Periodically, the people at Leonor Greyl send some of their wonderful products over for me to try (click here for my enthusiastic review of their Huile De Magnolia). All of their products are consistently well thought out and of exceptional quality, and I’ve found their Eclat Naturel absolutely essential to maintaining shiny, healthy-looking hair.
This image of Marion Cottiard at the Met Gala last week is a breathtaking example of the new understated trend in red carpet makeup that I’ve been predicting for some time. Makeup artist Christophe Danchaud really got the feeling right with this elegant look featuring flawless skin and just the right intensity of blush-toned color on lips and cheeks.
One of the most common questions I’m asked as a makeup artist is how to obtain the luminous glow so many celebrities have while they’re walking the red carpet. A luminizer is one of the final touches a professional artist will use to create a youthful radiance and add a little extra warmth to their client’s appearance. It can be a little tricky depending on what look you’re going for, but there are also some user-friendly alternatives.
The spring weather in New York has been unpredictable these past few weeks, but rain or shine, the evenings have been warm and humid and are begging for something more than the usual smokey eye. At this point, I’m assuming my readers have mastered or are at least beginning to get the hang of using a matte black eyeshadow to rim the eye. How subtle or intense you go depends on your personal taste, but making sure you inspect your work under revealing light before you leave the house ensures that you won’t end up overdoing it.
I love all the new tangerine, pink and fuchsia nail colors for spring, like Nars’s Madness, Chanel’s May, and Givenchy’s Fuchsia Irresistible - a beautiful manicure with short, vibrantly colored nails can be incredibly chic. But with sandal weather approaching, a clean, neutral color like OPI’s Samoan Sand seems a better choice if you’re looking for a contemporary take on the usual pedicure.
Last week the people at Votre Vu sent me all four shades of Arch De Triumphe, their new brow definer, and after using it for a few days, I’ve found it to be a truly superior, user-friendly product. The pigments are just the right density and it’s creamy formula makes it easy for anyone to get professional looking results.
Every season, regardless of what beauty trends have been set during the previous fashion week showings, I try to focus on what works intuitively in the present - what’s riding the wave of the fashion zeitgeist, if you will. Right now, the trend dictates a “statement” mouth for spring like Givenchy’s gorgeous, hyper-pigmented “Le Rouge” Lipstick in Fuchsia Irresistible, but I’d also like to address an appealing alternative: the soft, blush pink mouth.
I recently discovered this organic soap on the “Brown Rice Family” website and ordered a couple of bars to try. Facial bars are back, and I especially like the way my skin feels after using this wonderful soap with my Clarisonic Facial Brush – clean and polished, but not stripped. Made with organic rice bran and organic green tea leaf, the bars are available in Cedar Mint, Tea Tree for problem skin, and Unscented for sensitive skin.
Right now I’m loving these colored liquid liners from NARS Cosmetics. Its still snowing this morning in NYC but adding a little fun color to your look never hurts during the transitional period before spring really kicks in. Their “Eyeliner Stylo” in Atlantic (above) looks especially hip with or without mascara and combined with a sheer nude lipstick like Lorac’s “Breakthrough Performance Lipstick” in Nude Scene (below).
Back before artist-established, boutique makeup lines clogged the aisles of Sephora, we makeup professionals had to come up with innovative ideas in order to find solutions to certain problems related to our craft. Once upon a time, if you can imagine, there was no such thing as “brow fix”, and to rectify the situation, somebody (Pru Walters?) came up with the idea of utilizing a simple bar of soap.