Helmut Newton is inarguably one of the most prolific fashion photographers in history. His body of work, which during his life was a mainstay in high-end publications like Vogue Paris and Harper’s Bazaar, is instantly recognizable world-over. Nudity, overt sexualization, and erotic fetishistic subtexts stylized expressively in black and white are the hallmarks of a Helmut shot.
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I have my doubts about Kristen Stewart’s capabilities as a dramatic actress, but I’ll gladly take her as a red carpet presence: in the last few months (or, really, publicity rounds) she seems to have emerged from her cocoon of hideously uncomfortable public awkwardness to flit around like a sneaker-clad fledgling butterfly (if only she would keep her damn hands out of her hair!). As far as beauty goes, the “Twilight” actress (duh) rarely ventures outside of a semi-safe smoky eye/nude lip or clean eye/red lip scheme, but this weekend’s appearance at Comic-Con saw her switching it up in the most on-trend way possible. Keep reading »
One of the biggest trends in makeup application right now is ombre lips, in which lipstick is applied so that the color goes from dark to light, just as ombre hair is dark at the roots and light at the ends. Clicking around the web, it’s clear that people are wearing ombre lips in a variety of ways, some putting the lighter shade in the center of the lip, while the more daring leave a dark berry stain in the center and a lighter color around the lip line. Of the latter, which I think looks like your sucked on a ring pop for 20 hours, Jessica is especially not a fan. She thinks it looks like you have a dirty mouth. I think it’s kind of cool, so I gave it a shot but it just didn’t not work on my sad, thin lips. Oh wellz.
While there are many things definitively Chanel that I don’t exactly promote — tweed, for instance — I almost always agree with Peter Philips. The global creative director of Chanel Makeup since 2008, Philips is responsible for crazy-coveted Le Vernis nail lacquer shades like Particulière, which sparked the frenzy for taupe-grey (or “greige”) polish back in 2010, and the birth of the Rouge Coco lipstick range. He’s a visionary of sorts (see: bedazzled brows on the runway last season) who can put an elegant, luxurious spin on pretty much anything (see also: temporary tattoos). But just in case you need a little more proof that Philips is, indeed, a bonafide beauty genius, his new short film will make up your mind once and for all. “Miroir, Miroir,” inspired by the Paris-Bombay show Karl Lagerfeld sent down the promenade in December, serves to introduce five new shades of Chanel lipstick in the most gorgeously hallucinatory way possible. Philips said of the video, “The concept complemented the shades and the hypnotizing, psychedelic aspect fit well with the Indian theme.” Are you tripping yet? [BellaSugar]
Last week, when I was in San Jose for the gymnastics Olympic trials, in addition to, you know, hanging with some of the best athletes in world, I also got to get a private makeup consultation with P&G Beauty’s makeup artist Candace Corey. One of the products she recommended to me, that I just lovvvvved, was CoverGirl’s Natureluxe gloss balm in Peony. First of all, peonies are my favorite flower, but she didn’t know that so it seemed rather fated. Secondly, this gloss balm is perfect for summer because although it looks super bright in the tube, it goes on sheer and doesn’t look heavy. Plus, Natureluxe gloss balm is super moisturizing and has SPF 15 which is good for me because my lips get hella dry. Candace must have sensed how much I liked it because she gave me a tube. Score! Now it’s my go-to summer lip. [$6.79, Amazon]