Like bold red lipstick, cat-eye liner is one makeup trick that is less of a trend and more of a lifestyle. It’s always en vogue, and those who embrace it do so with wild abandon. It’s no coincidence that nearly all of my style icons, the women past and present that I consistently look to for guidance (or whatever, I’m shallow), have been known to boast the eternally sexy black flick. There was no drought of eye-catching makeup looks at this year’s Golden Globes, some good, others shameful, but there’s only one that was so on-point that I said to myself, Never again will I wear my cat-eye liner is a manner that is not precisely this one.
That show-stopping pair of eyes belonged to Angelina Jolie, who has long been my eye makeup and otherwise idole supreme (see also: deity, muse, most beautiful praying mantis-woman to ever walk the earth). Never — never— before, in all my days, have I bore witness to such exquisitely blended, gorgeously defined black liner. Imagine my dismay when, come the day after the awards, Angelina’s makeup artist had yet to come forward with the tools and technique used to acquire this most enviable look. Luckily, I have the all-abiding patience and focus of a savant, which I put to good use by settling myself in front of the mirror in a series of trial and error. Forty-five minutes, three brushes, and one handful of spilled kohl later, and what do I have to show for it? Only the most gorgeous eyeliner ever, of course, and the goodwill to pass it on.
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Yes, Brad and Angelina are Hollywood royalty, but it looks to me like they might just have some political connections as well. The gorgeous couple stopped by the White House this week, while in town for the D.C. fête of Angelina’s new film, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Apparently, Obama extended the invitation in part to discuss Jolie’s commitment to preventing future genocides and fighting back against sexual violence towards women. Angelina’s admirable causes have been bringing such issues to light for more than a decade now, and it’s her philanthropic leanings (and her children) that helped her to overcome her previous battles with substance abuse and other self-destructive behavior. This meeting of the minds was not their first encounter with the president — in 2009, Brad met with Obama to discuss his devotion to rebuilding the Ninth Ward in New Orleans following disastrous Hurricane Katrina. [Associated Press]
Last night, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis turned out for the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the start of this year’s official “self-congratulatory awards season.” While Angie looked typically gothic gorgeous in black and white, and Chastain, who co-starred with Brad Pitt in “Tree of Life” missed the mark in a strange, shimmery opalescent dress that did nothing for her fair skin and red hair. The real sartorial star of the evening was Viola Davis, whose choppy bangs and one-shoulder pink cocktail dress really shone. [Getty Images]
This weekend, the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala was held, honoring actors like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, and Glenn Close. But were their outfits as laudable? Let’s find out!
A video of Angelina Jolie at age 16 has surfaced online. Clad in a tiny orange bandeau, young Angie is just as you would expect her. She’s breathtakingly gorgeous, but she’s still just a kid — albeit a self-assured, inherently cool one. She rocks, gestures and stretches wildly in her chair as she explains her interests (and eccentricities). In addition to giving the 411 on her boxing and fencing classes, she details her growing sword collection — the building blocks for what she hopes will become her weapon room. We are not surprised by 16-year-old Angelina at all! [BuzzFeed]
I refuse to be shy about my love for Angelina Jolie. I’m adamantly not crazy about many, if not most, celebrities, so it’s a rare star that has me totally smitten. I think Angelina can do no wrong; I love her on drugs, off drugs, thin, emaciated, on the red carpet, off the red carpet, kissing her brother or kissing Brad Pitt. I generally keep it heterosexual, but Saint Angie in all her insouciant, black-clad glory is my conclusive girl-crush. Naturally, any time she’s doing publicity rounds for a new project, I’m all over it.
This time, it’s her own production In the Land of Blood and Honey that’s garnering press, and there’s been a mass influx of Brangelina appearances in honor of the film and its premiere. In the past week we’ve seen Angie on the cover of Newsweek and The Hollywood Reporter, shopping with Brad and the brood at FAO Schwarz, and posing with Mr. and Mrs. Pitt at the movie’s debut. She also covers the January issue of Marie Claire, and the accompanying photos and interview will definitely not disappoint. Check out a few choice quotes and pics, after the jump… [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
“I’m still a bad girl. I still have that side of me. It’s just in its place now. … It belongs to Brad.”
– Angelina Jolie‘s public image may have settled down, but she’s still got a wild side reserved for Brad Pitt’s eyes only. I find this sentiment super hot and romantic because it suggests that while Jolie has grown up and mellowed out, the part of her that was genuinely “bad” — and not just acting out for attention’s sake — is still alive and well. She just chooses reserves it for someone with whom she shares real, all-encompassing intimacy.
Angelina also says in this upcoming interview with “60 Minutes” (airing Sunday) that she lucky to have survived her younger, wilder days. More, after the jump! Keep reading »
The person who came up with this Angelina Jolie Halloween costume deserves some kind of pop culture award. I move for this to be mass produced. [Buzzfeed]
At long last, the trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s hella controversial directorial/screenwriting debut, “The Land of Blood and Honey,” is here. Cast with a slew of unknown actors, the film follows the impossible romance of a Serbian man and a Boznian woman during Bosnia’s civil war (circa 1992-95). The two minute trailer features murder, persecution, sex, imprisonment and tears. A word to the wise not to catch this flick when feeling emotionally vulnerable. [ScreenRant] Keep reading »