CHIC ICON: Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor’s charm, beauty and talent has left a permanent legacy in Hollywood. She gained notoriety as a young British-American actress and grew up to become one of the biggest stars in Tinseltown. As a tribute to this stunning CHIC-icon we wanted to take a glimpse at her life and achievements.

EARLY YEARS

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Even as a child, Liz Taylor’s natural beauty was hard not to recognize. After moving to Los Angeles from London during WWII, her mother was often encouraged to enroll young Elizabeth in tv and movie castings. After her father started working at MGM Studios, a young Taylor was offered a role in an upcoming Lassie film, which would prove to be her breakout role in 1943.

AS AN ADULT

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Elizabeth continued to practice her trade, continuing to work as an actress through adolescance and into adulthood. One of her first successes as an adult came with the film   Father of the Bride starring alongside Spencer Tracey.

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Her popularity continued to grow, with the release of the 1951 film A Place in the Sun. Her performance was praised from every movie critic and the movie quickly became deemed a classic.

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In 1960, Elizabeth Taylor became the highest paid actress in Hollywood, receiving a reported $7 million for staring the 1960 movie Cleopatra. It was then that she also met her future husband, Richard Burton.

Later Years

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Taylor proved to be less lucky in love than she was in Hollywood, after being married seven times. Taylor, however, found true love in her activism and charity undertakings. She devoted much of her later years fundraising for HIV and AIDS related projects.

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CHIC ICON: JANE BIRKIN

 

British actress / model Jane Birkin was best known in the ‘70s and ‘80s for her effortless fashion sense and daring movie roles. Here are some interesting facts about this natural beauty:

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1. Jane’s first leading role was in the 1969 French movie Slogan. She did not know how to speak French yet when she won the role, but quickly learned!!

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2. She went on to win 1992 Female Artist of the Year at the French Awards Ceremony, Victoires de la Musique.

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3. The iconic Birkin Bag is named after her. During a flight from Paris to London in 1981, she met the CEO of Hermes and the two had a conversation about the “perfect bag.”

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4. Her longest relationship was with French director Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met on the set of Slogan. They had a daughter named Charlotte in 1971, who would also go on to be an actress.

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5.  Birkin now lives in France and spends her days working with Amnesty International on humanitarian issues surrounding AIDS and immigrant welfare.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: SCOTT BARNES

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“Women ask me the same questions every day, and I thought I would write it down so I could just hand them the book next time. Women get scared of makeup, and so it can stress them out. But I’m like, okay, you’re not purchasing a car, ladies! It’s a lipstick.”

-Scott Barnes .

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Originally an aspiring artist, Scott Barnes is now one of the most sought after talents in makeup artistry!

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Scott is known for creating the “J-Lo Glow,” and for introducing the principles of highlighting and contouring. You can even get Scott’s signature glow with his Body Bling shimmering body lotion (we don’t go anywhere without it!).

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Scott has used his talent to build an impressive resume of clients including:

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Jennifer Lopez

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Beyonce

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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Kelly Rowland

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Demi Moore

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 and Kate Hudson!

MEET SCOTT AT THE @CHICSTUDIOS STAGE, AUGUST 16TH, 2014,

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BEAU NELSON

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Color inspiration can come from almost anywhere though, from a jelly bean, to a swatch of car paint, to a picture in a magazine. Everywhere I look, I see inspiration for something.” –Beau Nelson, on finding inspiration.

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Beau Nelson’s amazing talent for makeup artistry continually inspired us! At the young age of 14, Beau already knew he wanted to work in beauty and fashion. As he became increasingly dazzled with editorial images in Vogue and Elle, Beau decided to pursue makeup artistry. And the rest is history….

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Beau is known for his work with celebrities such as:

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Kristen Stewart

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Nicole Richie

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Jessica Alba

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Sienna Miller

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MEET BEAU AT THE @CHICSTUDIOS STAGE, AUGUST 16TH, 2014,

IN LOS ANGELES AT #BEAUTYCONLA

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ARTISTS SPOTLIGHT: MARY PHILLIPS I GREGORY ARLT I LUCIA PIERONI

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“During [American Idol], it was fun because we got to do something new every day.  The juices were constantly flowing, and you were constantly flowing.” ~Mary Phillips on her work with American Idol.

How you know her:

  • Favorite makeup artist of Jennifer Lopez (see her work in the Same Girl music video)
  • Currently also works with the Kardashians
  • Worked with Jessica Simpson in Dukes of Hazzard

MARY’S WORK….

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Jennifer Lopez in the April 2014 issue of InStyle Magazine

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Jessica Simpson in the film Dukes of Hazzard.

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Mary working on Jaclyn Smith.

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Gregory Arlt

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“I consider myself a beauty exorcist. Instead of piling makeup on the face, I bring out a woman’s beauty, respecting her features, bone structure, coloring, and most importantly, her personality.”

How you know him:

  • Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics
  • He’s a red carpet favorite for celebrities, such as Dita Von Teese, Victoria Beckham and Alicia Keys
  • Creator of of runway looks for popular designers including Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen

GREG’S WORK

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Gregory speaking during one of his MAC Pro Master Classes.

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Gregory’s work with Gwen Stefani in a recent Shoedazzle campaign.

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Lucia Pieroni

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 “It’s always my goal—when working with any woman—to enhance her natural beauty. And that’s definitely also my approach when working with celebrities”

How you know her:

  • Created looks for runway shows like Jason Wu, Missoni and Vera Wang
  • Works with celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz.
  • Makeup creative director for Cle de Peau Beaute

LUCIA’S WORK

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Lucia creating another beautiful runway look.

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Lucia’s editorial work with LOVE Magazine.

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CHIC ICON: FAYE DUNAWAY

Faye Dunaway erupted on the scene as a Broadway actress in 1962, and a short 5 years later, transitioned into the Hollywood spotlight in the 1967 movie Bonnie & Clyde. While she has mastered the variety of roles she has taken on, she still managed to capture the vintage elegance known in the 20th century acting world, to her more modern roles today. This is one of the many reasons Faye Dunaway is a CHIC icon!

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DID YOU KNOW…?
Faye graduated with a theater major from the University of Florida.
In 1965, she turned down an ordinary role in “Guiding Light”because she wanted the industry to take her seriously as an actress.
Faye turned down a role in the film “Julia”.It was given to Jane Fonda, who went on to earn an Oscar nomination for “Best Actress”.
Faye is the only actress from the original 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair”to later act in the 1999 recreation.
On October 2, 1996, Faye was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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•Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
•The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

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•Mommie Dearest (1981)
•Ellis Island (1984)

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•The Twilight of the Golds (1997)
•Gia (1998)

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•Running Mates (2000)
•Master Class (2013)

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CHIC GRAMMY LOOKS WE LOVED!

Award season is officially here! We saw many gorgeous looks from music’s biggest night, the Grammy Awards. Here are our top 5 looks of the night.

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Per usual, Beyonce was unstoppable at last night’s award show. After the sultry songstress opened the show with her performance of “Drunk in Love”, she looked like the ultimate cool-girl in perfectly undone waves and a deep bordeaux lip.

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Rita Ora’s purple smokey eye was nothing short of mesmerizing! The singer traded her signature red lip for a subtle, nude shade and her brows were perfection.

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Ciara glowed on the red carpet. The mom-to-be wore her hair in a loose up-do with plenty of face framing strands. Her makeup was simple and natural with a gorgeous shimmery lip.

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Louise Roe looked gorgeous in bouncy side-swept curls and ultra flirty lashes. A nude lip completed the look as well as her heavily rimmed eyes.

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Taylor Swift kept her hair simple in a laid-back pony. With a touch of metallic in her inner eye corner and a silver smokey eye, she looked every bit polished.

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CHIC SPOTLIGHT ON: PETER PHILLIPS

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• Philips recently stepped down as Creative Director of Chanel Make-up but will still be working on their runway shows

• With his unlimited budget, he was able to develop new Chanel products from scratch to end product

• Best known for his outstanding, unique polish colors like Jade, Particuliere and Mimosa

• Born in Belgium, Philips is a graduate of the prestigious Antwerp Academy

• His mother was a huge inspiration in his career path. He can remember applying her makeup for a ball, causing his father to exclaim: “My God, you look 15 years younger!”

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BEST AND MOST CHIC OF 2013!

     2013 was a huge year in beauty and pop culture. As we look back, here are some of our favorite things and events. We can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

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  • Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald. This flattering jewel tone was dubbed color of the year and was seen everywhere from eyeliners to accessories on street style stars and red carpets alike.

 BEST beyonce

  • Beyonce’s CD: Queen Bey dropped an entire album on iTunes and 17 music videos with absolutely no advance marketing or publicity! Who run the world? Beyonce.

BEST jennifer lopez

  • Jennifer Lopez’s Golden Globes 2013 lace Zuhair Murad gown. JLO always look stunning but this look took our breath away!

BEST selfies

  • “Selfie” and “twerk” were added to Oxford Dictionary. Because it was 2013.

BEST jaime

  • Ja’ime Private School Girl: Chris Lilley is back in this hilarious “mockumentray”. Follow Summer Heights High star Ja’ime (pronounced Jah-may) through her life as the “It Girl” in her Australian private girls grammar school. So Quiche.

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  • The long bob became the hottest cut for Hollywood’s brightest stars. Karlie Kloss, Julianne Hough, Beyonce and Jennifer Lawrence all traded their luscious locks for face-framing bobs.

What were your favorite events or things from 2013??

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INSPIRED BY…ANGELINA JOLIE

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As 2013 wraps up, we think about the strong, accomplished women who have inspired us here at CHIC. The first lovely lady to come to mind is none other than the gorgeous Angelina Jolie. Whether it is saving the world (one third-world country at a time) or empowering women faced with the threat of breast cancer, Jolie had a very inspiring 2013!

  • Jolie was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Governors Awards – an early Oscars Ceremony. She was presented the award for her work with the United Nations Refugee Agency – a passion project that began in Cambodia while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001.

 

  • Jolie & Pitt’s new organic wine, Chateau Miraval Rosé 2012, was ranked number 84 among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year, making it the “best Rosé in the world”, according to a new press release. Back in March when the wine was first released, all 6,000 bottles sold out within five hours.

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  • The beauty collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on an 11-piece cosmetics line paying tribute to Maleficent, a Disney feature film she will star in next summer.

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  • The actress inspired countless women when she chose to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

 

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  • Angelina Jolie is set to co-chair a global summit on ending sexual violence in warzones, which will demand “justice and respect” for victims of wartime rape and sexual violence worldwide.

 

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  • Jolie and her family will support a new cancer charity to promote cancer education. The organization will be named after her mother, Marcheline.

 

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