Older Girl Beauty


A [R]evolution in Makeup Brushes

I love it when great things happen to people I know. For example, do you remember Kevin James (KJ) Bennett, the amazing makeup artist? Well, he has teamed up with Royal and Langnickel for a brush collaboration called “[R]evolution”. I interrupted KJ’s busy life to make him tell me a little bit more about it:

P: I know that you love every one of your brushes, but what are the three
must-have brushes for daily use?
KJ: I designed the [R]evolution Collection to offer multiple choices in each category, so you could customize your brush experience. This is like asking a mother which is her favorite child. She might secretly like one better than the rest, but she never says it in public – lol! BUT, if you’re looking for three truly versatile brushes I would say:
BX-10 Small Powder, which can also be used for bronzer and blush.
BX-55 Pointed Foundation, which has a sharp enough point to use with concealer, highlight and contour products also.
BX-66 Eyeshadow Blender* – the shape supports so many application techniques. (*this brush will be launching soon!)

P: If we were going to treat ourselves to one brush that we wouldn’t normally think to get, which one should we try?
KJ: The BX-70 Large Flat Eyeshadow. It was a shape I found years ago and was amazed at the multi-uses it provided. Unfortunately the manufacturer decided to “adjust” the shape and it lost the magic. I used the original shape as my prototype, tweaked it (in a good way) and brought the magic back.

P: What finally drove you to come up with your own makeup brush line?
KJ: The [R]evolution brand belongs to Royal & Langnickel. I am their collaborator and most enthusiastic cheerleader. As I’ve said in many interviews, I couldn’t figure out why no one was manufacturing makeup brushes that worked as hard as I did. The amazing folks at Royal & Langnickel let me do something about it.

P: What is the one thing that makes these stand out from all other lines, besides being endorsed by you? šŸ˜‰
KJ: The [R]evolution Collection is truly a stand-alone in the evolution of the modern makeup brush. The design was driven by a need for premium professional level performance and durability. The fact that they’re damn sexy is just a little extra I threw in – hehehe!

Just so you know, I haven’t had a chance to try out these brushes yet, but I am SO looking forward to it, especially since my Royal Silk brush set has been a staple in my hand since I got it in NYC last February, they feel that good.

Have you guys ever tried any of the Royal and Langnickel brushes?

*Disclaimer: I received the brush set in a gift bag from a lounge during Fashion Week.

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MAC’s Romero Jennings and all things Daphne Guinness

You guys remember when I first found out about Daphne Guinness? I’ve been facinated with her ever since. So when I heard that MAC was doing a collection with her, I was excited. THEN, when I saw that MAC MUA Romero Jennings that he had been working with her recently (found via his twitter, of course), got more excited & I knew I needed to get some scoop.

Luckily, I was able to grab some phone time with him earlier this week, and after chatting about our mutual love for Oklahoma and Sonic Drive-In, he gave me a lot of insight into Daphne and her collex (*some q’s a bit paraphrased – we ramble chatted):

Me: I see you’ve been working with Daphne Guinness quite a bit this year – can you tell me what you have been working on?
RJ: For the last 6months I’ve been doing Daphne’s makeup for a short film she has been filming called, “The Legend of Lady White Snake: A Tribute to the Spirit of Alexander McQueen”. It’s a very artistic film directed by Indrani. In this film you will actually get to hear her voice. (*he loves her voice – says it’s very soothing.)

Me: Did you use her MAC collection on set?
RJ: YES! Throughout the course of the shoot, we used every product in some way. They all seemed to work with each of the different looks that she gets to show, whether they are a golden dress or silver metallics. She would have some input into her look – she is very specific in what makes Daphne “Daphne”, but she also likes when you can bring her something extra. (*This is where we talked about some cool metal and paper lashes that he created for her, using MAC lashes as the base. She got to where she would expect him to bring her a new pair every day, because she liked them so much.)

Me: Do you know how involved she was in this MAC collab?
RJ: She was very involved! She would come to the meetings with paint swatches and ideas of things that she would really like to see. She said that she was choosing colors that she hadn’t been able to find for herself. She is a very artistic and futuristic person – that was what helped her come up with the names for the pieces (*He also mentions that when she enters a room, it’s as if she floats in like a butterfly – her feet don’t touch the floor.)

Me: Knowing how porcelain her skin in, clearly her collection definitely favors the cooler-toned folks. Can you tell me how these pieces will work for warmer-toned, darker-complected lovelies?
RJ: It can *definitely* work on them, too! These colors tend to pop on warm-toned skin tones. For example, take an extreme look like Nicki Minaj and her darker coloring and then that bright, cool lavender lips she wears. It just jumps out. That’s what these colors can do.And by having gradients of colors in the blushes, there is more choice to personalize the products, too.

Me: Is there a favorite product in the collection?
RJ: The Pro Longwear Lipcreme in “Approaching Storm” is her signature color now. The Pro Longwear Lip Pencils have “saved my life”. Watching Daphne work the red carpets, dinner parties, etc, she is constantly talking to people for 6-8 hours on end, without time to touch up. So, I use the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil to line the entire lip, which binds to the lip – this will extend the wear of the lipcreme, and this combo will be bulletproof. (*He uses pencil “Kiss Me Quick” under “Approaching Storm. He also suggests using pencil “Nice ā€˜nā€™ Spicy” with lip creme “Warp Speed” & topping with Cremesheen Glass “Narcissus” and using “Anticipation” under “Red Dwarf”).

Huge thank you to Romero for taking time out of his busy day to shoot the breeze with me. As for the lipliner trick? I’m definitely giving it a shot on NYE, because the last thing I want to do at midnight is wonder if I need a touch-up before I pucker up. šŸ˜‰

The collection hits US counters on December 26th and Internationally in January 2012.

*Disclaimer: I received pieces of this from the company for editorial consideration.

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Backstage at Rachel Antonoff Spring/Summer 2012 – Makeup

I love going backstage at Rachel Antonoff’s presentations, because she always has the neatest ideas for them. Oh, and one of my favorite makeup artists is usually keying it – Keri Blair, for MAC Cosmetics.

In this backstage interview, Keri tells me about the look and the inspiration for Rachel’s Spring/Summer 2012 presentation:

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for that quad to come out – I love me some cream shadows.

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Backstage at Carmen Marc Valvo Spring/Summer 2012 – Hair

Backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo Spring/Summer 2012 show, hair stylist Ted Gibson, tells us about the inspiration, and the products used on the models’ hair, for the fashion show:

I love the retro Brady girls vibe of the “All-American Girl” theme that they went with. Of course, an “effortless” look is never really that effortless to achieve, but it looks damn good. šŸ˜‰

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Backstage at Carmen Marc Valvo S/S 2012 – Makeup

Backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo Spring/Summer 2012 show, makeup artist Romero Jennings, for MAC Cosmetics, tells us about the inspiration, and the products used on the models, for the fashion show:

The feel was for an “All-American Classic Beauty – but completely wearable” look. Romero translated that to be a really strong red lip, contoured eyes, brushed up brows and light mascara on curled lashes. Aside from the fact that he used 3 products on the lips, all of this can be done pretty easily. I’d just throw on a single, bright red lipstick (*if you’ve found your perfect color), and it’s pretty much a daily wear dupe.

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