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  1. Destination: Procrastination
  2. Fashion Week Spring 2011 Beauty: Chris Benz
  3. Makeup.com's Blog of the Week!
  4. Fashion Week Spring 2011 Beauty: Tibi
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Some extra-spesh makeup bags!

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Fashion Week Spring 2011 Beauty: Chris Benz

The final look. Photo: Elle.com
After a few years of covering beauty backstage at Fashion Week, I'm spilling all my secrets about how I choose which shows on which to report. As I mentioned, I like to be invited to the champagne party at Betsey Johnson's. I like to be comforted by the calming Ted and Romero mid-week at Carmen Marc Valvo--they usually invite me (most hospitably) to have a seat when I'm interviewing them. I like to be entertained by the saucy Kevin Ryan, hair stylist at Tibi.

Why do I cover Chris Benz? I love me some Chris Benz, both the designer and the line. Chris doesn't use an "inside "designing voice, which I like. His colors are always evocative of a Rainbrow Brite who has effectively foiled antagonist Murky. Love the designs, love that he has no qualms about drinking a juice box at his own presentation. But mostly? I make it my BIZ to report on this one because of my colossal crush on stylist John Ruidant, who partners with Redken season after season on this show. Redken publicist Heather Dillow and American Salon editor Lori Morris are so aware of the fact that I turn into a modern Lorraine McFly (from BTTF, circa her high school years during which she pronounced everyone DREAMY) that they give me hilarious side-long glances during what I try to make a professional interview. (John is happily married, for the record.) But I (seriously) digress.

John Ruidant creating the look
John Ruidant is always concocting something very complicated, which gives me a good excuse to actively interview him twice--you know, to make sure I got it. And he's always very zen whilst explaining this ridic complicated hair sculpture he's even DOING as he explains it. Like he's discussing string theory while casually spraying and curling strands of models' hair. The inspiration: A French singer in the '60s riding her Vespa around Paris. The look is all about a deep side-parted low-slung deconstructed bun which sticks straight out from the nape. To start, John used Redken Rootful Spray and blow-dried with a round brush. He then split the hair into two sections--from ear to ear, front to back. He back-combed the back section at the crown and the roots and secured a low pony with a free elastic. He then back-combed the pony, sprayed Redken Workforce Hairspray, before smoothing over the top a bit with a bristle brush. Next, he twisted it, coiled it, pinned it up into the middle of the pony to create a chignon before deconstructing it a bit. Pins were inserted to cause tension, allowing the chignon to stick straight out before setting with a bit of Redken Quick Dry Hairspray.

Eileen Clarisonic-ing a model

Eileen Harcourt, Clarisonic's aesthetician told me that skin was prepped with Clarisonic Facial Brush to clear the palette, even the brow and lip area, to help the products go on more easily. They followed up with the Opal to apply Clarisonic Marine Serum, which uses a kneading action allows it to go into the skin, as opposed to sitting on the surface.

Lancome's new Violet Groove shade (bottom)
Daniel Martin for Lancome created a look inspired by a tarty French singer. He "primed" the lid with white pencil (in Le Blanc, like Matt) used all over the lids, then put some lilac shadow (from the Color Design Minerale Quad in Tulle Lavande from the Spring 2011 collection Ultra Lavande, due out in January) all over it, before lining the top lid with black liquid Artliner. The line on the bottom was stippled onto the bottom for a loose Twiggy eye interpretation. "Because of the sheen in the shadow, the opaqueness of the pencil manipulates the effect into a sort of frost," explained Daniel. The rest of the look included fresh skin, sculpted cheek, fleshy-colored lip created with Lancome L'Absolut Rouge in Lily Rose, due out in January as well. "There's so much '60s inspiration this season, so we just wanted to make it fun with a subtle twist," said Daniel. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld will be the face of the Ultra Lavande collection, so stay tuned for what I'm sure will be gorge photography. 

Nails were polished with a SPESH creamy medium violet Lancome shade called Violet Groove by madame of manicures Lisa Logan. The bottle it comes in is delightfully compact, because really--who wants an enorm bottle of polish? She brushed on two coats, though the color has such great pigment pay-off, you could even get away with one.

Images: elle.com, BBJ, Clarisonic, thelancomeblog.com

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Makeup.com's Blog of the Week!

Gals, I'm blushing and it's not my Make Up For Ever HD Blush.

The fabulous Victoria Kirby has featured BBJ on Makeup.com's Blog of the Week series . Check out the site, which includes backstage beauty coverage; an expert panel of cosmetic connoisseurs like Tim Quinn and Charlotte Willer, to name a few; and their beauty haul section which highlights new must-have items from Lancome and YSL, among others.

I'm honored! Thanks, Makeup.com!

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Fashion Week Spring 2011 Beauty: Tibi

Tibi's beauty look at the Spring 2011 collection at Fashion Week was minimistically chic, designed to evoke an easy, yet tailored and refined look.
The beauty look at Tibi Spring 2011. Photo: Getty Images

To compliment the tonal silhouettes of the collection, makeup artist Bobbi Brown crafted a fresh face with a pop of peony-inspired color on the cheeks and a polished eye. Bobbi used an exclusive palette that designer Amy Smilovic and Bobbi collaborated on for Spring '11 called "Peony and Python"--and let me tell you, the shit is GORGE. Bobbi fans and makeup gals the world over will retire to their respective fainting couches upon seeing it. The makeup breakdown:

Skin: Hydrating Face Cream, Hydrating Eye Cream, Foundation Stick, Creamy Concealer, Corrector
Eyes: Ivory Eye Shadow, Cool Ivory Eye Shadow (Peony & Python Face Palette-$60), Opal Eye Shadow (from the palette), Plum Orchid Eye Shadow (from the palette), Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Extreme Party Mascara
Cheeks: Desert Rose Blush, Rose Face Highlighter Pen both applied all over the apples of the cheeks
Lips: Lilac Rich Lip Color (Peony & Python Palette--$11) slicked on from the tube, then dabbed with fingers

The always entertaining Kevin Ryan and Frank Rizzieri from R Session Tools teamed up to create the hair concept. This time, it was a simple sleek pony decorated with a bobby pin/barette hybrid from Ricky's NYC on the side of the face, anchoring wayward bangs or hairline pieces out of the face. They come in colors to match hair, but Kevin said that they "purposefully chose colors that clashed with the models' hair" for fun. The ponytail itself is "very Helmut Newton, without the shine. The low side part is the highlight, and the medium placement on the head is not too cheerful and high nor too somber and low," said Ryan. "It hits the perfect mid-note."  I was mesmerized by Kevin's glamazing Heat Mat by R Session Tools which--get this--changes colors when your heat tool on which it's resting gets hot enough.

Lastly, I chatted up Ricky (yes, that Ricky) about some of his new hair products in-store and learned that he's been partnering with Kevin and Frank to create some how-did-we-ever-live-without-these hair accouterments. First is his No-Crease Leaf Clips, a genius genius genius. It replaces those clip/tissue combos you always see backstage to keep hair out of the face without messing up the hair. These delicate hair clips are weightless and the air vents allow for weight and tension to be distributed easily so that there's no line when they're removed. Ricky even gave me a set, which I've been keeping in my bathroom (my own "backstage") and using to do my own makeup. He also created with Kevin a silicone comb (which he also gave me--I left backstage with a haul, the value of which amounted to 1/100th the amount of moolah I've spent at his joint over the years, which made me feel good about this transaction)) with oil baked INTO it to effectively tame dry, uncooperative manes. They last about a year and are "especially useful for hair stylists who dry-cut," explained Ricky.

Nails were done up with Dashing Diva's Debutante, a pretty pink, in two coats by lead Pattie Yankee.

What do you think of this look?

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