Archive: Beauty News

Has Photo-Shopping Gone Too Far?

 

Above left is  Demi Moore, modeling for Helena Rubenstein’s 2012 campaign and to the right  is a recent candid of Demi Moore. While I agree we all have our bad days and look better when we have had time to make ourselves up. This photo shows how far beauty advertising has gone from the truth. I am not against a touch up here or there to clean up a picture but when the pictures are so glaringly different that falls into false advertising.

In comparison Intelligent Life did something shocking had their cover model Cate Blanchett appear Photoshop free!

March/ April issue of Intelligent Life Photo: INTELLIGENT LIFE

While Cate’s un-retouched photo shows her wrinkles it also shows a real live beautiful older woman.

The magazine’s editor, Tim de Lisle, explained the reasoning behind the un-retouched image in his editor’s letter: “When other magazines photograph actresses, they routinely end up running heavily Photoshopped images, with every last wrinkle expunged. Their skin is rendered so improbably smooth that, with the biggest stars, you wonder why the photographer didn’t just do a shoot with their waxwork.”

 

What do you think? Do you like the perfected Photoshop look on models? Or should we have a limit to how much retouching can be done on product adverts?

Warm Weather Beauty Tips.

Beth Marcis, owner of Her Body & Soul spa has some great beauty tips to keep you looking great as the barometer rises.

Marcis is also launching her own His & Her Better Skin product line, offering all-natural and made in the USA products at affordable prices. The product line ranges from $18 to $30 for a six- to eight-month supply of items like cleansers, serums and sunscreen.

According to Marcis, the following tips will help any vacationer maintain her beauty despite the sun and sand:

- Keep hair moisturized. Swimming and sunbathing can quickly strip hair of its moisture and shine. Before heading out to the beach, apply a non-alcohol-based mask – or if you’re in a pinch, slather your hair in conditioner or shea butter. Use the beach-side showers to rinse and reapply after swimming. Also, wear a hat to protect your scalp from the sun.

- Apply products in the right order. Serums are meant to penetrate clean skin, so be sure to apply these products prior to sunscreen (which basically sits on top of the skin). If you wear makeup to the beach or pool, choose a mineral-based makeup that is high in zinc and apply after sunscreen. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after every swimming session, and include easily missed areas like the hands, feet, ears and especially your lips.

- Prolong the life of your mani/pedi. If your spa isn’t using natural products on your nails, they will yellow in the sun. Also, when getting your nails done, avoid making appointments early in the day and then heading out to the beach right afterward. Sand and oil can penetrate the products and lessen their longevity. Schedule touchups late afternoon so the products can “set” overnight, prior to sun exposure.

- Treat sunburns with honey. Similar to the standby home remedy, aloe, applying honey to the skin can help restore moisture and alleviate the pain after too many hours in the sun. Marcis offers a full-body Honey Wrap at her spas, but you can achieve a similar result at home by mixing all-natural honey with a little bit of olive oil and applying with a brush or hands onto the sunburned area. Leave the mask on for at least 10-15 minutes.

The Story of the Man Who Revolutionized the Beauty Industry: MAX FACTOR

Looking for a poolside read for spring break? I am a sucker for a good biography!


NOT JUST A BRAND— THE MAN WHO CREATED AN INDUSTRY

MAX FACTOR
The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World
By Fred E. Basten

“Fascinating . . . you won’t be able to put it down.”
—Glamour

“Enthusiastically told.”
—The New Yorker

Max Factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World (Arcade Publishing, April 2012) is the story of a true innovator, paving the way for modern day makeup. He helped women look like their favorite glamorous stars, bringing his innovative cosmetics to the general public. He revolutionized the world of beauty by producing many firsts: false eyelashes, lip gloss, foundation, eye shadow, the eyebrow pencil, concealer, wand-applicator mascara, and water-resistant makeup. He also introduced the concept of color harmony and the celebrity-endorsed cosmetics advertising that forms the glamorous backbone of the modern industry.

Nice women never wore makeup. Even the word was taboo in polite society . . . until Max Factor entered the scene. Born in Poland, in 1877, Factor worked as a beautician for the Russian royal family, the Romanovs. In 1904, he fled to America where he opened a cosmetics store in Los Angeles. Creating makeup for silent films, then talkies, and ultimately, color motion pictures, Factor designed looks for Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, and countless other beauties of the day.

Max Factor, the father of modern makeup, changed the beauty industry forever. This is his extraordinary story.

 

To read more or purchase check it out here.


Freida Pinto on the Cover of Esquire’s UK April Issue.

Frieda Pinto, Esquire UK’s  April cover star reveals a whole new side in these exclusive pictures.

She was the Indian girl with the faraway eyes in Slumdog Millionaire, the best-supporting hottie in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

What British audiences perhaps don’t yet know about Freida is that she’s also a funny, no-nonsense, fast-talking Anglophile who loves London almost as much as her home town.

“Even though it’s so dreadful in the winter, I still think it’s beautiful,” she says. “So much culture and history. Like Bombay!”

As the biggest Indian movie star in the West, she also feels that she’s needed to adopt an almost ambassadorial role for her home country.

“It’s almost a duty,” she says. “People are very curious about India and I always try to represent my country in a non-stereotypical light.”

There’s no guarantee that her new film Trishna, an Indian reworking of Tess of the Durbevilles directed by Michael Winterbottom, will even get a release in India where censorship is strict.

“Even if it doesn’t, the people who want to see it will find a way to get an uncensored copy.” When Freida speaks, a nation of a billion is ready to tune in.

For more pictures and the full interview, read the April issue, out March 1. Trishna is out on March 9

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