Sta r r y N i g ht s
t this time of year, we all long for classics—eggnogs, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Aud Lang Syne.” To makeup artists and hairstylists, the holiday standards have nothing to do with whether mice are stirring. They’re about intrinsic sexiness that never goes out of style— smoldering eyes, red lip, tumbling waves, a loose updo. “These looks are always beautiful, no matter what the trend is,” says makeup artist Wendy Rowe. And talk about holiday bonus: These timeless effects take little time to execute. Hairstylist Diego Da Silva kept styling products to a minimum, and Rowe played up only one feature—deep, smoky eyes or fire-truck are so polished,” says Rowe. “They’re like the pillars of beauty.” We’ll lift a glass (of eggnog) to that.
This look is classic Hollywood, from Rita Hayworth straight through to Mgean Fox. Sequined chiffon dress and jersey tank by Vera Wang. Makeup colors: Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Faux Pas and Color Fever Lipstick in Pink and Sensual Java by Lancome.
Calling all inosmnians, astronomers, and other creatures of the night: Makeup artist Alex Box has helped create Illamasqua, a new, unpronounceable line designed to be worn after dark. The makeup and nail polish, which already have a cult following among London lounge crawlers like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, were inspired by Berlin in the 1920s—specifically its seedy underground club scene. “People transform into the most exaggerated version of themselves at night,” says Box. “We wanted to work with that—the idea that there’s more safety to experiment when the lights are low.” The eye shadows and lipsticks contain as much as 30 percent more pigment than more regular makeup, according to the company. “If you try to get the same look with regular eye shadow, you would have to use the whole pot,” says Box. The gems of the collection are the Liquid Metals, intensely pigmented cream shadows (above) that look like poured teal on the lid.
On the Bubble
There’s now another kind of bubbly for the party scene: Agathe’s Bubbles, which looks like a kids’ toy until a bubble pops and releases one of its scents for the home. The sophisticated mixes—Pears, Cold Mint—were created by Franis Kurkdjian, who has made fragrances for Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Giorgio Armani. Our favorite: the fresh, clean Cut Herbs.
Heads Up If you’ve ever frozen in front of a mirror with a mouthful of bobby pins, you know that updos can do very wrong very fast. To take the intimidation out of those two syllables, hairstylists Kevin Ryan and Frank Rizzieri have created the pin-up Girl Kit—tools and instructions for three classic styles. Included are large and small pins, elastics, clips, a skinny brush, and a hair roll that snaps into a bun. The steps are helpful and easy to follow, but a couple of the looks could stand to be loosened up a little. You might want to pull out a few strands around the hairline, say, or skip the hair spray to avoid looking like a daytime-TV star.
Rei Kawakubo presents fall 2011 for Comme des Gar莽ons at the H么tel de la Monnaie in Paris, photos by Arno Frugier