45 posts tagged "Yves Saint Laurent"
Judging by the crop of new products set to debut in the coming months, 2014 should be one very good year. From skincare ingredients that thrive thousands of miles above sea level to Giorgio Armani’s new neutral lip color, our must-try list is already quite extensive, considering the ball has yet to drop. One more thing we’ll be adding: Yves Saint Laurent’s new Gloss Volupté. The formula itself is nonsticky and moisturizing, but what sets this lip slip apart from the pack is its applicator. The hole in the center of the pout-shaped wand holds just the right amount of gloss to coat your entire mouth, while the curved edges and pointed tip help distribute and define. Included in the range of twenty-three shades are three top coats that produce different effects: Gold (adds a hint of shimmer), Pure (boosts shine), and Smoking (a sheer black harking back to the label’s Fall 2008 collection, which instantly deepens any hue underneath).
It may be summer here in New York, but Down Under things are a bit more blustery (it’s currently winter in Australia). The continent’s largest department store, Myer, warmed things up recently with its Spring/Summer 2014 collections launch in Sydney. As the countdown begins to New York fashion week, we got the scoop on the hair and makeup from the show—and perhaps a preview of the beauty looks to come in just a few short weeks.
Inspired by the rusty tones of the Australian outback and photographer Leila Jeffreys’ images of exotic birds, face painter Natasha Severino set out to create sun-kissed skin with an unexpected pop of color on the eyes and lips. For the base, Severino started with YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation and emulsified a cream concealer with a drop of oil before covering any areas of redness. Dark circles were camouflaged with a Touche Éclat that matched each model’s skin tone, while a lighter shade was used to highlight cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and chin. She used two hues of YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder: No. 20 to contour under the cheekbones and around the temples, and No. 1 as a blush. A mixture of both was used around the hairline to add warmth. Additional shimmer came courtesy of gold eye shadow that was dusted on cheekbones, eyelids, temples, and the chin. Since Jeffreys’ photos often display bright plumage close to the birds’ eyes, Severino mimicked the effect by applying pink blush to the outer corners of the models’ eyes and softly blending. (An element you might want to omit for everyday wear.) She finished with YSL Baby Doll Mascara and a coat of Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain No. 21 (a vivid orange).
“I wanted to give the impression of a woman walking out of the ocean,” hairstylist Kevin Murphy said of the slicked-back, undulating waves he created for the show (references included water and feathers). Starting about one-inch deep, Murphy wrapped sections of hair away from the face using a medium curling iron, then pinned curls in place to cool—leaving the ends out. After removing the pins and gently brushing through strands, Murphy spritzed on Session.Spray (a strong-hold hair spray) and smoothed the sides back. Next, he stretched out waves with a dollop of Super.Goo (a rubbery molding gel). For a glossy effect, he finished with his new Shimmer.Shine spray.
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Emma Fletcher, Tocca creative director
The Product: “When I was a teenager growing up in Sydney, Australia, all of my friends wore Yves Saint Laurent Paris perfume. It was one of those seventies florals. My mum wore Chanel No. 5, and I think this scent reminded me a little of her perfume. I was a tomboy at the time, but when I turned 15 or 16, I got really into fashion. Another friend of mine at school was completely on my wavelength with style. We also used to wear purple and green Shiseido eye shadows, which came together in a black-and-gold compact. We’d spent a lot of time carefully blending the purple into the green on the lid. It seems insane now. I went to a really strict boarding school—with uniforms and blazers on every day—so I couldn’t wear makeup to school. But on Saturday nights, I’d put on my YSL perfume and Shiseido eye shadow before going to a party—in someone’s garage usually. I felt, like, really sophisticated! But it was a short-lived phase, since I got really into grunge when I turned 17, and that’s a whole different look!”
I’m not great with liquid liner. No matter how many times I’ve seen it used, or practiced on myself, it takes a lot of time—and way more makeup-remover-soaked Q-tips—for me to pull off anything that even remotely resembles a cat-eye. But this weekend, the makeup gods smiled down on me.
After a harrowing trip up I-95—in an air-conditioner-less van, in bumper-to-bumper traffic—I arrived in Connecticut with a total of twenty-five minutes to get ready for a wedding that started “promptly” at 4:00, as per the invitation. (Having endured the embarrassment of showing up late to a wedding once before—while the bride was walking down the aisle, no less—I take wedding call times fairly seriously.) As soon as I was out of the car, I was in the shower and, just as quickly, slicking a little Shiseido foundation onto my face, followed by a few swipes of some cream bronzer I procured at Madina in Milan. Then, staring down at a tube of YSL’s new Baby Doll Eyeliner in #11 Light Blue—a striking shade of iridescent aqua-jade that blended surprisingly well with the orange-and-navy flower print of my Suno dress—I had to make a split-second decision: Should I forgo the statement colored flick that would make my outfit, or risk it, potentially sacrificing what could be precious minutes, which I did not have, on touch-ups and maybe even eventual removal?
Time stood still for a moment as I stared deeply at that gold-capped tube, and all of sudden, as though someone pressed the fast-forward button, I was swiping the tiny brush across my upper lashes with a precision I have never before experienced. I kid you not, dear readers, it was on in two total swipes and needed but a single correction to ensure perfection and endurance: Much to my delight, it stayed on through the entire evening, totally unfazed by the brutalizing afternoon sun (and that hour of Scottish dancing!)
Sadly, in my haste to get it into my black Rochas clutch as I was running out the door, it rolled behind an old chest of drawers and did not make it home with me from that Rodeway Inn off Exit 56. But we’ll always have that one glorious night.
Since launching its Rouge Volupté lipsticks back in 2009, Yves Saint Laurent has been at the forefront of the statement lip’s resurgence. The combination of its varied selection of bold colors (the fuchsia Rose Culte has garnered us so many compliments over the past three years, we’ve lost count) and incredibly luxe gilded packaging has made it a staple in the well-edited makeup bag, and on the celebrity circuit as well (look out for its classic colors on the Golden Globes red carpet come Sunday). The brand’s diffusion lines have been equally successful. To date, the French company has dazzled us with Rouge Volupté Perle, a lineup of shimmery pout perfecters, as well as Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy, five deliciously juice-tinged transparent bullets that combined the shine of a gloss and the moisture of an emollient balm. Its latest release offers up yet another desirable hybrid. Rouge Volupté Shine—a 19-shade range of neutrals, pinks, reds, and plums—blends the comfort of Sheer Candy with the rich color of the original line plus antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and hyaluronic-acid microspheres to provide even more ease of wear. Early favorites include No. 3 Violet Incognito, a black cherry, and No. 4 Rouge In Danger, a true cherry, but we’ve only made it about halfway through the collection, so there will likely be some additional winners as we continue our precise testing protocol; it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.