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Nicki And Ricky for MAC Viva Glam; Trish McEvoy Talks Art History; And More…


MAC has revealed the first visuals for its next Viva Glam campaign, starring the dream team of Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin. One can only hope a mash-up album of the duo’s greatest hits is to follow. [Facebook]

In other news regarding Nicki Minaj’s takeover of the beauty industry, the hip-hop star has just released a music video-style promo for her new line of nail polishes for OPI, which is due out in January. [PopCrush]

Ever wonder where makeup mogul Trish McEvoy’s cult-favorite brushes got their start? At the art supply store, of course. “In the seventies, professional makeup brushes weren’t available to the general public,” McEvoy says, “so I would take a nylon brush for painting and cut it so it would enable me to apply eyeliner effortlessly.” [WSJ]

If you’re looking for a dose of French familial drama since the cooling of the row between L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her daughter, please allow us to introduce you to the Dessanges. Jacques Dessange just may be the most famous person in French hairdressing, with an eponymous network of salons all over the country to his credit—and a negatively-charged pamphlet he is widely distributing with the intention of slandering his youngest son, who now runs his empire. A lawsuit—and countersuit—are to follow. [Telegraph]

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Nicola Formichetti Puckers Up; Giles Gets Lacquered Up; And More…


After a viral campaign to get ideas from fans for The Masterpiece, a dress designed by Nicola Formichetti for Lady Gaga’s Viva Glam campaign for the MAC AIDS Fund, the frock has been revealed in a new video short that just hit the Web. Also in the Ruth Hogben-directed film: Formichetti modeling Gaga’s “universal beige” lipstick shade for the cause. [Billboard]

We told you about Giles Deacon’s debut nail collection for British retailer New Look a few months back, and while we were hoping to see it backstage at his show in London, it was, alas, not on view. But the first images of the 12-piece range that launches in November have just surfaced, making this next piece of news that much sweeter: New Look ships to the U.S.! [Telegraph]

Makeup artist Linda Cantello revealed Giorgio Armani Beauty’s holiday Madre Perla (Mother Pearl) makeup range backstage at the designer’s Spring show, and now campaign star Megan Fox is revealing it to the masses with a new 1930′s Hollywood glamour-inspired ad. [Daily Mail]

It’s only been a year since Katy Perry made her grand entrée into the fragrance market with Purr, but the pop star has no intention of resting on her laurels. Perry has just announced a follow-up scent called Meow, obviously. []

Photo: Courtesy of New Look

Cyndi Lauper Just Wants You To Volunteer!


Cyndi Lauper made her commitment to AIDS awareness and prevention known back in February, when she joined with Lady Gaga as MAC Cosmetics’ latest Viva Glam spokesperson. But her allegiance to the MAC AIDS Fund didn’t end at shilling lipstick—a vocation she’s quite good at, turns out. “We’ve sold 32 million,” MAC AIDS Fund executive director Nancy Mahon said of the total signed tubes of lipstick and gloss the makeup giant has parted ways with since Lauper and Gaga came on board. “People listen to Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga more than the surgeon general,” Mahon joked, pointing out that it’s the organization’s ability to combine the “viva”—the actual charitable work—and the “glam”—the Cyndi and the Gaga, if you will—that keeps the program so successful.

Earlier this week, Lauper embodied the dichotomy. Donning a hair net, she showed up at God’s Love We Deliver, a charitable organization devoted to preparing nutritious and delicious meals for people suffering from AIDS, to get people pumped about volunteering for World AIDS Day on December 1. “When you do something good for someone else, you’re doing something good for yourself,” Lauper told us. “Cyndi’s my favorite face to work with because she gets into it—and she’s a great makeup artist herself,” face painter James Kaliardos said of Lauper as he applied a fresh layer of her Cyndi Viva Glam gloss, a pretty shade of coral. “Well, I’ve been doing it since I was 13,” Lauper quipped back. “You should’ve seen the makeup I used to do when I was thirteen!” Here, Lauper talks makeup essentials, doing her part for the cause, and a forthcoming autobiography that, rest assured, we will be first in line to purchase.

So first things first. How did you get involved with Gods Love We Deliver?

I’ve given to these people. This is the first time I’ve been inside, though. They deliver to friends of mine. I can’t tell you how much it means to people. Sometimes the sick are forgotten. December 1, babe. We’re making great strides. These lipsticks—this was the biggest campaign [for MAC] ever.

Why do you think it’s so important, even in these days of AZT, for people to continue to volunteer and generate awareness?

Because it’s is still here and the numbers are rising again. And you have to be aware. AIDS is 100 percent preventable but 0 percent curable. And I’m telling you, life with AIDS sucks. If the disease don’t get you, the medicine will. And to stand by and not do anything and not say anything, uh uh. The whole thing is, happy people don’t self-destruct. And you gotta respect yourself and take care of yourself, and if you’re sad and lonely, find a place to volunteer.

Or sell a really gorgeous lipstick, 100 percent of the proceeds of which will be donated to AIDS awareness. Aside from your Cyndi lipstick, what are your other makeup essentials?

I love MAC and I love makeup and I love lipstick. I’m just sorry that I only have one face and one mouth to put it on. I love my coral Cyndi, because I’m able to mix it. I never wear just one lipstick. You gotta paint! And now that there’s the gloss, I like it even better because it pops—it deepens the color. And if you put this color on top of [MAC Lipstick in] Cyber, it has a different effect—it’s almost iridescent. I like that. It also looks great over [MAC Lipstick in] Russian Red. Lady Gaga’s color looks good over [MAC Lipstick in] Amped, depending on what kind of eye I’m going for and what my hair is like.

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The Queen Bee Takes To The ‘Hive


Speaking of high hair, leave it to Lady Gaga to be the first mega-star to adapt the voluminous styles showcased at the Fall shows. Performing on the Japanese leg of her MAC Viva Glam spokesperson tour, the singer belted out her hits clad in all white while posing on top of her Terence Koh-designed piano and rocking a very yellow beehive. It called to mind Dree Hemingway on the Lagerfeld runway, where the sixties coif that we first spied at Prada had an even bigger (and perhaps better) outing. Next stop, fashion-savvy hipster enclaves near you. But does it rank among your favorite of Gaga’s hair spectacles?

Photo: Jun Sato / WireImage / Getty Images

“Viva Life, Viva Glam”


So said Cyndi Lauper at the MAC Viva Glam launch in London yesterday, where she was on hand with fellow VG spokesperson Lady Gaga to talk love, AIDS, and the power of lipstick. Sharon Osbourne moderated the high-tech Q&A session, which was conducted using questions submitted online from MAC’s Facebook fans and then telecast on a live stream for members of the foreign press (that’d be us) to see. As we’ve mentioned before, the campaign supports the MAC AIDS Fund, which is set up to raise awareness about the disease, which affects more and more women every day. “Sisterhood is alive and very powerful,” Lauper said in front of a crowd that included Agyness Deyn, Henry Holland, Peter Pillotto and model Suzie Bick, adding that “lipstick is being used to spread the word.” The lipstick in question, of course, is the two songstress’ respective shades from MAC’s new From Our Lips collection. Gaga gushed that her pure pink pigment was intended to be a more accessible version of MAC’s Pink Nouveau, which the pop star referred to as a “ta-da” color that always made her feel good about herself, even when she was a pre-Fame Monster waitress, wearing pants and such. “It’s a great tool for teaching young people how to empower themselves through self-expression,” she continued of her statement shade. As for Lauper’s warm coral, it was a less romantic creative collaboration. “I wanted a deep red. But they said it wouldn’t sell well. So I got this. But I’ve been working with it,” she divulged point blank. A straight-shooter, Lauper’s advice to women the world over about protecting themselves from the disease was characteristically simple and to the point: “Don’t be a knucklehead,” she said. “Use a condom; spread the word, not the disease.”

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics