- MAKEUP BY pati dubroff
- CHARLOTTE TILBURY ROCK ’N’ KOHL ICONIC LIQUID EYE PENCIL IN BARBARELLA BROWN
- NARS EYESHADOW SINGLE IN DAPHNE
- YSL 5 COULEURS COUTURE PALETTE IN RIVE GAUCHE
- URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW IN KUSH
- KEVYN AUCOIN THE VOLUME MASCARA IN PITCH BLACK
- KOH GEN DOH MAIFANSHI AQUA FOUNDATION
- YSL BABY DOLL KISS & BLUSH LIPS & CHEEKS IN NO. 08 PINK HEDONISTE
- NARS LARGER THAN LIFE LIP GLOSS IN GOLD DIGGER
- NAILS BY KAREN GUTIERREZ
- NARS NAIL POLISH IN PASTORALE
- STYLING BY ELIZABETH SULCER
- ZAC POSEN DRESS
- DAVID WEBB CUFF
Gosling is that rare breed in Hollywood: a gentleman. Yet rather than play up their status as a power couple, Mendes has kept their relationship largely out of the spotlight. When the public does catch a glimpse of the pair (as when paparazzi photos surfaced of the two cavorting around Paris) their chemistry is undeniable. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to learn they welcomed a daughter, Esmeralda Amada, in September. “I’m completely exhausted,” admits Mendes of becoming a first-time mom at 40. “I thought my wild nights were over but these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had.”
As it happens, Mendes’s days are busy too. A well-known jewelry connoisseur (who can forget the show-stopping Van Cleef & Arpels turquoise collar necklace she wore to the 2009 Golden Globes), she has begun designing a line of vintage-inspired baubles for her New York & Company collection. Pieces like a faux mother of pearl choker and crystal waterfall earrings fit seamlessly into the VIOLET GREY photo shoot, for which Mendes channeled a cinematic bohemian.
VIOLET GREY staged the shoot at Mann’s Chinese Theater (now known as the TCL Chinese Theater) in Hollywood, as an homage to the fact that Mendes’s own mother had worked there in the 1980s. “As a kid, I would often tag along with her,” she recalled. “She’d have on this red cheongsam dress that all female employees had to wear and I just thought she looked so gorgeous.”
The accompanying interview, which was conducted by Mendes’ longtime friend and confidante, VIOLET GREY founder Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, is the first that she has given since her pregnancy. Yet far from being guarded, she proved open and talkative, discussing everything from the parenting values she shares with Ryan to her excitement about her expanding New York & Company collection to the comfort she gets from the chatter in online mom forums.
Read the conversation, below.
E.M.:[Laughs.] I think I’m just exhausted as a new mom. Maybe you’re mistaking that for being calm.
E.M.: I call one of her grandmothers or I call one of her aunties.
E.M.: The nonnas.
E.M.: Yes. I try not to Google too many things because it is frightening but I do go to babycenter.com and read the comment sections from other mothers because I find so much solace in that. Just knowing that I’m not alone out there and that other moms have gone through the same thing can at least get me through the night.
E.M.: I think so. I just broke into a mini-sweat.
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nights were over but these are some of the wildest NIGHTS I’ve ever had.
E.M.: When it comes to skin care I love using things I can find in my kitchen cabinet! I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and I combine yogurt and sea salt to exfoliate. If I’m going out and looking tired and puffy (which happens a lot these days), I dip my face into a bucket of ice water. I once worked with a makeup artist who worked briefly with Lucille Ball. She told me that’s what the actresses did back then.
E.M.: Lady, send me the La Mer!
— ELIZABETH SULCER, Stylist
Hair: Steeve Daviault
“A great way to wear a dark, smoky eye is to add a pop of gold onto the middle of the eyelid, which allows the overall look feel alive and festive.”
— PATI DUBROFF, MAKEUP ARTIST
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