Congratulations to reader Belle Braunig, who wins an autographed copy of Carmindy's Get Positively Beautiful. Belle was the first to tell us how Max Factor painted his celebrity makeup rooms: blue for blondes, mint green for redheads, dusty pink rose for brunettes, and pale peach for "brownettes." You can still see the rooms at the Hollywood History Museum in the old Max Factor Building.
Makeup artist Carmindy, best known for her work on What Not to Wear, talked with fans and signed her new book Get Positively Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous Saturday in Los Angeles. (We'll have a DG Q&A with Carmindy tomorrow.)
She was frank and funny, demonstrating why you shouldn't just squirt spray-on foundation at your face unless you also want it on your hair and ears (use a sponge) and reassuring the audience that it's OK to apply foundation with your fingers or a sponge, no matter what the makeup counter rep tells you about the advantages of a brush. ("They want to sell you stuff.") A special eye shadow base is equally unnecessary, she said, even though her makeup line includes one. Foundation and powder accomplish the same thing. She is, however, a big fan of face primer and the chemists who invented it.
Get Positively Beautiful is both a how-to and Carmindy's "manifesto." And you can win a free copy signed by Carmindy. Just be the first person to tell us what colors Max Factor painted his celebrity makeup rooms and what hair color each of the paint colors was designed to flatter. Email your answer to contest-at-deepglamour.net. Do NOT put the answer in the comments.
Tonight at 7 p.m. Carmindy will be at the Columbus Circle Borders in New York.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., she and the What Not to Wear cast will be at the Barnes & Noble at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Clinton Kelly will also be signing his new book Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else.
Can "television for women" tell a story about science? Tonight, Lifetime tries with Living Proof, the story of my hero Dr. Dennis Slamon, the UCLA oncologist behind the biotech drug Herceptin. Based on the melodramatic trailer, I'm not optimistic. But since I may owe my life to the drug--it raised my chances of surviving breast cancer from 50% to 95%--I've got the Tivo set. (The movie repeats Sunday and Monday nights.)
Portland-based designer Leanne Marshall won, with a collection inspired by waves, which was pretty enough, but what woman wants more fabric around her hips?
Winner of the first season, Jay McCarroll hints that leathah girl Stella and her beau, Rat Bones, might get their own series.
Keen observers noticed ANTM's Bianca Golden on the runway. She's facing assault charges in conjunction with a weird airplane incident involving her family and Nikki Blonsky. If only she'd punched someone in the front row. WWF meets PR?
Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic speculated about a Sarah Palin reality show, but you can tell he's not really familiar with the parameters of the genre. (Ophelia Swims came closer.) For a really successful series, you need an attractive protagonist (because they come into your home, every week), a lively and diverse supporting cast, and a location or situation in which conflict, resolution, and emotion can bloom.
In this new reality series, former candidate for Vice-President, Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, a forty-ish, flirty mother of 5 (!), juggles affairs of state, lost homework, disgruntled constituents, injunction-waving lawyers, wedding planning, and putting meat on the table. Think docu-drama meets C-Span, shot on location in the wilds of the frozen north.
In the first episode, spunky Sarah vetos anti-gill net legislation and an extended curfew for Willow with equal aplomb. Piper stows away on a float plane, but a quick thinking state trooper has her home for dinner.
Future episodes include a show-down between Sarah and Putin over fishing rights that's soon eclipsed by the furor raised by Bristol's determination to have a vegan wedding buffet.
Later, French premier Sarkozy shows up for a fly-fishing lesson--without his wife! Thanks to an emergency international call, the First Dude saves the day.
Sounds almost real, doesn't it? Have your people call my people. (Looks like cameras are rolling!)
(Apologies to the CBC.)
My 2004 TED talk is now online.
Previously: Groomzilla and Lesbian Bridezilla submitted their list of unreasonable demands to the florist and arrived at the perfect floral arrangement.
RE: TOASTING GLASSES!
Please add to Tuesday shopping list along with the beeswax candles, the special pens for the guest book and the wine glass charms!
RE: RECIPE BOX!!!!
A and S had most adorable idea for wedding involving recipe box. Too gay? Who cares – MUST DO THIS. Add to list behind toasting glasses, beeswax candles, the special pens and the wine glass charms. Also, do we trust that caterer’s tablecloth isn’t foul? These tablecloths are perfect. Add to list with asterisk to note tentative item. Oh, also add disposable cameras for “candid” shots. When are you getting these????
RE: [NO SUBJECT]
Have you asked the caterer what she's wearing? Did you tell her the color story we're telling?
In two weeks: The final entry, in which the Happy Day arrives and the newlyweds anxiously await the outcome of California's referendum on their marriage.
Sarah Palin decorated her Alaska office with a massive bearskin, shot by her father. Shawn Henderson at the Huffington Post is appalled. (Who he? The eBay design director. Who knew they had one?)
Taxidermy is a tricky subject--animal lovers hate it, no matter how long ago the animal died, decorators love it, especially the out sized and/or rare. The September Vanity Fair ran a story by Olga of Greece, (royals don't use last names, except for the Windsors, who aren't really named Windsor, but that's a different story) about the rebirth of the famed French animal stuffing atelier, Deyrolle, after a devastating fire.
Apartment Therapy frequently riles up the faithful readership with posts featuring animal skins, heads, etc.
Banksy takes the whole meme there and back again, by mounting McNuggets in a less-than-natural pose.
Fall's a good time to spruce up the domicile, and DG readers in need of inspiration are in luck. The nice people at Domino magazine (the guide to living with style) kindly offered us a copy of Domino: The Book of Decorating
Win the book by being the first to email [email protected] with a concise statement about why you want this guide that promises to "demystify and democratize decorating."
Written by Domino's EIC Deborah Needleman with co-authors Sara Costello and Dara Caponigro, the book promises to show you how to create a home that makes you happy, room by room.