Tom Ford gearing up to launch ‘science-based’ skincare line

Tom Ford is close to unveiling his “science-based” luxury skincare range.The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006 and has more recently delved int…

Tom Ford is close to unveiling his “science-based” luxury skincare range.

The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006 and has more recently delved into filmmaking with critically acclaimed movies A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals.

While Tom Ford Beauty currently contains a range of cosmetics and fragrance, Ford has been developing a line of skincare formulas for several years and will begin rolling out the line next month.

“I wanted to start a serious skincare arm and have it be science-based,” he told WWD. “This is a real skincare product and regimen. I’m not a designer who has thrown his name on a beautifully packaged cream.”

To create the products, Ford insisted Estee Lauder bosses allow him to set up his own laboratory.

And he drew inspiration from his own experiences and advice he’s received from dermatologists in the past, especially in relation to the power of caffeine.

“Years ago, a dermatologist told me that the best thing for puffy eyes was moist tea bags. Every time I did it, I noticed that it also moisturised my skin,” the designer shared. “Caffeine became one of the most important things we researched.”

After experimenting with 75 different concoctions, Ford’s first products, the Serum Concentrate and Creme Concentrate, which are infused with caffeine from Japanese green tea, gyokuro, and rare ground white porcelain cacao beans, will be hitting shelves from August, and will be priced at $350 and $450 (£280 – £360). Three more products will debut in spring 2020.

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Liya Kebede: ‘I had no desire to create a brand’

Liya Kebede accidentally became a fashion entrepreneur because she wanted to help weavers in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian model, who has worked with the likes of Gucci and Estee Lauder, founded Lemlem in 2008 after going to a market while visiting family i…

Liya Kebede accidentally became a fashion entrepreneur because she wanted to help weavers in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian model, who has worked with the likes of Gucci and Estee Lauder, founded Lemlem in 2008 after going to a market while visiting family in Addis Ababa and noticing that the people who made handwoven clothes had no business. She used her own money to hire a designer, stylist and a few weavers to make Western-style clothes using those traditional techniques.

In a new interview with PORTER magazine, Liya admitted becoming the founder and creative director of a fashion brand was never one of her life goals.

“I am completely, 100 per cent, an accidental entrepreneur… I had no desire to do a brand,” she said, explaining that she had always wanted to help people in her native country but she “didn’t know in what capacity” and when she founded the label, “I thought I was just fixing something.”

Lemlem, which means “to bloom” in Amharic, now sells to vendors around the world and has recently opened offices in New York. It also employs 250 weavers in Addis Ababa and five per cent of its sales go to the Lemlem Foundation, which supports women artisans in Africa.

“Every time I see someone wearing Lemlem, I have a ‘wow’ moment – because I know how far we have come,” the 41-year-old gushed.

Liya has also collaborated with her designer friends, with her team recently adding colourful borders to “puffer” gowns created by Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli for Moncler.

“It has this feeling of depth and warmth, and a sense that there is another dimension to them,” she continued. “It bridges these things that you didn’t think could be bridged.”

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Joan Smalls stretches in bed every morning to keep scoliosis pain at bay

Joan Smalls does some gentle stretches in bed each morning to keep her scoliosis pain to a minimum.The Puerto Rican model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having landed prestigious gigs for the likes of Estee Lauder and Vi…

Joan Smalls does some gentle stretches in bed each morning to keep her scoliosis pain to a minimum.

The Puerto Rican model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having landed prestigious gigs for the likes of Estee Lauder and Victoria’s Secret.

While Joan has a constantly busy schedule, she has now opened up about her morning routine in a video for Elle.com, and shared that she always makes time to stretch her back and legs as a means of easing her scoliosis, or sideways curvature of the spine.

“A lot of the time I stretch because I work out the day before, so I’m kinda like tense, and I have scoliosis. So, I like to do it in the bed for a couple of minutes,” she said, before demonstrating some of the simple moves in her regime. “I learned the stretches when I was doing rehabilitation for my condition, so I learned it at a really young age. At the age of 13 -14, to stretch because it keeps my body well aligned and it helps with the pressure throughout the day. Standing or sitting for too long, or travelling in planes. And also, it just keeps me grounded and quiet for a couple of minutes before I get out of bed.”

Joan will set her alarm at least 15 minutes before she needs to actually get going because not only does she do some stretching, but she also spends a few minutes meditating too.

“I either say a pray or I meditate for a little while,” the 30-year-old smiled. “And I’ll say a positive affirmation until I’ve finished the whole loop (of meditation beads) around, so that will take me maybe 10-15 minutes depending on how long the affirmation is. I usually want to start with an emotion, vibe, thought.”

Elsewhere in the video, Joan explained that she doesn’t drink coffee all that often, and she prefers sweet breakfasts with lots of fruit.

The brunette beauty divulged that she combs her eyebrows as soon as she gets up too.

“I brush my brows in the morning because they look kinda crazy as soon as I wake up! I like brushing my brows upward, rather than sideways,” she added.

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Karlie Kloss uses a spoon to curl her eyelashes

Karlie Kloss swears eyelashes can be curled perfectly with the humble spoon.The supermodel has sat in the make-up chair for hundreds of hours over the course of her career, and accordingly, has picked up a few expert tips along the way. In a new video …

Karlie Kloss swears eyelashes can be curled perfectly with the humble spoon.

The supermodel has sat in the make-up chair for hundreds of hours over the course of her career, and accordingly, has picked up a few expert tips along the way.

In a new video for Vogue.com, Karlie took the chance to demonstrate to her fans some of her go-to techniques, and noted that she has a utensil-based handy trick for curling lashes.

“A (conventional) eyelash curler gets the job done but I’ve had nightmare situations. This teaspoon is very functional; it’s in my bag at all times for whatever the needs are (and) one tip and use of a teaspoon that I learned backstage from (make-up artist) Pat McGrath at a fashion show way back when, was to use a teaspoon to really get a very tight curl on the lash… You can really get right onto the lid and pinch it,” she explained, proceeding to press her eyelashes against the metal spoon with her thumb.

However, for those not keen on using a spoon, Karlie had another option up her sleeve.

“You can go all high-tech and use one of these suckers – it’s a heated eyelash curler. It moulds the lashes into the shape that you want without any risk of pulling your lashes out,” the 26-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the tutorial, Karlie shared how she begins her routine by applying a sheet mask for 10 minutes before rubbing in any additional serum and then applies concealer and Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-In-Place Powder to her face.

The Project Runway host, who became a global ambassador for Estee Lauder in April 2018, also uses the brand’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Sand and is a fan of the company’s lip liner and Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Rebellious Rose, a dark pink shade.

“She is not a wallflower. This colour looks good on everyone: my sisters, my friends… everyone that’s tried this colour loves it,” she smiled.

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Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into iconic Versace safety pin dress

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when …

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.

The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when she accompanied then-boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994.

To mark the anniversary of the iconic garment, Versace creative director Donatella Versace has recreated the outfit. However, Elizabeth, 53, is adamant she can still slip into the original.

“I don’t exercise, but I am very active,” she said in an interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “But just because it still fits doesn’t mean I would wear it today – it wouldn’t be appropriate!”

Elizabeth went on to describe how Donatella’s updated safety pin dress is much “more demure” than the one her late brother Gianni Versace dreamed up, with the new ensemble featuring draped fabric across the bodice and one long sleeve.

And even though the Versace dress launched the brunette beauty onto the global stage, leading to her scoring a gig as a brand ambassador for Estee Lauder, she insisted that she had no idea that the little black dress would have the power to change the course of her career.

“I was so unprepared for what happened that night… I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh’s premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion,” Elizabeth recalled, adding that she ended up collecting the dress from a PR executive’s office. “I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag… I took it home and did my own hair and make-up, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn’t even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat. It was all very unglamorous compared to how things get done these days.”

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Victoria Beckham: ‘Beauty collection is a dream come true’

Victoria Beckham couldn’t hide her excitement when discussing her upcoming beauty line, admitting that the new venture is a “dream come true”.The fashion designer made the comments during an interview with Vogue, in which she revealed that the new set …

Victoria Beckham couldn’t hide her excitement when discussing her upcoming beauty line, admitting that the new venture is a “dream come true”.

The fashion designer made the comments during an interview with Vogue, in which she revealed that the new set will include “make-up, skin care, fragrance, and also everything that comes under the wellness umbrella”.

Speaking to the publication, the Victoria enthused over the project, and hinted that it is the first in a long line of expansion plans for her eponymous fashion empire.

“(The beauty collection) really is a dream come true for me and something that I’ve been working on for a long long time,” she gushed. “Hopefully, one day (I’ll have) swimwear, and menswear, and (a kid’s collection).

“Not right now, not for quite some time, but I’m not short of ideas, let’s put it that way.”

The 44-year-old first announced the beauty line news in an Instagram post last month (Feb19), when she shared a video of herself in a striped shirt and told the camera: “So I’m very excited to announce I’m about to launch Victoria Beckham Beauty.”

She then panned the phone camera over to where she’d written “VB Beauty” on the mirror in lipstick.

Victoria captioned her Instagram video by writing: “SO excited to announce that I will be launching Victoria Beckham Beauty later this year! Cannot wait to be able to share it with you!! Subscribe at the link in bio for exclusive news and updates. #VBBeauty x Kisses.”

She previously teamed with beauty giant Estee Lauder on make-up products.

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Karlie Kloss ‘cheats’ a full pout with lip liner trick

Karlie Kloss has divulged how she “cheats” her way to a plumper pout.The supermodel is one of the busiest names in the fashion industry, having landed major contracts for brands such as Estee Lauder, Carolina Herrera and Swarovski.Now, Karlie has share…

Karlie Kloss has divulged how she “cheats” her way to a plumper pout.

The supermodel is one of the busiest names in the fashion industry, having landed major contracts for brands such as Estee Lauder, Carolina Herrera and Swarovski.

Now, Karlie has shared how she keeps her make-up looking picture-perfect in a video for Vogue Australia, with one aspect of the clip detailing how she does her lipstick.

“I love to have a nice natural lip and so I love to use a lip liner that’s the shade of my lips,” she said, before demonstrating how she uses a dark rose-coloured lip pencil to subtly draw a line outside of her upper lip. “I always cheat my lip shape a little bit. I will overdraw the upper lip and really just fill in and give a nice full shape.”

Elsewhere in the tutorial, Karlie explained how she prefers to use concealer rather than foundation for on-the-go touch-ups as she doesn’t like that “cakey” look on her skin. She also prefers waterproof mascara to regular formulas.

“You know when you look in the mirror halfway through the night and you realise you have mascara everywhere and no one has told you? That is the worst. Good friends will tell you, or at least they should!” the 26-year-old smiled. “I love using waterproof mascaras because it doesn’t transfer as much.”

In addition, Karlie is a fan of using eyeshadows in “tonal” colours to emphasise her eyes and likes to dab on a little highlighter under her brow bone and on her nose. The model also divulged her go-to trick for making her eyes look bright.

“I’m going to finish my day to night look with a little white liner on the inside of the lash line. I like to do it just as a way to open the eye and freshen up your look, especially at the end of the day,” she added.

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Victoria Beckham ‘so excited’ to launch her own beauty line

Victoria Beckham is “so excited” as she gears up to launch her first beauty line later this year (19).The Spice Girls star turned fashion designer has turned her hand to make-up before, teaming up with Estee Lauder on two limited-edition Victoria Beckh…

Victoria Beckham is “so excited” as she gears up to launch her first beauty line later this year (19).

The Spice Girls star turned fashion designer has turned her hand to make-up before, teaming up with Estee Lauder on two limited-edition Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder cosmetic collections three years ago, but Victoria Beckham Beauty will be her first solo venture into the industry.

Victoria took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the thrilling news, sharing a video of herself in a striped shirt as she told the camera: “So I’m very excited to announce I’m about to launch Victoria Beckham Beauty.”

She then panned the phone camera over to where she’d written “VB Beauty” on the mirror in lipstick.

Victoria captioned her Instagram video by writing: “SO excited to announce that I will be launching Victoria Beckham Beauty later this year! Cannot wait to be able to share it with you!! Subscribe at the link in bio for exclusive news and updates. #VBBeauty x Kisses.”

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Victoria Beckham Beauty will be launched as a “pure digital native brand” for fall/winter 2019, and will be headed up by co-founder and chief executive officer Sarah Creal, who has previously worked with companies such as Prada and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Sarah also worked as head of global make-up development and marketing at Estee Lauder, where she first met and collaborated with Victoria on the capsule collections.

Meanwhile, Vogue reported that Victoria Beckham Beauty won’t just include make-up, but will also offer skincare, fragrance and “wellness”, which the outlet speculated could mean vitamins and supplements.

It will be available to buy on victoriabeckham.com.

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Grace Elizabeth tapped to front Giuseppe Zanotti campaign

Grace Elizabeth has been tapped to star in Giuseppe Zanotti’s latest campaign.The 21-year-old model is quickly rising through the ranks of the fashion industry, having recently walked the runway for big-name brands like Victoria’s Secret, Carolina Herr…

Grace Elizabeth has been tapped to star in Giuseppe Zanotti’s latest campaign.

The 21-year-old model is quickly rising through the ranks of the fashion industry, having recently walked the runway for big-name brands like Victoria’s Secret, Carolina Herrera, Fendi, and Chanel.

Now, Grace is adding another string to her bow, as she has been unveiled as the face of Zanotti’s spring/summer 2019 marketing imagery.

Photographer Craig McDean helmed the photoshoot, with one image showing the model posing in a blush pink blazer in a white room while clutching a pair of pink satin Alina Bow stilettos.

Another snap depicts her in a black ensemble which is matched with the crystal-embellished Janell sandal, while a third sees her sport the Peony sandal, which features a large silk flower attached to the back of the heel.

The campaign also showcases the strappy black leather Larissa sandal and a flat sandal with a large jewel attached.

Regarding the concept, designer Zanotti commented that he wanted to convey the idea that evening shoes don’t just have to worn at night.

“I really wanted to (do) something different, modern with this campaign,” he said in a statement. “My shoes have always been and will always be works of art – embellished, feminine, gorgeous…but today there are no longer rules about evening style versus day. A contemporary woman is just as comfortable pairing a stiletto with jeans as a flat with a dress. The choice is hers.”

Grace, who is also an Estee Lauder brand ambassador, succeeds Bella Hadid as the face of a Zanotti campaign. Bella, 22, fronted the luxury footwear label’s campaigns for the past two seasons.

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Anok Yai swears exfoliation is key to glowing skin

Anok Yai is convinced daily exfoliation is the key to getting great skin.The Egypt-born model, who is of Sudanese descent, grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and was studying biochemistry when she was discovered by a photographer at the age of 19 in …

Anok Yai is convinced daily exfoliation is the key to getting great skin.

The Egypt-born model, who is of Sudanese descent, grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and was studying biochemistry when she was discovered by a photographer at the age of 19 in late 2017.

Anok has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world and has now opened up about her skincare regime, asserting that she is all about regular scrubs.

“The first thing I do in the morning is exfoliate,” she told W magazine. “I exfoliate my face almost every day with exfoliating gloves, and it makes a huge difference. I get my gloves from The Dollar Tree; they are the best and super affordable.”

Earlier in 2018, Anok was named as a brand ambassador for U.S. beauty giant Estee Lauder. She is a big fan of several of the company’s products, including the Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation and the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum, and loves masks too.

“I have about seven to 10 different face masks, so I randomly switch between them depending on how my skin is feeling that day. Once I’m done with the mask, I use Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Eye Concentrate, which really hydrates my skin. And finally, I rub castor oil into my eyebrows and Vaseline on my eyelashes,” the 20-year-old said.

And while the young model is interested in my beauty trends, she admitted that she’s never had a spa day and isn’t particularly keen on some more complex treatments like PRP (platelet rich plasma) facials, also known as a vampire facial, which involves extracting a person’s blood before injecting it into their face.

“I am usually open to trying new things but I don’t think I’ll ever do one of those blood facials,” she laughed.

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