Gayle on: Traveling Tricks of the Trade

our fashion director, Gayle, travels constantly for our Style Guide shoots, so it’s no wonder
she’s perfected an impressive regimen to look (and feel) her best while she’s on the go.
here’s what tops her list of rejuvenating must-haves, for both on and off the plane.


“My handbag isn’t complete without a tin of refreshing mints. I have a mint as soon as we hit the runway (and I keep them handy at 35,000 feet in the air too).” 


“Since I usually have to hit the ground running as soon as we land, I always bring along an eye mask and earplugs on overnight flights so I can be sure to get some shut-eye.” 

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Fashion Week: Beauty Notes

we loved the clothes at our spring 2013 presentation, but the icing on the cake had to be the models’ gorgeous hair and makeup. we asked our beauty gurus how to get the complete look (and be ready for our close-up) in no time.
The Face: Flawless and Dewy
1. Prime skin with Laura Mercier Radiance mixed with moisturizer, then dab LMR along the cheekbones for extra definition.
2. Lightly apply a cream blush to the apple of the cheeks for a subtle doll-like effect (try Stila’s Convertible Color blush in Petunia—it’s sheer perfection).

The Eye: Watercolor Wonder
1. Prime the lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, then brush white eyeshadow over the entire area (we used NYX Cosmetics’ eyeshadow in white).
2. To create the subtle watercolor effect, first blend a light layer of green shadow over the entire lid (try NYX Cosmetics’ jumbo eye pencil—it doubles as a shadow!).
3. Darken the color at the crease of the eye with an additional layer of color.
4. Heavily line the outer half of the upper and lower lash lines for even more impact.
5. Finish by curling lashes and applying two coats of mascara for extra oomph (we’re fans of Maybelline Great Lash).

The Lip: Stained Perfection
1. Moisturize lips, then prime them with MAC Prep + Prime.
2. Color in entire mouth with an orangey-red pencil (we like Make Up For Ever’s lip pencil—it stays on longer than regular lipstick and won’t smudge).
3. Apply a dab of Laura Mercier Radiance at the bow of the lip for a perfect pout.
The Style: A Sleek and Polished Pony
1. Use a straightening iron to create a pin-straight effect.
2. Brush hair back from the forehead and secure into a tight pony at the back of the head with a hair elastic.
3. Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic to cover it, and secure with a bobby pin.
4. Smooth flyaways and the ponytail itself with hair spray for a picture-perfect finish (we used Sebastian Shaper).

Hair How-to: Gayle’s Topknot

“my go-to ’do in a pinch (or if you’re a day dirty). here’s
how to get the look.” —our fashion director and stylist, Gayle
Step 1 “Flip your head over and gather hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Secure with a hair bungee—I love these because they create just the right amount of tension, especially for thicker hair (you can find them at Ricky’s).”

Step 2 “Wrap hair around the elastic, securing with bobby pins as needed.”

Step 3 “Loosen strands around your hairline to create a bit of a messy softness. And that’s all.”

Au Naturel: Gayle’s Summer Beauty Essentials

our fashion director and superstylist, Gayle, loves spending
her summer weekends on the beach. here are the four easy-breezy
products that top her beauty regimen by the sea.
1. Kiehl’s tinted lip balm
“This balm leaves the slightest hint of a crushed berry color on my lips, so it feels
natural enough to wear to the beach. Plus, it has SPF, so it protects them too.”

2. Mustela sunscreen
“It’s the best sunscreen…The brand started in France, but now you can find it
at almost any American drugstore. All of Mustela’s products are actually
made for babies, so they’re really light and fragrance free.”

3. Rodin by Recine hair oil
“The models I work with tipped me off to this—it’s a blend of essential oils that
restores moisture to hair. I apply it at the beginning and end of every summer.”

4. An eyelash curler
“I love getting my lashes tinted during the summer so I don’t have to wear
mascara when I’m at the ocean. I just give them a quick curl instead.”

Illustrations by Catherine Orchard

D.I.Y. Beauty (and the Beach)

upgrade your warm-weather getaways the easy way with three D.I.Y. beauty tips,
courtesy of our fashion director and superstylist, Gayle
Freshly cut aloe is the purest cure-all for sunburned skin. It grows in abundance,
so it’s surprisingly easy to find.
I picked this tip up from one of our models:
To get glowing summer skin, mix brown sugar and olive oil for a soothing,
nice-smelling exfoliant. You can use it on your lips too.
Squeezing a lemon wedge on your hair brings out natural highlights when you’re in the sun.
Use some on your hands and feet too—it makes nails whiter and stronger.
(illustrations by Catherine Orchard)

Gayle’s Beauty Tips

our superstylist, Gayle, has us covered when it comes to
what to wear with what, but she also has a bevy of beauty
tips tucked up her sleeve. we asked her to give us the insider’s
scoop on these fresh faces from our May style guide…
Eye spy: “Defined eyes don’t call for tons of makeup. Just darken your brows for a bit of contrast, then curl your lashes sans mascara. My biggest secret? Apply an ultrathin line of eyeliner in a burnished brown right where your eyelashes meet the skin—and that’s really it.”
Mane attraction: “Let your hair have a moment. For this sexy, tousled vibe, spritz thickening spray on damp hair to add texture and volume. When it’s dry, finger-comb a touch of molding paste through the ends (I’m a big fan of Kiehl’s Malleable Molding Paste for that full-blown, been-at-the-beach-all-day look). Don’t try to be too perfect—it’s best to just let your hair take a shape of its own. And make sure your part isn’t perfect either.”
Lip service: “Here, we kept everything clean and natural except for her lips—a bright lip actually brightens your entire face, so even if it’s the only makeup you wear, you look effortlessly done. I
love M.A.C.’s Lady Danger lipstick—it’s a fiery red-orange color that works with anything you wear (honestly!).”

Fashion Week: Beauty Notes

we spoke to our superstylist, Gayle
(who got up at 3am to prep for the show!), about her
beautiful beauty inspiration for fall 2012…
“This season we wanted to let the models be the canvas for our colorful fall collection, so we kept their faces clean and polished. We started with dewy skin and bare eyes and finished with a lip color by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics that’s almost like berries on steroids—an ever-so-slight dab gives off a wonderfully intense pigment.”

A few tools of the trade:
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Queen
NARS Shadow Pencils in Goddess and Skorpios
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

“Hair was kept sleek and smooth, with a deep side part and a low ponytail. It’s something that anyone can pull off and do themselves.”
“The bottom line? Don’t overthink it this season—or better yet, don’t let them think you did.”

Winter Skin Wonders

Courtney, our casting manager and
resident skin-care connoisseur, shares her tips on how
to protect your skin against winter’s worst.
The products: Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish + Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Light-Weight Body Lotion
The process: Use the body polish at least three times a week to keep your skin buffed and smooth. You should always use body lotion everyday but during the harsh winter months I recommend using it even more often to protect your skin from drying out. Cold weather combined with central heating is a killer for skin so hydrate whenever possible!
The perks: The body polish is tough enough to scrub away dry patches on elbows and knees, but gentle enough not to irritate your skin. Plus they both smell absolutely delicious.

The products: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish + Aquaphor
The process: Just like with skin, the golden rule of exfoliating and moisturizing still applies. Rub away dry flakes with the lip polish whenever your lips feel about as smooth as a cheese grater (it happens to us all). Then rub on the ol’ faithful Aquaphor and voilà! Instantly smooth, kissable lips.
The perks: Fresh’s lip polish has real brown sugar crystals in it, so it feels really natural. Aquaphor may not be your most glamorous beauty product, but it’s a tried-and-true favorite that’s stood the test of time.

The products: Rodin Olio Lusso + Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask
The process: Use this supermoisturizing face mask whenever your skin needs some extra TLC, especially after being buffeted by winter winds. If you need a little extra something in your skin-care regimen, switch to or add a few drops of the Rodin Olio Lusso. Put it on morning and night for superhydrated skin and a luminous glow.
The perks: Olio Lusso is the most luxurious and effective oil out there—I haven’t yet met a woman who hasn’t loved it! As a side note, I’m dying to try their new hand cream. I hear it’s a wonder product and smells amazing. Arcona’s mask is really creamy and actually leaves skin looking firm and silky—it’s the perfect quick fix for looking glowing and camera ready before a big event or a night out.

From the Beauty Shelf of: Julie

we felt our beauty regime lacked a little je ne sais quoi,
so we asked Julie, our web designer and
impeccably preened Parisian transplant, to share
her beauty secrets (c’est magnifique!)
NUXE Crème Fraîche Concentrée: My everyday moisturizing cream.
Santa Maria Novella Rose Water: One of my favorite things in the world! I love to spray it on my face before going to bed—the smell is so soothing to me.
La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel: My mom and grandmother always told me not to wash my face with water more than once a week, so I use this gel every night instead.
Guerlain Super Aqua-Night Cream: My ultimate treat. I only use it twice a week (since it’s a little pricey), so it always feels special. Plus, it smells incredible.
Guerlain Météorites Powder for the Face: Illuminating face powder—a must-have.

Klorane Cornflower Smoothing and Relaxing Patches for Tired Eyes: Amazing eye patches for exhausted eyes. I use them twice a month.
Clarins Eye Contour Balm: This feels very fresh when you put it on and I believe it really does wake my eyes up in the morning!
Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil: My favorite way to remove eye makeup. It’s really efficient and totally natural, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin.

NUXE Rêve de Miel: I keep this at my desk and I use it several times a day (my coworkers love to use it too!). It leaves hands so soft and never sticky.
Dior Crème Abricot: My grandmother’s secret to keeping her nails perfect. I use this cream every night and haven’t had cuticles in years!
Dyptique Fresh Lotion for the Body: My favorite body lotion—the smell is to die for.

Biafine: A miraculous anti-burn cream that actually heals sunburns! I also love the smell.
Fluocaril Toothpaste: The ultimate toothpaste—I could never use another one!

Fashion Week: The Beauty Report

our beauty experts share their tricks of the trade
We wanted the girls to appear almost like
soldiers—a uniform of perfect, flawless skin with
slicked-back hair and a pop of color on the lips…
—Gayle, our stylist
Inspired by Vanessa Beecroft installations and the color of New Zealand peonies, we wanted the girls to appear almost like soldiers—a uniform of perfect, flawless skin with slicked-back hair and a pop of color on the lips. The look created a blank canvas for the clothes, letting them speak for themselves.

Fun fact: While each model’s lip color appeared to be the same shade, each color was custom-mixed for each girl to compliment her exact skin tone.

Getting the look:
FACE: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and a bit of luminizer on the cheekbones and on the bow of the lips give a flawless, mannequin-like complexion.

CHEEKS: A very light touch of Stila cream cheek color in Gerbera.

EYES: Leave completely bare; curly eyelashes (thanks to a curler) are all that are needed.

LIPS: Mix Kryolan aqua-color pigment in fluorescent pink and orange.
Tip: To keep the color creamy, moisturize lips first. We used Dr. Kiss lip moisturizer.

HAIR: A sleek, tight ponytail: Gather hair into a taut ponytail, then wrap a section of the hair (enough to cover the band) and fasten with a bobby pin. A touch of Elnett hair spray and pomade helps smooth the hair and keep the ponytail sleek.

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