Makeup & nails
May 9, 2016
Video: Summer nail art you can do at home
Makeup & nails
May 9, 2016
Video: Summer nail art you can do at home
Models backstage at Michael Kors SS17
Models backstage at Michael Kors SS17Source: Imaxtree
Sweat out the last few days of summer with these backstage hair and makeup tricks from New York Fashion Week spring/summer 2017.
On my way to the Proenza Schouler show, I had to weave around models standing on the sidewalk to reach the backstage entrance. Later, chatting with Bumble and bumble stylist Anthony Turner, I found out why: he had sent them all outside to let their hair air dry. "We’re celebrating each girl for exactly who she is. There’s no trickery," he told me. "There’s no smoke and mirrors, it’s literally just celebrating them for all the little mistakes that happen in their hair." This meant washing every model's hair (notable, because they don't always have the ability to do that backstage – sometimes it's just water in a spray bottle) and letting the parts fall as they may: center, side, what have you.
The key to preventing frizz with this method, says Turner, is using the right products. "We don't want the hair to feel too full, so we just used a little bit of [Bumble and bumble's] Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil to minimize frizz," he added. "Just raking it through mid-length and ends, not really focusing on too much on the top because we don’t want to weigh the hair down too much. We want the hair to move on the runway, to feel light." Note that there's a time limit on this wash and go method. It's a no-go as soon as it's cold enough for hair to freeze.
Listen, NYFW was hot. Like, really, really hot. Not only outside, but quite often, backstage too. At Altuzarra, the makeup look suited the climate. "We’re doing a black smudgy, smoky eye," said makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who mixed M.A.C Studio Eye Gloss in Next Up Neon (an orange shade) with black liner "to make everything run down [the face]." Though Pecheux admits they were helping the eye to smudge, it was the room temp that did the rest of the work as models sat waiting for the show. "We want the girl to look like they were in the water, their makeup ran down a little bit and they’re rushing to put on a dress."
Real life translation: Do your makeup, get ready to go out in your unairconditioned apartment then stand on the sweltering subway platform en route to your final destination. Parfait.
Backstage at Michael Kors, beauty editors were surprised to see a significant lack of bronzer at a show that usually loves the stuff. "Every designer evolves," said makeup artist Dick Page, when asked the reason for the significant change in beauty look. "If I think of all the designers I’ve worked with: Narciso Rodriguez has changed, Marc Jacobs has changed and Michael’s changed. Every designer goes through phases and this is where Michael has arrived at. It’s like a subdued idea of American sportswear, the prints, the brightness." The overall effect? Easy, effortless and relaxed, says Page. "Though when you're backstage with 56 girls, you’re [not] so relaxed," he quipped. "But that’s the idea."
If you don't feel you have enough of a look sans bronzer, try patting lipstick (Page used M.A.C Lipstick in Impassion and Mangrove) just in the center of lips instead. "I put it on the tube right in the middle of the lip and buff it out from the centre to the edges," says Page. "It has a nice vibrant colour. It’s got kind of a matte glow. It’s not totally flat, but the glow is not heavy."
Just don't forget to blend.
We’ve all been told that foundation should look like skin. This, of course, means skin in the best possible version of itself: poreless, even-toned and free of blemishes. These latest foundations got the memo. Urban Decay All Nighter has three times as much pigment as the brand’s Naked Skin line for total coverage. Smashbox tested its new range in a photo studio to ensure that it holds up under any type of lighting. Skincare ingredients are found in both Almay Age Essentials (collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides) and Vichy Teint Idéal (vitamin C). L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow stays put for up to 24 hours, and the hydrophobic pigments in Chanel Teint Ultra Tenue keep it in place even in extreme humidity. Then there are the shade ranges: Urban Decay, Smashbox and Chanel boast 24, 22 and 16 shades respectively. Get glowing.
Chanel Teint Ultra Tenue Fluid Foundation on Caramel ($67), chanel.com.
Vichy Teint Idéal Fluide Foundation in Rosy Sand ($38), vichy.ca.
Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Liquid Foundation in 12.0 ($49), at sephora.com.
Almay Age Essentials Makeup in Light/Neutral ($18), at londondrugs.com.
Supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were greeted by the usual frenzy of fans and paparazzi after walking in Max Mara’s Spring 2017 show when things took a frightening turn.
As they navigated through the crowd, a complete stranger crept behind Gigi and lifted her off the ground. Others are now reporting it was notorious celebrity prankster, Vitalli Sediuk, who, if you recall, got slapped in the face by Will Smith after trying to kiss him on the red carpet at the Men in Black 3 Moscow premiere and was arrested for crashing the stage at the Grammys in 2013.
Whoever it was, it wasn’t funny. The panicked model instinctively reacted by shouting and elbowing him in the face. “Let go of her,” cried Bella.
It didn’t take long for him to put her down and just casually walk away. Gigi, visibly shaken, stormed after him, yelling, before turning around to get back to the car.
She took to Twitter after the incident to address her actions.
and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho 👊🏼😏🐱— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
She’ll probably need a talk with her security detail, even if she can clearly hold her own in a dangerous situation.
Watch the disturbing video below.
LillzKillz SS17 runway finale
LillzKillz SS17 runway finaleSource: Vancouver Fashion Week
The inside scoop on Vancouver-based reworked vintage designer Lillea Goian of LillzKillz.
It's day three of VFW and even though there's barely five minutes to spare between shows, I took the time to sit down with spirited 18-year-old designer Lillea Goian of LillzKillz to chat about vintage, fast fashion and the see-now-buy-now trend.
What was your inspiration for the collection?
"I really take inspiration from what’s on my mind. I just think about the things that I like and if I find something else that I’m interested in I try and find a way to incorporate it. The main theme of the show was sequins and motocross gear. I saw someone online wearing really vibrant motocross pants and I thought [they] were cool, but that I could find a way to make them even cooler."
You re-work vintage pieces with original artwork. Do you create the art before working on the collection, or vice versa?
"I don’t make the artwork myself. I incorporate [the work] of friends of mine who want exposure. I’ve used the work of two artists so far who suited the themes in my past shows. My friend Aidan did the artwork for this show. I thought it really suited it since it’s very graffiti-like. I usually just work with my friends because I like helping people as much as I can. If I had the opportunity to get help from somebody I would take it."
What do you look for when choosing vintage pieces?
"I always look for things no one else would be interested in. I feel like a lot of vintage stores cater to a certain market and I feel like a lot of the time buyers go for the ripped jean, T-shirts, leather and camo jackets. It’s so bland! So I go searching in places that no one else would go to find the brightest things. I feel like vintage stores should have something for everybody. Everyone appreciates vintage at some level and it sucks when it’s catered to specific people."
Where do you find inspiration?
"I’m 18 so I don’t have a lot of opportunities to go places for inspiration. If anything, I get inspiration from what’s on the Internet. I’m constantly looking online for street style from different fashion weeks. Instagram is pretty big but I also go through personal style changes that affect my designs."
What are your thoughts on the see-now-buy-now trend?
"I think it’s smart to show things the season of because fast fashion companies take your ideas and re-work them for less and I don’t think that’s fair. People put in so much energy, time and emotion into their designs and to have someone steal it is so unfair. So I do my absolute best to wear vintage pieces and make them new in my own way. That’s what I can afford at this point in my life. If I could afford expensive designer clothing I would be all over it."