Category: Beauty

Carey Mulligan has been wowing us with her grown-out boy cut on the premiere circuit for Wall Street and Never Let me Go. She’s been wearing the choppy crop with a lot of texture, but at last night’s BAFTA Britannia Awards in L.A., she worked some hot-styling magic for an ultra-sleek, side-parted coif. It’s amazing what a good blow-out can do. Which do you prefer: wild and wavy or straight and narrow?


The Marie Robinson

Marie Robinson has pretty much cemented her position as one of the city’s top colorists. She got her start as an apprentice at Pierre Michel at the age of 19 and put in stints at Danilo, John Frieda (where she became famously adept at balayage highlighting), and Bumble and Bumble, before spending seven years as the head colorist at Sally Hershberger Downtown. Last spring, Robinson sent shockwaves through the beauty community when she abandoned the queen of the $800 cut to open her own eponymous salon with a chunk of the staff following suit. Besides having her own fancy new Fifth Avenue flagship, Robinson also has an impressive celebrity client roster (Liv Tyler, Natalie Portman, Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway all trust their tresses to Robinson, and Kristen Stewart went strawberry blond at her suggestion this summer). She also recently added an enviable title to her CV: color director for Clairol (that’s her in the brand’s latest round of TV ads). Despite these achievements, Robinson remains refreshingly (make that shockingly) down-to-earth, which, along with those legendary highlighting abilities, makes her very easy to love. Here, she divulges who cuts and colors her own platinum blond crop, along with her favorite beauty destinations and must-haves.

—Fiorella Valdesolo

The Pilates Instructor: Benjamin Degenhard at Equinox

“In three years, he has completely transformed my body. I love that he’s not extremely chatty and just wants to focus on working with me.”

Benjamin Degenhard at Equinox, 97 Greenwich Ave., NYC, (212) 620-0103,

The Makeup and Eyebrow Artist: Landy Dean

“Landy works fast! He can do my makeup in only 20 minutes, and in just that short amount of time, my face is complete perfection for a shoot. And his eyebrow shaping can transform and refresh my face even when I’m not wearing any makeup at all.”

Landy Dean at Marie Robinson, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780,

The Derm: Pat Wexler

“Pat has the most delicate touch, and she is seriously able to make my skin look rejuvenated and years younger like nobody else.”

Dr. Patricia Wexler, 145 E. 32nd St., 7th floor, NYC, (212) 684-2626.

The Colorist: Bryan Thomson-DiPalma

“Bryan has done my hair color for the past six years, long before I recruited him to work at my salon. He creates total platinum perfection!”

Marie Robinson, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780,

The Stylist: Tom Gallagher at Snip N Sip

“Tom and I met at Bumble and Bumble ten years ago. I just love the way he cuts my hair, and he also happens to be a wonderful guy, so getting my hair cut is also an excuse for us to see each other.”

Tom Gallagher at Snip N Sip, 204 Waverly Place, NYC, (212) 242-3880,

The Massage Therapist: Dr. Trish Dean

“Admittedly, massages are very infrequent, but when I do I have time I always use Dr. Trish Dean. She is both an amazing chiropractor and massage therapist.”

Dr. Trish Dean, e-mail for an appointment.

The Touch-up Product: Clairol Perfect 10 in Runway Blonde

“I recommend this Clairol product to my clients for touch-ups in between visits with me. It’s bright and very easy to apply.”

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Haircolor in 9G Light Golden Blonde (Runway Blonde), $12,

The Lipstick: NARS Lipstick in Schiap

“It really is just the most fun, happy color!”

NARS Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap, $24,

The Skincare: ReVive

“The ReVive Intensité Volumizing Serum is my favorite. It’s expensive, but I’m addicted!”

ReVive Intensité Volumizing Serum, $600,

Oftentimes shoulder length hair can be awkward, but Olivia Palermo shows she has mastered the length and has it responding to her every command. At the 27th Annual Night of Stars Gala in New York, she blow dried her hair straight, letting the ends curl inward slightly to frame her face.

The key to making a mid-length style work for you is to make sure you amp up your style as Olivia does, since a simple cut can tone down your outfit. For example, Olivia wore a Giambattista Valli cocoon jacket with a glossy black dress, Charlotte Olympia sandal and blue and gold accessories—all statement pieces on their own, and the perfect upscale complement to her laid back ‘do.

Jessica Biel’s Winter Color

Yesterday we devoted a fair bit of space on this blog to the topic of warming up your hair color for fall. Today, we’ve got a prime example of how well the technique can work for beauty-boosting. Behold, Jessica Biel: foxy brunette! Biel parted ways with her signature golden highlights last month, but at Glamour’s Reel Moments launch event last night in Beverly Hills, the A-Team star was sporting a gorgeous shade of deep, rich chocolaty brown. Full disclosure: There’s something about Justin’s S.O. that we’ve never really “got,” but everything seems so clear now with this new dye job (we’ll admit it, she’s a super-babe). Which look do you think works best for her?

Lindsey Wixson Effect

Despite showcasing a “new type of glamour” with uncharacteristically clean, glowing makeup backstage at her Spring show, Donatella Versace is already back to glam, if the ad campaign for her brand’s latest fragrance, Vanitas, is any indication. The print visual for the lime, freesia, and Tahitian gardenia eau is making the rounds on the blogosphere this afternoon, as it’s fronted by catwalk queen Lindsey Wixson. Wearing an off-the-shoulder Versace dress, the 16-year-old model is a far cry from the fresh-faced, impeccably complexioned girl who walked the label’s show last month. Instead, she sports heavy black eye makeup, bleached brows, and middle-parted platinum blond hair (so hot for Spring 2011). Wixson looks gorgeous, as always, but that eye makeup really detracts from her major selling points, i.e., her flawless skin, pouty lips, and pillowlike cheeks. We actually noticed this during the shows; spotting Wixson in heavy eye makeup at Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada, and Roberto Cavalli, we found ourselves unable to control blurting out an audible “Why?!” Why would anyone want to muddle that visage with so much sooty liner and shadow when her bare-faced beauty is so stunning—as evidenced by her turns at Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, and, well, Versace? Take a gander at the collage we’ve assembled above and let us know if you agree.

God bless Lady Gaga and her burning desire to change up her hair on a regular basis. Were it not for her and Rihanna, our job would be significantly more difficult. Feast your eyes on the latest from the Fame Monster, who was spotted this morning in London sporting blue pepper-hued color blocks over long salt strands with teal, dip-dyed tips at the bottom. Her egg yolk yellow days were cool, but this just may be our favorite color incarnation yet. You too?

Kate Moss Bangs One Out

Is-she-or-isn’t-she newlywed Kate Moss has made an image adjustment: She has new bangs! The super-est of them all, who set off a hair craze back in 2007 when she initially cut herself some brow-grazing fringe, returned to the style at the London release party for Bryan Ferry’s new album, Olympia—for which her famous face provides the cover art (Moss is a big Roxy Music fan, turns out). After sporting long, face-framing layers earlier this month at the Paris shows, it’s certainly a bold change. Is it one that you approve of?

There was a lot to ogle at Elle magazine’s 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute in Beverly Hills last night, as the impressive turnout included cameos from Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, and Kate Hudson and her mom, Goldie Hawn. But we were most transfixed by Diane Kruger, who accessorized her melon-colored Calvin Klein Collection halter minidress with two spring beauty looks hot off the runways: That’d be a sixties cat-eye drawn on with an off-kilter liner, à la Derek Lam and Peter Som, and a twisted coronet, which resembled a looser, softer version of Guido Palau’s “inverted roll” backstage at YSL. A former catwalker herself, Kruger can be counted on to model the latest trends. What do you think of her hair and makeup?

K-Stew Back To Brunette

Kristen Stewart’s dye job was the talk of the summer when colorist Marie Robinson took the Twilight star strawberry blonde for the saga’s Eclipse press junket. But it appears as though Stewart has returned to her roots for fall, sporting a deep chestnut hue at Spike TV’s Scream 2010 awards this weekend. Seeing as how we too like to go darker in the colder months, we applaud the transition—despite having been fans of her “summer ginger” strands. Which color do you prefer?

Silver Fox

If there ever was, there’s certainly no avoiding Kim Kardashian now: The reality star and frequent paparazzi fodder appears on the cover of W’s November Art issue, covered by a few provocative words from Barbara Kruger—and nothing else. Inside, Kardashian is lensed fully nude, wearing only a sparkling layer of silver body paint. (As previously mentioned on this blog, body paint is having a moment: It showed up at both Louis Vuitton and Moncler Gamme Rouge’s Spring ‘11 shows in Paris, though the W shoot predates them both by months.) Kardashian’s paint job is the work of Revlon Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman and while the how of the face painter’s “body of work,” has already circulated the Internet with lightning speed (she used a liquid silver Kryolan paint mixed with a silver metallic pigment from Make Up For Ever combined with extra highlights courtesy of a metallic Revlon Eye Shadow), we wanted to get the why, the how long, and the is that thing real, because, like everyone else, we can’t seem to wrap our head around the, er, breadth of those images.

—Matthew Schneier

So, what was the inspiration behind the silver look?

They wanted to do something a bit different, and because they were working with Barbara Kruger and doing the artwork on the cover, it had to be something that was going to be relatable to her work. Quite graphic and poppy and all of those things. They asked me what color I thought would be the most beautiful on her skin. We didn’t want it to be sensual; we wanted it to be chic. I thought that silver would be the best idea in terms of contrast. It’s the most luminous, gives the most photogenic effect of those metallic paints.

Kim is famously curvy. Did it take a long time to cover her?

No, it didn’t take very long at all—maybe half-an-hour. It’s kind of an easy application, with a sponge.

Doesn’t sound too tricky. Is it something that might have a life off of the runway or the editorial page?

It’s not that easy to do it on yourself. It’s more fantastical. For a show, you put on a show by doing things like that. For this issue, we did it because it was the Art issue—and she has a beautiful body.

And how. Speaking of that body, it has gotten a lot of close scrutiny from the internet commentariat. In particular, everyone is debating whether Kim’s had posterior enhancement surgery. As someone with, ahem, first-hand experience, care to comment?

I don’t know anything about that, I [just] think she’s beautiful. I think Kim Kardashian looks so much like Scarlett Johansson—I never noticed it [before]. There’s some angles where she looks so much like her it’s crazy.