Model Tiiu Kuik Brings “The Nagel Woman” to Seductive, Streamlined Life

If Tiiu Kuik wasn’t one of the world’s top models, she’d be a veterinarian. Or a fashion designer. Or a writer. “But then I would have missed out on all my amazing travels,” says the 24-year-old, 6-foot-1 Estonian bombshell. With a sophisticated beauty punctuated by a Cindy Crawford mole, Kuik was noticed at 13 years old, when she was scouted at a local supermarket. Runways in Japan and Italy followed, and she admits that for a while, it wasn’t easy. “For me, 13 was too young,” Kuik says. “I have no regrets, but it seriously took me until I was about 18 to become comfortable with the job and to become somewhat decent at it.”

Since then, this former face of CoverGirl has walked for over fifty designers, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada, and has been featured in campaigns for Dior, Valentino, and Moschino. A darling in fashion circles, Kuik acknowledges that the nature of stardom in the industry has changed. “The most noticeable difference is the emergence of movie stars and celebrities as fashion and beauty ambassadors. They grace magazine covers more than models do nowadays. The supermodels are pretty much extinct now—to become one you’d need to date a celebrity or film a movie. It’s not enough to just model anymore.”

Photography by Sara Silver
Styling by Justin Min

Calls of the Wild

Bold strokes of color, inspired by tropical fish and jungle beasts, are the summer’s hottest trends. Here, BlackBook‘s Beauty Editor Walter Obal shows you how to achieve these stunning looks at home. 

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GLITTER FISH

Tropical fish boast iridescent scales as a defense mechanism to dazzle and confuse predators. Humans, however, can use glitter to attract their prey.
Line and fill in entire lip with Sephora Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil in Fuschia Fever. Add texture and shine by applying Make Up For Ever Glitter #3.

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CAMOUFLAGE

 

Many species seek shelter by blending into their surroundings. A simple coral coloring is discrete but gives the skin a healthy dewy look.
Using NYX orange cream blush, gently smooth the product on your cheeks, lips, and lids with your finger.

 

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BIRD OF PARADISE

Scarlet macaws, the inspiration for this look, use their colorful plumage to attract mates. But the appeal cuts across species.
To create this prism effect on the eyes, use Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, Water Proof Cream Color in 20 (blue), 22 (green), 11 (yellow), 8 (red). 

Check out video of these looks in action!

Photography by Sarah Silver

Video Exclusive: Jaime King’s Luscious Looks in Leger

Jaime King showed off her luscious lips for our Beauty Junkie column, in which our Contibuting Beauty Director Walter Obal detailed how to get those gorgeous looks with a combination of lipsticks and liners. While the lovely King is used to sitting still for the camera, we couldn’t let the actress lay totally stationary. In a short film by photographer Sarah Silver, Ms. King jumps off the pages and shows that her versatility isn’t limited to her lips. Check out the video after the jump! 

BlackBook Backstage: Beauty Tips For NYFW Looks

Richard Chai Love
Inspiration: “Lightness”

Makeup: Using a MAC Cosmetics liner (in Dirty Blonde), James Kaliardos created a ’60s-inspired “floating contour” that outlined slightly above the lash line. The rest of the face was paled out and kept nude with MAC’s lip conditioner and lip concealer (in Dim).

Hair: Kevin Ryan of Aveda parted the hair in two sharp angles and sleeked it back into a low ponytail. To achieve this shiny, “sporty” look, he used gel and finished with plant-derived hair oil.

Nails: For a subtle shimmer effect, Julep’s lead nail stylist Jane Park used a liquid gold polish with a matte top coat (in Sienna). 

COTW

Creatures of the Wind – Shane Gabier and Chris Peter
Inspiration: “1960s culture”

Makeup: Nars’ Global Director of Artistry James Boehmer combined a velvet matte lip pencil (in Damned) and lipstick (in Fire Down Below) for the cranberry eye shadow effect, then lined the lower lashes with a silver shadow (in Factory Girl) and thick silver liner (from the Andy Warhol collection).

Hair: Odile Gilbert of Kérastase Paris used an origami-inspired folding technique to keep the models’ sleek, straight hair short. Stylists then completed the look with 60s-inspired hairnets.

Nails: Essie’s lead nail tech Ana-Maria kept things simple with two coats of a solid rose beige polish (in Topless and Barefoot).

HONOR

Honor – Giovanna Randall
Inspiration: “Anatomy”

Makeup: For a natural look, Romy Soleimani, with Stila for Beauty.com, hydrated using Erno Laszlo’s Light Controlling Lotion, followed by Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer. She then mixed a white eye shadow (in Opal) with Erno Laszlo’s Luminous Eye Complex, curled the lashes, and added the Glamoureyes mascara. A touch of lip gloss (in Banana), custom blush, and shimmer powder (in Kitten) finished the look.

Hair: Using Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Hairspray and Surf Spray to set a base, James Pecis styled two French braids tightly against the head (representing “muscles and filaments”), which he gathered and wrapped naturally at the nape of the neck. Rhinestone pins were then tucked into the back of the braid.

Nails: “The makeup was natural with some highlighting, but we didn’t want shimmer on the nail,” said Deborah Lippmann, who useda white-on-white combination (two coats of Amazing Grace and one coat of Like A Virgin), topped by a new polish (launching in the spring) that has the same high-shine effect as a gel manicure.  

 

Collages by Maggie Duffy/Images courtesy of Imaxtree.com and Gorunway.com

Timo Weiland & Lady Grey Go Post-Punk for Fall 2012

Timo Weiland recently revealed his latest cool-kid collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was heavily inspired by New York’s ’90s grunge and post punk movement. heavy metal adornments by Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli of cult-favorite jewelry label, Lady Grey.

Guyader and Martinelli’s designs for the show paired perfectly with Weiland’s edgy looks and featured badass pieces like mesh chokers layered with thick chains, knuckle rings, watchband-style bracelets in oxidized silver, and cage-style earrings that hug the earlobe. Totally ’90s.

Timo Weiland & Lady Grey Go Post-Punk for Fall 2012

Timo Weiland recently revealed his latest cool-kid collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was heavily inspired by New York’s ’90s grunge and post punk movement. heavy metal adornments by Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli of cult-favorite jewelry label, Lady Grey.

Guyader and Martinelli’s designs for the show paired perfectly with Weiland’s edgy looks and featured badass pieces like mesh chokers layered with thick chains, knuckle rings, watchband-style bracelets in oxidized silver, and cage-style earrings that hug the earlobe. Totally ’90s.

Actress and Model Jaime King Uses Her Lips to Make a Strong Impression

Jaime King is used to radical change. When she was a scant 14 years old, King was whisked from the cornfields of Nebraska to the apex of modelhood, driven by the pressure and temptation of the industry into an adolescent drug addiction—hers was the face of heroin chic—and then flamed out. Now in her early thirties, King has re-emerged as a leading actor. Her series Hart of Dixie is on the CW, and her directorial debut, a thriller called Polar Seasons, is due out soon. “I definitely feel like I’ve lived two lives,” says King. But in all her iterations, her lips—pursed, parted, perfect—have followed her. The key is to deploy your resources wisely. “By filling in the entire lip with lip liner, one adds depth and complexity of color.” Pairing two shades—one under, one over—gives options. Looks can be matte or glossy, monotone or diaphonous. But on King, they’re always just right.

Check out the gallery below for details on how to get Jaime’s looks, and stay tuned for our exclusive video of the shoot!

Timo Weiland & Lady Grey Go Post-Punk for Fall 2012

Timo Weiland recently revealed his latest cool-kid collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was heavily inspired by New York’s ’90s grunge and post punk movement. heavy metal adornments by Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli of cult-favorite jewelry label, Lady Grey

Guyader and Martinelli’s designs for the show paired perfectly with Weiland’s edgy looks and featured badass pieces like mesh chokers layered with thick chains, knuckle rings, watchband-style bracelets in oxidized silver, and cage-style earrings that hug the earlobe. Totally ’90s. 

New Images From Tom Ford’s Expanded Beauty Line Revealed

Back in June, it was announced that Tom Ford would be expanding his cosmetics line beyond his cult-favorite fragrance Black Orchid and small collection of nail and lip colors. Early ads for the new collection featured richly-colored hues, a Studio 54 vibe, and high drama, and starred the man himself (he told WWD that sales are better when he appears in a campaign) next to Lara Stone. As we get closer to the fall launch, more images of what we can expect from the expanded line have been released.

The collection will include 132 pieces and a full range of skin care that includes a serum, primer, and cleanser. “The approach is practical, architectural, and I use the same vocabulary whether I’m designing clothing or color cosmetics,” Ford told WWD.

Apparently, Ford has always had his eye on doing a line of cosmetics. With Estee Lauder as his partner, he first created Black Orchid , followed by lipstick, which, as the designer notes, sold out “again and again,” proving his marketing know-how. “My intention was to do color cosmetics out of the gate, but not everyone else was convinced.” The lipstick line will expand from 12 to 18 colors and two new scents will be added: Santal Blush and Jasmin Rouge. For an image-maker like Ford, who’s always relied on heavy doses of fantasy, his approach to make-up is surprisingly practical. “You need to understand the face and compensate for the architecture of the face. A nice thick brow is the key to a youthful look.”