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Beauty Inc issue 12/09/2016

The Green Scene
For spring, scent is all about earthy vibes and sexy, herbaceous notes spiked with floral or spicy elements. Iris is a particularly popular accent note: Tom Ford’s Vert de Fleur, Giorgio Armani Privé Iris Céladon and Clean Reserve’s Sel Santal pair the bloom with notes like basil, bergamot and mandarin leaf. Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Viktor & Rolf offer lighter versions of green elements. Inspired by the freshness of water, Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Aqua Celestia combines notes of citrus, mint and black-currant, while Viktor & Rolf’s Sage Spell mixes its namesake note with pink pepper and green tea leaf.

This story first appeared in the December 9, 2016 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.


Art Department
The beauty world has always taken its cue from art, with arrays of colorful products used to create complex looks. This season, the inspiration is a literal one, with products taking the form of the very paints, pigments and tools that artists use. From tubes of bright colors to graphic makeup brushes, playtime starts here.


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A New Age
Creams are so yesteryear. The newest skin care comes in a slew of multifunctional sticks, versatile cleansing powders and oils that perform double-duty. Portable and potent, sticks tackle a multitude of concerns: MAC and E.l.f. have versions that moisturize, prep and refresh skin, while H2O+ Beauty’s coconut and sunflower seed oil-infused iteration is for the body. Pür makes exfoliation easier with its charcoal and red clay stick, which can be rubbed into damp skin to thoroughly cleanse. Charcoal also stars in Origins cleansing powder, which, like one from bareMinerals, can be mixed with water to tailor the level of exfoliation. The newest face oils address issues well beyond hydration. Versions from Dr. Dennis Gross, Darphin and Kjær Weis are boosted with vitamin C, tangerine and jojoba oils, while Susanne Kaufmann simultaneously treats excess sebum and dehydration with a lightweight formula.