24 posts tagged "YSL Beaute"
The road to imaginative nail-polish creation is fairly well traveled at this point. Between matte, chunky glitter, speckled, and rubberized finishes, it’s easy to feel like you’ve seen it all when it comes to lacquer innovation. But there’s still plenty of room for surprise in the wonderful world of top coats. Between the shatter and shimmer effects that can now gloss over and crackle your base color, YSL has found room for its new La Laque Couture Tie & Dye collection. A visual feast in the bottle containing three separate phases of polish—a sparkle phase, a sheer solid phase, and a clear gloss phase—the four transparent top coats add a wash of glimmering pigment to pure polish bases: 01 Cool Coat is a bright melon, 02 Pop Coat is a pretty fuchsia, 03 Hip Coat is a warm lilac, and 04 Ice Coat is a dark blue. Pull the brush out as is, or shake to combine all three phases together first, and then paint on top of a fresh manicure at will. We were a little disappointed to learn that the varnishes didn’t apply in a single ombré streak, as we assumed they did upon first glance (that kind of innovation, it appears, still remains elusive), but we were pleasantly surprised to find that 02 Pop Coat gives bare nails a lovely tinted sheen when worn on its own.
If you had a slight feeling of déjà vu upon seeing the spiky black wigs marching down Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway in additional shades of auburn, chestnut, and platinum blond, your mind was playing tricks on you. “It’s like a toupee or a bang,” Guido Palau said of the “patchwork” effect he was hoping to achieve with the deliberately cheap-looking hairpieces here, which were not to be confused with the similarly choppy, high-end crops he hand-dyed and -cut for Marc Jacobs last month. “A lot of people want to see short hair this season and most girls don’t want to cut it,” Palau explained of his recent reliance on wigs, which offer a temporary solution to the predicament. “It’s supposed to look like a girl’s hair that is colored and grown out,” he elaborated of the faux trims here that were meant to deliberately contrast with models’ natural strands where they met as a flat panel in the back. There was a slight nod to the eighties-era androgynous stunner Leslie Winer, although Palau was content to speak to the style’s “punky, boyish, concert-y” quality, which he fashioned using Redken Control Addict 28 High Control Hairspray.
“The brows really help balance it out,” he said of the way Lloyd Simmonds’ “masculine, yet feminine” makeup look complemented his coifs. “There’s a really dark frame to the face, so we needed a dark frame to the girl’s personality. You get a personality with a brow,” Simmonds explained, using a matte black eye shadow to fill in arches while keeping the skin fresh and glowing with YSL’s La Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation, and a little pressed powder to reduce the risk of shine. A light dusting of blush in shades of light rose and warm gold—”whatever looks good with [the girls'] skin tone”—finished the face.
Jennifer Aniston is racking up the beauty contracts of late. The new face of the haircare brand Living Proof has just signed on to collaborate with Aveeno on its skincare offerings. Who needs acting? [E!]
Speaking of racking up the contracts, since her breakout Fall 2012 season (and her cover turn for Style.com/Print), Cara Delevingne has been scoring face time for brands such as Burberry, DKNY—and YSL Beauté? If her tweets are to be believed, the Brit beauty may be the new face of the brand’s beloved cosmetics range. [Grazia]
Silver Linings Playbook star, and People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, Bradley Cooper has a relatively unsexy confession to make: “I permed my hair,” he revealed at a BAFTA event this week. Luckily, it’s just for a movie. [Daily Mail]
Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty expansion with her lifestyle Web site GOOP is picking up steam. Her latest GOOP Collection collaborator is Florida-based holistic-skincare guru Tammy Fender. [GOOP]
When Stella McCartney asked Pat McGrath to mix up a specialized, blue gel mascara for her Fall show last March, the marine color became fair game for a multitude of eye makeup applications. It should come as no surprise, then, that navys, aquas, and cobalts made a series of continued catwalk appearances for Spring, as previously reported, offering up all kinds of inspirational techniques for you (read: us) to try at home. But we don’t have to wait until next season to get in on the blue period. Turns out there’s plenty to glean from Fall editorials, like Maryna Linchuk’s full-on azure tribute that makeup artist Kayla Michele swept from lash line to brow bone in the new issue of V Spain, or the precise flick of metallic cadet that Argentine stunner Milagros Schmoll dons for the Autumn installment of the Danish biannual Stella. Both work well with a number of cold-weather ensembles—and are easily attainable with YSL’s new Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eyeshadow Palette in Arctic Night. This handy compact with two, double-ended brushes that make it easy to wear all four pigments sheered-out or super opaque just so happened to be in arm’s reach while we were flipping through a stack of Fall glossies, which made test-driving its shimmering sapphire and aqua shades all but mandatory. Primping while reading: highly recommended.
After Michelle Obama scored major blogosphere buzz for her gray nail polish at the DNC, Ann Romney is gaining ground on the gossip circuit with her preferred polish, a baby blue that she sported at last night’s presidential debate. When it comes to manicures, though, we’re still on team MObama. [Daily Mail]
A new study aiming to suss out the meaning behind many adults’ continued indoor tanning preferences, despite the now widely known carcinogenic risks associated with the popular pastime, determined that most people still seek out concentrated doses of UV rays because they find it relaxing—and because it makes them look better. Who’d a thunk? [NYDN]
At the center of artist Fabrice Hyber’s new show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, called Matières Premières (Raw Materials), sits 1M3 de beauté—a gigantic cube sculpture that consists of 330 pounds of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in #1, a dark red. “The material permanently moves,” Hyber says of his chosen medium. “It is a work that is never finished, which is always evolving. It’s a living oeuvre”—and a must-see for any true beauty aficiando. [WWD]