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The first week of June means the first eagerly anticipated glimpses of 80 degree weather, which also ushers in endless amounts of sun damage. Enter Sunday Riley, who's popular Cashmere SPF has just been given a new rating of SPF 30+.
Mass skin care brand Vichy celebrated its 80th anniversary in New York City Thursday night, but the L'Oreal-owned brand isn't letting age slow it down.
Although fashion is his expertise, Zac Posen was all about beauty two days before his second Z Spoke show.
Covering the Bettencourt scandal is a lot like running a marathon on wildly changing terrain. It takes stamina, and right now there's little visibility on the course
Smashbox Cosmetics, the photo-studio born makeup brand, is generating lots of speculation among investment bankers and beauty firms, who have looked at the company. With all the talk about skin care, at first blush a cosmetics brand like Smashbox might not seem like the most desirable acquisition target. But the opportunity to buy an established cosmetics brand sold in all the right retail channels, particularly TV shopping and open-sell, doesn't come around every day.

PARIS -- Racing from venue to venue to report on hair and makeup during Paris Fashion Week is a rich experience. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at what's happening beauty-wise and also entrée into some of the city's out-of-the-way cultural gems.

Take the Dries Van Noten show. It was held in the Hÿtel de Ville (City Hall) in central Paris, which has been municipally vital to the city since the mid-14th century. Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has his office there these days. But on March 3, a couple of the building's lusciously ornate rooms, accessed by an imposing stone stairwell, were a flurry of fashion-related activity. Hairstylists and makeup artists camped out in two of the vast salons.

To get backstage at some other shows (for brands like Rochas and Nina Ricci) taking place at 7 Place Vendÿme in the 1st arrondissement involved entering the building's side door...
Anyone who imagines London Fashion Week is nothing but glamorous should take a trip backstage and see people trying to wash models' hair with a mix of baby powder and dish-washing liquid to remove the tub load of goo applied at an earlier show. Or maybe take in the application of feral eyebrows, which are held in place with toupee tape.

The more frenetic the backstage scene becomes at fashion shows, the more predictable it seems.

While the din of cameras, editors, publicists and now bloggers has steadily intensified backstage at New York Fashion Week -- sometimes outdoing the action on the runway -- those in the trenches, namely the makeup artists and hairstylists, keep plugging along year after year, for the most part staying as focused as a pitcher on the mound of a raucous stadium.
There's a certain irony to having the preppiest person on staff interview such sartorial free spirits as Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper. True, I did grow up in the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" era, but I certainly wasn't sporting rainbow-colored hair (I wasn't even allowed to get my ears pierced until I was 16).

1931: From left to right James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods and Joan Blondell star in the original 'Public Enemy.'
Photo by: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
No detail was too small to recreate in movie "Public Enemies," about the rise and fall of Thirties bank robber John Dillinger -- and that includes the manicures.

Makeup department head Jane Galli fashioned a vintage nail look for Marion Cotillard, who plays Dillinger's main squeeze, Billie Frechette, a humble coat-check girl who still managed to pretty herself.

"Michael Mann, our director, his attention to detail is phenomenal," Galli said. "When I got the project, I read everything and anything I could about the Thirties. During the Depression, women, even if they had no money, they did their nails in red, and they also wore their lipstick."

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