The 140-page spread ($27) will include an unusual range of stories: macaron maestro Pierre Hermé's pastry interpretations of iconic red lipsticks from Dior and Chanel, a depiction of actress Kelly Brook painted with lipstick, and a feature with makeup artists like Tom Pecheux showing off their favorite reds.
Exhibition will be available at chic Parisian concept store Colette starting Jan. 10, and will then branch out to international newsstands on Jan. 25. A one-topic glossy is a clever idea, and there is definitely something intriguing about lipstick, but will you check out this singular-topic magazine?
On her recent trip to Paris, BellaSugar interviewed Tom Pecheux, the creative makeup director of Estée Lauder, about his new Blue Dahlia makeup collection, which focuses on blue. While discussing the use of bold colors in the new line, Pecheux's conversation extended beyond makeup to include the use of bold colors in interior design, and the concept of "good taste."
In the interview, Pecheaux mused, "Good taste doesn’t mean anything. My personal taste compared to my parents — my mother, she loves to have a lot of flowers everywhere. Me, I’m more minimal. In the past, I made a big mistake, and I hated myself. When I was a young adult, I rushed to my mother and I said, 'We should take this out, put this away, take out the flower, throw that away.' And I bought my apartment in Paris, made it like a white cube — everything was very minimal. I love color, so the only color was a flower bouquet or a painting. It was so opposite of my mother’s world, what she likes. But she walked in and she said, 'Oh my God, your apartment is so amazing.' . . . And I thought, I am such a bitch to tell my mom I have the right taste, and she doesn’t. So, from that moment on I learned that taste doesn’t mean anything because my taste could be — and probably is for a lot of people — very bad taste."
I know that I used to make judgment calls about other people's style or taste, but now I realize that all of us might be accused of having very good or very bad taste, depending on the context. Do you think that taste is subjective, like I do, or do you think that there are some things that are simply good taste?
Blue eye shadow often conjures memories of junior high or the '80s — or even worse, junior high during the '80s. These days, though, blue can be fashionable and fun, says Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director of Estee Lauder. Blue Dahlia, his first Pure Color collection for the venerable brand, is filled with bright, rich blues and soft pinks. "Blue is not something we see all the time in fashion, but I find it very playful," he says of the collection. "It's a very optimistic color as well, and it's better to be happy than to be sad."
But can this neutrals-loving girl learn to stop worrying and love the blue? To find out, I'm going to use shades from the Blue Dahlia palette ($42) over the next week. Today, we start out with baby steps. To see what I did, keep reading.
Why such a grand affair? This is the first time that Estée Lauder has officially attached another name to its brand, and Pecheux aims to expand the makeup's appeal to younger women without alienating its loyal fans. To that end, the three-piece Pure Color Night collection comprises a light rose lip gloss, a smoky eye shadow trio, and an illuminating face powder that is blowing my mind. (Think your skin, but with a lit-from-within glow.) Inspired by Parisian women, the collection is available almost exclusively in Paris; only a handful of units will be available at Selfridges (the Oxford Street location in London) and Bergdorf Goodman next month.
So what's next? Pecheux's fall Blue Dahlia collection hints at a sexy, sultry direction. Expect cool violet and dark blue eye shadow hues, and a lavender nail polish that was the talk of partiers young, old, and in between. And that's exactly how Pecheux wants it. "This is makeup for any woman, of any age," he told me before dinner. "A young woman might wear it, her mother might wear it — even her grandmother if she's daring." It won't be long until we find out.
For more about the hair and makeup, keep reading.
The same could be said of the hair, which featured face-framing fishtail braids on each side of the head. The look was loose — realistic. "I look at the clothes and do a hairstyle that a woman would actually do," said lead stylist Orlando Pita. "If she did the braids herself, they'd be looser." To get the look, he sprayed hair with his Elevate volumizer, then straightened it with a T3 450 iron. Two fishtail braids (learn how here) and a ponytail elastic later, the models were runway ready.
With the rainbow of colors featured at Derek Lam for his showing at 2010 New York Fashion Week, I think we all sensed a bit of an '80s vibe. Tom Pecheux for NARS Cosmetics created this vivid look. "I wanted to dot the lips red with my fingers rather than draw a straight line of color," he said. "Instead, I chose to do that with the eyes. I love when the multiple colors are drawn straight across and outward for a very tribal effect . . . It was Coney Island chic," he added. Of course, runway looks are meant to look a bit extreme, but could you see yourself wearing a more toned-down, less heavy-handed version? I have to confess; I most certainly can.