Staz in Pink

Staz Lindes, Robin Black, Outtakes, PinkI’m re-organizing the Beauty Is Boring studio this week and finding tons of old Polaroids, including this makeup test on Staz Lindes – musician, model and muse.  Can’t remember exactly when we shot this but it’s a really 80’s look… so 80’s that evidently I didn’t even blend the blush. Ha!

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MatteTrance… Meng Meng

Meng Meng, Pat McGrath, MatteTrance, Robin Black, Beauty Is Boring
Testing the Pat Mcgrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Obsessed on the stunning Meng!  The eyes are Tom Ford Cream and Power Eye Color in Adonis.

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In the yard… Ella Flood


Ella Flood, Robin Black, Beauty Is Boring, LemonheadLA


When you snap a photo after the shoot with your iPhone and realize that Ella Flood is giving young Kim Basinger vibes plus LemonheadLA Spacepaste is glittery chartreuse goodness in the late afternoon sunlight…

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Glam Yoga with Chanel & Sammie…

Chanel, yoga, Beauty Is Boring, Sammie Yochelson, Robin Black


Things that go on in the Beauty Is Boring studio include post shoot yoga sessions, courtesy of Chanel and the stunning Sammie Yochelson.

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IN the studio with Brooke Candy…

Brooke Candy, Beauty Is Boring, Robin Black, NARS PowermatteCelebrating Brooke Candy’s birthday today in the Beauty Is Boring studio!  It was the perfect opportunity to play with yet another new shade of the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment – a bright fuchsia color called Give It Up.

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BTS with Samie Robinson

Samie Robinson, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Robin Black, Beauty Is Boring


From the archives… a behind the scenes snapshot of the gorgeous Samie Robinson, shooting for Marc Jacobs Beauty.

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Maison Margiela Replica, Across Sands

Maison Margiela Replica, Across Sands, Beauty Is Boring, Review

Formula: Eau de Parfum

Across Sands is part of the Replica (Reproduction of Familiar Fantasies) perfume series by Maison Margiela. At first sniff, it delivers on it’s Lawrence of Arabia promise and brings to mind warm desert winds, exotic bazaars and a touch of oud. The oud is surprisingly subtle, somehow made smooth by the sweetness of dates and dry spices. And although the composition seems like it would be quite intense and earthy, on my skin it drys down into an airy celebration of slightly sweet, dried spices with the faintest echoes of agarwood.

PRODUCT // Maison Margiela Replica, Across Sands
ILLUSTRATION // Regina Yazdi

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Smashbox Casting Mae Van Der Weide Beauty Is Boring Robin Black
Casting image for an upcoming Smashbox Cosmetics project featuring the gorgeous at Next Models.

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Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips, Review, Beauty Is Boring, Robin BlackFinish:  Velvety matte with no visible shimmer.

Formula:  Powder-gelee, similar in feel to a lightweight cream.

Good For: Anyone who likes matte lipstick. There are six palettes, each with two complimentary shades. Every complexion will find at least one that is flattering and the opacity of the color means that it works well on naturally pigmented lips.

Robin’s Take:  When I first opened one of these lovely compacts (TF packaging always requires a flattering adjective), I thought I was looking at a very brightly colored red eyeshadow duo. The unique presentation makes this product look like pressed eyeshadow but these gorgeous colors are actually lipstick! The powder-gelee formula has a silky feel, very light and almost airy on the lips. However the pigment is really intense and gives amazing opaque coverage, even with a single coat. The two colors are meant to create an ombre or contoured lip look but I found them equally beautiful when used alone or layered for a custom shade.

Pro Tips & Tricks:  Shade and Illuminate Lips has a matte finish so if you have dry and/or flaky lips, you definitely want to do a gentle exfoliation followed by lip balm before application. Remember to let the lip balm set for a few minutes and then blot it in before applying the color. If you don’t have a gentle exfoliator handy, try lightly tapping your lips with Scotch tape to remove any dead skin – it’s surprisingly effective!

PRODUCT // Shade and Illuminate Lips
ILLUSTRATION // Regina Yazdi

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Wilhemina Models Casting, Robin Black, Beauty Is Boring


Spring model casting with Wilhemina Models featuring Katty Ukhanova, Flaviana Matata, Jessica Morrow, Karina Nicholson, Yulia Ivan, Dominique Robinson, and Kiana Alexis.

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