rodriguez’s eponymous best-sellers and Acqua di Parma’s classic Iris Nobile—he’s something of an industry giant, the man behind the scents that reliably intrigue you. In 2009, he plans on stepping out of the shadows by opening his own fragrance house. Situated in Paris (naturellement), his solo venture will not mark the launch of a signature brand, Kurkdjian insists, but will rather embrace inspirational fragrance stories, all price ranges, and different mediums for scent. Possible expansions may include an excellent-smelling detergent—the continuation of a cleaning-products line he created earlier in his career. He has plans to go international, too, which is exciting news for Americans who are just plain over Tide original scent—and unimpressed with the Clean Breeze alternative.
Attention, aspiring makeup artists and product junkies far and wide: A new niche has just been filled in the makeup marketplace. With a grand coming-out party last night at its boudoir-inspired storefront in central London, all the pretty people came out to toast Rouge Makeup School, where cosmetics enthusiasts can purchase products, take courses in artistry, or simply gather up the gals for an all-out “hen party” (that’s a bachelorette party for those of you who don’t speak British), where £95 per person buys individual makeovers, application tips and tricks, plus Champagne and Belgian chocolates for parties of up to eight. Founded by makeup artists Ginni Bogado and Astra Wren (both of whom are Jemma Kidd Makeup School alum), the concept store sells brands like Shu Uemura, Young Blood, Versace, and Scott Barnes and offers one-on-one makeovers with trained aestheticians. You can also enroll in four-week course programs that culminate on the set of a real photo shoot—with models and a professional photographer! A good idea for sure—and one that will likely spawn a whole crop of copycat establishments in the very near future. Sephora University, anyone?
Photo: Courtesy of Rouge Makeup School