In a move designed to appeal to lipstick-loving cinephiles everywhere, Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai has teamed up with Shu Uemura to create a beauty collection for the holidays. Prepare for glitter overload: highlights include luxurious glitter and feather eyelashes, specially packaged lipsticks, glittery mascara, and sparkling nail polish. Naturally, the director has created a short film, Mask, to showcase the gorgeous goods, and it's signature Wong Kar-wai: colorful, dreamlike, and utterly beautiful.
Whether you have a Black Swan-inspired Halloween costume on deck or you just want to add a little extra sparkle to your Saturday night, you might want to put Shu Uemura Tutu Laceflare False Eyelashes ($28) on your beauty shopping list.
Made with black lace and subtle hints of gold glitter, these seemingly high-fashion lashes are actually pretty wearable, adding a theatrical vibe to any ensemble. They look especially pretty when paired with smoky gray or black eye shadow and otherwise minimal makeup. They can also easily be reused; just apply your mascara before putting them on, and remove any excess adhesive from the strip after you take them off. It's instant ballerina status, without any broken toes.
It's been a little over a week since the tragic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, and perhaps you're looking for ways to help out. SavvySugar has some great advice on how you can contribute to the efforts, and there are several beauty brands participating in earthquake relief offers, such as Shiseido, who recently made a significant donation. See what other companies are chipping in, and how you can support the effort, now.
From Mo'Nique's hairy legs to pixie cuts and ombre hair in Hollywood to that hottie shirtless Old Spice guy — we've rounded up the biggest moments in beauty for 2010. Check out what headlines caught our attention and what we can't wait to see more of this upcoming year in our latest Bella Beauty Bite.
The bad news? This year we had two reasons to put on a frown, as two favorite beauty brands, Max Factor and Shu Uemura, exited US stores. The good news? The companies — and their products — are not extinct.
- Earlier this year, Max Factor items were pulled off drugstore shelves due to small market share in the States. Die-hard fans, take note: you can you can still load up on your Pan-Cake Water-Activated Foundation and 2000 Calorie Foundation on Drugstore.com.
- L'Oréal, owner of Shu Uemura, announced in March that it would be pulling the brand from US department stores and closing its boutiques. It seems L'Oréal wanted to put more focus on its luxury brands with bigger market shares, and that focus did not include the United States. While you can still get your Shu fix in person in Asian and European markets (and Canada, eh?), Shu's comprehensive American website is almost as good as visiting the Tokyo Lash Bar yourself.
Shu Uemura always has the coolest artist collaborations, and this year's Abracadabra Fantasy holiday collection is a stunner. Artist Aya Takano has created some incredibly vibrant packaging complete with hot pink reindeer, starry-eyed sylphs, and false lashes covered in stars and hearts. It's a different take on the season than we're accustomed to seeing here in the US, and an excellent antidote to the surfeit of red, green, and dark brown we're sure to see emerge this season. To check out more of the collection, just click through the gallery below:
"What are your go-to makeup items?" It's my favorite question to ask makeup artists, from those who work behind the scenes on TV shows to the people behind the counters of department stores. "Nars Orgasm ($26) is pretty much up there," revealed Brett Freedman, who has beautified the faces of stars like Vanessa Hudgens and Scarlett Johansson. But he also had plenty of other top picks to reveal, like:
- Lorac Breakthrough Performance Foundation ($36): "I love the colors. I love the consistency. I love that they have a foundation that's oil-free with sunscreen. I love that matte finish," says Brett. That's why he has one in every shade.
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($28): You can customize your color by mixing the light shade with the deeper one, and that means they're perfect for all-year round. "You can [even] cover zits with it. That is a really nice thing because one concealer sometimes doesn't cut it," he adds.
- "Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19), of course," he says.
- L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black ($7): "Love the brush, love how black it is, and I like how it stays" he explains. Brett's tip: Get waterproof; it holds the curl better.
- Rimmel 1000 Kisses lip liner ($3): "The consistency is genius," he says.
BellaTV chats with celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson, who has worked with Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and Taylor Momsen, to hear which products he loves to use on Twilight saga star Kristen Stewart. Check out our video for more on what it’s like working with Kristen on the red carpet and the makeup tips he’s given her over the years.
Some beauty items, like drugstore lip glosses and certain types of mascara, work so well that there's no need to spend more than a few bucks on them. However, there are certain products on the market that perform so amazingly well, they're worth the investment. Check out what we at Team Bella think about what five upscale beauty items warrant the purchase.