Caitlyn Jenner May Follow in Kendall’s Footsteps

Caitlyn Jenner

Aside from a widely circulated magazine cover and the certain-to-be highly rated reality show “I Am Cait,” Caitlyn Jenner may have two more major opportunities on the horizon to discuss her story and the trans experience. It’s been reported that she recently signed as a speaker with CAA, a talents and sports agency, to create a platform to raise awareness and activism for trans causes.

And even though she deliberately chose not to spell her name with a “K,” she may be following in the Kardashians’ five-inch-heeled footsteps (or, at least, rival her daughter’s modeling career). There are rumblings that she will soon sign with MAC Cosmetics to head up their Viva Glam campaign, which promotes a charitable line of lipstick and lip gloss, all proceeds of which go to benefit the MAC AIDS Fund. If she signed on, Caitlyn would join the ranks of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, RuPaul, Elton John and others as the face for Viva Glam.

Caitlyn Jenner made her debut to the world on Monday on the cover Vanity Fair. Upon the reveal of her new identity, she quickly broke the internet, amassing followers on Twitter quicker than Barack Obama did. And the first teaser for her eight-part docuseries on E! treated us to an intimate view of her daily life. When she was known to the world as Bruce, Caitlyn Jenner was the most underrated character on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Oh, how the tables have turned. 

It’s Not Over: the MAC AIDS Fund’s Film about Living with HIV/AIDS

The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund —the do-gooder arm of M∙A∙C Cosmetics (not to say their make-up doesn’t do its own kind of good), will be releasing a feature length documentary exploring how young people today are facing the challenges of HIV/AIDS.

Viewed from the perspective of filmmaker Andrew Jenks, It’s Not Over tells the story of three young people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in India, South Africa, and the United States.

The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund was established in 1994 to support people affected by HIV/AIDS globally. To date, the MAC AIDS Fund has raised more than $340 million USD through the sales of Viva Glam products.

The film will be available to stream on November 19th on Netflix, SnagFilms, and Pivot TV for American audiences. It will be available worldwide on World AIDS Day, December 1st.

Check out the trailer below and the official website here.

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). 


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 – Giovanna Randall
Inspiration: “Anatomy”

Makeup: For a natural look, Romy Soleimani, with Stila for, 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 and

How To Look Like Katie Holmes, Post-Tom Cruise

For Katie Holmes, stripping herself of Tom Cruise has been a bit like stripping herself of a full-body case of leprosy or scabies – she’s instantly hotter. Whether she’s teaching Suri how to ride a bike, or getting coffee with her mom, Holmes looks good – and happy. And definitely better than the last photo of her and Cruise together.

So how do we get that “he’s-gone-I’m-free-I’m-free!” glow that she has, without signing a contract and marrying a potentially gay and charismatic Scientologist?

Thankfully, we have international hair and makeup artist Leah Bennett, whose work has graced the runways of London, New York, and Australia’s Fashion Week, to make the process nearly all-too-easy. With the help of Bennett’s expert skincare and makeup guidance, you’ll be confusing the paparazzi in no time.

For a no-fail, revitalizing pre-makeup routine, stick with the Omorovicza brand. The company’smagnesium-rich mud extract Thermal Cleansing Balm cleanses the skin without stripping it, so you’re actually left with that just-woke radiance. Applying Omorovicza’s oil-free Radiance Renewal Serum afterward brightens and conserves the complexion throughout the day. According to Bennett, “This erases any signs of stress and tiredness. A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND. A pea-size is substantial enough.”

“For Katie Holmes, we are going for the natural look. After your canvas is prepped to perfection, apply a five-cent piece of Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation using a foundation brush, which creates a dewy, natural complexion. Less is always more." With your ring finger, gently pat Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer around the eyes and the edge of your nose and chin. “These are the key areas where we reflect red and uneven, textured skin."

Lightly dust Mac’s Shroom Eye Shadow ($19) over the bridge of the eyebrow bone and the corner of the tear duct to open, brighten, and reflect the eyes. Then, outline the top and bottom lash line. “This defines and captures the doe-almond quality of Katie Holmes’ eyes.” Curl lashes and apply two coats of Dior’s Diorshow Iconic Black Mascara ($28.50). “This lengthens the look of the lashes, clump-free.”

To capture that ‘I wake up looking like this’ aura, balance your understated cheeks and eyes with mild nougat and taupe-colored lipsticks. "Mac’s Lustre in ‘Hug Me’ ($22) is the epitome of a soft, creamy, and understated lip color.”

Finishing touches:
“To sculpt and enhance your sexy cheek bones, use Givenchy’s Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder in shade #4 ($50). Light, feathery brush strokes prevent muddy complexions and create that youthful ‘bronzed goddess’ look.” Follow your hairline, cheekbone and chin. For that pinched-cheek look, smile to enhance your cheekbones, and make light, circular motions on them using Mac’s Powder Blush in Blushbaby ($17.50). And the final touches to any makeover is a spritz of Urban Decay’s Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($29). This will keep your Holmes-inspired look all night.” Past the paparazzis’ bedtime.

Love what Leah Bennett has to say? So do we. Check out her official website here

FashionFeed: Nike’s Pop-Up Ice Cream Shop, Grand St. Bakery’s Pop-Up Vintage Van

● Head down to Nike’s Harlem pop-up to beat the heat with sneaks and treats. [WWD] ● Here are eight poses that every model needs to know and every regular person might look awkward trying to replicate. [Styleite] ● Chelsea Leyland barely made her DJ debut during last year’s Fashion’s Night Out, but she’s already landed a new documentary with MTV. [Style]

● We’re excited for Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti’s pop-up shop during next NYFW and doubly-excited for his namesake line to drop. [Fashionologie] ● If you find yourself in Provincetown, MA this weekend, be sure to stop by Map Boutique (141 Commercial St.) and shop the pop-up camper van, courtesy of Brooklyn vintage haven Grand Street Bakery. [Facebook] ● We can’t get enough of the creepy-awesome promo shots for Cindy Sherman’s collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. [Hint]

Gareth Pugh & MAC Collaboration to Launch in November

Acclaimed avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh and cosmetics giant MAC have been working together on a makeup line for going on two years, and the suspense has been killing us. So good thing it was just announced that this November, Gareth Pugh for MAC will finally launch. Until then, we only have hints about what to expect from the Rick Owens protégé, who comes from a fine lineage of Goth-inspired British showmen.

“If I was going to do something with MAC, I wanted it to be something special, and quite specific. The collection is very all-encompassing and versatile. It has the scope to go to the extreme…I’d rather people do that than copy what we’ve done for the ad images,” the designer told Fashionista last week at a party in honor of the collaboration.

Given that Pugh wears makeup (“It’s something that I wear everyday — I’m not getting any younger!”), the line is the perfect platform for his vision: dark and adventurous with packaging that echoes his architectural and futuristic aesthetic. “It’s like a weapon. It’s very different to MAC packaging. It’s obviously still MAC, but it’s me and MAC,” Pugh explained. This is also a chance for Pugh to widen his audience. “It’s something that for example my mother would be excited to get at Christmas, but it’s nice that it’s something everyone would appreciate, it’s nice to do something more universal.”

Pugh’s designs experiment with form, volume, and fabric – he once showed an inflatable coat, and his runway makeup is usually powder-white faces with shadowed eyes, which are some times veiled with metal plates. MAC, which has done his runway looks since he began showing seven years ago, has been a long supporter of 30-year-old Pugh.

MAC Surf Baby Collection Not Really for Surf Babies

Promotional shots of the new Surf Baby collection from MAC feature Hanne Gabby Odiele trying pull off goopy burgundy lipstick and shimmery, rust-colored eyeshadow at the beach. We get it: MAC is edgy. Still, who wears such nonsense sur la plage? Dressed in retro-surf packaging, I pretty much expected that the collection would try to hawk patently un-beachy hues by calling them names like “Ocean Breeze Eyeshadow” or “Sand in Your Suit Lipgloss.” And, they did. But the collection also features my new favorite product obsession.

Hits: Surf, Baby! Cheek Powder (Retail $28.00) in My Paradise — a peachy pressed powder with gold hibiscus flower overspray. The right pigment for a flushed overlay of your bronzer. Misses: Crushed Metallic Pigment Stacks ($32.50) in Surf the Ocean Frosty: colors include platinum, light yellow green, gold bronze, dirty graphite with silver pearl; Eyeshadow ($15.50) in Saffron Deep— a tawny caramel. Sorry, where are you going with these colors? Hopefully to the Whiskey A-Go-Go, but certainly not to catch a wave. City:Bronzing Powder (Retail $24.00) in Solar Riche (deep orange brown shade) and Refined Golden (gold with soft pearl finish). Beach: Skinsheen Bronzer Stick (Retail $29.50) in Tan, Billionaire Bronze, and Gilty Bronze. These sticks are perfect if you feel like you need to wear makeup to the beach. Has a clean, dewy finish, and wont streak/run when you do get in the water (or sweat). What I’ll be wearing all summer: image My choice pick from the collection is the Hibiscus Cremesheen Lipstick ($15.50). It’s the perfect color to complement a bit of a tan. The pigment is strong, but seems sheer at the same time, with great coverage. It’s limited edition, so I’ll be stocking up when the collection launches at MAC counters on May 26.

Hibiscus, shown with Naturally Eccentric image from XSparkage.

Get Messy: Backstage Beauty at Wang, Ronson, & Som

Come fall, ladies of all stripes will be sharing a common beauty trend, whether they’re proper Upper East Siders or downtown dwellers: messy—in a good way. Natural, slightly mad hair, bushy brows, and makeup that errs on the sinister side keeps popping up on the FW’11 runways. So far, hair looks have varied from bed head at DKNY to a sort of Victorian-era unwashed thing at Prabal Gurung, whose show was, arguably, one of the best thus far.

Unkempt might sound like a dirty word to prim uptown girls, but the collective rawness of the looks that pervaded lady-like runways (Peter Som) and downtown darlings (Alexander Wang) alike seemed to suggest a universal urge to take the edge of that Mad Men polish fashion latched onto last season. Here are a few of our favorite new-era grunge beauty looks, all undeniably easier to reproduce than those perfect Vuitton ponies.

Second Day Hair image The 60’s-era pillow princesses at DKNY used Maybelline’s Express Eye Liner to roughly outline an undone cat’s eye, and false lashes for a crazed, clumpy eyelash look. The Wella hair team used Wella’s Perfect Setting to blow out hair, and then set locks in giant Velcro rollers. He doused the bouncey look with Ocean Spritz and ran the blow dryer over it once more to create wind-blown, second-day hair. Richard Chai had the same idea, but sought out unpolished texture that most of us come to naturally. Hair looked as if it was air-dried and finger-combed. TIGI used Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo for volume and to achieve, again, that day-after hair. (Top Photos: DKNY. Bottom: Richard Chai by Sonny)

image Peter Som took last year’s housewife and roughed her up. Wella’s Eugene Souleiman told StyleList: “The hair is late-’50s, early-’60s quirky housewife, with a rawness to it. It’s a deconstructed half-up ‘do, that looks as if I’ve done the wrong thing to.”

Undone Brown Shadow image Cynthia Rowley opted for a bold, brown-hued smokey eye that smudged its way around the entire eye. Faces were kept bare, and brows were a little undone, creating a sort of gilded Renaissance look. Likewise, BCBG’s shadow was applied without precision: no eyeliner or shading. It looks as if a girl on the go needed a quick wash of color before she hooked up with friends for drinks. Nicole Miller’s shadow is sharper, using blocks of brown (Photos: Cynthia Rowley AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, Nicole Miller Andrew Burton, AP) Evil Eyes image Even Jason Wu’s extreme tailoring and sumptuous fabrics had an edge, partly because of the kooky, ultra-winged smokey eyes, with hair that showcased imperfect parts that fuzzed haphazardly. Derek Lam opted for a gothic version of a cat’s eye that showcased a sharpness that made the look appear more severe than the 60’s winged eye. Prabal Gurung’s eye shadow focused on the inner eye, which imparted a sort of villainous tone. “The girls have a sort of Tim Burton movie or ‘Black Swan’ feel,” MAC’s Tom Pecheux told people backstage, “The theme is romance with a twisted, dark side, so I used shadow to make their eyes look almost a little mean.” (Jason Wu Photo, Prabal Gurung and Derek Lam Photos by Jill Schuck Taylor for AOL StyleList)

Grunge Brows image The most schizophrenic facial feature of beauty trends past has been, undoubtedly, the brow. Gone are the days of bleached and shaved eyebrows. Instead, the pendulum has swung in the opposite extreme: brows are beyond natural—they’re bushy, even. Alexander Wang’s ladies evoked what many are calling 90’s grunge: unfinished, unwashed, undone hair and makeup. Natural beauties with un-plucked eyebrows, natural hair with center-parts, and no makeup: the epitome of his carefree aesthetic.

image Charlotte Ronson’s girls also focused on a bold brow, this time penciled in for effect and paired with smudged burgundy liner. Tadashi Shoji’s girl’s were earth angels: hippies with pearly highlights and natural brows that overtook a rather undone face. (Photos: Charlotte Ronson by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TRESemme, Tadashi Shoji by Thomas Concordia/WireImage)

The National Plays Mac & Milk: A Chill NYFW Kick Off Party

With a PBR can in my pocket and a glass of DeLeon Tequila in my hand, I negotiated the crowd at Milk Studios, getting tangled in groups of familiar, bold-face names I only get to glimpse but twice a year (not including resort and couture week, if I’m lucky). Last night’s Mac & Milk Fashion Week FW11 kickoff party brought out fashion week friends like Josh Lucas, Liev Schreiber, Tara Subkoff, and Vogue’s Valerie Bolster, models like Le Call and Irina Lazareanu, and ShopBop’s Kate Ciepluch, all excited to catch a performance by The National.

The Brooklyn-based band—more or less virgins on the fashion scene—was an unusual, last-minute booking confirmed by MAC & Milk’s organizer, Jenne Lombardo, at around noon the previous morning. This by-the-seat-of-your-pants attitude, along with the National’s homey, worn-in sound, set the tone for the party, belying Fashion Week’s usually high maintenance temperament.

image The party started at 9PM, but the show didn’t start until 11PM, which left some antsy, and tipsy on DeLeon margaritas: @carolhan: If the national doesn’t go on soon, I may or may not keel over and fall asleep on the floor of milk.

image Although the scene was more on the chill side, the fashion get-ups were still cause for sartorial concern: @elvainadine Missed you Mac n Milk! Only place where my weird for the office leather leggings merit stifled yawns. #nyfw Likewise, I couldn’t help but think, “Are you fucking kidding me?” after looking around at some of these “fashionistas” get-ups.

image Ironic connection? Yesterday was “National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day.”

@casey_kettleson And now I really love The National. Thanks Milk. Good party.

Photos: Patrick McMullan (Main) and I Think You’re Swell