COMIC PAMP by Elisa Stangalini
by Tiffany Etessami
Viviane Vidal’s Beauty Adventure made us curious about the process of the Brazilian manicure. We were able to speak to Fernanda Lacerda, owner of Maria Bonita Salon & Spa (the salon that Viviane swears by). She took us through the steps of this impeccable mani.
At Maria Bonita, the entire process takes about forty-five minutes – it is meticulously done, and worth the extra time. The treatment begins with a paraffin immersion (during the colder months) or a cooling masque (during the Summer). This is followed by exfoliation, and an intense hand massage.
Here’s the part that makes this manicure so unique: every single inner and exposed cuticle will be removed. Following that, your nails will be painted all over, leaving absolutely no corner behind. It is going to look sloppy at first – polish will go on your skin – but this is intentional. They want to make sure the entire nail is covered with lacquer. Finally, they will remove the excess polish with acetone remover.
In the end, your hands will feel smoother, and your nails will have a beautiful, lustrous finish!
by Carole Hallac
Curious about the beauty regime of a hot Brazilian model? Our muse of the week, 22 year old model Viviane Vidal, reveals to the Daily Pamp her beauty secrets.
Tell us about your morning beauty routine.
I always use La Mer as a moisturizer. Before I go out, I put on basic make-up: concealer from Givenchy, some blush, my favorite is Nars in Orgasm, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and eye shadows from Mac.
How do you keep in shape?
I do yoga, pilates and I run. I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish for protein. I love Brasilian food but I also like Japanese.
How do you take care of your skin?
In the winter, I use Cetaphil to moisturize my body. For my face, my make-up removal product is from Bioderma, and I use the night serum from La Mer. For sun protection, I love the light milk from La Roche-Posay, 50SPF.For my lips, the great balm from La Mer.
What about your great locks?
Because of my work I have to take great care of my hair. Kerastase products are amazing; to protect my hair from the heat of styling tools I use Chroma Thermique Thermo-Radiance Protecting Milk and to treat split ends, Fibre Architecte dual serum. I am also a big fan of Moroccan Oil and Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil shampoo and mask.
Any other favorite products?
Essie for nail polish, affordable and trendy. I change nail polish all the time. I love red and black especially for winter, but I use neutrals and pastels as well.
Who is your to-go professional?
The Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho, New York. I do it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is the only way to go!
Where do you shop for your beauty products?
Sephora, I love to have my make-up done there.
Rebecca Taylor, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Current/Elliott.
Charlie “Rockstar” Himmelstein is undeniably a hot model, and not only for his pretty boy looks. The Park Slope native is also known as the “Throwdown Kid,” organizing and participating in potentially illegal underground fight clubs in the city on Friday nights, where models and fashionistas would gather to see male models throw punches at each other. Charlie was the undefeated star: quick, fearless and never concerned about ruining his perfect features. The combination of an angel face and bad boy attitude gained him extensive features in the New York Times and New York Magazine and a contract with the prestigious Major Models agency.
I have been training for eight years but only started fighting in January 2010. People always ask, doesn’t boxing conflict with your modeling career? What happens if you break your nose or have a black eye or something? There are 3 answers: (1) I’m good, a good boxer doesn’t need to get hit in the face too much. Especially at my level… 165lbs Amateur, (2) the bruises give me character, (3) and most importantly, I value Boxing over Modeling.
I did have a photo shoot the morning after a fight with model Susan Eldridge. I was nervous because I was hit bad and I had a black eye, I was hoping that the make-up artist would be able to conceal it. When the photographer saw me he decided to start shooting me with the black eye. The images came up great and they had that edge that made the editorial amazing; these shots actually helped launch my career as a model.
Image from Major Models
By Tiffany Etessami
Typically, the term “supermodel” is associated with perfection: perfect hair, perfect face, perfect body. That being said, Kate Moss is undeniably one of the most iconic models of our time. Think about it: is she perfect? No. She is short by modeling standards (5’7’’), waif-thin and flat-chested. What she is, though, is revolutionary.
When the modeling world was ruled by Amazonian beauties like Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, this lanky British girl stepped onto the scene and completely changed the conventions of what is beautiful. She ushered in an entirely new look – heroin chic – that took the fashion world by storm and transformed the runway. She used features that others would see as imperfections, and made them the key components of what makes her stunning.
Over the past twenty years, the modeling world has drastically changed. Now, many of the top models have a slight imperfection that makes them unique and even more gorgeous. Take Lara Stone, the face of Calvin Klein. The Dutch beauty’s signature feature is the large gap between her front teeth. Most people would get braces and fix it. Stone embraced this quirk, and she is now regarded as one of the top fashion models in the world, according to Models.com. Another model who is really working her gap is Georgia May Jagger. The Rolling Stones offspring is currently the face of Rimmel London, and her recognizable pout is the focal point of their latest lipstick campaign. Even today’s biggest supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, has flaws. The Brazilian star’s nose has often come under scrutiny for being on the large side, but her refusal to get a rhinoplasty only adds to her appeal. There is nothing sexier or more beautiful than being comfortable in your own skin.
Take Jennifer Grey, star of mega-blockbuster Dirty Dancing. After the success of her film, she underwent two rhinoplasty procedures and became virtually unrecognizable. Her career never recovered. Nowadays, many actresses are embracing their imperfections. Glee’s Lea Michele is very short and has a large nose. By the typical conventions of society, she is not a beauty. Her talent, confidence and refusal to alter her appearance have made her a huge star and role model to girls.
Imperfections make people special. Be it a mole, a gap or even a scar, beauty can always be found in these so-called “flaws”. Embrace the features that make you unique – it’s what makes you irreplaceable.
Swiss photographer Reto Caduff celebrates the beauty of girls with freckles in a limited edition photography book called “Freckles.” The book features fifty portraits of young women with various amounts of freckles with no make-up artist involved. Photographed in natural light, the gorgeous images are printed in toned black and white.
In the words of the author:
“We live in strange times: I noticed that often in today’s photography, models with freckles have them either covered by make up or removed in post production. Just search for freckles online and most results are for ways to get rid of them. I want to pay homage to these spots that make a face so unique and fascinating.”
The book’s foreword is written by dermatologist and professor Jonathan Rees who is credited in discovering the gene MC1R, responsible for freckles.
To learn more about Freckles: Freckledbeauties.com
To buy in the US: amazon.com
Photo from “Freckles” by Reto Caduff
Not all embrace imperfections. The cosmetic surgery trend is still growing for both men and women, with 13.8 million procedures in 2011, a 5% increase from 2010.
The top cosmetic procedures are breast augmentations, nose reshapings, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts, which is back in the top five for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks. Other procedures with increasing popularity are: chin augmentations (+71%), lip augmentations (+49%), buttocks implants (43%) and buttock lifts (38%). Botox is still the favorite minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, followed by fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.
Even if more men are going under the knife (+6%), most cosmetic procedures are done on women (91%)
Data from American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Image: Photo of Andy Warhol’s painting Before and After at the Metropolitan Museum
In recent years, magazines are showing all types of models, from different nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages. Different has become beautiful. Crooked smiles, moles, scars, athletic builds all have their place in beauty. How refreshing this all is, especially for our children.
However, certain “flaws” are not flattering on anyone, who would want to highlight a pimple or dark circles under your eyes? Here some tricks to camouflage when necessary:
- I hide my dark circles and blemishes with a bit of liquid foundation (a shade that blends in perfectly) and my favorite concealer from Cle de Peau (a magic stick).
- I use Proactiv for my acne, it truly has been a miracle worker for me.
- I use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tanner mixed with Nivea Q 10 lotion to make my less than smooth legs appear silky.
- My hair remains it’s natural color and I use products like Morroccan Oil and Leonor Greyl Mask Orchidee to keep it looking its best.
We all have our little helpers, and there is nothing wrong with it. Confidence after all is always the most attractive feature.
Charlie “Rockstar” Himmelstein, model and boxer, the hero in this week’s beauty adventure. He defies his good looks for his passion for boxing.
Many might know Rossy from her Almodovar movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, when the Spanish actress made quite an impression with her strong look and particularly accentuated nose, breaking the rules of beauty in an era that glorified supermodels. She was often described as a Picasso painting “coming-to-life.” The fashion world was fascinated and followed Almodovar, with designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler embracing Rossy as a muse. In 2007, she launched her own passionate fragrance with cosmetic house Etat Libre d’Orange, called Eau de Protection, which includes the rose as the predominant note, a reminder of her rose garden in Madrid: “This magic potion, this instrument of transformation, could only be made by the crushing of armfuls of roses. Roses with thorny stems that yield lavish blossoms, lush petals, outrageous, puffed-up fantasies, trembling with the sweat of impatience and desire. Roses, red with blood, a piercing note that leaves the flavor of fire on lips that suck the finger pricked by a thorn.”