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Beauty Notes: Cate Blanchett's hair
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:23 AM (Eastern)

cate blanchett at the 14th annual sag awards

Simple, yet indelible. Cate may not have seen much gelt at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, but surely she was a monument to elegance. (Related photos may be found on

Even as I'm straining to get a better view of her jewelry--earrings with vivid green stones (and in other pics, a bracelet beaded with stones resembling rough rubies)--and her swank Balenciaga maternity(!) gown--what really pulls this look together is the hair. Instead of overshadowing, the way a typical awards-show updo would have done, this style is a golden frame around eyes, glowing complexion, simple makeup and deep green jewels. Imagine a stuffier hairstyle with the exact same gown and jewelry, and it's instantly aging.

Now onto the press release and products:

MATRIX Celebrity Hairstylist Dishes on Cate Blanchett's Soft Waves

Even though she didn't bring home any statuettes last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Cate Blanchett kicked off awards season looking radiant on the red carpet with soft, beautiful waves that brought out her natural beauty and pregnant glow. MATRIX celebrity stylist, Mark Townsend, was the man behind the look and has the scoop on how to get this simple yet beautiful hairstyle.

Townsend has been working with Blanchett for nearly four years, so it doesn't take long for the pair to decide on the perfect style for big red carpet events. As soon as Cate tried on her stunning Balenciaga gown for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the entire fashion and beauty team agreed that her hair should be down and simple so as not to overpower her intricate gown. To achieve the look, Mark first took Cate's damp hair and applied Biolage Hydro-Foaming Styler all over to add a little texture, and then blow-dried her hair with a medium round brush. When the hair was completely dry, Mark used a one inch HAI Elite curling iron, taking random sections of hair from one to three inches in size sections of hair, and wrapping them around the iron. According to Mark — the trick to getting perfect waves and curls is to never actually open the iron, just wrap the hair around it while closed. When finished, Mark rubbed Biolage smooththérapie Smoothing Serum in the palms of his hands and raked it through Cate's hair to soften the curls into soft, loose waves and blend the curled pieces with the straighter pieces of hair. To finish, Mark used Biolage Complete Control Hairspray to softly set the look so it lasted all night.

biolage products

Mark's Product Picks:
Biolage Hydro-Foaming Styler, $14
Biolage smooththérapie Smoothing Serum, $14
Biolage Complete Control Hairspray, $15

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January 31, 2008 2:54 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hm, it looks a little messy and matted to me, but I agree that the first thing you notice are those vivid green earrings. My first thought was, "Oy, great color on her." I adore Cate Blanchett, truly one of the finest actresses we have today. It makes me really angry to think Gwyneth Paltrow got the oscar that one time for Shakespeare in Love and it's like, PALTROW!!!? HOLLYWOOD NEPOTISM!

January 31, 2008 5:08 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Weeellll...I saw Shakespeare in Love. It was good, there's no doubt about it. Most American actors can't do English accents, for the same reason English actors usually end up doing American Southern accents--there isn't quite such a thing as a generic English or American accent. The only way to emulate is to choose a specific region, and that takes more time to study.

There is a definite "shmooze factor" in Hollywood. Spike Lee always got passed over. It's not a reflection of the quality of work by any means.

January 31, 2008 5:52 PM, Blogger Dain said...

It's a fine movie, but the day that they pass up Cate Blanchett in favor of Paltrow is the day I stopped watching the Academy Awards.

January 31, 2008 7:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

To me it's like a soccer game anyway...unless you're hanging out with a bunch of people and drinking beer, there isn't much point watching the entire show. You can always catch the highlights later on. :)

There's a stone called chrome diopside that looks sort of like those earrings--at least it does on the Net. I've never seen it in real life.

January 31, 2008 7:50 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Yeah, they've been giving the wrong awards to the wrong people since the very beginning, eh? Judy Garland never got hers for A Star is Born and neither did Bette Davis for either All About Eve or Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Perhaps malachite might do? I know it's a deeper green, but...

Hm, the box I sent you should arrive in a week. I've included to tiny pearls, perhaps they could go atop a deep purpley amethyst in a similar style, though perhaps less dramatic. And in gold, since that would match better.

February 1, 2008 2:43 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I did a little digging, there wasn't much info about the green earrings on the Net. Unusual, since part of the point of having celebs wear jewelry is to publicize the jeweler. I found one article which said they were "natural jade and diamond." That's some jade!

February 2, 2008 4:39 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Playing with color combinations:
rose quartz + labradorite
lavender amethysts + amber (I like the idea of this one)
deep pink + rich blue (good on a brunette, I think)

February 2, 2008 2:34 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Ya know, the more I'm doing this, the more complicated it seems to get. Odd, because I always thought it would get simpler. The mechanical aspect of making the stuff has definitely become far easier, but the design part just gets deeper and deeper.

February 2, 2008 4:14 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I think that's probably true of anything. Look at people who design clothes, for chrissakes. Karl Lagerfeld sends a model down the runway in a denim bra and everyone's like, "Oh, that Karl. He really knows how to demonstrate the French attitude for play. Of course, he's genius. I love him."

February 2, 2008 5:16 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Eh...people can become lazy once they become successful. They tried much harder when they still had to struggle. It can backfire though. People get bored if you keep churning out the same old thing, no matter how prestigious your name has become.

It is odd though...before, I thought, all I have to do is get good at the mechanics, and come up with a few really good "templates." Then just plug in different stones. lol I have yet to be able to do that. Each stone and cut and size seems to require its own design. I suppose I should see it that way...start with the stones, then figure out what to do with them.

February 2, 2008 8:15 PM, Blogger Dain said...

What I found intriguing about jewelry design is how it's not intuitive, in a sense. You take a little bit but you can use it many, many ways. That's kind of cool, in the sense that I've always really liked jigsaw puzzles. Jewelry design is rather like that to some degree.

But I'll admit I find the idea of color combination with stones more intriguing. I mean, it's a little like playing with makeup colors, and in some sense, you need to have the stuff on hand to get a good sense, but that seems like the easiest, fun part. (Not the mechanics, poo!)

I was in Jo-Ann fabrics the other day getting a clasp for the pearl strand, and I noticed that these cloudy lavender beads would really work well with amber drops. They contrast perfectly with each other, and yet, they are slightly unexpected, no? It's interesting to me because you want the piece to look, somehow, whole, at a glance, so that you can wear them and not have to think about it too much. And yet, they should have some excellence as you draw closer in.

Ehhh... that's making no sense. Like a NARS duo. Lol.

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Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 13, 2007 1:22 PM (Eastern)

Angelina Jolie ad for Shiseido

Again with the utterly colorless background and dress, making her sublime blue-green eyes jump out at you.

You'll note how simple her makeup is here. Just a little eyeliner and neutral shadows, nude lipstick, and mascara.

Pub coco mademoiselle

I'm less crazy about the Keira Knightley ad for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle perfume. I actually like Keira Knightley, thought she made a bold and brilliant debut in her films. What I find disturbing, is this trend toward 1970's-style anorexic thinness. It didn't work in the 70's. What's up with bringing it back?

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The best perfume ads?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, September 05, 2007 2:07 AM (Eastern)

Retro Enjoli commercial

No wait, not that one! :D I actually remember that ad. To give credit where it's due, it was one of the first ads I can remember featuring a professional woman, complete with suit. (Although looking at it now, the wisdom of asking someone to work two full-time

Beauty aficionados will note this also shows the favored lip shape of the 1970's: small and neat. (Full lips would not be in vogue in the U.S. until many years later.)

the best perfume commercials

This is the one I was thinking of. What's lovely is it features various brands of perfume, and actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Sophie Marceau, and my girl Scarlett Johansson.

The Nicole Kidman Chanel No. 5 (full version) is all over the Net; it's hard to resist a luminous Kidman declaring, "I'm a dancer. I love to dance!" and the whole Roman Holiday-ness of it all. But of the ads excerpted in the video, my favorite has to be the Little Red Riding Hood one:

Chanel no5 - Little Red Riding Hood

Oh, I know it's borderline sappy, yet there's enough sheer wit--today's Little Red Riding Hood, not the wolf, is clearly in charge--to make it sparkle.

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Finding this weirdly mesmerizing...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 25, 2007 2:40 AM (Eastern)

This is the "clean" version; the other had the blogger's URL slapped on it toward the end--yeah, I was tempted to post the other one, but anyway...

I can admit I have zero temptation to buy the product, and was attracted to the video purely from fond memories of Lara Croft, Girl, Interrupted, et cetera. As much hype surrounds Angelina Jolie, I always liked her work. But after a while, playing it back a few times, I ended up liking the ad itself.

It's totally meaningless, yet beautifully, almost geometrically designed, what with the lines of the silver jewelry (oh, I'm sure it's platinum or something, I meant the color), the color of Jolie's eyes and the mesmerizing pink lipcolor (that would make me look like a ghoul)...really well done. You don't think about it consciously, but Jolie's eyes and the lip product are the only "colors" in the ad; everything else is her skin, or silver or white.

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August 25, 2007 6:58 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Angelina Jolie is weirdly mesmerizing. She's an extremely talented actress, though everyone's fawning over her has only been since she got some work done on her face. She seems like she's her own person; that's like the rarest thing in Hollywood.

August 25, 2007 8:06 AM, Blogger cmm said...

Dain stole my comment, LOL! I've always been weirdly mesmerized with Jolie. I've had a girl-crush on her since I first saw her.

She's really impressed me since becoming a mom, she has got GREAT mom style!

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Scarlett Johansson
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, April 10, 2007 1:13 AM (Eastern)

I've already decided this is my favorite contemporary actress.

Why Scarlett, oh there is such an ephemeral nature to Hollywood these days. There is always a young new "it" girl, who lasts a maximum of three movies, then vanishes. It's depressing, not unlike those limited edition cosmetics I keep griping about. Once you find something beautiful, you like to have it around for a while. much as people mumble "photoshopping," "makeup," even "under the knife" whenever Scarlett's name rolls around, I don't care. She has an essence that transcends makeup, or photoshopping, or whatever minor nose work she had done. It's undeniable.

Her acting chops are still a bit rough, but again, we are speaking of a film actor. If film actors need not emote to the same degree as stage actors, they have to work with two dimensions not three. They have to create the third dimension all by themselves.

I saw Girl with a Pearl Earring the other night; it is one of those consummate films for beauty buffs. Not because of the makeup by any means. It's the lack of obvious makeup that makes the scenes stand out, in this jaded world we live in now.

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Catherine Deneuve thoughts...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 04, 2006 10:17 PM (Eastern)

I should preface this by saying that, in the main, my "lemming" days are past.

What is a lemming? It's a sort of small rat-like creature that, at least according to myth, follows all the other lemmings, even unto jumping off a cliff.

A beauty board lemming is something a bit similar. It's a beauty product that somehow, some way, suddenly everyone on the beauty board has to own.

It's not that simple to create a board lemming these days. Or, it shouldn't be. Internet beauty boards have been in existence circa 1995 - 1996 (when the original Lipstick Page beauty website was created). I started posting on The Lipstick Page in 1998, September or October. At the time it was a revelation. Prior to the non-commercial beauty forum, all information regarding beauty products originated from...the beauty product manufacturers themselves.

In short, before then, every product was a lemming. Everything was great. Everything was to die for. Everything you had to have. Everything would make you look like [fill in your favorite model/actress here]. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

The beauty board revelation period lasted until circa 2002 - 2003 and that is when the newness of Internet forums wore off. That is when, to the best of my observation, many of the beauty mavens left. I still see some of them around on various boards. A fairly recent trend has been for them to set up their own Blogger or LiveJournal communities. (The blog you're reading falls somewhat into such; we have kept up the forums though.)

Oh, where was I. Oh yeah, the lemmings...the lemmings are, or should be, pretty gone. As much as we on The Lipstick Page Forums keep the spam off, so should the buyer beware as to where the information she got from a "beauty forum" came from.

Catherine Deneuve, though.

Is it possible to resist this collection? I have a "dupe" (duplicate or copy) of Deneuve's perfume, titled aptly "Deneuve." The replica is by Ava Luxe. It is...a fantastic perfume. I'm fuddled as to why Deneuve does not re-release it.

So check out that picture. No doubt, it's the "Thunder Eyes" quad...or "Laze Eyes"...whatever...

Is she gorgeous? Yes, she is gorgeous. She is toe-curlingly, girl-crushingly gorgeous. sigh It gives one the feeling of something unique. Something that shall never exist again, something so stunning it can appear only once (oh yeah, and there's the makeup too).

Here is my current lemming. It's not that I need it. G*d knows I have enough eyeshadows. I could pass on the shadows, but then there are lipsticks. Four LE (limited edition) lipsticks, two of which are my favorite MAC formula, the Lustre lipstick. grumbles

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February 9, 2006 1:37 PM, Blogger Dain said...

O! France feels the same way. They actually call her "La France". Only France would revere as their patron goddess a woman who is in her 60s, smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish, but wears YSL to kill.

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