Remembering David Bowie

Two days ago, at the age of 69, David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Goblin King) passed away after a battle with cancer. As the Glossier team mourned while listening to Modern Love on repeat—and, just down Lafayette, New Yorkers lined up for blocks to lay down flowers and candles in front of his apartment—the photo-sharing site imgur produced what is perhaps the best way to pay our respects to the legendary rocker: his Top Shelf. Actually, it’s his “Makeup Do’s And Don’ts,” as told to the publication Music Scene in 1973. His tips are as follows:

Shop Internationally
“[M]ostly all of his makeup comes from a little shop in Rome, Italy, that imports fantastic colored powders and creams from India. (He’s not telling the name of the store, however!!!)”

Remember To Highlight
“For stage, David will often use an iridescent base, usually pure white. When he paints that gold circle on his forehead that’s such a hit with his fans, he uses a German gold base in cake form bought at New York’s Makeup Center.”

“In his last few English concerts, Bowie painted tiny lightning streaks on his cheek and upper leg. Once in awhile he uses pearlized gloss on his lips in a tan/pink that comes across like a white-silver highlight.”

Skincare Can Be Makeup
“Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden is what you’ll see shining up David’s lips and eyelids in photographs, it gives that extra-gloss effect.”

Use The Whole Eye
“David will often paint waves of color all the way across his eyes and eyebrows, rather than on the lids only–usually a pink or mauve tone.”

“[A] must is that old-fashioned black mascara, (sometimes blue)–you know the kind that you spit on the little brush and it’s in a cream/cake form…”

A Warning
“He doesn’t use glitter too much, because it falls into his eyes when he’s performing and it just isn’t soft looking enough, he feels.”

And Finally—Let Your Skin Breathe
“As far as off-stage makeup is concerned, David doesn’t wear any base; he uses a light natural moisturizer with rice powder dusted on top–but most often he prefers to show his very light, bare, clear English skin…”

Photos via Getty. 

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Jhené Aiko, Singer

“I just did a DNA kit from, and basically, I’m pretty mixed-up. My mom is half-Japanese, but her mother is mixed [race], too. And my dad—both of his parents are mixed. So we found out that it’s, at least with my DNA, I’m 28% Asian, 33% African, and 34% European. But it’s a little different for each of my siblings. No one in my family, my cousins or anything, really look the same. My grandmother was Japanese and my mom told us that she would wash her face with rice water, and something in the rice water helped her skin stay young. I haven’t tried it yet, but I always think of that. And my dad has a lot of Native American blood, supposedly, so he uses a lot of oils. His skin is very moisturized all the time. He’s in his 70s and everyone thinks he’s in his 40s or 50s. So I think your background can really affect what you use on your body.

Honestly, I only got serious about skincare about three years ago. Before that, the cycle would be, I’d have a pimple and I’d need to get rid of it now. So I would just pick at it and then put toothpaste on it and do stuff like that. I thought I was serious about it because I wanted it to be off of my face. But then I started realizing it’s a process—you have to be disciplined with washing your face every night and day, and you have to eat right. Having to take pictures and stuff like that reminds you how important it is to be consistent. I wouldn’t get serious about being consistent until like two days before I had to do a photoshoot or something, and my skin would not look great. But that’s not how it works! You’ve been going to sleep with makeup on all week, doing stuff like that, and now you expect to put on a mask and the next day you’re going to look flawless…? Like, no. So I’ve been learning that I have to actually care about my skincare.

So, my skin is combination, and it really always depends on what my diet is and if I’m travelling a lot or if I’m getting enough sleep. So I literally have two drawers full of things that I go back and forth with. Circ-Cell ABO Face Rejuvenation Serum is something that was introduced to me by an esthetician in New York—I’ve really noticed it improving my skin. It supposedly—and I believe them—has more oxygen than human blood. I use that after I wash my face with a SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel with the Clarisonic and tone with the SkinCeuticals LHA Solution. Sometimes I’ll layer on Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum that really does lift. I also just got a NuFace that sends microcurrents into the skin—it works! I get my facials at Equinox with the stronger version, but this one you can slightly feel, too. So you run it along your jaw, under your eye, and then your forehead.

In the morning, I use Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm. At first I was using this cleanser with the Clarisonic too, but then my aesthetician told me that for the daytime, you don’t want to stimulate your skin too much because it’s going to react to all the stuff you do in a day. So I wash without it, tone, and then I do this Eminence Organics Stone Crop Hydrating Gel, which keeps you matte, since I can get, like, real oily in the sun. And then once a week, I use the Eminence Organics Eight Greens Phyto Masque and Stone Crop Masque. And this is really good for hormonal breakouts. When I’m PMS-ing, I do this mask.

My mom went to Hawaii for college, all four years. And she would always tell us about her sunspots. She’s like, ‘This is what happens when you lay out in the sun and try to get brown.’ And I didn’t listen for a long time, because I was a kid, and I was like, what do you know, Mom, who’s lived 30 years longer than me…? But as I got older, I started realizing that my skin was drying out, because as a teenager I would put tanning oil on and lay out for hours, and in LA especially, that’s what you do in the summertime! So once I started seeing the signs of premature aging, I was like, oh, okay. I still like the nice little tan glow, but I definitely can tell once I’ve gotten past the point of burning—it’s like, this doesn’t feel good now. That stuck with me, because she did warn us.

I don’t go out a lot, but when I do go out, I love makeup—my own makeup. And I want to make sure I have all the tools I need. I’m always asking makeup artists I work with, ‘What kind of brush is that? What kind of lipstick is that?’ The first time I went on tour, I was 14 years old. I couldn’t take a makeup artist with me, so I sat down with the makeup artist I had been seeing, and she showed me step-by-step-by-step the basics of makeup. My sister also had Kevyn Aucoin’s book and I would study the art of it. Now, I’m very picky about my makeup because I’ve been doing it myself for so long.

My eyebrows have always been really thick, and in the ’90s, my sisters would dye theirs a lighter brown and make them pencil thin. And I just remember trying to do that myself. I had a unibrow, so I took a razor and shaved a little in elementary school. Now I wish I had those full eyebrows so I didn’t have to fill them in here and there. My daughter has beautiful eyebrows—they’re just like mine when I was younger. Thick. And I always tell her, don’t touch them! I have to use my Anastasia Brow Wiz because I used to overpluck, so I have spaces where it just doesn’t grow anymore. So I’ll just look crazy if I don’t fill in those spots. I literally have like three of these Brow Wiz’ on me at any given time.

Every morning, I put on the Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals in Calendula Spice. I’ll use Peaches and Cream depending on if it’s summer or winter, or I’ll mix them sometimes. It evens out your skin tone and it protects you from the sun, and that’s pretty much what I need every day. For lips, I like just a regular balm. Right now I have a Burt’s Bees Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm. So it has like a slight color, but for the most part, I don’t like a lot of gloss. I like to put mascara just on the corner to give my eyes a wing sort of effect. My bottom lashes are as long as my top lashes, so I can’t put a lot on or it’ll just look like spiders. But I do like mascara and I learned how to apply it awhile ago…One time I got my makeup done, and the makeup artist layered on so much mascara that it looked like I had on false eyelashes.

If I’m really doing my makeup, I’ll use Nars Sheer Glow Foundation—it feels like lotion on your face, but it gives really good coverage. I don’t use too much—it’s sheer anyway—because I like my skin to breathe. Then I like to use the Laura Mercier Contour Kit. It comes with little cards that tell you where to use each section, but I don’t really need them anymore. I like it personally for me, because it matches my skin tone really well. And it’s got a light consistency, too. I feel like a lot of the time people use really thick things to do contour but this is very, very light. Also, Kevyn Aucoin’s concealer! I just have a tester of it, because one day I was in Barneys, and I was like, “This looks like it would be really good and really creamy!” And they gave me a really big sample, and it’s lasted me for a long time. That’s what I use at a photoshoot—it’s too glamorous for every day.

I also really like the OCC line because it’s all vegan. A couple years ago, I went vegan for six months because I hadn’t been feeling well and ended up in the hospital. Changing my diet like that made me feel like I had so much more energy. But it’s a lot of work to live like that. At one point, I was going to a place that’s really far from my house to get all-vegan everything. One day I went and got everything I would need—makeup, all of that, and then when I ran out, I thought, am I going to really do this every month? My goal is to totally be completely vegan and only use vegan products, but I’m human and I have to work on it daily.

When I’m traveling, I like the bath because at the end of the day I want to come to the hotel room and soak. Also I’m usually doing interviews and photoshoots all day so I like to get my makeup done and then sit in the bath and still have that glow before I take it off. Especially if I have my hair styled, I don’t want to put a shower cap over it or get it wet. But when I’m home, I like to take showers. Especially since my daughter likes taking baths, she’s usually hogging up the bath anyway. I love all of Dr. Bronner’s soaps, but the lavender is my favorite one. Sometimes I even wash my face with that when I’m in the shower. I’ll just like do a tiny bit in my hands and then rinse off whatever happened when I was asleep, sweat or whatever. And then I use Nutiva Coconut Oil all over my body. But you have to be careful that you don’t put on your clothes right away because you will have coconut streaks all on your clothes. I tell myself that all the time, but I always am impatient and I put on leggings and then there’s coconut everywhere. But I really like how it treats my skin, and there’s a slight scent, but it’s good.

I am in the natural days of my life right now. My hair’s naturally very curly, but sometimes I like it slicked back. I don’t have to do anything but just take a brush to it to get a look like this. I’ve been going between curly, and French braids, and then slick with a bun. But for each of those styles, I don’t have to put heat on my hair. And the real goal is to not even have to brush my hair because it does something weird to my curl pattern. The DevaCurl line is what I’ve been using. The No-Poo is sulfate-free and it doesn’t suds up, so it helps you keep your natural oils and your curls really nice. And it’s something that I use even if I’m not going to wear my hair out and curly. And then the DevaCurl SuperCream is what I use when I’m wearing my hair out and curly—I comb that through wet hair with my fingers to hold all the curls together and help with frizz and humidity.

The Nature’s Answer Sambucus Black Elderberry Extract Spray is something I found while I was on tour and now I use it daily. It’s just good for your immune system—you spray it directly into the back of your throat, which is good for me because I’m a singer. And then I love Tom’s deodorant and toothpaste. The toothpaste is fluoride-free, and the deodorant is aluminum-free. Those things are bad for you! So I like Tom’s.

When I go out, I like Chanel Coco because I really like how it smells when it wears off. I’ll spray a jacket with it and the next day, it smells perfect. Then there’s this little gem called Essential Faith. I only know two places that have it. One is on Abbot Kinney near Venice Beach. And it’s such a subtle thing that mixes well with any type of actual perfume. It’s one of those scents that will mix with my smell and I’ll get a whiff of it that’s just the best. Because you know, sometimes you can get a perfume that you thought smelled good…but when you wear it, it’s different. My friend and I bought the same perfume once—we were in the store like, “This smells good, let’s both get a bottle!” And it smells so much better on her. On me it just smelled like an old lady. I had to give her my new bottle! It was clearly her fragrance.”

—as told to ITG

Jhené Aiko photographed by Emily Knecht in Los Angeles on December 8, 2015. Interview by Jane Helpern.

Selena Gomez shares her favorite budget candle brand, Oh Land talks “intelligent scents” and LeAnn Rimes praises the at-home spray tan in The Top Shelf.

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Mia Moretti & Margot Moe, The Dolls

Margot Moe: So I play classical violin.

Mia Moretti: I’m a DJ.

Margot: And we are The Dolls. We’re from New York City. Well…I grew up in Florida and Mia grew up in Northern California. But we’ve both been here for so many years.

Mia: We met at a club in the East Village five years ago. Both playing the same show. It was Ella, on First and First when it was on. It’s something else now.

Margot: You go down into a little parlor, almost…Yeah I was doing a solo show, and she was doing a solo DJ set.

Mia: It was not really a show, it was a club night, really. We were both just out clubbing. I was like, you want to come over?

Margot: And I happened to live only blocks away. We both lived in the East Village. I [still] do.

Mia: The first time she came over we just went through my record collection and put different records on, because we thought it would be really cool to play together, but we didn’t know exactly what we wanted to do. So, we just kind of used that as a way to get to know each other…what parts of songs do you like, and what style of music do you like, what artists or genre or era is it that you’re drawn to…In everything we do, we hear and see completely different things than the person next to us. The way a classically-trained violinist especially is hearing parts of songs, versus someone like me who is a DJ because I was a fan of music and the lyrics are really related but also very different.

Margot: And there wasn’t like a map or a formula sort of laid out for us, so it’s just been, you know, constant experimentation. I think there’s a really nice balance of discipline and spontaneity. And between the two, I think, grows something very free. But also defined. We are constantly with each other and on the road. Even when we get a night off, we go out and explore together. We’re so lucky to be able to travel everywhere.

Mia: Our last suitcase was Guadalajara, Mexico City, L.A., then Venice.

Margot: I think beauty, for us, just feels secondary—but not in a negative way. I think that it comes with the territory. We don’t get on stage without thinking about our outfit first just as we think about the first song we’re going to play, you know? Because it really sets the tone for your night, and it sets the tone for the performance. If I’m going to put something on to walk out the door, I may as well put on whatever’s going to make me feel like my best self. You know?

Mia: I always think of getting dressed for a performance, a night on the town—whatever it is, a coffee shop stop—as a chance to step into a costume or a character. Who you want to be for that night? And it’s a chance to turn a chore into something that is a creative process…And for me, especially as a DJ, I’m not always in the mood I need to be in when I’m leaving the house. You think about when people come to the club, it’s on their one night off because they want to dance and they want to forget about their week and how stressful it was, or their kids or their job, or their rent or whatever it is. They’re taking that time out of their life to get dressed to come to that space, and it’s your responsibility as the DJ to have that be that haven for them. And so you can’t go into that environment in a funk, or bored, or tired, or hungover, or whatever it may be, even if you are. So always for me getting dressed is when I’m getting into that character. Like, alright, let’s play dress-up. Tonight we really want to shine—and for that to be very literal. [Laughs]

I always do a strong brow. I’m obsessed with Frida Kahlo, and I don’t know how to do that much other makeup. [Laughs] But also I had a mother who always told me, ‘Never let anyone touch your eyebrows.’ And, ‘You’re not allowed to have plastic surgery,’ so…Also, I always put on highlighter, because I know you can’t mess it up that much. Nars has an amazing highlighter. But my go-to, even for daytime, is a red lip—something like Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. I think it always is like the quickest, easiest, most glamorous thing you can do.

My hair is almost never down. I do as little coloring to it now as possible—it’s so thin and I bleached it for so long that at this point, it looks better without that. I’ll add a little balayage to it for lightness, but if I bleached the whole thing again, it would just evaporate. But when I wear it down, I’m thinking about it all the time—wondering if I need to brush it, if it looks weird…So, I think pulling my hair back is just a way for me to be able to enjoy everything else in life and not think about my hair once I leave the house.

Margot: Tonight our friend is doing our hair—we told her, “Make our heads look like disco balls.” I have a lot of restrictions when I play violin—I can’t play with a lot of jewelry, for example. In my nature, I like either a really dark, bold eye or a really dark, bold lip. And so I love MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Etcetera, which is very nude, or MAC Lipstick in Film Noir, which is bolder. Liquid eyeliner is my always go-to. The MAC Liquid Eye Liner. And Nars Audacious Mascara. I like to keep things simple but bold at the same time.

—as told to ITG

Mia Moretti and Margot Moe photographed by Tom Newton in New York City on September 12, 2015.

Into the night: Sosupersam shares the best highlighter to be photographed in, Leslie Kirchoff wears sandalwood when DJing and Matthew Mazur masks before going out in the Top Shelf After Dark.

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Tom Ford’s Latest Runway Show Is A Music Video

Last season, Tom Ford hosted a runway show in LA—before that he had one in London and before that it was in New York. It seems like the conclusion he came to after all that city-hopping was that maybe a runway show just wasn’t for him. Thankfully, what he decided on also happens to be just what we needed (runway shows are OTT enough, without ever quite owning up to it—this video is definitely owning up). And unlike the stiff models of past seasons, these girls are lit. The dance moves are on point, the sequin dresses are dreamy and Lady Gaga’s cover of Chic’s ‘I Want Your Love’ has us intrigued. Also; the cast is perfect. Xiao Wen, Aymeline Valade, Valery Kaufman, Kayla Scott, Lida Fox and, of course, Lucky Blue. What more could you ask for?

Happy weekend.














Original video via Tom Ford—see the whole video on their website.

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What’s Your Walking Song?

New York Fashion Week starts at the end of this week, so there’s going to be a lot to talk about for the next month and change. Let’s start with this though: When a designer blows you away with their new season of dressing, that’s one thing—but when it’s punctuated by the right music, it’s another story. Music is secretly the heartbeat of NYFW. Models need to stomp to something.

Translate that into real life–what’s your walking song? Whether you’re walking to work, the dog, for exercise, or out at night on the way to meet friends, the music you’re walking to can change the mood, the experience. As if you have your own show, a time entirely for yourself. I’ll start (share yours below):

—Jen Steele

Walking is one thing, but what music do you work out to?

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