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It’s Easy Being Blue


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.

Photo: James Mountford for Stella Magazine, October 2012; Tim Zargoza for V Spain, Fall 2012; Courtesy of YSL Beaute

Ann Romney’s Blue Period; Why We Tan; And More…


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]


A Moment Of Magical Minimalism


With nail trends erring on the side of nominal after a Spring show circuit that made nude varnishes the polish protocol of the season, we’re trying to adopt a less-is-more mentality with our manicures. There are certain things that we’ll never part with, of course, namely classic shades of cherry red and deep shades of aubergine and bordeaux. But there are simpler ways to add a touch of excitement to tips without going overboard, and YSL just came out with a great one. As part of its Northern Lights holiday collection, the brand’s creative director of makeup, Lloyd Simmonds, has created a brand-new bottle of La Laque Couture. No. 33 Première Neige is actually a clear topcoat, rather than a pure pigment polish, that is flecked with micronized violet, midnight blue, and emerald shimmer in homage to the lunar highlights of the Aurora Borealis. It can be applied over any base—even shades of nude, if you’d like. We’ve become accustomed to wearing it on a clean nail, though, so that what appears as an unlacquered finger gives off a fleeting flash of sparkle when caught in a moment of reflection. It’s minimalism, at its most magical.

$25, available October 2012 at

Photo: Courtesy of YSL Beaute

The Blue Review


Colored mascara entertained a brief moment in the fashion limelight three years ago when it turned up on the Spring 2010 DKNY runway. Maybelline global makeup artist Charlotte Willer painted lashes a bright teal, and a slew of different strokable hues showed up at the retail level a few months later. Now, seasonal shades of deep greens and rich aubergines from brands like Givenchy and Estée Lauder have become somewhat par for the course. Mark our words, though: Colored mascara is about to be bigger than ever thanks to the royal blue gel Pat McGrath showcased at Stella McCartney’s Fall show. We’ve never actually entertained slicking our lashes with anything except glossy black or brown pigment until McCartney’s show in March, but we’re now on the hunt for the perfect blue mascara—which YSL has conveniently just released. Its new Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof in #4 Majorelle Blue is a bold, medium blue, rather than a dark navy, so it actually shows up when you brush it on. As we learned in Paris, it’s best to start with a base of black and then build with the blue so the colored pigment has something to grab on to. And since this particular colored pigment is waterproof, it doesn’t smudge during the day—or night, which is when we plan on breaking it out. Get into it.

Photo: Courtesy of YSL Beaute

La Collection Lives!


In addition to building one of the most successful fashion houses in the business, Yves Saint Laurent left a pretty lasting fragrance legacy. Opium, his original spicy oriental that changed the perfume game in 1977, frequently appears on “most iconic” flacon lists, while newer launches from the brand, like 2009′s Kate Moss-fronted Parisienne, continue to earn scores of fans worldwide. But between the two scents lies a number of well-loved and unfortunately long-forgotten eaux that are now getting a new lease on life. YSL has just launched La Collection in the States, a lineup of eight classic, discontinued scents—four men’s, four women’s—that have been resurrected with new packaging and some prime counter space. For the girls, there’s 1964′s Y, a bergamot and iris eau; Yvress, 1993′s sparkling fruity floral with hints of nectarine and violet blossom; Nu, 2001′s orchid and incense standout; and In Love Again, 1998′s unique blend of blackcurrant, Muscat grape, rose, and peony. For the boys, there’s Jazz, 1988′s geranium and cypress-heavy masculine floral; M7, the patchouli-rich, woody scent that was one of the world’s first oud absolues when it launched in 2002; Rive Gauche Pour Homme, 2003′s sensual Gaiac wood and fresh lavender essence; and 1971′s Pour Homme, the lemon, mint, and oakmoss-kissed aromatic chypre that we happen to have on right now (some men’s fragrances are worn just as well on women). The whole lineup has been put into cubist packages, the women’s offerings in nude, matte-lacquered bottles and the men’s in a black matte finish, which makes them that much more collectible.

$105 each, available March 2012 exclusively at Yves Saint Laurent boutiques and online at

Photo: Courtesy of YSL Beaute