Giorgio Armani’s new Rouge d’Armani Sheers have the moisture and translucency of a balm, plus lipstick-like slip and stain-worthy pigment—in other words, the formula incorporates the best of all worlds! MY favorites are Black Lacquer (#602), Acid Tangerine (#300), and Ecstasy (#500), shown here. Look for these and the rest of the color range this April.
Celebrity beauty experts reveal how they keep their clients looking flawless in the age of IMAX and HD
As if the glare of a life spent in front of the camera weren’t enough, today’s high-definition standards put every pore and fine line under public scrutiny. Whether on an IMAX screen or caught with a DSLR lens, perfection is the expectation. “Celebrities really hate those pictures,” confides New York City plastic surgeon, Michelle Copeland, MD. “It requires them to always be at their best.”
Yet from Angelina Jolie to Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts, a bevy of leading ladies manage to pose for cameras with aplomb and nary a flaw. Cherished skin care favorites and clever makeup tricks are what keep these A-listers ready for their close-up, according to the beauty experts who tend to their faces firsthand. Read on for must-have products and secret strategies!
Glamour comes easily to Angeline Jolie who, as the mother of six and one-half of a Hollywood power couple, is perhaps the most photographed woman in the country. While third world charitable causes factor high on her list, her beauty drawer remains a study in luxury.
Makeup artist Mary Burton, who has prepped the actress for both big screen and red carpet, swears by La Mer The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15 for the flawless finish for which Jolie is best known.
Jolie is said to be a fan of La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream which, while steep at $390, boasts equally indulgent benefits. “Caviar is rich in fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids—antioxidants that scavenge free radicals that break down collagen,” says celebrity dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, MD.
t’s all in the eyes for the 36-year-old, who requests sultry emphasis for high definition occasions. “She likes to look exotic,” says Burton, who delivers by doing a gently elongated eye with Chanel Le Crayon Khôl in Noir.
Julia Roberts is America’s sweetheart, known as much for her sparkling smile as her charm and peaches-and-cream complexion. The au naturel beauty and mother of three prefers a lighter hand of makeup, so keeping skin glowing with the help of plant peptides is a priority.
Roberts has told Oprah that Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is a beloved essential. Packed with rose hip, rose petal and antioxidants, the lotion eschews chemicals in favor of botanicals.
Makeup artist Richard Dean, who has worked with Roberts on the set of Eat, Pray, Love and the not-yet-released Snow White, says he likes to smudge the coffee-toned Lancôme Waterproof Le Stylo in Café along her lash line. “It’s always in my kit!” he exclaims.
Her movie stardom may have soared to Titanic proportions, but Kate Winslet’s beauty is marked by an approachable elegance that only the mum of two can pull off with such an English sensibility. For the 35- year-old, it’s all about transforming skin into the perfect canvas with the help of today’s leading topicals.
Celeb facialist Tracie Martyn prepped Winslet with her lifting Red Carpet Facial before the star’s recent Emmy win; to maintain results, the actress relies on Martyn’s Lotu Sculpt Activator, which brightens and hydrates with topical collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Winslet’s personal makeup artist, Linda Melazzo—who was most recently on the set of Mildred Pierce with the star—relies on the rounded air powder spheres of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra foundation for a silky skin finish. “I apply with a foundation brush, and then blend with a squeezed, slightly damp makeup sponge. Flawless!” says Melazzo.
“ M.A.C Prep + Prime is a genius loose powder,” says Melazzo. For a translucent finish, she presses it on skin sparingly with a velour powder puff. “It controls shine all day, even when it’s exceptionally hot and humid.”
Her movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, lost to A Separation for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes—but Jolie still appeared a winner with a sleek chignon and fiery-red lips. Later, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, she accentuated vintage Givenchy earrings with brushed-back hair and smoky eye shadow. But it was her pumped-up locks, smoldering eyes, and ruby pout at the Oscars that really blew me away.
After television stints on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The United States of Tara, Davis got the recognition she deserved, thanks to a star-making role in The Help. She won Best Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and she also gets kudos for flaunting her natural hair at the Oscars! Her wigs at the Globes and SAGs were stylish but we prefer her without, her metallic green eye shadow was also a nice touch.
Vergara attended the Golden Globes and SAGs with her Modern Family cohorts, and the cast won awards at both events. Once her red-carpet duty was over, however, the effervescent beauty ditched the straight-laced routine and let loose—in the form of cascading waves at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
Williams always looks flawless on the red carpet, thanks to her signature pixie and elegant style. This awards season, though, the Best Actress nominee took things up a notch and adorned her hair with a chic headband at the Golden Globes. After a brief return to simplicity at the more-casual SAGs, Williams stunned at the Oscars in a vibrant orange dress and pink lips—a unique yet flattering color combination.
The Argentine-French star was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at all three awards shows for her role in The Artist. Though she didn’t win, she made a splash on the red carpet with simple yet sophisticated hair and makeup. Starting off brunette with a classic chignon at the Golden Globes, Bejo went red and romantic at the SAGs. The fiery hue carried over to the Oscars, where her plaited updo showcased exquisite Chopard earrings.
Marilyn Monroe, forever remembered as a symbol of beauty and sensuality, will be honored with a limited edition makeup by MAC.
The collection will include shadows, lipsticks, eyeliners and nail polish.
The Authentic Brands Group LLC, a company that bought the copyright ofintellectual property of Marilyn, MAC will work with this partnership in order to celebrate the legacy and beauty of the iconic actress.
Supersheer, moisturizing, and a lot more fun than the formulas our mothers wore—lipstick has gotten a twenty-first-century face-lift.
Not many cosmetics, having fallen from fashion, have ever staged a major comeback (when we bid adieu to you, pan-cake makeup, we meant it), but lipstick is proving itself to be the exception. It’s been blatantly back for the past few seasons—and judging by the painted pouts at Anna Sui, Jason Wu, and Donna Karan (to name just a few) at the New York spring/summer 2012 shows, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It is, however, evolving. Wo men may have taken up their bullets once again, but this time they’re gravitating toward lipsticks that feel more modern: Enter an array of new textures and finishes. Gone are ultramatte finishes and thick, opaque colors. Everything that once seemed dated about lipstick in comparison to lip gloss—the shinier, clearer, less-fussy little sister that has hogged the spotlight since the ’90s—is now absent from the equation. The latest iteration of the vanity classic is younger-looking, fresher, and notably sheerer.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Perle in Incandescent Orange features a glossy “mirror effect” to reflect light while hyaluronic acid plumps lips and gives long-lasting wearability; Lipstick Queen Saint Eden—the ELLE beauty team’s dream come true—will be available in limited quantities starting this month; Dolce & Gabbana The Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Satin offers the best of both worlds—a creamy lipstick with a satin gloss center. Photo: Steven Krause.