Beauty editors’ polished mouths dropped to the floor this morning with the announcement of Dior’s new creative and image director. The reason behind this beauty world startle? It’s Peter Philips, the former creative director for Chanel cosmetics. From 2008 to 2013, Philips was responsible for some of the French powerhouse’s major beauty product innovations, including launching now-iconic nail polish shades (Particulière, Jade and Mimosa, to name a few) as well as Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour. And how can we forget the beauty feats he pulled off for Chanel’s runway shows? For Spring 2009, he tattooed models with pearls, chains and blossoms. In Fall 2012 he made us all reconsider our eyebrows with the debut of custom Chanel bejeweled brows, and the following year we were ready to break out the glitter after he lined the models’ eyes with elegant sequins. Read more »
3D printing, epigenetics and telomeres: 3 futuristic areas inspiring high-performance anti-aging skincare
Flexible glass is coming soon to curved cellphone displays. Suspension furniture held together by tension is eliminating the need for glue. And 3D printing is being used everywhere from the medical world—to recreate miniature human kidneys and livers in hopes of eventually using them in transplants—to the runway, where Dutch designer Iris van Herpen incorporated it into her couture collection last July.
The ways in which we’re now able to change a form’s shape are multiplying by the minute. Referring to the trend as “shape creation,” Loretta Miraglia, corporate senior vice-president of global brand product development and innovation at La Mer, says she believes it’s the third industrial revolution. “It’s going to influence almost every industry, including ours.” And it’s what inspired her to bring the concept to anti-aging skincare with The Lifting Contour Serum ($330, at Holt Renfrew). Read more »
Awards show season is a giving season. It provides hours of entertainment, from jokes on stage to so many memes (John Travolta mispronunounced name generator anyone?). But more than anything else, award shows give us plenty of hair and makeup looks to obsess over—and then master. Unlike the stunning designer dresses the stars wear, red carpet beauty looks are totally attainable! Whether you duplicate a favourite look or use it as a starting point for your own creation, this past awards show season provided us with lots of inspiration.
From Olivia Wilde’s expertly done gamine eyeliner to Jennifer Lawrence’s high flying pixie cut, there are plenty of recent looks to covet and replicate. With Pinterest and Tumblr being endless sources of red carpet beauty pics, there is no better time to flex your makeup and hair skills and get creative.
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Now that fashion month has come to a close, one thing is clear: the nail polish. (See what we did there?) While bright colours and crazy patterns have dominated runways season after season, this year it seems that nail trends are starting to lean in a much more minimalist direction. Helping lead this neutral nail charge is Essie Canada’s lead nail artist, Rita Remark. She’s not only responsible for all the upcoming nail looks at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, but just returned from doing nails at NYFW for designers such as DKNY and Jill Stuart. So who better to advise on the colours, textures and top coats you’ll want to wear come fall, as well as what’s on trend right now? Read on for Rita’s backstage intel—and if you’re like us, you’ll most likely be reaching for a nail polish bottle before you get to the end!
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Bright hair for all! Demi Lovato, Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth have all made dramatic colour changes
Forget the paparazzi! When you’re a celebrity with thousands upon thousands of Twitter followers, a selfie is the best way to announce a new hair colour. Change is clearly in the air right now, as Nicole Richie, Demi Lovato and Kate Bosworth all debuted bright new looks this week. Subtlety doesn’t seem to exist in any of their vocabularies either, as all three stars have made a dramatic change to their hair colour.
Demi Lovato may be the least surprising of the bunch, as she’s rocked almost every hair colour you can imagine, from platinum blonde to raven black to navy blue. However, fans on Lovato’s Facebook page were freaking out yesterday when she posted a photo with the caption, “So…. This happened…… Oops. #NEONLIGHTSTOUR.” The photo showed an electric razor alongside a pile of pink hair and a snipped off ponytail, prompting speculation that the singer had gone mega short. However, Lovato soon uploaded a selfie debuting her new look, a side-shaved hairstyle alongside the cheeky caption “IDGAF”. Either Lovato was feeling that YOLO attitude or perhaps she took inspiration from Rihanna, who championed the side-shaved look while on her 777 world tour. Either way this feisty new haircut matches perfectly with the singer’s rock-star stage persona. Read more »
Beauty Fix: The best moisturizers and blush for dry skin, an inexpensive face mask with premium results and more
Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it possible to wear retinol during the day?
We’re encouraged to apply retinol at night for multiple reasons. First off, your skin is more receptive to active ingredients (like retinol) at night because it’s entered a reparative state. Secondly, retinol can make skin sensitive to sun, so daily SPF application is crucial when you’re dabbing on the retinol at night. All that being said, if you combine an SPF with a retinol, rules can indeed be broken. StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30 ($109, murale.ca) is the ultimate daytime face product. Not only does it work to reverse wrinkles and fine lines, it will even out skin tone, refine texture and fight off UVA and UVB damage, all without irritating skin. Quite the multitasking product to put into your daily rotation! Read more »
If you’re looking for volume or planning on styling an updo, chances are you know that second-day hair is the way to go. Freshly washed hair can look too squeaky-clean and doesn’t hold its shape as well, plus there’s also a gritty, cool-girl factor that only second-day hair can provide. However, should you think this is a hair secret only used by women, think again. According to Vidal Sassoon hairstylist Chase Kusero, Jared Leto’s winning hair at the 2014 Oscars was all about the second-day style.
Should you want to copy the look (hey, those beachy waves would look just as good on a lady as they do on Leto) or get your guy on the edgy, long hair train, here’s how it was done. The night before the Academy Awards, Chase prepped Leto’s wet hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Primer Spray and Pro Series Waves Pomade. Read more »
Olivia Wilde’s black Valentino gown was one of the highlights on the 2014 Oscars red carpet last night, but upon closer inspection her makeup should be getting just as many accolades. While neutral makeup was certainly the biggest beauty statement last night, Wilde’s ’60s-inspired cat-eye was perfection—and it’s all thanks to one simple little trick.
Revlon makeup artist Melanie Inglessis was behind the look—she’s Wilde’s go-to makeup girl and told PopSugar that a typical makeup session is more like girl time, complete with gossip catchups and fun antics. For the 2014 Oscars, Inglessis described Wilde’s makeup as “effortless, chic and French.” She used two black Revlon eyeliners to complete the look, first Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner and then Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner. The cat-eye’s retro appeal is all due to its thickness along the upper lid and the delicate-but-exaggerated flick at the end—but it really comes together thanks to a simple defining technique: a simple swipe of white eyeliner. (Look close: do you see it?) Read more »