Monday, September 26, 2016

Model Crush Monday – Kate Moss, Act Two!

When you have been at the pinnacle of the modeling world for 27 years, fronted countless campaigns, appeared on so many Vogue covers around the world that even your agents have lost count, what is "Act Two" for a supermodel who is not about to hang up her stilettos and retire?  If you are Kate Moss, you gather like-minded creatives around you, bid your long-time agents farewell and strike out on your own, opening you namesake model and talent agency Kate Moss Agency.

Kate Moss has never been a follower, defining her career by being a style-setter referenced by designers and celebrities for over two decades.  After twenty-plus years being hired as the face of so many brands, Kate decided it was about time she profited by being her own brand, using her unparalleled influence to establish a model and talent agency on her own terms and representing not only models but singers, dancers, and personalities.  Notably absent from social media, Kate has just opened a new Instagram account @katemossagency hoping to rapidly build her following by consolidating the numerous fan accounts paying tribute to her. 

Being a fashion-industry rule-breaker herself by becoming famous at only 5’6” tall and single-handedly starting the era of the waif during the peak period of the voluptuous amazon supermodels, we expect that Kate will populate her agency with unique talent, breaking with traditional fashion and beauty industry standards.

It’s high time for a polar shift in the industry at large and who better that the very original Kate Moss to usher in a new era, again?  History proves that wherever Kate Moss leads, the fashion industry follows.

#Kate Moss  #Kate Moss Agency  #Kate Moss Act Two  #Kate Moss Supermodel   #Kate Moss businesswoman  #Kate Moss Model model agent  #Kate Moss style-setter

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Legs for Days! How to Fake Long Legs with Makeup: Makeup Artists’ Technique

 Makeup artists are not only responsible for a model’s or celebrity’s face but sometimes her body too, so knowing how to give the illusion of long, toned legs is crucial, even for six foot tall supermodels.   These techniques are not the sole domain of the leggy set but are easy enough to make anyone’s legs appear longer, leaner, and more like you spend the balance of your day working out.  It just takes a little prep time and a bit of practice, but it can be really worth it if you are attending an event, having photos taken, or just want to make your friends wonder how you fit in all those workouts when you wear shorts to weekend brunch. 

Preparation is everything to achieving the best look so take time to get your skin ready.  First exfoliate your legs in the shower and follow up with a moisturizer while your skin is still a slightly damp to lock in the hydration.  If you are really pale-skinned and like a bit of color on a regular basis, try Jergen’s Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse which is quick-drying and self-adjusting, every few days. 

After prepping your skin, apply Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, either in lotion form, or in a spray, which is best if you spray it first on your hands and then rub it into your legs.  It won’t come off on your clothes, dries quickly, and gives a streak-free realistic glow that never appears orange.  You can build up the depth of the color by applying more product, but remember that your leg color should match your arms, neck, face, and d├ęcolletage or you will give yourself away immediately.

Next use a cream highlighter product down the front center of your legs but don’t highlight the knee.  Do the same down the back of your legs if you are dexterous enough to reach that area.  Makeup artists for celebrities and models all swear by PRTTY Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion which comes in five shades and is genius at giving a slimming effect to the legs.

To give definition, just as you would contour your face, you can contour the outline of your muscles on your legs.  Don’t be heavy-handed or you will look like you are wearing vertical stripes – not a good look.  Use a Body Blender sponge to apply a product such as Say Hello To Sexy Legs Body Contour Stick, by tensing your leg muscles and darkening the area along the edges of the muscle areas on both sides of your thighs and calves. 

Finally, wear heels in a color close to your skin color to lengthen the appearance of your legs without breaking the visual lines.  Legs for days!

#how to fake long legs with makeup  #body contouring  #body contouring makeup  #illusion of long legs  #PRTTY Peaushun  #body makeup


Monday, September 19, 2016

Model Crush Monday – Bella Hadid!

Bella Hadid is having a banner year!  In 2016 Bella has been declared Model of the Year by GQ Magazine, become the new face of Dior Cosmetics, and appears on cover after cover, not to mention on countless runways.  A spill on the runway at the Michael Kors Spring 2017 show from which she bounced up gracefully, smiled and continued on her way owning it, has done nothing to slow her down, and has in fact made her national and international news – not all press is bad press!

California-raised Bella, who first appeared on the radar alongside her mother Yolanda Foster of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, signed with IMG Models in 2014, joining her big sister Gigi Hadid at the star-making agency.  Since then she has walked the runways of Tom Ford, Chanel couture, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Jeremy Scott, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren, Balmain, Versace, Fendi, Dior, and others.  Along with Dior Cosmetics, Bella also landed campaigns for Calvin Klein, Stuart Weitzman, Balmain, and Givenchy.

Bella is racking up covers and editorial spreads worldwide, for Jalouse, Vogue, Love Magazine, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Pop, Glamour, and CR Fashion Book. With 6.4 Million followers on Instagram watching her move from red carpets, to the beaches of Malibu, studios to runways, she is setting some serious records on social media after only two years into her stratospheric modeling career.

Bella’s Instagram: @bellahadid

#Bella Hadid  #Gigi and Bella  #Bella Hadid runway spill  #Bella Hadid new face of Dior Cosmetics  #Bella Hadid for Calvin Klein  #GQ Model and the Year 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quirky Beauty - The New Faces of Modeling

We are so used to the blank stares on the lengthy line of fashion’s runways as the model clones parade by without any hint of individuality or even the slightest suggestion of sensuality or femininity.  To be honest, it has not in any way been the fault of the models, but rather demanded by designers and brands to keep the focus on the fashion rather than the models.  This has been the trend for over a decade and just like fashion, trends ebb and flow, and finally the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction, to the “cult of personality” which gave rise to the supermodels in its first round in the early nineties.  And we couldn’t welcome it more.  

Runway models before that era were called mannequins for good reason: they were not meant to be distinct in any way, but to be thin, elegant, and basically a walking dress form.  This trend was repeated in the early part of this century as a counterpoint to the supermodels who became oftentimes as relevant and influential as the designers and brands themselves.  The models were so indistinct that celebrities took over many of the magazine fashion editorials, covers, and campaigns.  Agencies have been full of these seemingly interchangeable models that were so void of any individuality that these women could never have built a career standing out from the pack.  The rise of social media and “influence” is having such an enormous impact on the industry as a whole that the model-clone trend is crashing and disappearing.  Brands now hire models based on their social media influence and personal style, and the only way she can build a huge personal following is by embracing her uniqueness and being a larger-than-life personality. 

Scouts hunt far and wide for different, often un-definable beauty, looks that break with  traditional ideas of beauty, and sometimes models without any seemingly normal perception of “beauty” at all, but who rank high on the influence scale.  Agents and scouts are actively encouraging models to be more than just a clotheshorse, as it broadens their appeal and social influence if they have other skills, talents and abilities.  Acting, singing, music, athletics, surfing, dj-ing, cooking, blogging, designing, dancing, being genetically or ethnically ambiguous, all add to a model’s potential for wide appeal.  Just like club kids, indie actors and musicians inspired designers like Marc Jacobs in the early nineties, doing something while modeling on the side is a valid part of a model’s personal brand-building, which is essential in a successful career.  What was in the past a distraction is now considered an asset.  Not only does it open the doors of the fashion world to a more inclusive, exciting, creative section of the population, it is infinitely more appealing to a wider audience as it reflects the world around us, and not some other-worldly ideal. 

Everyone now cultivates their own brand on their social media, creating their visual identity, defining what fashion means to them, and its place in their lives.  Quirky models who are unique, ethnically ambiguous, extremely tall, or not so tall at all, are racking up mileage on fashion runways and in campaigns.  Dreads, afros, super wide-set eyes, large noses, androgynous, gap-toothed, and long-faced models are having an impact, and allowing us to look at fashion from another perspective, not only on the runway but in editorials and campaigns as well.  

We always think that fashion sets the trends and is a step ahead of the curve in its edicts and dictates, but now the industry is being influenced.  Just like the rest of us. 

#models and social media #quirky models  #quirky beauty  #new models #new faces  #changing beauty standards  #cult of personality

Monday, September 12, 2016

Model Crush Monday - Kendall Jenner!

September US Vogue Cover:  check.
Estee Lauder beauty contract:  check.
Calvin Klein campaign:  check.
Multiple appearances as opening and closing model in the top shows including Chanel, during international fashion weeks:  check.
Regular editorials and covers worldwide:  check.
Supermodel status:  confirmed.

Kendall Jenner is everywhere in the media and has been for many years, but as a certified supermodel for a mere two years.  With 18 million Twitter followers and 65.4 million on Instagram, Kendall is in a league all her own, raking in more influence than the very fashion and beauty brands she promotes.

Digging her heels in at her family’s first attempts to start her on a modeling career, Kendall was shy and awkward, making her pretty much like every other teenage girl.  Only this teenage girl grew up in the eye of the media with the eyes of the world watching her every move.  Having the perfect girl squad of Gig Hadid, Cara Delevigne, and Hailey Baldwin, all realizing their own dreams of modeling and acting gave her the confidence to own her potential.  While we would almost expect doors to fly open and great exceptions to be made in facilitating Kendall’s career, the opposite turns out the be the reality.  Kendall is known for being fastidiously professional, punctual, without attitude, and for having high expectations for herself, earning her modeling accolades on merit, not connections.  Recently ranked as the third highest paid model by Forbes Magazine, it is a pretty sure bet that we'll see those long legs and big brown eyes for years to come.  If anyone was positioned to change the interaction between the fashion industry, modeling, and the media, it’s Kendall, rewriting the rules as she goes.  All the way to the top.

Kendall’s Instagram   @kendalljenner

#Kendall Jenner  #supermodels  #girl squad  #Kendall and Gigi  #top supermodels of 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Yours, Mine, Ours! What is the Real Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Products?

It’s a known fact that men’s skin care and hair care products cost significantly less than women’s, but why?  Women are spoiled for choice when it comes to beauty products and the only way brands can get our attention is with enormous marketing initiatives, costing them a lot of money, the expense of which is past along to the female consumer.  Research shows that women will pay more!  So who’s to blame: the brand, or us?

Lots of women know that when it comes to certain products the only real difference might be just the packaging.  However, there are some facts to consider when debating whether or not you should use a man’s product or a woman’s.  Men’s skin is thicker with about 25% more collagen that women’s, so some ingredients found in men’s products can be too harsh on our skin.  These skin differences also mean that our skin loses moisture more quickly, so women’s products are more likely to address these hydration concerns.  Men have more oil producing sebaceous glands making them more prone to acne and breakouts, so their products often contain ingredients to combat the excess oil in their skin.  Shaving exfoliates men’s skin so an aftershave balm or moisturizer needs to contain a good SPF to protect the newly exposed layer of skin.  Fragrance is also a key difference in men’s and women’s products but a lot of women actually find it alluring to have a more masculine scent in their body care products. 

Here are some men’s skin care products that women swear by, and wouldn’t trade for their feminine counterparts:

Yours, mine, ours.  Some things are just better shared.  Don’t be afraid to pay less! 

#men's products vs women's products #women using men's skincare products #why women should use men's products