I've written about my super-glamorous late Grandma Bea before. Any hint of glamour I'm convincingly conveying in my day-to-day life has been directly inherited from her. And like so many of the celebrities her style and beauty sensibilities reminded me of—Elizabeth Taylor, Dolly Parton, Sophia Loren—she got increasingly glitzy with age. Looking at these ladies, we can see that primping doesn't have to become a lower priority as your age gets higher if you don't want it to. And I don't want it to.
That's why I was so pleased—almost damn near touched—to see this first bit of this week's beauty news.
Dolce & Gabbana are celebrating Sophia Loren with a namesake lipstick
Italian screen siren Sophia Loren has loved lipstick since she was nine—she reportedly recalls picking geranium petals and sticking them to her lips with her childhood friend Adele—and it just so happened that she ended up developing an iconic, enviable set of full, sexy lips. And now, more than 70 years after she first stuck flowers on her mouth, Dolce & Gabbana is collaborating with the actress on a lipstick.
To celebrate Loren's 81st birthday earlier this week, the brand launched Sophia Loren No. 1, a semi-sheer, red-leaning mauve lipstick.
"Sophia Loren No. 1 is our way of saying, ‘Thank you, Sophia!’ Thank you for her beauty, thank you for being a world favorite, thank you for being an icon of the big screen and of Italian beauty. She has been a constant source of inspiration for us and today we celebrate her with the gift of her very own lipstick," a brand statement read.
The gorgeous campaign comes with some pretty awesome beauty advice from Loren herself: "You must always, from somewhere at the bottom of your heart, firmly believe that your beauty is unique, special, and like nobody else’s. Never forget this, and learn to cultivate this conviction," she says. But not forgetting that this about her namesake lipstick, she goes on: "Even if you do not have much time for elaborate makeup, wear a lipstick and your face will instantly become brighter."
Speaking of beauty that's unique, special, and like nobody else's...
A self-described alien was a model in a London Fashion Week show
Grace Neutral is... not neutral. The 26-year-old tattoo artist has morphed her natural beauty into a body-modification display so exotic, it could only be called "alien." In fact, that's exact what she calls herself. And it's exactly what made designer Ashley Williams want to hire her as a model for her London Fashion Week runway show.
"I saw Grace photographed in some of my clothes and I loved how she looked," Williams told Dazed about Neutral. "Before, we had really beautiful It-girls, like Georgia [May-Jagger]. But to be an Ashley Williams girl, you don’t have to be like that. Grace is on the other end of the spectrum but still on the same wavelength. I think she sits in the collection really well."
Yeah, the clothes really bring out her eye color... which is purple where yours are white.
Neutral's eyeballs are tattooed a lilac color, her nose has been stretched, her bellybutton has been removed, moon shapes have been carved into her facial skin, and her ears have been shaped into elf-like points. Her regular ol' tattoos are hardly noticeable when you consider all of those other modifications.
But just in case she wants her tattoos to live on after she dies (I don't know how long aliens usually live), this next bit of news may be of interest to her...
You can have your tattoos framed as art after you kick the bucket
A lot of time and talent are put into many tattoos, to the point that some people consider them true works of art. So when you think about it that way, it kind of sucks that your tattoos are just going to decay or be turned to ash when you buy the farm.
Well, it doesn't have to be that way, folks!
The Chicago Tribune reports that a new organization called the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art will preserve your tattoos as framed artwork when you die. After consulting doctors, tattoo artists and embalmers, they've figured out how to keep your embellished pieces of skin "alive" as art for the low, low price of $115 down and $60 a year for preservation (I'm assuming they spray it like Cassandra in Doctor Who).
And Charles Hamm isn't just the founder—he's a client, too! And he's not even dead! He lost 100 pounds, and when he got some excess skin removed, he used a couple of his own removed tattoos as test subjects.
According to the Tribune, "After death, a designated beneficiary — ideally prepped beforehand and not squeamish — contacts NAPSA, which promises to overnight a kit with instructions for removal within 60 hours." Don't worry—a funeral home is expected to do the removal, not a family member. Within six months, you get your dead relative's inked flesh cutout back. Yay!
Ariana Grande is actually capable of not wearing a ponytail
A high, tight ponytail or half-pony is pretty much called The Ariana at this point—that's how closely the style is associated with the singer-actress(?). In fact, last year, so many fans started to complain about her hair monotony (monopony?), she took to Facebook to explain what's up. Or rather, why it's up, all the time.
"I wear it in a ponytail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down," she said.
Well, enough recovery time must have passed, because BEHOLD!
I'm pretty sure she's inviting a ghost into her mouth in the top left photo, but other than that, she and her hair seem totally healthy.
- Do you wear your hair one way every single day?
- Do you want the Sophia Loren D&G lipstick?
- Would you ever tattoo your eyeballs or ask your family to frame your flesh after you die?