I can't help it. Tom Ford can annoy me to no end with his penchant for vulgarity, borderline megalomania and general smugness, but the guy is also incredibly talented. His longtime cooperation with Estee Lauder is now embarking on a new phase; a full line of prestige cosmetics under Ford's name, propelled by the success of his (fabulous) Private Blend lipstick collection.
In an interview for WWD, Tom Ford tells about his teenage years experimenting with cosmetics and homemade remedies (he had a horrible allergic reaction from using cucumber slices on his eyes) and his ideas about beauty:
“You need to understand the face and compensate for the architecture of the face,” he said. He points to eyebrows, which fade and thin out as a woman ages. “A nice thick brow is the key to a youthful look,” he said, adding that a darker, heavier brow can make a high forehead appear less high, while an arched and tailored brow can make a round face appear more regular.The focus is color and lots of it, from what it sounds and looks we're talking some serious disco glam, but the photos of the products themselves suggest that those of us who don't go for the Studio 54 look can still find a lot to love. Also, it seems like there are new perfumes on the way. Santal Blush sounds incredibly appealing. The article and interview didn't specify exactly when we can expect to see the products at the counters here in the US, but hopefully soon (other sources have mentioned September). That brown nail polish and the eye shadow palette are calling my name.
Now, just for fun, here's a photo of a very young Tom Ford I found somewhere on the web:
Are you excited about the new line or holding a grudge? And what would Estee say?
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