7 posts tagged "Vincent Longo"
Vincent Longo’s Lip and Cheek Gel Stain was the first product from the famed makeup artist that made us, and countless others, devoted fans of his eponymous range. The fact that the scarlet-hued, multipurpose, universally flattering tint has been a makeup bag staple for beauty junkies for so long seemed to ensure Longo’s staying power—which is why it came as a surprise to industry insiders as he seemed to fade into the background over the past few years. “As a true independent brand, when the economy took a dip, it was very difficult to develop the products that I loved,” Longo told us. “So in order to cut costs, I only kept my favorite products and pared down the rest of the line.”
But now, it’s comeback time. “I feel like the consumer is more aware than ever of the creativity that makeup artist brands bring to the forefront of beauty,” said the face painter. “Product innovation always gets me very excited.” That’s why Longo is particularly pumped about his new Galaxy Dream collection. For his latest launch, Longo employed a new powder-press technology and updated formulas that he came across in Italy for out-of-this-world results. The Pearl X eye shadow is inspired by seventies-era flicks like Barbarella and combines matte pigments and pearlized textures in an array of deeply pigmented hues, while the V Gloss has a subtle volumizing effect and an appealing sheen. The real star, however, is the Perfect Canvas Liquid Concealer, which contains peptides to address dark circles and puffiness and arnica to improve circulation. It comes in a handy felt-tipped pen applicator for easy, little strokes of camouflaging genius. Suffice it to say, we’re glad to have Longo back.
Mothers may occasionally drive us batty (and can be more critical of our wardrobe choices than anyone else in our lives), but they tend to also be a pretty wise bunch—particularly when it comes to beauty matters. With Mother’s Day right around the corner (put your flower orders in now), we asked some of our favorite beauty insiders to share the wisdom, tips, tricks, and secrets their own maternal figures have passed along to them. The overlying advice? When in doubt, D.I.Y.
Pati Dubroff, Clarins celebrity beauty artist
“My mother always taught me not to forget the neck, the skin behind the ears and the chest when applying masks, face creams, even eye creams. Anything left on the fingertips goes beyond the face. Recently an actress who is my same age remarked that my neck was ‘holding up well,’ and I’m sure it’s a result of this practice.”
François Nars, founder of NARS Cosmetics
“Blush is one of my favorite products and it’s because my mother used to be so fond of it. She would never leave the house without it. And if she ever didn’t have blush on, she would pinch her cheeks. It always made her feel better.”
Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes
“My mother introduced me to authentic Turkish rosewater. She would always make sure I had a bottle and encouraged me to mist it on my face and hair. I don’t know if she even knew of the powerful antiaging components of rose, but I still use rosewater every day. And my great grandmother who lived to be 104 always told me to wash my face with buttermilk.”
Cynthia Chua, founder of Strip Ministry of Waxing
“One of the best things [my mom] has taught me is this wonderful remedy of myrrh oil for a mouth abrasion, which always works almost instantaneously. She also taught me to drink a glass of hot water infused with lemon first thing every morning to aid your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins from your body.”
Vincent Longo, makeup artist and founder of Vincent Longo cosmetics
“My grandmother always had the most beautiful-looking skin and gorgeous silver hair; it was long down to her buttocks and she would keep it braided and wrapped perfectly around her head. I remember how every morning before braiding it she would wash it and then comb a little almond oil through. She would then take an extra dab of almond oil and rub it over her face. To this day it’s my favorite product for my hair and skin and one of the only ones I always use!”
We arrived at 230 Fifth last night at the same time as a cab full of men in tights, cutoffs, bustiers, and lipstick. No doubt about it, we were in the right place for Patricia Field’s “Swimsational Disco Soirée.” In between styling Sex and the City 2 and doing the press junket, Field and her trusted designer, David Dalrymple, found time to create a swimwear, eyewear, and beach towel collection—which obviously meant a full-fledged, disco-themed runway show was in order.
Backstage, makeup artist Carlo Longo (that would be Vincent’s face-painting cousin, for those of you scratching your head) was busy crafting chiseled cheeks and bright pouts courtesy of Vincent Longo Thinstick Lipstick in London, a true red, and Priscilla, a vibrant fuchsia. Also in the works was a “graphic and sultry” elongated smoky eye that Longo built on a gradient from white at the inner corners to black toward the temple. “The whole look is clean, so it works with the swimwear, but it’s also a little out there, which is very Patricia,” hairstylist Rodney Cutler chimed in. Well, maybe more than a little out there. Cutler, for his part, was crafting what he termed Avatar-style doubled-over fishtail braids. As he crossed segments of hair, he coated each section with a little bit of Redken Align 12, a smoothing agent, to keep things sleek and manageable. The brand’s Forceful hair spray ensured the tight, almost amphibious updos remained in place throughout the show. It was certainly a departure from the more manicured beauty you’ll see on SATC 2. Nope, not even Carrie Bradshaw could pull this look off.
In search of inspiration for Amy Adams’ red-carpet look at the Julie & Julia New York premiere last night, CoverGirl makeup artist Molly Stern looked no further than the actress’ full-length Carolina Herrera gown. “It always seems that inspiration ends up coming from the dress,” Stern said of the charcoal-and-white-patterned floor-length number that was speckled with gold beading. Borrowing from that color palette, Stern went for a steel and copper smoky lid using a combination of Shu Uemura’s Cream Eye Shadow in P Taupe, Vincent Longo’s Liquid Eye Shadow in Silky Orange, and NARS Eye Shadow Duo in Brumes, dabbing a “smidge” of a Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in ME Gold 350 on the inner corners to highlight. After a few coats of CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Mascara in Black Sapphire, Stern warmed up Adams’ ivory skin with a peachy cheek courtesy of CoverGirl Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach. A golden amber lip painted with CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Cinnamon Smile completed the look, with a dab of YSL Golden Gloss over top to provide a flashbulb-friendly glimmer.
New Yorkers eager to peruse the prestige offerings at CVS Pharmacy’s Beauty 360 annex no longer have to train it down to Washington, D.C., for the enhanced drugstore experience. (Fess up: Did anybody actually do that?) The concept store’s newest location in Ridgefield, Connecticut—just an hour and change northeast of Gotham—opened yesterday with a celebration hosted by actress and Ahava spokesperson Kristin Davis. The ribbon-cutting also marked the addition of ten new brands, including Vincent Longo, Mario Badescu, and Neil George, to the satellite store’s already impressive roster of makeup, skin, and hair care collections. All this to help you get your beauty fix while you stock up on household items and wait for that prescription to be filled. More almost-convenient-but-still-kind-of-remote locations are to come soon, apparently, so to all of our Midwestern sisters, keep your fingers crossed.