“If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.” –Sophia Loren They say 40 is the new 30. My knees say otherwise. Somehow, they’re sagging. And somehow this distresses me more than the usual “tells.” Crows feet? A small price to pay for all I’ve seen. Smile lines? Please. But must my knees look like Winston Churchill? The good news: makeup is getting better and better for 40+ faces. (And jeans are always in style!) I chatted with makeup artists Margina Dennis and Jovan Vitagliano recently about the best bets for women over 40. The future is looking better already. TRY SOMETHING NEW “As we get older, we lose color. Everything dulls down,” says makeup artist Margina Dennis (marginadennis.com) “Think of a child with her rosy cheeks and red lips. As we age and our circulation changes, we lose the glow along with the elasticity of skin.” Even if your skin is clear, and you’ve never felt the need for foundation before, you owe it to yourself to try some of the new formulations for older skin. Makeup artist Jovan Vitagliano (askjovan.com) swears by Cle de Peau, a line many consider a “best kept secret” for its spectacular coverage. Made […]
Jun Takashi must be up there in the imaginary lists of hardest working people in fashion, beauty and perfume. HolyGrace and Holy Grapie are two complimentary perfumes launched with Commes des Garcons during Paris Fashion Week earlier this year and finally available as of this writing. Here’s a cut to the chase moment. The press release stated that HolyGraphie smells like “babies and sensuality”. The two don’t really go together unless you’re thinking a soft scent that doesn’t ignite the olfactory senses. The complement to the HolyGrapie scent is the parent scent called HolyGrace. This one has a searing hint of ginger and pimento a very slight cinnamon air and just a note of vanilla. Both scents marry the Commes des Garcons lifestyle with a softer edge than previous releases and is softer still than the newest fragrance, Wonderwood. Of the two the Papierdoll recommendation is HolyGraphie because of the lighter scent, though either will do.
Shu Uemura doesn't play around. The artistry of this Picasso of makeup has women both fawning over the collection and also wondering how to put it on. This is a good thing. Uemura's collection for the fall, as with all the season's collection will have you scratching your head.
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