44 posts tagged "Yves Saint Laurent"
As readers of this blog are already aware, my collectible bronzer of choice for this summer is YSL’s Trésor d’Afrique Sun Powder, which still remains on display and untouched in my makeup cabinet. When I’m good and ready, I will break it out and swipe a few upward finger strokes of its warm, shimmering contents onto my cheekbones, across my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, and onto my chin, thus simulating an all-over sun-kissed glow. Yes, I know how to apply bronzer. What I’m less familiar with is how to use some of the other beautiful pieces in the Trésor d’Afrique collection, like the 5-Colour Palette for the Eyes (at left), which features shades of ivory, turquoise, plum, navy blue, and toffee, all of which are apparently intended to work in tandem with one another. The idea of applying just one of these colors—let alone all five together—seems like tricky business to me, although it’s likely a cakewalk for Val Garland, YSL makeup artistic adviser, who will be on hand at Saks Fifth Avenue tomorrow to help demystify the line. Garland and her team of artists will be taking individual appointments during the day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as presiding over a master class that will cover general application tips and tricks from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. A $50 pre-pay fee, redeemable in product, is required. To book your appointment, call (212) 940-2156.
The onset of summer means a few things in beauty terms: a push for new sunscreens and sunless tanners, makeup palettes that channel beach-y hues of sand and aquamarine, and bronzers—the bigger the better. Having been on the receiving end of these new collections for about five years now, I’m always both impressed and confounded by the sheer size of the shimmering compacts that debut annually. Yes, they’re pretty to look at, but on a practical level, there is simply no way one person could ever finish a whole oversize bronzer by her lonesome—in one season, or in one lifetime. But no matter, cosmetics companies keep putting them out, and I keep falling for their warm, powdery goodness every year. The latest in collectible simulated sun products comes courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent, whose Treasures of Africa summer look includes a golden shimmer powder housed in a wooden case intended to resemble costume jewelry bangles. And like clockwork, my response to the gigantic makeup case went as follows: “Wow, that’s a lot of bronzer,” followed by a tender positioning of the item alongside its (still unused) compatriots, which are proudly displayed in my makeup cabinet.
YUZU EXTRACT/ (yoo-zoo ek-strakt)/ n./ 1. A relatively rare, medium-sized, yellow-to-orange citrus that is native to Japan, with a fragrant rind and flesh that is acidic and tart;/ n./ 2. Traditionally used as a scent in perfume and bath rituals, the fruit has recently been lauded for its ability to energize, tone, and brighten skin, e.g., “Give your face a wake-up call with a revitalizing jolt of yuzu.”
Try it: Yves Saint Laurent Instant Pur Toning & Cleansing Water, $38.50, www.yslbeautyus.com.
Ethereal pastels and nude makeup typically rear their soft-hued heads this time of year, but a few bold additions to the seasonal color palette are emerging as surprise standouts for spring. Coral, tangerine, and shades of orange are at the top of this list, with backstage looks from shows like Viktor & Rolf and Rodarte serving up some inspiration. The color is a tricky one to wear well and can easily verge into Ft. Lauderdale retiree or “experimental” adolescent territory. But when done right, it adds a fresh brightness to eyes, cheeks, and lips that pale pinks and earthy beiges simply cannot muster. As per usual, Yves Saint Laurent’s new color collection is totally on point, featuring a Fard à Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Silky Apricot (on Coco above), a Gloss Pur Pure Lip Gloss in Pure Coral, and a Nail Touch Nail Lacquer Pen in Coral Touch, which has the same click mechanism as their Touche Éclat highlighters but delivers glossy varnish to nails instead. Feel free to match lips and nails, but we’re of the mind that subtlety everywhere else—like a sheer gloss on eyes and a few coats of brown mascara—make the look even stronger.
Master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has had a hand in pretty much every fragrance success story in the last 15 years. The go-to nose for the houses of Dior, Gaultier, Versace, and Saint Laurent—not to mention the mastermind behind Narciso Rodriguez’s eponymous best-sellers and Acqua di Parma’s classic Iris Nobile—he’s something of an industry giant, the man behind the scents that reliably intrigue you. In 2009, he plans on stepping out of the shadows by opening his own fragrance house. Situated in Paris (naturellement), his solo venture will not mark the launch of a signature brand, Kurkdjian insists, but will rather embrace inspirational fragrance stories, all price ranges, and different mediums for scent. Possible expansions may include an excellent-smelling detergent—the continuation of a cleaning-products line he created earlier in his career. He has plans to go international, too, which is exciting news for Americans who are just plain over Tide original scent—and unimpressed with the Clean Breeze alternative.