Thursday, February 15th, 2018

As global beauty continues to expand, its no surprise that the Fashion Institute of Technology has launched an on-line program to help students enter the beauty business.  Partnering with Allure Magazine, Beauty Industry Essentials offers an in-depth introduction to critical aspects of the beauty and cosmetics industries, while also providing students the tools and skills to launch or advance a successful career.  Seven on-demand classes include an overview of the business, introductions to the cosmetics and fragrance business, product development, packaging and presentation, marketing and merchandising, and, of course, media.  Taught by key members of FIT’s faculty and industry executives, such as Michelle Lee, Bobbi Brown, Hannah Bronfman, the two-to-three hour classes can be paced as one wishes.  While students are able to get career advice from faculty and industry members, the course is unaccredited and costs $749.


Thursday, February 15th, 2018
AGE:  50
PHILOSOPHY: Scorn trends, they will go away long before you do.
AM BEAUTY ROUTINE:   Goddess Garden Fresh Start Invigorating Cream Cleanser, The Ordinary Buffet Serum, The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, is clinical Youth Eye Complex, elta MD UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 40, eos Lip Balm, Kat von D Lock-it Foundation or Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30 or Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette or Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette or Dior Garden Pastels palette, Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara or L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara or Grande Lash Mascara, Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Clarity, taste Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight Contour Palette, Sephora Highlighter palette, Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner Crayon or Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick or Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick or Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit lipstick, Huda Beauty lip strobe or Buxom Full-On Lip Cream.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT PRODUCT:  The Ordinary Buffet Serum
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMETIC:  Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick
MOST EXPENSIVE PRODUCT:  Orogold 24k Caviar & Sea Kelp Mask
BEST BARGAIN PRODUCT:  Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit
 COMMENTS/ANECDOTES: My grandmother bought me my first makeup and skincare (an Estee Lauder box) when I was 12 and it’s still my favorite Christmas present ever.


Thursday, February 15th, 2018

With the success of eponymous color cosmetics collections by Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, the door is open for other superstar makeup artists to make an entrance.  We can’t wait for Gucci’s … that is Gucci Westman’s.  Joining forces with  husband, David Neville (co-founder of Rag & Bone), to create Westman Atelier.  Debuting in April as a six-product “consciously crafted” (translation: cleanly formulated, yet, designed for high efficacy) complexion-focused venture (products include foundation, blush, highlighter, and contour sticks, bronzer, and concealer).  The hero product is expected to be Westman’s foundation, which comes in eleven shades, evoking Westman’s signature no-makeup makeup look.  Yet, the brand may to expand into lifestyle.

Westman and Neville have been developing the line for the past three years, since Westman, 47, left her position of four years as International Artistic Director of Lancôme, following a seven-year stint at Revlon.  Speaking with WWD Westman,  shared, “I’m looking for transparency and authenticity. I try to combine makeup and skin care, which is actively doing something, but in a gentle manner. I don’t see the need to just color and correct. I want to fix,” Westman emphasized. “I’m so tired of the glossy, retouched pictures. I just want to go back to real. When I first started working in fashion and with big actresses I always just wanted to choose something about them that they had not seen a certain way – but not transforming them. It’s an amplified version.”