When it’s time to put together the look for a L.A.M.B. fashion show, the beauty team not only looks at the collection for inspiration but also its designer, Gwen Stefani. We were backstage at the show and learned quite a bit about how to create hair and makeup that can hold its own against the in-your-face, street-chic L.A.M.B. clothing. A girl can’t be noticed only for her outfit — her mug has to get the same attention, right? More, lots more, after the jump. Keep reading »
Yesterday eve we went backstage at Agent Provocateur‘s show–our favorite purveyors of classy yet kinky underthings and beyond–to see how the hair and makeup team were going to be able to make a strong statement against all that studded leather and French lace dusted with Swarovski crystals. The answer? They stayed true to the sex appeal that’s inherent in the label. MAC makeup artist Chantel Miller looked to recreate the kind of sultriness, with an expensive edge, you’d find in a ’70s-era Playboy (which is certainly my personal favorite decade for the mag, but no one’s asking, so …). Anyhoo. “Before I spoke to anyone regarding the makeup for the show, the word ‘sex’ came to mind,” Miller told us. Naturally. Pasquale (it’s just “Pasquale,” thanks), one of our favorite hairstylists, was there dousing girls’ hair in Davines hairspray and he totally concurred. We love the makeup Miller used: Hefty doses of Golden Lemon and Golden Olive Pigment (the turquoise effect was from the light) and a blend of Cherry liner, Crimson Lipmix and Burgundy Lipmix on the models’ kissers. But while we had her attention, our minds turned to more carnal — and realistic matters — so we also begged her to tell us what kind of makeup to wear when we’re pretty sure we’re gonna get laid and don’t want to look too shameful on the walk home. Her professional opinion, after the jump! Keep reading »
“What does it take to look like me? Not much. I don’t wear suncreen. I don’t have a skincare program. I have no dermatologist and no cosmetic surgeon. Nothing’s been shot into this face.”
– Pamela Anderson in the October issue of Elle Keep reading »
The other day I came across this article about organic perfume, and I thought the following statistic was somewhat surprising: Apparently, a recent survey revealed that 74 percent of women will at some point in their lifetime have an allergic reaction to at least one fragrance. This seems like a pretty steep percentage, no? I have to say, the only time I ever had an allergic reaction was the time in high school when I put a very concentrated essential oil on my skin, but I guess that counts. And it certainly didn’t turn me off perfume: I’m something of a fragrance schizophrenic in that I match different scents to outfits and moods–there’s Tom Ford Black Orchid for sexy, Annick Goutal Songes for demure, The Body Shop White Musk for earthy, Narciso Rodriguez for cocktail hour, and on and on it goes. But when it comes to women and our relationship with fragrance, there’s something I’ve noticed lately, and it makes me wonder how many women out there wear any perfume at all? Keep reading »
Gone are the days of Marilyn Manson‘s goth-rock and black lacquered nails (we would hope). But apparently nail polish for dudes is experiencing a European revival in a much more colorful way. Makeup line Uslu Airlines has come out with a manicure product branded for men in participation with Berlin DJs and urban culture figures. The colors gracing the men’s hands are baby blue, metallic purple, and silver. Keep reading »
We’ve talked a whole lot about do-it-yourself projects here at The Frisky—DIY haircuts, DIY Botox, DIY sex toys—and mostly we’ve come to the general conclusion that anything that goes in or is slathered on your body should never be a DIY. (Unless you’re using natural crap, like berries or honey or whatever.) News from the Daily Mail, though, has over 2,000 women on a Harrods waiting list for an at-home facelift kit (it just went on sale). Say what?! Keep reading »
Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey discussed beauty rituals and standards around the world on her talk show. I had no idea Iran was the “nose job capital of the world,” but I was really shocked that Mauritanian women don’t want to be thin. Plump is sexy for women there, but men are expected to be thin. Thick ankles, chubby arms, and a big butt are considered the most beautiful parts of a woman in this West African nation. Men even like stretch marks! Thin women are thought of as being sickly. But don’t move to Mauritania just yet because this beauty ideal has its own flaws. Keep reading »
Woman’s got guns. And by guns, I mean a not-too-Madonna-esque but still muscle-y set of arms. I want them. Badly. Luckily, someone hunted down her trainer to get the how-to.
(Now, I’m not promising you results, just an exercise routine—we all don’t have a White House chef and organic garden at our disposal.) According to her trainer, Cornell McClellan: “At the end of a routine of cardiovascular workouts and weight training, Mrs. Obama finishes with the “arm-shaping super set” of tricep pushdowns and hammer curls to tone her biceps.” Say what? Basically, it’s one set of tricep pushdowns using a straight bar attached to the high pulley of a cable station and then, without resting, follow that up with a set of hammer curls using dumbbells. Then, you immediately repeat the entire process until two or three sets of both exercises have been completed. And, if you’re in need of a little video help on all those moves (like me, I’m weight-training challenged), the Women’s Health magazine ladyfolk demonstrate exactly how to get Mrs. Obama’s guns, after the jump. Keep reading »
Today the HuffPo ran a story about “beauty indulgences” in which a writer extolled the virtues of 10 outrageously splurgy beauty products, the total cost of which clocked in just under a grand ($986 to be exact, I counted). Her point, that some products are totally worth the money, is fair enough, but having spent some time in the trenches of the beauty industry, I have to take issue with some of writer Felicia Sullivan’s recommendations.
To be fair, if you have the money to blow, I guess go for it. But if you’re feeling bad that you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend each month on certain essentials, don’t. Seriously. Do not. After the jump, five products which it’s kind of foolish to waste your hard-earned cash on. Keep reading »
We couldn’t possibly be any more obsessed with Grammy-winning artist and new fashion It Girl, Janelle Monae. Seriously, this gorgeous chick not only literally rocks, she’s got a mean sense of style and can moonwalk like a champ. What’s not to love? We’re waiting with bated breath to meet her at the MAC store on Fashion’s Night Out, but in the meantime, we’re spying on her unusual beauty regimen. While we can agree that some of her favorite products, like MAC’s Studio Finish concealer and #35 lashes are indeed superb, we were surprised to learn that when it comes to her “off” days, she has a rather unique source for blush and lipstick: “… when I am with family or running errands, I use Whole Foods’ organic raspberries for blush and dark cherries for stained, moist lips. There’s nothing like having genuine natural colors on your face,” she told our friends over at the Beauty Counter.
Seriously!? I have never heard of that, have you? And ya know what, I am so totally intrigued that I need to run to the grocery store ASAP. [Beauty Counter] Keep reading »