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27 posts tagged "Victoria’s Secret"

Dark Angel


beauty-blogThe typically glossy-haired and polished Miranda Kerr shows that she can get down and dirty—at least for Mango’s Fall punk-inspired campaign. Her bed-head-y waves, created by hair legend Christiaan, are reminiscent of the “skinny” strands we saw this past season at Proenza Schouler. And the barely there makeup—lived-in and slightly greasy shadow, smudgy liner, natural lipstick, with a focus on strong brows—also made us think of face painter Diane Kendal’s approach at the same Fall show. Kerr recently revealed to Marie Claire UK that she felt just as sexy working this pared-down look as she does a bedazzled bra and a blow-out: “I loved that Inez and Vinoodh [the Dutch photographers who snapped these incredible images] kept the look of the campaign very raw and natural, and I think it complements the collection very well.” Bottom line: We love when an Angel goes grunge.

Photos:; Courtesy of Mango

Liu Wen Talks Tattoos


The backstage beauty preparations at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show yesterday started in the wee hours of the morning. But when press began arriving around ten, all of the girls had slowly started to emerge, swathed in pink satin robes, to begin their divine transformations. Except Liu Wen. The Chinese stunner went into makeup and didn’t come out again until around 2 p.m.—at which point she was covered in ink. “She’s got the exclusive bodysuit,” Saved Tattoo’s Stephanie Tamez said with a tinge of pride, referring to the “Americana flash”-themed designs she had scrawled on Wen’s legs, arms, hands, and knuckles. “She’s got ‘em on her stomach and back, too,” Tamez effused of the monarch butterfly that revealed itself across Wen’s abdomen when she stepped into her two-piece, chain-link costume. The myriad drawings, which included a series of hearts, daggers, roses, mermaids, and gothic print text, were original transfers that Tamez created with guidance from VS creative consultant, Todd Thomas. But the bright additional makeup accents came courtesy of hand-painted touches with Temptu, the airbrush makeup system that stays put. “It sticks on!” Wen insisted, rubbing at her leg. Would she be keeping the body art on for a few days, then, we inquired? “No, no. I have to work tomorrow for Estée Lauder,” the brand’s face said with caution.

Photo: Courtesy of Temptu; Tommy Ton

How to Get the Face of an Angel, the 2012 Edition


There is something predictable about the hair and makeup look at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show each year, which is to say there’s a formula to getting bombshell beautiful. But face-painter Tom Pecheux and coiffing star Orlando Pita, professionals as they are, always manage to bring a certain nuance to the crowded, pink-tinged backstage area at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York, a space that was noticeably less “bronzed” this season. “In general, we are killing that extra too much bronzer,” Pecheux explained as he put the finishing touches on Doutzen Kroes’ complexion. “Healthy is good, over-tan is not good,” he surmised of the satin skin finish he was building with rosy, rather than ruddy, accents. “It’s important for VS to communicate that.”

Starting with a base VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer and its PRO Flawless FX Translucent Powder, Pecheux sculpted cheeks with its Luminous Mineral Blush duo in Pleasure, which he also applied to lids on the “Pink girls,” the younger models making their first appearance on the VS runway, like cover star Cara Delevingne and Valentino muse Maud Welzen. “They look very dolly, very fresh—youth, is the word,” Pecheux elaborated of the individual lashes, and multiple coats of VS Makeup Extra-Lengthening Mascara that he employed. In contrast, “The main VS girls”—Alessandra, Adriana, Lily, Miranda—got seductive eyes replete with an interesting liner technique for which Pecheux rimmed the lash line with VS Beauty Rush Precision Eye Pencil in Pitch Black, applying a stroke of the same liner in Foxy, a rich brown, on top that he swiped outward. “When you blend them, the black really gets in between the lashes and you get a little density, while the brown elongates,” he pointed out. Pecheux then dusted a Taupe pigment through the crease and a shimmering champagne highlight along the brow bone using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact, while lips received a layering of its Makeup Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheens in Better Than Bare and Manic Pink, creating a berry stain. “It’s no more a [nude] French Kiss, it’s the VS kiss,” Pecheux joked of the noticeably pinker pouts.

Orlando Pita did his part to add to that quintessential VS “feeling of sexiness” by giving every model extensions that hit just below the breast. “Last season we had different lengths on every girl and the wave was a little bit more of a glamour wave. This time it’s more messy. It’s a little heavier, and everybody has extensions—even Karlie,” Pita said, referring to the runway superstar who sent the blogosphere abuzz yesterday when she turned up backstage with a freshly cut bob. Using Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse to create texture, Pita added a bend to strands with an inch-and-a-quarter curling iron that he spritzed with its So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray.

The biggest backstage news came from Yuna Park, the nail guru of Oscar de la Renta fame who just signed on with VS to front its brand-new nail line. “They came up with 21 colors, but for today there’s two different colors I’m using,” Park said, displaying Bitten, a pink-nude that she painted onto the established Angels’ tips, and Peep Show, a sheer pink shimmer that she reserved for the younger girls. Keep an eye out for them on shelves when they launch in late January.

Smoothies For Supermodels; A Stylish Coming-Out Party For The Sisters McCaskill; And More…


There are T-minus four hours until the Victoria’s Secret fashion show gets underway, and a lot of tonight’s angels—Alessandra, Adriana, Miranda—are sharing some of their pre-show, get-in-shape rituals, which include a smoothie recipe from Doutzen Kroes that boasts chia seeds, organic dried mulberries, and cocoa powder. Mmmm. [Daily Mail]

There is now a way to smell good from the inside out thanks to Deo Perfume Candy, rose-flavored confections that exude a sweet-smelling aroma through your skin when ingested—news we find both interesting and terrifying. [Huff Po]

Michelle Obama may have been last night’s big style star, sporting a wine-colored Michael Kors dress, a subtle smoky eye, and a glossy lip, but she got some stiff competition—not from Ann Romney, but from Missouri senator Claire McCaskill’s daughters, Maddie and Lily. Working milkmaid braids, raspberry lips, and some carefully drawn-on cat-eyes, the sisters gave the Democratic party another check in the win column. [Buzzfeed]

Barack and Michelle Obama aren’t just inspiring a nation, they’re apparently inspiring a cottage industry of tributary fragrances as well. [Scented Salamander]

Photo: Getty Images

The Fab Faux


Temperatures have been on a veritable roller-coaster ride these past few weeks, but two things remain clear: Miniskirts, shorts, and the occasional flowy dress are now permanently in the fold; and our sun-starved legs aren’t quite ready for that kind of exposure. While breaking out the self-tanner seems a little drastic at the moment, temporary body bronzers offer exactly what we’re looking for in the form of a sun-kissed look without the commitment. Here, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite new offerings to get you glowing, without the Caribbean vacation.

What: Sisley Phyto-Touch Gel Teinté Corps

Why: Nine years after introducing its cult gel bronzer for the face,
Sisley is launching a version for the body. Its supercharged formula, which dries down to a sheer sun-kissed finish, is loaded with naturally hydrating ingredients like shea butter and sunflower oil and scented with an intoxicating blend of magnolia, rose, and geranium essences.

$115, available May 2012 at

What: Too Faced Royal Oil Coconut Oil Body Bronzer

Why: On top of coating skin with a hint of bronze, this nourishing, amber-hued body oil also hydrates with coconut and mangosteen oils, the latter of which is a powerful antioxidant that double-times as protection from harmful UV rays.


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