21 posts tagged "Victoria’s Secret"
To the naked eye, it was business as usual for the nearly naked bodies that graced the Victoria’s Secret runway yesterday—long legs, bejeweled bikinis, bronzed skin, and all. But backstage, there was a beauty revolution afoot. “Sometimes, after a point, you realize that ‘more’ is your worst enemy,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux said of the relatively pared-down approach he and hairstylist Orlando Pita took when prepping models for the show. In stark contrast to previous years’ presentations, nary a false eyelash or spray-tanning booth could be spotted in the crowded room on the third floor of the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York, where angels (and countless camera crews) had gathered. “We thought, ‘Why do you have to put so much fakeness on the girls?’” Pecheux asked rhetorically, explaining his decision to steer clear of the copious amounts of bronzer and sparkly pigments that typically color these events. Of course, a subtle pinkish honey hue was still visible, thanks to a blended wash of Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Luminous Bronzer in Glitterati and its VS Makeup Mineral Blush Duo in Starlet. Pecheux also dipped into its Brilliant Shimmer Shadow in Golddust, which he swept across temples and dotted on the inner corners of eyes for light. Looking for a seasonal muse to embody his new “real glamour” inspiration, Pecheux thought about who would have been a Victoria’s Secret angel if the brand had been around in the fifties. The answer: Marilyn Monroe. “I stole the liner from Marilyn,” Pecheux admitted of the thin black line he drew along upper lash lines using Victoria’s Secret Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black, adding a customary flick on the end. Finishing touches came by way of multiple coats of its Triple Drama mascara and a slick of its Lipstick in Whisper, a champagne pink, that was painted onto mouths.
And the scale-back effort didn’t stop there: Even models’ notorious faux glows were taken down a notch. While tanning guru Jimmy Coco worked some spray-on magic a few days prior to the main event, on site it was more about moisturizing to create lush limbs: 30 full bottles of Victoria’s Secret Angel fragrance lotion were used for just 38 girls—almost a full bottle per model. Once the cream was thoroughly massaged in, a light veil of its Flawless Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray was applied for contouring.
As for those requisite sexy waves, Orlando Pita kept it dually simple. It’s “undone glamour this year,” the coiffing star said of the “lived-in” sets he created by prepping hair with a texturizer, like Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Clean & Go Dry Shampoo, creating a deep side part and finger-combing the soft bend he had imparted with a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron. A halo of VS’s Brilliant & Glossy Shine Mist added a glimmer when models graced the catwalk. “It’s not so complicated for me—it’s more complicated for the girls. I’ve heard from them that there’s a lot of wind resistance with those wings when they walk,” said Pita. “Passing each other is also hard,” Jacquelyn Jablonski confirmed from Pita’s chair. Ah, occupational hazards.
So, how does model Adriana Lima prep for the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show? Easy: She works out twice daily and lives on a diet of protein shakes made from powdered eggs. For nine days prior to the show, she’ll eat no solids, and 12 hours before it, she’ll take no liquids—”so you dry out. Sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” the Brazilian bombshell says. Hey, at least she’s honest; we had a sneaking suspicion that she doesn’t just roll out of bed and into that diamond-studded G-string. [Daily Mail]
The premiere of Breaking Dawn: Part 1 may still be two weeks away, but the blockbuster is already making beauty headlines. Twilight Beauty (the cosmetics collection inspired by the wildly popular book-turned-film series) will release Immortal Twilight, a citrus and chamomile fragrance, in honor of the movie’s release. [Fashion Etc]
Nail polish is the beauty—and fashion—industry’s product obsession du jour, and now Eres is getting in on the action. The lingerie and swimwear brand will launch its own line of three predictably sexy lacquers next spring. [WWD]
Kirsten Dunst has revealed that part of her post-moviemaking plan includes dreams of launching a home decor and beauty line. “I am someone who really cares about the products I put out. Even if it was inexpensive, I’d want it to be really well done. I do love nice-smelling things. We’ll see what happens.” There’s definitely a fragrance contract in Dunst’s future. [USA Today]
And the winner is…Miss Venezuela. Twenty-one-year-old Ivian Sarcos took the Miss World Crown at the international pageant in London this weekend. [Reuters]
A VS Angel Shares Her Show Prep Secrets; Hair Toppers At The Horse Races; Biel’s Beauty Secrets; And More…
Wondering how the Angels are prepping for next week’s Victoria’s Secret show? Aside from boxing in the morning and Pilates at night, Candice Swanepoel is getting facials and using Oribe treatments for her hair. [Allure]
Karl Lagerfeld has created a capsule collection of beauty products, including nail polishes and eye shadows, for Sephora. He’s also designed a snow globe with a doll of himself for the beauty giant, due out November 6. [WWD]
Celebrities stepped out for Australia’s Crown Oaks Day horse races wearing eye-catching hair accessories, from Elizabeth Hurley’s white orchid topper to Sarah Jessica Parker’s bejeweled hair clip. Yea or nay? [Bella Sugar]
In the latest Elle, cover girl Jessica Biel reveals the secret to her “soft pink but ultraglossy pout” is Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Peony. As for her fit body, the secret isn’t something you can buy: “I grew up using my body, playing soccer, doing gymnastics. I’m just not one of those people who are super-duper skinny.” [Elle]
As anyone who’s seen the paparazzi pictures of a post-baby Miranda Kerr already knows, Mrs. Orlando Bloom is more than ready to resume her role as a Victoria’s Secret model—and only a mere four months after giving birth, too. We caught up with the Balenciaga-clad new mother yesterday in between manicures, hand massages, and makeovers at L.A.’s SkyBar. On the subject of her beauty regimen, she told us: “I drink coconut water, eat coconut meat fresh from the fruit, and even use coconut oil on my body. Actually, coconut oil is great for removing makeup, too.” Turns out the exotic ingredient is one of the notes in Dream Angels Heavenly Summer, her favorite perfume from VS’ four new limited-edition olfactory offerings. “It also has peony,” she added, “my favorite all-time flower.” Kerr and her winged cohorts are beginning a North American tour today, dropping by Victoria’s Secret stores in West Hollywood, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Miami, and Dallas, promoting the company’s new Bombshell Summer collection. The new line boasts everything from balconette push-up bras to Beach Sexy Tan Enhance Shimmer Lotion, which also happens to be a part of Kerr’s routine. In addition to body brushing and exfoliating scrubs, the Australian native swears by VS’ self-tanner for “a light glow” that doesn’t require the damaging effects of sun exposure. Its tropical scent is also a lovely reminder of Kerr’s roots. “When the weather starts to heat up, it’s an exciting time because summer reminds me of Christmas [in Australia] and eating pineapple and mangos at the beach,” the Angel says. Sounds…heavenly.
Scandinavian skincare favorite Ole Henriksen is now under new ownership. The brand’s namesake founder has sold his popular brand to LVMH but will remain in charge of product innovation. [WWD]
Gisele Bündchen has never shied away from speaking her mind, as Bridget Moynahan knows all too well. The supermodel’s most recent gaffe came last week when we reported her comments about a general distaste for sunscreen, which she publicly referred to as “poison.” Needless to say, the dermatology community is none too pleased. [Huff Po]
The latest news in the ever controversial world of retouching comes from Victoria’s Secret, where, in an effort to slim down angel Marissa Miller’s arm (which, for the record, needs no such slimming), air-brushers erased her left limb completely. We bet the company’s art department would give an arm and a leg (but mostly an arm) to have that one back. [Daily Mail]
Let it be known that new Lancôme spokesperson Julia Restoin-Roitfeld is all for aging gracefully. “Wrinkles can be beautiful,” she has said. “They’re part of who you are, your charm and your history. And I’m not for plastic surgery—I’d feel like I was cheating on myself.” We’re going to take that to mean she’ll be fronting skincare ads after her tenure as the face of the French brand’s Ultra Lavande makeup collection is up. [The Frisky]