MAKEUP

MAKEUP INSPIRED BY HIT SHOWS

The Girls x Deborah Lippmann collaboration got us thinking about what other popular TV shows have used beauty lines as marketing tools. Turns out, a lot. From Glee to Modern Family, some of television’s most beloved shows have launched lipsticks and nail polishes for their fans.

Mad Men – If any show should inspire a makeup collection, Mad Men is it. Sexy, retro and glam, the ‘60s-set show has the best hair and makeup on TV, no question. Estee Lauder launched its first Mad Men collection last March, which consisted of a red lipstick called “Cherry” and “Evening Rose,” a pink cream blush. The line was so successful that the brand just launched its second Mad Men-inspired collection. Consisting of a light pink blush in a beautiful gold Pucci-esque compact, a creamy lipstick entitled “Pinkadelic” and a demure baby pink nail polish, this new collection is definitely more Betty than Joan.

Modern Family – Confused? So are we. Nicole by OPI launched a nail polish collection inspired by the comedy in January. The line is comprised of 14 polishes named after each character. Sofia Vergara is an understandable beauty inspiration, but Ed O’Neill?! Don’t think that shade will be quite as popular…

Glee – This bright and fun Sephora by OPI nail polish collection perfectly embodies the spirit of Glee. Cute and clever names, like Gleek Out and Slushied, are inspired by components of the show. The colors include lime green, bright blue and hot pink… very high school, very Glee.

True Blood – Here’s a show that could definitely translate to a cosmetics line. The vampire-themed series inspired Tarte Cosmetics to launch a limited edition makeup collection. The 3-piece set included a lip tint, cheek stain and a palette consisting of seventeen eye shadows. Perfect for creating a vampy, dark look. Following the success of the Tarte collection, HSN launched Forsaken, a line consisting of True Blood-themed perfumes, creams and candles. Deborah Lippmann, lover of collaborations, also released True Blood nail polish and lipstick.

Real Housewives – It seems like the rapid success of Bethenny Frankel’s empire has inspired every Bravo star to branch out with a side business. From Atlanta‘s Cynthia Bailey’s Hair Couture extensions line to Orange County‘s Gretchen Rossi’s cosmetics collection, these Housewives are trying to make the most of their fifteen minutes of fame. Tru Renewal is New York City‘s Ramona Singer’s skincare company. Kim Zolciak is even preparing to launch a line of wigs soon. Who says you have to be a Housewife to join in on the action? Shahs of Sunset‘s GG very publicly prepared for the launch of her hair extensions brand on this past season.

Photo: Estee Lauder for MadMen

 

“I think I could be the voice of my generation. Or… a voice. Of a generation.” It’s safe to say that no show has made more of an impact on pop culture in recent history than HBO’s Girls. Not since Carrie Bradshaw appeared on our TV screens in her six inch Manolos has a show been more scrutinized for its cultural influence.

This past January, nail guru Deborah Lippmann released a polish collection inspired by the four very different girls on the hit show. Lippmann has given fans an opportunity to try on each personality for themselves. Hannah is a muddy hunter green, slightly weird and definitely unique, just like Lena Dunham herself. Marnie is a classic, safe baby pink. Pretty, prissy and proper… simply Marnie. Shoshanna is a bright, refreshing lavender. Trendy and feminine, it’s right on point. Jessa is a deep, seductive burgundy. Dark and sexy, it perfectly encompasses the character’s boho mystique.

This line of polish got us thinking… What if we had to imagine each character beauty cabinet?  Take a look and find which one would fit better your personality, maybe you will find a bit of Shosh in you….

HANNAH

Smith’s Rosebud Salve – Hannah’s the kind of girl who would consider Chapstick makeup, so it’s a safe bet that she would love simple Rosebud Salve. – $7

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick – Even a girl who doesn’t like makeup needs to cover up dark spots and blemishes. The Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick is perfect for doing a bare minimum beauty routine. – $42

Bond No. 9 Brooklyn Cologne for Men – Hannah would wear cologne over perfume to make some sort of statement. And she would want to pay homage to the borough that inspires her so much with this Brooklyn-themed scent. – $240

MARNIE

Simple Skincare Moisturizing Facial Wash – Allison Williams is actually the face of this brand, and with her flawless complexion, it’s no secret why she landed the job. – $7

NARS Blush in ‘Orgasm’ – Marnie would definitely rely on this beauty classic for her cheeks. The soft pink would look soft and pretty on her skin. – $28

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – The most popular mascara in America, with the signature pink and green case, Marnie would have this in her bag at all times for quick touchups. – $5

SHOSHANNA

Mason Pearson Hairbrush – Can’t you picture girly girl Shoshanna sitting in front of her vanity mirror at night, counting her brushstrokes until she hits 100? A timeless Mason Pearson brush would definitely be on her dresser. – $99

NARS Lip Lacquer in ‘Baby Doll’ – This bubblegum pink gloss is unbelievably girly. Bright and long lasting, it can be worn at day or night. – $25

Aquolina Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette Spray – Instantly recognizable, this scent is so sweet and sugary… it smells exactly like cotton candy. Not for everyone, but it is definitely a Shoshanna product. She would spritz it every day. – $45

JESSA

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in ‘Good to be Bad’ – This super shiny burgundy lipstick is vampy and alluring. A perfect complement to the Jessa polish. – $16

MAC Eye Shadow in ‘Typographic’ – This dark, matte shadow is mysterious and sexy, just like the British badass of the series. It’s great for a smoky eye. – $15

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Eau de Parfum Spray – The spicy, aromatic scent is something Jessa would adour. Intense and sensual, it’s practically made for the spontaneous jetsetter. – $110

For more information on the products listed in this article, head over to Pampadour.

TV’S BEAUTY ICONS

Jill Munroe, Charlie’s Angels – When Farrah Fawcett first appeared on Charlie’s Angels in 1975, she started a hair craze. Her feathered ‘do was immediately copied by legions of fans. The hairstyle, created by Allen Edwards, is universally flattering and feminine. For those reasons alone, the style is emulated more than thirty years later.

Rachel Green, Friends – The haircut that defined the ‘90s. Jennifer Aniston’s famous cut was a phenomenon. Her longtime hairstylist, Chris McMillan, created the short, layered style for her. Want to know a surprising little secret? Aniston recently disclosed that she absolutely hated the cut!

Grace Adler, Will & Grace – Those famous bright red curls were just perfect for describing the personality of Grace, the modern day Lucille Ball. Bouncy and vibrant, they complimented the zany oddball to a T.

Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda & Samantha, Sex and the City – The four women who ushered in a hair, beauty, fashion – everything! – revolution. The Sex and the City ladies all had their own distinct styles, and it was so fun to see what they would do next. From Charlotte’s polished looks to Samantha’s season 6 wigs, they always had fun and were constantly starting covetable trends.

Marissa Cooper, The OC – California, here we come. In 2003, Mischa Barton appeared on TV screens as the effortlessly beautiful Cali girl Marissa Cooper. Viewers immediately fell for her laidback beauty. With her beachy, golden hair, perfect skin and minimal makeup, girls all over America wanted to copy the style of Orange County’s queen bee.

Lauren Conrad, The Hills – LC set herself apart from all the other girls on MTV by proving she’s more than just a pretty face. She has gradually built her empire with products ranging from books to clothing. With her website The Beauty Department, she has cemented her place as a beauty icon. She’s even announced plans to launch a line of cosmetics.

Blair Waldorf & Serena van der Woodsen, Gossip Girl – Blair and Serena proved Upper East Siders were just as cool as downtown girls. Serena’s glamorous style and beautiful blonde locks were a perfect complement to Blair’s demure makeup and preppy style. The hair and beauty inspiration alone made Gossip Girl a show worth watching week after week.

Betty Draper & Joan Holloway, Mad Men – Curvaceous girls are back! With her fiery red hair, crimson lips, and enviable curves, Joan proved how sexy sixties style is. Betty’s flawless blonde hair and ladylike beauty are equally desirable.

 

Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, is just around the corner. To get in the mood, we’ve rounded up ten sexy and seductive beauty products sure to get hearts racing.

1. Red Lips – It’s a classic for a reason. There is no beauty product more simply sexy and glam than a red lip. For a velvety smooth, matte finish, use Kevyn Aucoin’s Matte Lip Color in Eternal. – $32

2. Smokey Eyes – When you think of sexy eyes, you think smokey. It’s glamorous, dramatic and seductive at the same time. To achieve the perfect charcoal, try Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection. – $36

3. False Eyelashes – False lashes have been in style for quite some time, but this new set by Dior takes it to the next level. Lined with soft gold Swarovski crystals, your eyes will literally be sparkling. – $28

4. Dramatic Mascara – If falsies aren’t your thing, just swipe some volumizing mascara on your lashes to create a flirty, feminine look. Check out Dolce & Gabbana’s new Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara. – $32

5. Compact Blush – To quickly add some rouge to your cheeks, use Clinique’s Quick Blush. The innovative blush swivels up like a lipstick to reveal a brush that’s filled with cheek color. Perfect for spontaneous encounters. – $23.50

6. Body Powder – Urban Decay’s edible sparkling body powder will leave you looking, smelling and tasting like a bombshell. Dust the powder on your collarbone, shoulders and décolleté for shimmering, radiant skin. – $20

7. Bust Serum – If you want to add a little oomph to your chest without going under the knife, try Talika’s Bust Serum. The serum lifts and firms breasts, and promises to add one cup in six weeks. – $49

8. Body Oil – Apply lightweight NARS Monoi Body Glow II to your skin for instantly luminous and moisturized skin. With its soft, delicate fragrance, Body Glow is irresistible. – $59

9. Massage Candle – Kiki de Montparnasse has created an aromatic massage candle that is undeniably romantic. Burn the candle until it is partly liquid and you can then use it as a massage oil. – $50

10. Red Polish – Even nails can be sexy. For vampy, red nails, try Essie’s Bordeaux polish. It’s a classic red, which exudes sex appeal. – $8

NICK BAROSE MAGIC ON ALICIA KEYS

 

Pampadour user and makeup artist Nick Barose created Alicia Keys’ look for the premiere of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Products by Votre Vu:

Beauté en Bronze Bronzer Duo – $34

Le Joli Crayon Soft Eye Liner in Charbon – $23

Arch de Trionfe Brow Definer – $16.80

Champagne Kisses Enhancing Lip Balm – $29

AWARDS SHOW PREP

Believe it or not, even the most glamorous starlet doesn’t wake up red carpet ready. There’s a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into looking pristine and perfect. From detoxes to makeup and hair, here are the (sometimes crazy) steps actresses take to get ready for their primetime close-up.

Juice Cleanse: Celebs live and breathe diet and exercise, but right before a big awards show, they have to step up their game. Enter: a detoxifying juice cleanse. An instant belly slimmer, a three-day cleanse is a standard amongst actresses. The latest Hollywood craze is Pressed Juicery’s tasty drinks, which are both healthy and delicious. It’s a win-win.

The Red Carpet Facial: Adoured by celebrities with glowing skin, Tracie Martyn’s “Red Carpet Facial” is legendary. Stars leave with radiant skin, reduced puffiness, lifted eyes and cheekbones and a redefined jawline. It is basically a non-invasive facelift, and one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. 59 Fifth Avenue – 212.206.9333

Eyebrows: No matter the form of removal – waxing, threading, tweezing – every woman has had an eyebrow horror story, except the lucky few who get their brows done by expert Anastasia Soare. For January’s Golden Globes, she worked with JLo, Heidi Klum and Megan Fox, to name a few. For the brow shaping of a lifetime, visit her Beverly Hills salon. 438 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA – 310.273.3155

Perfect Blowout: The most talented hairstylists in the world flock to LA during awards season to create covetable looks for A-listers. From intricate chignons to retro waves, starlets have so many interesting options when it comes to hair. At the recent Globes ceremony, Lucy Liu took a risk that paid off with a messy fishtail braid created by Andy Lecompte. Andy Lecompte Salon, 616 North Almont Drive, West Hollywood, CA – 310.273.4100

Glowing Skin: Porcelain skin is in right now…Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain are dominating the red carpet with their Snow White complexions, but there are still stars who love looking like they just got back from a tropical vacation. For those ladies, like Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria, St. Tropez brand is the top choice. It leaves a healthy, vibrant glow with no streaks and none of the dangerous side effects that could result from tanning beds.

Quick Fix Spanx: Stars have virtually perfect figures thanks to extensive diets, exercise and detox, but you won’t find one celebrity who will step out on the red carpet without this undercover wonder. Spanx is a gift to actresses and regular women alike. It just creates smooth lines and brings out the best in any couture gown.

Makeup: Most leading ladies keep their makeup simple on the red carpet to avoid making any beauty faux pas, but the real standouts take a risk. Jessica Alba looked incredible at the Golden Globes with her bombshell tangerine pout. Her beauty look was created by Lauren Andersen.

All of these steps together create the glamorous looks we see at the Oscars, Globes and Grammys. The results clearly pay off, but it’s exhausting! Do you think you have what it takes to get ready like a celeb?

Photo via Instagram

HISTORY OF CONCEALING BEAUTY

 

If you thought women doing anything and everything for the sake of beauty was a new world problem, guess again. Women have had little beauty tricks for centuries. Here, in chronological order, is a list of classic beauty secrets.

1. Hair Extensions – Extensions and wigs have been around for a long time…even Cleopatra was a fan! The trend came back in the ‘70s, and it has been a celebrity staple ever since.

2. Hair Dye – Another beauty trick that stems from ancient Egypt. Egyptians would use henna to camouflage their grays.

3. Artificial Nails – During the Ming Dynasty of China (1368-1644), noblewomen wore very long artificial nails as a status symbol. Even though they have been around for literally centuries, fake nails had a resurgence in popularity in the late 20th century.

4. Vaseline – A true beauty multitasker, Vaseline was trademarked all the way back in 1872. From extending lashes to making skin silky smooth, it is truly a girl’s best friend.

5. Eyelash Extensions – False lashes were discovered in quite a glamorous way: in Hollywood, of course. In 1919, a director wanted his leading lady to have lashes that would “make her eyes shine larger than life.” The modern day technique of single lash application gained popularity in Korea in 2004.

6. Concealer – Max Factor launched the first commercially distributed concealer in 1938. This compact miracle worker covers everything from blemishes to dark circles. It’s really a makeup lifesaver.

7. Wonderbra – The Wonderbra brand was released in 1939, but the iconic push-up we’ve come to associate with the company was launched in the US almost sixty years later, in 1994.

8. Sunless tanning – Fake or spray tanning rose in popularity in the 1960s, after the public became aware of the negative effects of too much sun exposure. Just be careful not to turn orange…no one thinks an Oompa Loompa tan is attractive!

9. Laser hair removal – For many women, hair removal is just another errand, a part of their extensive beauty routine. In the mid-‘90s, laser removal was introduced and changed absolutely everything. It was the first hair removal technique that could yield permanent results.

10. Spanx – The most recent beauty trick is a product we can’t imagine ever living without! Sara Blakely launched Spanx only twelve years ago, in 2000, but it has truly made a difference in the way women get dressed. How could something so simple and genius take so long to be invented?

Wonder what’s coming next…

Photo: Eva Herzigova in Wonderbra’s Campaign circa 1994

ASYA’S BEAUTY ADVENTURE

For this week’s Beauty Adventure, we had the pleasure of speaking to Asya Varshisky, who works in business development at Sotheby’s and is a proud beauty enthusiast. She tells us about her passion for doing makeup and the joy it can bring.

“I always loved makeup. As a little girl, I would convince my mom to let me give her makeovers. Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, I would always head over to Saks Fifth Avenue and talk to the women by the cosmetics counters. There, I educated myself on all there is to know about beauty. I eventually became such a beauty expert that people started asking me for advice.

If my friends were feeling a little down – guy problems, work issues – I would cheer them up by doing their makeup. I found that these little makeover sessions were very therapeutic. It would really put both my friends and me in a better mood. I think it is a very giving and nurturing act to do someone’s makeup.

When my best friend, Liz told me she was getting married in Verona, Italy, I knew exactly what to offer her as a present: a class for both of us at the legendary Kimara makeup studio. We learned a few new tricks, like doing eyelash extensions, and discovered new color palettes. I have been doing her make-up for the past ten years, so I was the natural choice to prepare her for her wedding day. I did a soft makeup using tinted moisturizer, Cle de Peau concealer and a Kimara eye shadow palette. She looked beautiful. It was such a special experience, I am so happy to have been able to share it with my best friend.”

BEAUTY BRANDS GIVING BACK

1. Laura Mercier Rose Hope Lip Glace – All of the profits from the sale of this gloss go to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. $24

2. MAC Viva Glam It Up Bag – A cute clutch featuring Nicki Minaj’s pink satiny lipstick and Ricky Martin’s Lip Conditioner. All proceeds go towards men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. $30

3. LUSH Cosmetics’ Charity Pot – Creamy cocoa butter body lotion, with every cent going to supporting grassroots charities all around the world. $22.95

4. Philosophy’s WhyHunger To Believe Charity Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath – A multitasking gel that is rich and moisturizing, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the fight against world hunger. $20

5. Julep Winter Collection 2012 Set – Five gorgeous, festive nail colors. A perfect stocking stuffer, with a portion of proceeds going towards organizations that support women. $34

6. GIVESCENT Signature Roll-On Bottle – A lovely scent with a portion of proceeds benefiting Women for Women International. $40

7. Chantecaille Fun Elephant Cheek Shade – Soft, shimmery apricot blush with 5% of proceeds donated to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. $38

8. Estee Lauder: Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection – Cute pink clutch that comes with chic lipstick and gloss. Estee Lauder will donate 20% of sales to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $29.50

Jen’s Red Lip Report

By Jennifer Hakimian

 

I’ve always admired a woman who wears red lipstick. There’s something so mesmerizing about a white smile framed with perfectly shaped red lips. The woman in red takes over the room. She is confident, elegant, sophisticated and leaves me wondering, “how does she do it?”

I get bit by the red lipstick bug at least once a year and it’s usually around the holiday season. Images of holiday glamour flood my mind. This is my turn; I can wear red! I begin my hunt for that perfect shade of red, there is no other beauty objective that day. It’s all about the lips. I don’t want it too orange or too purple, just red. I test them out on my hands, and a few make it to my lips. Each one getting smudged off leaving me with red-stained swollen lips and a handful of red tissues in my pocket. I always need a plan B,  so I purchase a handful of perfect tubes of redness, each shade more magnificent than the next. I return home giddy dreaming up an outfit to go along with my new red lips. Eyes must be soft and defined, cheeks barely there. Simple black or white attire and sleek ironed hair. Thoughts of my evening out, as the new me, dance through my mind.

I love red. Red is beauty. I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to Red Beauty. It’s my favorite board. Red evokes power, strength, seduction and desire. Our Pampadour offices have red walls. The red inspires me and, strangely enough, comforts me. In coming up with a color scheme for our website, we chose red as one of the main colors. It’s on all of our call-to-action buttons: PampIt, AddIt, TagIt: all red. It is the one thing I would never change, our Pamp red. We recently acquired a piece of art for our office (“O” by Hans Uder). She is a woman with fire red hair and red lips. Red has definitely become part of Pampadour’s theme.

Here’s the best part. I’ve never actually succeeded in wearing it. Somewhere between my vanity table and the front door I get a passing glimpse of myself in the mirror and realize that the woman in the reflection isn’t me. I’m uncomfortable. Funny how a shade of color that I adore can make me feel so wrong when it’s on my face. I wipe off the rich beautiful hue with a tissue and replace it with my favorite shade of nude. Maybe next time.