Do you watch Vikings? I’m totally hooked, and between the violent clashes between cultures (and the costume details), I’ve been musing about Floki’s eyeliner.
Fierce is a word that’s been used – and overused – by fashionistas when describing some of their own looks, but the drag queens bringing the word into the studio aren’t that far off the mark. “Wild or menacing in appearance“, fierce describes a way of looking that’s deliberately designed to look …
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Also tagged Battle, Crystal Renn, Ellen Von Unwerth, eyeliner, Fierce, Floki, Makeup, Men, Menacing, MTV, Nadja Auermann, Power, Tyen, Vikings, War Paint, WarPaint, women
Any of us who are into fashion and beauty watch Downton Abbey with an eye for the details: the clothes and jewelry, and of course, the hair and (imperceptible) makeup. But I’m also struck by all the beauty and dress rituals going on in the background: the starching of collars, removing of stains, the help bathing and doing hair. Those of us behind the scenes in photography know how much labor goes into a “flawless” look, and that the series …
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Also tagged beauty, Collective, Downton Abbey, Dress, Duty, Fabulous, Factory, Glamour, Hair, identity, Individual, Jewelry, Labor, Makeup, Modern, Other, Relationships, Self, Servants, Society, Vanity
There’s been a lot of press coverage of Seventeen Magazine’s “body peace treaty” lately, and I’ve been getting questions about it myself. What do I think about it? How much are magazines Photoshopping models into unrealistic Superbeauties? And should magazines only use “realistic” looking models?
Though I’ve worked in fashion for ages, I’ve also spent plenty of time around feminist debates about women’s representation in media. And I think there’s an interesting dynamic here that’s not being reported.
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Also tagged Ann Shoket, beauty, Fantasy, Feminism, Meli Pennington, Narcissism, Photo manipulation, Pinterest, Politics, Seventeen, Teen magazine, Teen Vogue
“I approach beauty as a way of life!” Multidisciplinary Artist, magical fashion designer (and recent Project Runway All Star) Elisa Jimenez infuses life with beauty, and beauty with life. “Beauty starts with health and confidence, and starting with morning yoga and meditation, my routines incorporate that.”
Elisa then does an all-natural facial: “Green tea bags to depuff my eyes, olive oil around my eyes and on my fingertips, and honey on my lips.” The honey is nourishing, and …
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Also tagged beauty, designer, Elisa Jimenez, Essential oil, Heart, Heart Chakra, Honey, Magic, Makeup, Project Runway, Project Runway All Star, Shiny Mama, Sparkles
As a makeup artist, I get a lot of questions about models from my non-industry friends. And most of these have to do with fashion’s requirement for thin models: Why are models so skinny? Why don’t they use more normal looking models? Why is the fashion beauty ideal super thin anyway?
Now, I’d have to be blind not to notice that models have been getting thinner over the last several years. Some of the younger girls are so insectlike, it’s …
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Also tagged beauty, culture, designer, globalism, Meli Pennington, model, Puritan, Size zero, skinny, thin, Wealth, youth
Gerald DeCock travels between creative worlds: hairstylist, painter, and now collaborator on two photography projects. A hairstylist by trade, his effortless-looking work appears regularly in photographs by Bruce Weber and Dewey Nicks, and he maintains a regular clientele of fashion, music, and art world insiders. A painter as well, his use of his apartment as a canvas is almost as well known as he is.
But for the past few years, Gerald has been quietly collaborating …
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Also tagged art, beauty, Bruce Weber, Dewey Nicks, Gerald DeCock, Hotel Chelsea, Magic Hour, Meli Pennington, muses, photography, Pull Me Gently by my Tresses