And just like that, the Cannes Film Festival is over. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad, and you’d be lying if you said I wasn’t really lame for feeling that way. Every year, I look so forward to the cutting-edge dresses and the high concentration of preternatural French cool. My years of experience in fashion-crushing have taught me that the old cliche is true, and that it really, truly is the Gallic who have the best style of all. As such, Cannes is known for its high-caliber glamour, and the attendees from across the way are well-suited to do as the natives. We’ve been closely following every look from the 11-day event, and now that it’s come to a close, it’s time to analyze the very best of hair and makeup straight from the shores of the Riviera.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why, you, my dear! Just in time for “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Benefit is releasing a makeup kit called Rare Beauty to get your own fairy tale look. There’s a rosy lip/cheek tint sample, highlighter sample, a full-size pore minimizing balm, and a full-size mascara, all in a really pretty makeup bag. If you’re looking to freshen up your summer makeup bag, it’s a good way to test out some of the company’s best products … even if your name isn’t Snow White. [$45, BenefitCosmetics.com]
I am a well-documented believer in the life-changing (or, at the very least, day-changing) potential of makeup. Many girls are completely cool with going au naturel, while others like myself are just not that into it. It’s not that I feel like I need to wear makeup to be presentable, or like I’m hideous without it. I just prefer myself with my makeup on — I don’t even wear that much of it! For a new editorial in the June issue of avant-garde cultural glossy Dazed & Confused, makeup artist Yadim took the transformative power of cosmetics and spun it on its head by turning run-of-the-mill (as if) models into flesh-and-blood rough drawings inspired by the portfolio of fashion illustrator René Gruau. A daunting concept, yes, what with the insta-recognizability of the artist’s work, but the results are startlingly true to Gruau’s distinctive vision. Check out the whole (NSFW) shoot at Fashion Gone Rogue.
I am half of a woman without an expertly flicked, crisp matte black cat eye. I am one quarter of a woman with said cat eye, smudged, smeared, or generally melted into my eyelid. Believe me, I love a good grungy look (like, more than you even know), but when it comes to my liquid liner, I am not screwing around. Keep reading »
Finding the right foundation never stops being annoying, does it? Some go on so creamy that it looks like glop. Others go on so sheer that you barely get any coverage. I’ve been happily wearing Maybelline’s FIT ME foundation for about six months, but as spring turns to summer, I’m keen for something that feels lighter on my skin. Enter Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturizer — it is perfect. As a tinted moisturizer virgin, I wish I’d found this years ago. Keep reading »
I think we can all agree that Lana del Rey is not set to become the next star on the Adele spectrum. The singer-songwriter’s album, performances, and appearance have been panned by critics and consumers alike since she first gained notoriety via — what else? — the Internet. For me, she’s an incredibly guilty pleasure on par with Katy Perry: I will never, ever expose my love to any of my Young Hip Brooklyn (credit: Ami) friends, but they will have 300+ plays on my iTunes. Del Rey doesn’t have much more to offer than your average pseudo-edgy (ahem, potentially fabricated history of meth addiction?) bubblegum pop star, but I would be lying through my teeth if I said that I didn’t try to emulate her hair and makeup on an everyday basis. Her fashion choices aren’t even that impressive to me (though her Met Ball look could have been stellar had she shed the cape) but whoever does her face nails it every time. Her usual simple-yet-glamorous look is the one I aspire to recreate: well-defined, flicked-out eyes with long lashes, thick groomed brows, neutral lips, and long, side-parted hair styled in retro waves recall Brigitte Bardot. Am I a straight up fraud for loving this controversial star’s beauty style? [Canada.com]