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Yves Saint Laurent’s spring cosmetics

“I wanted a face for the woman I dress.” — Yves Saint Laurent….Remember when you first started experimenting with makeup and you frittered your allowance at the drugstore’s troughs of Wet ‘n’ Wild, dolling your eyes in bonker-blues and tarting your pucker in garish corals, like a Palm Beach retiree crossed with a hooker? It’s time to revisit those carefree preteen days, only with a little more artistry, and Yves Saint Laurent’s spring cosmetics collection will show you the way. Touche Éclat, the stellar pen-brush that raised worldwide standards for concealer, now comes in the form of glowing, water-resistant eyeshadow in shades of muted Golden Girls ($27.50). Lollipop-swirled tubes of Pop Stick Blush ($42), sheer lipsticks in what would be daffy colors if cranked up to full saturation ($28), peacock-blue Mascara Volume Infini Curl ($26.50) and limited-edition pinky-bronze Palette Pop powder compact inspired by a greeting card Monsieur Saint Laurent once drew ($60) round out the look of granny-meets-gamine—just in time to welcome the loony yet lovely day jackets and bloomers hitting shops for spring. At most department stores.


The sensual, intuitive Yves Saint Laurent woman introduces a new play on shadow and light, dispensing the colour effect with surprising ease. In two brushstrokes she veils her skin with light. And in a third stroke creates intense, sexy, smoky eyes. She applies a wide line of L’EYELINER NOIR along her upper and lower lash lines, covers her upper lids with EYE COLOUR TOUCH N°4 Glazed Brown and adds a note of mystery with EYE COLOUR TOUCH N°1 Golden Jade. She shapes her lashes with MASCARA VOLUME INFINI CURL N° 1 Infinite Petrol-Blue. And to create a contrast with her eyes, she adds a final brushstroke, giving her lips the transparent shimmer of GOLDEN GLOSS N° 13 Golden Nude.

In 1978, Yves Saint Laurent created his line of make-up and sparked a sensation by adapting the bold, elegant, colours and visionary style of his clothes to the make-up universe. In 2008, to celebrate this 30th anniversary year in rich colour, Yves Saint Laurent Make-up will draw from the designer’s favourite themes and iconic creations with each successive season.

In this first tribute, the New Spring Look 2008 is inspired by one of the famous love greeting cards – the one from 1992 – sketched by Yves Saint Laurent and sent to his friends as an expression of affection. It is faithfully carried over to the PALETTE POP with its eminently wearable shades carrying a wave of freshness that is ideal in the spring sunlight.

In her usual flamboyant way, the Yves Saint Laurent woman reveals her romantic side, flirting with soft shades, luxuriating in fresh textures and naturally adopting ultra-contemporary, yet simple tips for application.

In a celebration of love and flowers, the New Spring Look 2008, interpreted by Val Garland, Artistic Advisor for Yves Saint Laurent Make-up, enhanced the model’s eyes with soft blue and green, a delicate and rosy complexion, and “embrace me”…lies the make-up look combines grace and sensuality in an effect that is totally today.