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Written By: Brigitte on November 14, 2012 16 Comments
A <i>Sixties</i> look?  Sure, which one?

On a recent shoot for the cover of one of my favorite magazines, a publication that is the legitimate authority on beauty, I had the pleasure of working with an absolute dream team: an über-famous and accomplished hair stylist, a photographer known for his impeccable taste and gorgeous light, and an iconic editor who’s knowledge […]

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Written By: Brigitte on June 4, 2011 2 Comments
Glamour Past and Present

Why, oh why is the notion of beauty and glamour so hard to keep current? Why is the default mode always a reference to some tacky TV show from the 80’s? I just received an invitation to attend a trade show for Cosmetics and Beauty and the poster looks like an image from […]

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Written By: Brigitte on May 17, 2011 15 Comments
Black Box Project – 21st century tarot

Occasionally I get a great a job that I can sink my creative teeth into. This was the case with the Black Box Project for the luxury paper goods company Iggesund that I was involved with a few months ago.

Guest creative director Marc Benhamou imagined a game of tarot cards of […]

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Written By: Brigitte on April 3, 2011 No Comment
Impossibly Beautiful?

For years, sociologists, moms and therapists have been blaming magazines and advertisers for communicating to young women an impossibly high standard of beauty that makes normal mortals feel inadequate.

One brand has been watching and marketing to match. Make Up For Ever has launched a new campaign for their “HD Makeup” which cleverly stirs […]

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Written By: Brigitte on March 3, 2011 No Comment
All-American Makeup – Allure, March 2011

The makeup is a take on the classic American makeup of the 80’s

The concept for this Allure story shot by Patrick Demarchelier with Karlie Kloss was “All American”. For the makeup, I tapped into what defined American makeup-fashion when I moved to New York in the late 80’s. […]

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Written By: Brigitte on November 3, 2010 10 Comments
Beauty Breaks Out

It looks like beauty advertising just burst from the pages of a glossy fashion magazine right out into the streets of New York! Everywhere I turn there’s a billboard with some great advertising for makeup and cosmetics – in the subway, on bus-stands, on passing taxi-tops… I absolutely love it!

A Maybelline […]

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Written By: Brigitte on April 25, 2010 2 Comments
Gamer Girl Glam

Faith Connors of Mirror’s Edge

Until recently the typical female characters in the video-game-world were a rather predictable bunch of pumped-up, under-dressed Barbarella-Barbies conceived for an audience of adolescent shut-ins. Lately however, I have started noticing some more intriguing looking avatars in the window of my neighborhood GameStop.

Supermodel style: […]

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Written By: Brigitte on March 2, 2010 No Comment
Monsieur St Laurent and his Muses

Yves St Laurent was famous for his use of color, his extravagant and artful collections and his love of women. While he was inspired by his close friends Loulou de la Falaise, Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux and Paloma Picasso, the models he chose to work with on a day-to-day basis and for his runway […]

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Written By: Brigitte on February 16, 2010 1 Comment
One ideal beauty?  Think again…

I don’t believe that beauty can be measured by the width of the eyes or the shape of the nose, or for that matter be represented by any single ideal. That type of thinking might have held sway in ancient Greece, but it no longer applies in the twenty-first century, with our unprecedented awareness of […]

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Written By: Brigitte on January 26, 2010 1 Comment
Ad Madness?

I have never had a problem with beauty advertising. I like pretty pictures. Yes, they are retouched and yes, they sell a piece of a dream. But since a couple of years some of them seem to cross a line between being inspirational and right out campy!

At the very moment when […]

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