Beauty Bytes: September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012

Did Maybelline rip off a New York graffiti artist? New Yorkers are familiar with (and mostly amused by) Patrick Waldo’s calligraphic “moustache” written on poster faces in the subway. Now the “Moustache Man” is facing the dark side of fandom: unlicensed copying. First, Zara had one of their designers place a “moustache” on a skull for a t-shirt. And now Maybelline has a calligraphic “eyeliner” on one of their ads. Waldo, who has stopped his tagging after an arrest, is not amused – this tweet of the photo at left pretty much sums it up.


  • Another sign that the Zombie Apocalypse is upon us: they’re organizing beauty pageants. A.J. Herrera, who runs a comic book publishing company in Redlands, California, is organizing the second annual Miss Inland Empire Zombie Queen Pageant on October 28, 2012. Contestants are expected to compete in swimwear, evening, talent and casual wear (which in this pageant means what contestants were wearing when they were infected.) Full details and the pageant application are here. Fees to compete are due by October 9th. The San Bernardino Sun.


  • Here in the world of the Living, we still want to know how to make our skin look amazing, without looking like we’ve been plastered with products. And in real life we don’t get Photoshop! But when you ask a makeup artist what she uses, you’ll usually get a vague “lot’s of stuff” kind of answer. That’s because we really do have “lots of stuff!” Makeup legend and Chanel Brand Ambassador Kay Montano shares her skin “basics” for 2012 in this (makeup porn) post. The good news? Lots of her favorites aren’t that expensive. Kay


  • If you weren’t all over New York Fashion Week coverage last week, here’s a slideshow of the wildest and coolest makeup and hair looks from the shows. I’m happy to see that another of my old bosses, Shiseido’s Artistic Director Dick Page, gets not one but two slides here: one featuring a floating turquoise eyeshadow (which I think rocks) and another white streak under the eyes (reverse football paint, but great for the show). Refinery29.


  • Shiseido’s not just loaning out their U.S. Artistic Director to paint reverse football war stripes at fashion shows, though. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their ultra-expensive Clé de Peau line, they’re bringing out a $13,000 facial cream. Only three will be made – if you want one you must order it in person at the flagship store in Tokyo, and there will be a lottery if there are more than three orders. Because nothing says “rich” like competing for the privilege of buying a $13,000 jar of cream. But don’t panic: while the limited edition cream, which is housed in a artist-made crystal jar with hand-placed platinum rings, may be fought over Hunger Games style by the truly elite, the cream itself – which contains silk and pearl extracts (of course) and is said to “support the skin’s nanostructure and help skin cells radiate light” – will be available worldwide, in more prosaic packaging, for about $1100. Phew! WSJ.


Sometimes the beauty biz really is too much: products and prices and zombie beauty pageants. Yikes! So for relief, here’s a link to photos of the beauty and wonder of Earth: fractal patterns as seen from space. Enjoy.

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  • Kay Montano September 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for the mention Meli, your blog is brilliant, i love it. XX

  • Meli September 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Thank you Kay!!

  • Autumn September 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Love! (Or not love, in the case of ripping off independent artists.) The zombie beauty pageant is probably the only pageant I could endorse…

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