Soon after Iris (Kara Hayward) meets the newcomer Maggie (Liana Liberato), they become friends. Maggie decides to give Iris a makeover, so they go shopping for cosmetics. The beauty counter at the department store they go to displays make-up and skincare products. On the far left in the screencap above there's a cardboard table display… Continue reading To the Stars (2019)
Avis Amberg (Patti LuPone) is a former silent movie actress who has left her glory days behind but she's still at the centre of the public life in Hollywood: her husband *is* one of the most important movie studios in town, as she explains to young Frank Castello, the aspiring actor she's having a rendez-vous… Continue reading Hollywood E01 (Hooray for Hollywood)
The retro-style opening credits of the film (designed by Juan Gatti) contain, quite surprisingly, a real advert of a real make-up item. It's the marbled lipstick Glissando, launched in 1964 by the American brand Du Barry. Available in six shades ("from light-struck pinks to muted ambers to rich reds"), it was housed in an elegant… Continue reading Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988)
Benny Topling (Oliver Lansley) has got a tin jar of Vaseline white petroleum jelly on his table.
When Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) announces she will move to Hollywood for a fresh start, her "freaks" give her a precious gift: a set of Westmores of Hollywood beauty products. The set is made of three golden bottles and a round box. The gold bottle on the left surely contains body powder, while the box… Continue reading American Horror Story S04E06 (Bullseye)
There are several perfumes and toiletries on Anna Kalman's dressing table. First, two bottles of Revlon nail polish, in the signature bottle with super-long cap handle. Now let's focus on the perfume bottles. At the centre of the table there's Jean Patou Joy, "the world's most expensive perfume" created in 1930 by Henri Alméras. Next… Continue reading Indiscreet (1958)
The lotion Alice (Ellen Burstyn) puts on before going to bed is Vaseline Intensive Care for over-dry skin. The same pump bottle can be seen again in the bathroom scene, when Alice shaves her legs.
Clemency Leonides (Amanda Abbington) paints her nails with a ruby red shade of Cutex Spillpruf nail polish.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFVfMB4m7mk Franca Valeri is one of the most popular and talented Italian actresses. I've always loved her irony, her poised glamour and nonconformity. Imagine my delight when I found this clip from a 1963 tv documentary: the camera goes along the famous via Montenapoleone in Milan, and Franca (born in Milan) comments. The windows of a perfume… Continue reading Gli amici di Milano (1963)
One of the most famous scenes of the film is Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) putting on her signature lip colour just before hitting the stage. As you can see, she's not holding a lipstick but a jumbo crayon. In the 1970s several beauty brands released make-up in crayon form, including Max Factor, which created the… Continue reading Opening Night (1977)