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Beauty Notes: Cate Blanchett's hair
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:23 AM (Eastern)
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 cateblanchett.net.)
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.
Mark's Product Picks:
Biolage Hydro-Foaming Styler, $14
Biolage smooththérapie Smoothing Serum, $14
Biolage Complete Control Hairspray, $15
Cate image courtesy sagawards.org
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?
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 jobs...eh...)
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.
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.
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.
But...as 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.
images courtesy www.dreamyscreencaps.com
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
Images courtesy www.maccosmetics.com