BEAUTY SHOPPING IN PARIS


PARIS IS ARGUABLY THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD TO FIND ONESELF WITH A WHOLE DAY FREE. SO WHEN REGINA AND I HAPPENED TO BOTH BE IN PARIS WITH AN ENTIRE DAY OF DOWNTIME, WE DID THE ONLY LOGICAL THING AND SET OUT TO VISIT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BEAUTY BOUTIQUES.  Words by Robin Black. Illustrations by Regina Yazdi.


At this point, you are probably expecting the usual story about French pharmacy discoveries and with just cause. French pharmacies are treasure troves filled with cult beauty favorites and classic essentials. However, this story is about two very particular beauty experts and the very special Parisian boutiques that are on our personal “must visit” lists.

If you haven’t encountered either of us (or our work) before, I spent over a decade as a professional makeup artist before adding beauty photographer and founder of Beauty Is Boring to my resume. Regina is a fine artist who creates gorgeous illustrations for beauty, fashion and jewelry brands as well as top publications. We share a mutual love for all things beauty and when we are not working, you can often find us in the studio testing new products.

Back to Paris… We started the day with the most delicious croissants and a conversation about whether my Celines would hold up should the questionable looking skies turn into rain. Practical matters (food and shoes) taken care of, we headed to our first shopping destination.

 


 

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OFFICINE UNIVERSELLE
BULY 1803

6 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
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The History: Originally created by Jean-Vincent Bully in 1803, the brand and shop were resurrected over 200 years later by Victoire and Ramdane Touhami.

The Boutique: Buly 1803 is unlike any other beauty shop in the world. The interior transports you back in time to a simple luxury that is missing from most modern brands. The walls are covered with wooden shelves filled with glass jars of powdered clay, herbs, dried flowers and other mysterious beauty aids. Countertops and drawers display beautifully illustrated tubes of hand cream, toothpaste, moisturizer and more. Glass bottles covered in hand drawn designs hold perfumes, face lotions, cleansers and body oils, all paraben, phenoxyethanol and silicone free. The impeccably groomed staff (who wear neat uniforms and lovely chignons) make excellent recommendations and best of all, they personalize each bag and box in flowing calligraphy.

What to Buy: You really can’t go wrong at Buly, everything is a treasure so set aside plenty of time to go through each case. However, among our personal favorites are the Lait Nettoyant, Pommade concrète, Huile Antique in Damask Rose, L’Alabastron in Généraux D’Empire and Rose Petals Powder. Also not to be missed, are the signature Buly 1803 hair combs. I found a perfectly sized “bang” comb which I now can’t live without. Regina loves the water-based perfumes, great for those who are sensitive to the alcohol typically used in fragrances. She also found a translucent, slightly iridescent orchid shade of their Vernis Universal (nail polish) that is utterly unique.

Moving on… After Buly, we headed across the Seine and toward the Palais-Royal to stop at a beauty destination that I first visited in the late nineties.

 


 

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PALAIS ROYAL
SERGE LUTENS

142 GALERIE DE VALOIS
75001, Paris
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The History: “Les Salons du Palais Royal” opened in 1992 to house the creations of brilliant perfumer, photographer and makeup artist Serge Lutens.

The Boutique: The shop has a “secret society” vibe that is irresistible and of course, as a makeup artist and photographer myself, it’s also a sort of pilgrimage to pay respect to Serge’s genius. The space itself is rather difficult to describe. An ornate spiral staircase dominates the center of the room and small counters display the perfumes along with the makeup collection. Every inch of the walls and ceiling is covered with intricate painted designs. The colors are what always strike me first – deep purples, pale lavender and blues of every shade that alternate based on the lighting, sometimes even venturing into burgundy territory.

What to Buy: If you want a single fragrance that represents Serge Lutens’ style of perfume, you must try Féminité du Boi. It’s dark, woody, spicy, with an unexpected flash of violet and his signature candied fruit. After testing as many perfumes as your nose can handle, treat your eyes to Serge’s very concise collection of makeup. Each item was created with the same exacting standards and passion as his fragrances. We couldn’t decide between Lip Color 1 (four vibrant reds) or Lip Colors 2 (four flattering nudes) but really, both are perfect.

Moving on… We left Serge Lutens and in the process of finding a taxi, stumbled into Francesco Russo’s gorgeous shoe boutique where the very charming Francesco himself showed us his new collection. After a longer then usual shop visit (the combination of a stylish Italian and perfect nude suede stilettos is tough to walk away from), we realized we were famished. One of the delightful things about finding yourself hungry in Paris is that you are never far from an excellent repast of wine, bread and cheese. Then it was off to our next boutique, one that I had never been to before but Regina visits every time she is in Paris.

 


 

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Paris, shopping, makeup, perfume, Robin Black, Regina Yazdi, Beauty Is Boring, Astier

 

ASTIER de VILLATTE
173 rue Saint-Honoré
75001, Paris
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The History: Although the delicate ceramics have an 18th century French countryside feel, Astier de Villatte was founded in 1996 by artists Ivan Pericoli and Benoit Astier de Villatte.

The Boutique: This wonderfully eccentric shop is housed in an eighteenth century building and specializes in delicate ceramics, flatware, incense, hand typed stationery, notebooks, special soaps and luxury candles – all in irresistibly pretty packaging. Every shelf holds unique treasures and no two items are identical. The ceramics are all hand made in a workshop in Paris’s 13rd Arrondissement using black terra-cotta with a milky white glaze and feature lovely details such as raised leafs, kittens, floral motifs and decorative accents. It’s impossible to walk out empty handed.

What to Buy: We couldn’t resist the Cat Incense Burner and of course, the Encens Opéra to accompany it. Notebooks in multiple cover designs seemed like a necessity as well as candles in Opéra, Hollywood and Alger. Delicate ceramic plates with rose designs as well as bowls with a wonderfully organic bumpy texture, plus small decorative vessels that are perfect for holding delicate jewelry were among our top picks. Regina has been collecting pieces of their cutlery on each visit and so she picked up a few more pieces to complement her growing set. It’s actually quite romantic to think her entire flatware set has been brought back piecemeal from trips to Paris.

Moving on… The next two boutiques that we visited belong to the same brand, the storied house of Guerlain. However they each offer a very specific experience and neither should be missed.

 


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GUERLAIN
PERFUME BOUTIQUE

392 rue Saint Honoré
75001, Paris
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The History: In 2016, Guerlain opened a new boutique dedicated exclusively to perfumes.

The Boutique: A chic, modern location with over 100 Guerlain fragrances on display along with a digital perfume organ, gorgeous floral arrangements and centuries of Guerlain heritage. However the real reason to visit is the very exclusive custom Bee bottle experience. As you enter the boutique, to your right is a small room with black walls and shelves that hold iconic Bee bottles in a variety of colors. Smartly dressed ladies will graciously assist you in choosing a colored Bee bottle along with the type of ribbon, barbichette (the silk thread that fastens the seal) and will even personalize it with your monogram or name. Then comes the fun part… you get to select from a collection of Guerlain’s most precious perfumes and watch as your custom bottle is neatly hand filled from a beautiful glass decanter. The experience is sublime and one that no perfume lover should pass up.

What to Buy:  Obviously a custom Bee bottle! Regina chose Shalimar in a deep royal purple bottle with “Miss Regina” emblazoned on the side. I went for a black Bee bottle with my beloved Cuir Beluga and “Ms.Black” in gold letters. It’s also worth noting that the accommodating staff is quite knowledgeable about their perfumes and is happy to make intelligent recommendations, to offer small samples or for the more glamorous types, to spritz your scarf with a scent. Speaking of scarves, Guerlain’s silk masterpieces make perfect gifts or in my case, an addition to my collection.

 


 

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GUERLAIN
68 Av. des Champs-Élysées
75008, Paris
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The History: Declared a French National Monument, this legendary address has been home to the Guerlain boutique for 103 years and was originally designed by architect Charles Mewès (he also designed the Ritz Hotel).

The Boutique: Although renovated around four years ago by American architect Peter Marino, all the historical fixtures are still on display and the feel is decidedly Guerlain. It’s an updated, more energetic version of the brand but still very Parisian and very luxurious. The large boutique (it expanded significantly during the renovation and even includes a restaurant) features perfumes, skincare and makeup as well as seasonal gifts. For those in the know, tucked away upstairs past all the gorgeous displays is the L’Institut Guerlain, a private haven for bespoke beauty treatments.

What to Buy:  It’s difficult to chose from the extensive selection of little luxuries but you should definitely take home a tube of Rouge G de Guerlain. The lipstick formula and scent are lovely but really, it’s the impossibly chic mirrored case that is the main attraction. I opted for Garconne, a strong cool toned red. Regina likes the sculptural tube of the Maxi Lash Mascara and we are both fans of their cult favorite bronzers. Of course, if you want to stay classic, nothing says Guerlain quite like the famed Météorites Pearls of Powder.

 


 

Of course, Paris has many beauty destinations and these are just a few of our favorites. I suppose that means we will just have to make another trip. À bientôt Paris!

 

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DARK ROMANCE FEATURING VASILISA PAVLOVA

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The official start of Spring 2017 is only a month away but somehow I am not quite ready for cheerful colors and boundless optimism – perhaps it’s the political situation or maybe just the weather. However, at the moment, intense pigments in rich shades and clashing finishes of lacquer paired with matte have my eye. And yes, Vasilisa’s neck and ears are painted a powdery white, inspired by traditional kabuki makeup.

PHOTOGRAPHER// Robin Black
MODEL// Vasilisa Pavlova
MAKEUP// Robin Black
HAIR// Ryan Taniguchi


PRODUCTS// Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Violet DuskLaura Mercier Kajal D’Orient in VinoKevyn Aucoin Diamond Eye GlossTom Ford Extreme MascaraTom Ford Lip Color in Black DahliaTom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color in Orchid FataleMakeup Forever Flash Color Pot in RedSisley Paris Mascara So IntenseDior Contour LipLiner in 999Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipgloss in 999

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FIVE PERFUMES TO GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON


PERFUME IS ONE OF THE MOST PERSONAL GIFTS YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE. TO CONFIDENTLY GIFT A SCENT REQUIRES INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PERSON SO IT’S BEST RESERVED FOR LOVERS, SPOUSES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND YOUR DEAREST OF FRIENDS. WITH THAT CAVEAT, PERFUME IS ALSO ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE GIFTS TO RECEIVE. BELOW ARE FIVE DELIGHTFUL SCENT SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AS IMAGINED BY OUR BRILLIANT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, REGINA YAZDI.  By Robin Black


 

ROJA 51 FEMME
by Roja Dove

Although originally created to celebrate the opening of the Roja Perfumes Boutique at Number 51 Burlington Arcade in London, I imagine the woman who wears this scent striding past me in the lobby of the George V in Paris with perfectly matching scarlet lips and nails. It’s unapologetically feminine, bold, sexy and has an unexpected dry down of warm oriental notes.

Gift Roja 51 Femme to the Helmut Newton archetype.


 

VERT D’ENCENS
by Tom Ford

This lush, woody scent is new to Tom Ford’s much lauded Private Blend line and perhaps the most “holiday” of our selection. It starts off with a burst of pine resin and fir, then drys down through layers of soft incense, subtle floral and sweet spice. Lovely in cold weather and ideal for a walk through snowy woods, layered over a cashmere sweater or après-ski.

Gift Vert D’Encens to the high spirited, holiday enthusiast.


 

GRAND SOIR
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Polished and elegant with a touch of exotic warmth, the recently launched Grand Soir is perfect for winter evenings. It’s a head turner that is equally stunning at a black tie event or cozied up by the fireplace for a nightcap.

Gift Grand Soir to the sophisticate with impeccable taste.


 

N°5 L’EAU
by Chanel

Launched to much fanfare just a few months ago, we simply had to include this latest scent from Chanel. The story goes that the nose behind N°5 L’Eau, Olivier Polge, worked on this composition for three years to get the exact right interpretation of the classic N°5.  Fresh and light, it still speaks the same language as the original but in more youthful tones.

Gift N°5 L’Eau to the young at heart.


 

SHALIMAR
by Guerlain

Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925 and inspired by the legendary love story that gave birth to the Taj Mahal, this scent is best worn by someone who understands the allure of old fashioned glamour, enjoys a bit of mystery and prefers iconic to popular. As a side note, Vogue once declared Shalimar one of the six perfumes that every French woman has owned at least once in her life.

Gift Shalimar to the classicist with a hidden naughty streak.

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Sunghee Kim at the Nomad Hotel

Sung Hee in bed at the Nomad by Robin Black for Beauty Is Boring.

A suggestion for keeping your head warm in the cold weather… why not wear a brightly colored wig instead of a boring knit hat! As tested above by Sunghee Kim at the Nomad Hotel in NYC.

PHOTOGRAPHER// Robin Black
MODEL// Sunghee Kim

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Hannah & Sara

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PHOTOGRAPHER// Robin Black
MODELS// Hannah Vandermolen, Sara Cummings
MAKEUP// Robin Black
HAIR// Sheridan Ward for L’Oreal Professional USA
WARDROBE// White tank by Calvin Klein, everything else is the model’s own.

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BEAUTY ICONS: ANNA KARINA & BRIGITTE BARDOT


BEAUTY IS BORING’S ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, REGINA YAZDI AND I CHAT ABOUT HER BEAUTY INFLUENCES, WHEN SHE FIRST DISCOVERED ANNA KARINA AND EXACTLY WHAT PRODUCTS SHE USES TO CREATE BRIGITTE BARDOT’S ICONIC SMOKY EYE. By Robin Black


Regina and I met on social media, she was my second Instagram “date” (the first was brilliant art director @queenruba). We stalked each other’s images for several months before discovering that we lived about a mile apart. We decided to meet for coffee and although I wouldn’t refer to myself as a romantic person, it was creative love at first sight. Since then, Regina has been a fixture in the Beauty Is Boring Studio where she not only illustrates many of our looks but also acts as my sounding board, occasional hands on stylist/art director (see our recent Marie Antionette looks) and all around beauty partner. Read on for Regina’s thoughts on her beauty influences and her product recommendations for creating their iconic looks.


 

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BEAUTY ICON: BRIGITTE BARDOT
Illustration by Regina Yazdi

Robin: What do you find inspiring about Brigitte Bardot’s signature beauty look?

Regina: The casual sultriness of it all – she’s the ultimate French bombshell but there’s something quite effortless and accessible about her look.

Robin: Is there a particular film or photoshoot of Bardot’s that made you fall in love with her look?

Regina: My favorite photographs of Bardot were shot by Guislain Dessert after her career ended – especially the series with her wearing sheer tights in 1975. For me they’re her most iconic images and capture the ‘femme fatale’ allure she exuded throughout her film career.

Robin: What modern products do you use to capture her look?

Regina: Bardot’s signature look is all about tousled hair and heavily kohled eyes. For eyes, I love to use Charlotte Tilbury’s Bedroom Black Rock N’ Kohl eyeliner to rim the lashline and waterline, I’ll also rub the liner on my finger and smear a dark creamy base onto the lids as a primer. I have 3 matte eyeshadow singles from Kevyn Aucoin that I mix to create the look – 110 Black, 105 Taupey Grey and 108 Faded Heather. I’ll diffuse the 3 shadows from dark to light with black at the base of the lids. For parties I love using these pigments wet for more depth and lasting power – it’s my watercolor smoky eye. To finish the eyes I use a slick of Sisley Paris So Intense Mascara in Deep Black. This brush is ideal for me, I can get the cleanest root to dip application and build up the volume to my liking. It gives you pinpoint flexibility and control!

For cheeks I use Boudoir Rouge from Besame Cosmetics in 703 Sun Kissed. It’s a neutral blusher suited for contour with a shimmer-less satin finish which gives your cheeks that retro 60’s look.

My favorite thing is to wear nude liner all over my lips as lipstick, it lasts forever and you can give your lips its most beautiful shape. And it’s ideal for Bardot’s look because her lips were quite matte and a bit overdrawn in those days. My current obsessions are Sienna by Smashbox and Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury. I always have these two handy in my purse.

To get the tousled  hair I use L’Oreal’s Elnette hairspray and a Denman hairbrush to blow out the ends. My natural hair texture is like copper wire and can hold shape pretty well. It’s very coarse, dry and frizzy and it’ll basically do whatever heat styling wants it to do. The only downside is that it takes ages because I have too much of it!


 

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BEAUTY ICON: ANNA KARINA
Illustration by Regina Yazdi

Robin: When did you first discover Anna Karina?

Regina: After watching Jean-Luc Godard’s Une femme est une femme.

Robin: Is there a particular film of Anna Karina’s that made you fall in love with her look?

Regina: Probably the 60’s Godard films she did – so many of her iconic looks came out of that era and have been copied and reinterpreted in fashion for generations. The sailor blouse, the red jumpers and tights, the ribbons in the hair, the boater hats, the coquettish lingerie and of course the signature blue eye makeup!

Robin: What inspires you about her beauty look?

Regina: I always find elements of opposition interesting in fashion – and her look is a bit of a paradox: sophisticated yet playful and fresh. I find her so beautiful and there’s a real timelessness to her style – I think Chanel gave her the blessing to be a fashion icon when she renamed her “Anna Karina” .

Robin: I have often seen you wear that iconic shade of blue eyeshadow. What products do you use to create her look?

Regina: To get her signature blue shadow I love Ellis Faas Cream Eyes E118 – which is  the most beautiful robin’s egg blue. To set the cream I follow up with MAKE matte eyeshadow in Celeste on top. I love that these blues have a muted cast to them they really capture how her blue shadow looked on screen.

For the cat liner L’Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black always does the job. It’s my favorite gel liner, the formula is forgiving and easy to manipulate and doesn’t budge once it sets. I apply it with a long handle liner brush to get the perfect wing. To finish the eyes I use Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Lashes Mascara in Black and Velour’s The Extra ‘Oomph’ demi lashes to play up the graphic shape of the kitten eye.

For lips Kevyn Aucoin’s Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Peche is the perfect 60’s color and pairs beautifully with the pale blue shadow. I always think of Anna Karina’s makeup as the 60’s evolution of Dovima’s makeup.

 

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ROLE MODELS


WHAT MAKES A GREAT NEW FACE OF FASHION WEEK? WE ASKED A FEW MODELS – HAILING FROM KENYA TO DENMARK TO OKLAHOMA – TO STOP BY THE BEAUTY IS BORING STUDIO. By Faran Krentcil


It happens every Fashion Week: a handful of ambitious new models flock to Manhattan and are chosen—or maybe invoked, spirit-at-a-séance-style—to represent the season’s best looks. They open and close the city’s biggest, buzziest runway shows. They Snap, still in their latest show makeup, at the celebrity-filled after-parties. They get called “muses” and “rising stars”. They get ad campaigns, a street style following, and perhaps a charity spokesperson role. They’re coming soon to a fashion show near you… and they’re ready to (literally) face the world.

Check out the women who graced our BEAUTY IS BORING studio in between designer castings this week. Each model has her own unique, individual street style – a striking originality that defines a modern, global beauty. For their portraits, they chose their own clothes, hair and makeup looks. We chatted with them to get a sense of the real women behind the pretty faces – their backgrounds, their career aspirations, and, of course, their beauty obsessions.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Nicole for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

NICOLE, 18
Agent: Wilhelmina
IG: @nicoleatieno

Home: Germany, by way of Kenya.

Big Break: Last season, she was a Gucci exclusive handpicked by Alessandro Michele. Now Nicole is walking her first full “fashion month” this season.

MVP Beauty Product: NARS and Estee Lauder Foundations

Backstage Pet Peeve: “I wish more makeup artists backstage knew how to mix foundation shades for women of color! Sometimes we look gray after they’re done with us. We all have different undertones. Some of us have red undertones. Some of us have orange… and so if you don’t pay attention to our unique coloring, we look dead.”

Reality Obsession: “If I could be on any TV show, I would go on Ru Paul’s Drag Race. If I met Ru Paul, I think I would honestly die. Like, oh my god. I wouldn’t even be able to talk!”

Future Goal: “I think Angela Merkel, the president of my country, is doing a lot of things right. I love that she’s letting refugees in from Syria. I love that she’s down to earth. I think it’s great that she’s allowing other people to come in, and she’s setting a good example. Eventually, I want to go back to Kenya and build something there, a school or a home for kids who live on the streets. THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE EXPOSURE YOU GET FROM MODELING IS IT GIVES YOU A PLATFORM TO USE FOR BIGGER ISSUES.”

Products: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in AmethystNARS Velvet Eyeliner in Black MoonSisley Mascara So IntenseClarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip BalmKoh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in 303

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Christina for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

CHRISTINA, 20
Agent: Wilhelmina

Home: Copenhagen, Denmark

MVP Beauty Product: “I always keep Bioderma face cream in my bag. My skin is so sensitive that it reacts to products really easily. This helps calm it down. I also love a sparkle eye shadow, at least at night.”

Skin Lesson: “I’m very pale. It’s part of my look, I guess. But this summer, I was at St Tropez for a few days. I came back to my agency and they gasped and said, ‘Agh! You got tanned!’ Like I did something wrong! So now I apply sunscreen all the time. I thought I was good about it before but now I’m obsessive.”

Future Goal:I WANT TO GO INTO ECONOMICS. I do love the subject – I love everything to do with math! But for work, management, how companies are structured—EVENTUALLY, I WANT TO RUN A COMPANY MYSELF.“

Products: Tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadow in Shake DownTata Harper Very BronzingTata Harper Very IlluminatingTom Ford Lip Color in Nude VanilleTom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation in Cream

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Pritika for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

PRITIKA, 19
Agent: Women 360 Management
IG: @pritikaswarup

Home: Virginia, USA

MVP Beauty Product: “Giorgio Armani concealer is the best concealer I’ve ever had. It’s perfect for my skin tone. It does what it needs to do. There’s a Tom Ford highlighter that I always use, too, and I love Dior Brow Pencil in brown.”

DIY Skin Secret: “I put Vitamin E in my eye cream. My mom does that too because she’s very into Aryuvedic medicine. So she’s taught me a lot. There’s one face mask she makes with chickpea flour. It’s really hard to do, but it works, so we make it at home in Virginia together. It’s like our bonding time.”

Family Matters: “My dad and I were really excited for me to model. My mom’s more conservative, and it took her a while to support me. She has nine brothers and sisters in her family, and they’re so traditional. Everyone in India, where she’s from, becomes doctors or lawyers. And so I’m doing things a little differently. But I’m simultaneously getting my undergrad degree at Columbia University, so she’s happy.”

Shopping Spree: “The last things I bought were school books and Yves Saint Laurent block heels. I’m obsessed with them.”

Life Changer: “Since childhood I’ve been involved in Operation Smile, it was founded at my school – North Academy – and I went on a bunch of mission trips. It’s amazing to be there with the children before their surgeries, to play with them, help them relax, and then to see the transformation….it’s so huge because it’s not just superficial, it really impacts their lives. It impacts their confidence to realize their full potential. If you can feel good about yourself – anything is possible.”

Products: NARS Velvet Eyeliner in KalisteMarc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume MascaraKevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Stain in CashmereMarc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening IlluminatorKoh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in 123

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Avie for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

AVIE, 19
Agent: Wilhelmina
IG: @avie.acosta

Home: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Hello, My Name Is… “My name is Ay-vie. Sometimes people call me “Ahh-vie” and that’s fine; I don’t care. But I guess I care a little bit! It’s Ay-vie.”

MVP Makeup Product: Aesop Leaf tea tree exfoliator.

Change Is Good: “When I started hormone therapy [for gender transition], my skin changed for the better. It got so clear, so beautiful, and so soft. It’s very flushy. My goal now is a skincare campaign. [Laughing.] It’s true!”

Style Secrets of the Panhandle: “Actually, I miss the Oklahoma Good Will. All of the t-shirts are 99 cents and the denim is great… and I left this one pair of Marc Jacobs trousers in Oklahoma and I miss them. I want them back so badly.”

Avie Ink: “I have three tattoos. I have “Allison,” which is the name I would have been assigned female at birth. This heart on my thigh, it’s where I injected my first [hormone]. And right above my pubic region, it says “sorry” with a frown. It’s a joke, like, a pre-apology for anything I do, but also, like, I have a dick, so… but it’s my last apology. I don’t have any more ‘sorries’ to give.”

Wonder Woman: “Besides modeling, I write as well. I didn’t go to school or anything after high school, but I went to a summer camp through the Oklahoma Arts Institute. They select 15 people for creative writing, and my senior year, I got picked. It’s a really big deal in Oklahoma; everyone knows about it. And it’s a two-week extensive course. I WRITE MOSTLY POETRY BUT I WANT TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY AND MAYBE A TV SHOW. I WANT TO ACT AS WELL. I WANT TO DO IT ALL!

Products: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Infatuated Red (on eyes and lips!), Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer Grooming GelDior Glow Maximizer PrimerDior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50Dior Fix It Colour in #400 Green

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Alice for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

ALICE, 19
Agent: Trump Models
IG: @alicegilbert

Home: Kent, England, UK

MVP Beauty Product: “I hate the feeling of makeup on my skin. I always take it off as soon as I can! And my mom always told me not to bother with lots of cleansing—natural soap and water works fine. So that’s what I use. That and Moroccan Oil, which I use every day because it makes my hair really shiny.”

Wanderlust: “I think I would go on any reality show that would take me around the world. Any of those travel programs where you go exploring. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, and getting to explore an island somewhere—sign me up!”

What About Brexit? “We need to stay in the EU, not leave. I’m devastated and of course I voted to stay … I don’t know how it’ll affect my career, or anyone’s career, because its effects haven’t been felt yet, but I’m so sad. We need to stay.”

Baking With Alice: “My favorite TV show ever is The Great British Bake Off. If I went on it, well… I don’t know how I’d do. I’m good at baking, but I think a lot of the French dishes and the biscuits, those recipes I’d need to practice a lot. I’ve got cakes down. And my favorite thing to bake is brownies. I can do those no problem.”

Products: Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in #7 HavanaSisley Mascara So IntenseStila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in Light AshClarins Daily Energizer Lovely Lip BalmKevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Kyle for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

KYLE, 20
Agent: Muse
IG: @kkelloggxo

Home: Matteson, Illinois, USA

Big Break: “Everyone always thought I played basketball or modeled. I’m not coordinated, so I was like, ‘Guess I’ll try modeling!’ So I sent my pictures to agencies in New York, and [my agent] called me the next day.”

MVP Makeup Product: “Skincare products! I bought Kiehls, which is my favorite skincare brand. I was on Glossier for a while, but I just bought more Kiehls cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and under-eye cream.”

Mom’s Big Advice: “My mom looks a lot younger than she is, and she always told me, ‘There’s nothing wrong with makeup, but healthy skin is the most important thing to have when you’re older. You don’t want to be scared to leave the house without makeup. Don’t get trapped in that.” And I did. I used to take 30 minutes a day for makeup, and wouldn’t even go to the gas station without powder and foundation. But who wants to live like that?”

Memo to Obama: “Racial tension is really high right now. Things need to simmer down. I don’t think Donald Trump can do anything positive for our country, but if Hillary Clinton gets elected—and I hope she does—I hope she pays special attention to race relations in our country. WE NEED MORE UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY, ALL AROUND. AND LESS GUNS.”

Products: BITE Beauty The Multishtick in Almond (on eyes, cheeks and lips), Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara (only on the top lashes), Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in CaramelHourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (used as concealer), Tata Harper Very Illuminating

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Maggie for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

MAGGIE, 20
Agent: Wilhelmina
IG: @maggierosemizner

Home: Chicago, Illinois, USA

MVP Beauty Product: “I love a red lip. I wear it with a completely bare face. It’s so easy. It’s like, you’re not wearing makeup, but you are.”

Second Job: “I work in an ‘80s theme bar on the Upper East Side. It’s called Ethyl’s Alcohol and Food. We play punk rock with a DJ and we have go-go dancers. It’s actually really fun!”

Baby Bangs: “When Wilhelmina showed me pictures of the haircut I have now, I was like, ‘No. That’s awful. I’m going to look awful. Why would you want to do this to me?’ But it’s my job to be flexible. And then it turns out, I was wrong! It’s a great haircut! It’s a little edgy for back home, but I love it. My best friends haven’t said anything about it, which is shocking. I’m waiting for them to say something. My family—if they don’t like it, they won’t tell me. They’re so supportive.”

Coolest Job: “My last photo shoot was on an island near Bali. I was surrounded by a whole herd of Water Buffalo, about 30 of them. I was super excited about them, but the first herd was a bit, uh, aggressive so I couldn’t interact with them as much. The second ones were much nicer.”

Products: Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in FlameTom Ford Brow Sculptor in EspressoTom Ford Shade and Illuminate in Intensity TwoKoh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in 112Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.


 

NYFW. Role Models. Xiara for Beauty Is Boring and Elle.com by Robin Black.

XIARA, 19
Agent: Fusion Models
IG: @xiarawaller

Home: Miami, Florida, USA

MVP Beauty Product: “Those oil blotting sheets save my life on the subway. They stop me from looking sweaty and shiny. Right now, I have the ones from Neutrogena.”

Keeping Up With the Wallises: “I grew up in a household of nine. I have five siblings. I have three dogs. I’m the oldest. And now another grandmother moved in with us. I have a very high tolerance for lots of people around. Literally, my family could have its own reality show.”

Captain Planet: “If I can raise awareness for something through my modeling, it’s that I want to see our wildlife protected. I WANT TO HAVE AN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY ONE DAY. I love them. I want to go to Thailand for my 21st birthday and be with baby elephants on a sanctuary.”

Products: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in HeroineMarc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume MascaraUrban Decay Brow Tamer in ClearUrban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in 9.0Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light-Filtering Contour Powder in Hi-Fi 60

Photographer+Makeup// Robin Black
Hair// Kiyo Garashi
Wardrobe// Model’s own.

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Annie in blue

Annie Montgomery by Robin Black for Beauty Is Boring

PHOTOGRAPHER// Robin Black
MODEL// Annie Montgomery
MAKEUP// Robin Black
HAIR// Bobby Eliot

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