37 posts tagged "Victoria Beckham"
With all the attention antiaging products are getting at the retail level these days, it was only a matter of time before Consumer Reports had its say on what works and what doesn’t. Brace yourselves: The answer is not much. A new study shows that age-defying treatments produce minor to no improvements. with results tending to be limited and varied from subject to subject. Your money may be better spent on a good sunscreen. [CBS News]
Gywneth gets the cover of British Vogue‘s May issue, which hits newsstands this week and includes an insider’s look at her professional and personal life, including juicy beauty bites about her post-baby body and her “frizzy Cabbage Patch doll hair.” A must-read, for sure. [StyleList]
Speaking of post-baby bodies, perma-toned mother of three Victoria Beckham is said to be a fan of yogalosophy—that’s a combo of yoga and astrology, for those of you not in the know. Another fan of the toning DVD program that is known for “bringing a mindfulness into an intentional setting, then using emotional energy to motivate” is the equally svelte Jennifer Aniston. You couldn’t ask for better endorsements. [Daily Mail]
Barely-there bodies aren’t the only ideal of feminine beauty currently in circulation, though, thanks in part to the new poster girl for androgyny, Brittney Griner. The 6′ 8″ Baylor University basketball star is being credited for “calling our attention to the unnecessary rigidity of sex roles and making a number of feminist points along the way”—one being that non-traditional beauties can be icons, too. Ms. Griner has reportedly already caught the attention of a number of high-profile modeling agents and casting directors. And she can dunk! [NYT]
The luminescent skin? The glimmering eyes? That nude lip? If you think you’ve seen it all before, it’s because you have—kind of. Victoria Beckham told us that the shimmery makeup at her presentation yesterday was intended to evoke “beautiful robots,” but we saw a touch of the pop star-turned-designer herself in the look that makeup artist Francelle whipped up for the occasion. After applying Lancôme’s Ageless Minérale Foundation, which has a unique white sapphire complex to reflect light, Francelle topped each girl off with a dusting of loose translucent powder for a soft, velvety finish. On the eyes, she started with Lancôme’s new Ombre Magnétique in Silver, which is due out in the fall and combines the effects of an opaque metallic pigment with an easy-to-wear cream shadow. Then she coated the lids with a combination of Color Design eye shadows in Optic (a shiny ivory) and Crème Lustre (a light pewter). A mix of Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in Rich Cashmere with a few dabs of concealer completed a picture that came off, well, perfectly posh.
Last September, Victoria Beckham swapped private appointments at the Waldorf towers for informal presentations at a West Side gallery. Is a full-scale runway show in the cards for next month? Some new information has us thinking…maybe. Style.com has just learned that Lancôme has signed on as sponsor of Beckham’s February presentation, with the makeup artist Francelle keying the show. The French beauty giant is typically pretty selective; last season, celebrity face painter Daniel Martin debuted the latest installment of the brand’s popular Pout-a-Porter designer lipstick series at Chris Benz, and Lancôme artistic director for makeup Aaron De Mey played with pink at L’Wren Scott. The brand’s presence doesn’t necessarily mean Beckham’s graduating to the big time, but it certainly ups the likelihood. Stay tuned for details.
“Christopher [Bailey] has a very clear idea of what he wants—he even chose the specific shade of silver for the actual runway,” said makeup artist Wendy Rowe, putting the final touches on Lily Donaldson’s face backstage at Burberry yesterday. With that kind of clear vision from the brand’s creative director, Rowe’s job was relatively easy. “We took colors from the trenches, like mustard and butterscotch, and just blended, blended, and blended,” she explained of the fresh look she hoped to achieve from alternating strokes of an arsenal of makeup that included face-perfecting weapons from Shu Uemura, MAC, Dior, and YSL. “We didn’t really want one thing to stand out,” she continued, “so it feels light and natural.” Added model-of-the-moment Anna Selezneva: “Normally I don’t feel that comfortable leaving shows in full makeup because it’s always a bit heavy, but this feels like what I would do on a normal day, almost like diet makeup!” The look’s wearability factor certainly fell in line with the collective aesthetic of the show’s very impressive front row. Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Freida Pinto, Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson, et al. seemed to abide by the same cosmetic credo: minimal, unobtrusive, and subtle (see this blog’s Celebrity Looks post below for a further discussion on the matter). “He just knows what he wants, right down to the shade of lipstick,” Rowe reiterated of Bailey. That meant matte, neutral pouts all around. Though Daisy Lowe and her bright red lips apparently didn’t get the memo.
The observant and trend-conscious among you have probably noticed a gradual end to the angular bob that trickled down to mainstream favor after Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham popularized the exercise in severity last year. While those two style makers have opted for shorter, feminized boys’ cuts, the rest of Hollywood seems to be going longer, sporting soft, layered bobs that hit just above the collarbone. Behold, the lob (the long bob), which Frédéric Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel is calling the seventies comeback cut of the season. A good option for emphasizing your neck and shoulders, the style (currently enjoyed by Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and Eva Longoria) relies on a certain choppiness at the ends—so that it appears texturized, rather than blunt—and volume, lots of volume (the idea is soft and full, not sleek and Scientologist). To get added body, Abergel advocates for a good volumizer like Fekkai Coiff Bouffant spray gel. Use all over your roots, dry hair upside down to create desired fullness and then finish with Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray for definition.
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