Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lil' Blonde Darling: Millie the Model!

Blonde Beauty Icon Millie the Model

Millie the Model was yet another tarty blonde Good Girl Art comic book, originally published in 1945 by what would later become Marvel Comics. It was a humorous romance/adventure series that followed the misadventures of NYC career girl and fashion model for the fictional Hanover Agency, Millie Collins. Usual stories involved Millie getting sexually harassed by strange men, stroking the bruised ego of her jealous photographer boyfriend Clicker, and incurring the wrath of her redheaded "frienemy" and fellow model Chilli Storm. The series was drawn by many artists over the years but the iconic Millie was rendered by Dan DeCarlo, who would later create the characters in Archie Comics and Josie and the Pussycats. Since the series ran from 1945 through 1973, it provides a wonderful visual timeline for the radically changing trends in womens fashion; from 1940's shoulder padded glaMOUR, to 50's bombshell sheath dresses, to the mod minis of the 60's and the groovy looks of the early 70's! Who says comic books can't be fashionable?

 This happens to me all the time.

A lady must always learn to juggle.

It's always good to keep a man waiting.

Trick Hoe!


Mile High Club!

Attack of the Bitchy Redhead!

Now here is a thrilling plot; should Millie change her hair style?!


1965 Hairdo Hall of Fame

Swingin' 60's!

Oh, to be able to have shopped on Carnaby Street in the 60's!

It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World!

Is it a coat? A dress? A coat-dress?

Inappropriate cut-outs!!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dark Circles are NEVER glamorous: The BEST undereye concealer!

I'm sure everyone remembers that Season 2 episode of Sex and the City, where Carrie (after an all-night booze fest with the girls), wakes up 45 minutes late to a New York Magazine cover shoot and an extremely unflattering, pre-makeup lighting test shot ends up on the cover. I can only imagine what a sad day in the City that would be. Well, like Carrie I am also a notorious blonde NYC pAArty girl and socialite, albeit a broke (yet gorgeous) one....but I always carry a good concealer in my makeup bag! I'm no fool. You never know when or where you might end up after an all night bender. Here is my pick for the most universal dark circle secret weapon:

Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen by Givenchy

Effective and discreet, this magical pen acts like a shadow chaser, complexion reviver and brightener by immediately reducing visible signs of fatigue. It has a fluid, luminous texture and contains SPF 10 sun protection and Actiwake Complex, a Givenchy exclusive that combines two multivitamin-charged plant extracts for a refreshed, revitalized complexion. Quite similar to industry favorite YSL's Touché Éclat Radiant Touch Pen, this formula features more coverage and is less dry looking than YSL's. As I am now in my 30's (dear god), the less dry and cake-y my under-eye can look, the better. What glamazon wants that?

Available exclusively at Sephora 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NEW Semi Precious Weapons video "Look At Me"

Here is the latest video from my boys Semi Precious Weapons, Look At Me, off their major label debut album You Love You. I worked on the video as the key makeup artist. It features not only the band (Justin, Cole, Dan and Stevy) but also fellow Precious Empire member The Jocelyn, as well as the gorgeous Krista Ayne. We shot it in January 2010, during the same week the videos for Semi Precious Weapons AND Magnetic Baby were filmed! Oh, and also during SPW/GaGa's 4 shows at Radio City Music Hall! Talk about a busy week. It was filmed on location at a seedy motel in New Jersey, coincidently called the Starlite Motel (Lady Starlight couldn't be with us, but Breedlove was in attendance). It's an amazing, filthy, cliché motel with heart shaped whirlpool bathtubs, coin operated vibrating round beds, tacky carpet, the works! It's genius! 

As you can see in this behind the scenes photo, Breedlove got into the spirit of things by skinny dipping in the heart shaped tub!

“Our concept was really fucking simple; have me sit on the bed of a dirty motel room, while two stunning people are making love. Kind of like I'm the narrator of their sex — but making sure it all looks as real, honest and beautiful as the song is.” - Justin Tranter on his inspiration for the video concept.

 Nude Outdoor Fog in 30°F weather! Suffer for your glaMOUR!

Since this ballad is quite a departure from their usual filthy party rock style, Justin wanted that difference reflected in the makeup looks as well. His beauty routine is usually much more intense and glamorous, so I kept the makeup very soft and raw by using taupe and peach cream shadows and highlighters, a bit of brown mascara and some lip balm. This showcased his natural beauty and complimented the tenderness of the song, as well as the unkempt, steamy filthiness of the location. I replicated the same look on the girls as well, though with all the action on the bed and the humid temperature of the room, they could barely keep in on!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lil' Blonde Darling: Angelyne!

Blonde Beauty Icon Angelyne

This is definitely what you would call an "LA Blonde"! Behold the epic blonde glaMOUR of Angelyne! An "actress" and "model", she's been an LA fixture since the early 80's, when a series of handbills baring her photo started to appear around the city. She soon transitioned to huge billboards, paid by, in her words "investors" which became a Hollywood pop culture landmark. She can often be spotted around Hollywood, driving in her pink Corvette with vanity license plates reading "ANGLYNE"and toting around her pink Maltese dog, Buddah. She even ran for California Governor in 2003!! Her slogan during the campaign was "We’ve had Gray (Gov. Gray Davis), we’ve had Brown (Gov. Jerry Brown), now it’s time for some blond and pink." Calling herself a real-life Barbie doll, she is usually only seen wearing shades of pink, something that was lampooned for the character Vylette, in the 1999 film Jawbreaker. Yes, she is over the top BUT you have to admire her complete and total commitment to her look. She is never seen not "done"....and of course I have to applaud her on the shameless self promotion! Shwerk!

I mean?!


Definitely a vintage Frederick's Lucite marabou mule!

 I ONLY want a pink dog.

 At the gas station!


Hood ornament!


At the post office!

I'm a Barbie girl!

The obvious choice!

At the mini-mart!


At the drug store!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lil' Blonde Darling: Teri Toye!

Blonde Beauty Icon Teri Toye

 Behold a NYC legend, kids! Teri Toye was a fashion model, an "it-girl", a downtown nightlife personality and a muse to pop art designer Stephen Sprouse. She also happened to be transgendered! She moved to NYC to study art and fashion but quickly became a fixture on the early 80's downtown club scene and happened into a modeling career by chance. After befriending Stephen Sprouse and walking in his show, she caused a sensation in the fashion world, signed with CLICK Models and walked for everyone from Chanel to Thierry Mugler to Jean Paul Gaultier. By 1987 she suddenly vanished from the NYC scene, with her surprising disappearance becoming somewhat of an urban legend. She only recently resurfaced for the 2009 launch of the retrospective coffee table book, The Stephen Sprouse Book. Teri is quite the pioneer, as very few transgendered women have found any sort of fame or success in mainstream culture. She was able to achieve what Candy Darling had wanted to achieve a mere 10 years earlier: to have a legitimate and respected career. It's no small feat, even today.



I ♥ chartreuse almost as much as I ♥ NY

Beat it!


YES! Why would you want to wear anything else?!

with photographer Steven Meisel

I love an unacceptable cut out.


I hope she saved all her clothes

with Janice Dickinson


Woman in Red

with Debbie Harry at The Stephen Sprouse Book launch party, 2009