The YSL Product on Everyone’s Lips this Spring: Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain

YSL’s anticipated lip colour launch Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain might feel as weightless as water, but it packs a punch where colour is concerned. Legendary French make-up artist and YSL Beauty creative director, Tom Pecheux, reveals what all the fuss is about.

Perhaps you’ve reached for your favourite shade of lipstick and wished it were just that little bit sheerer. Or maybe as much as you love that lip gloss in your handbag, it’s a tad on the tacky side, and the colour payoff isn’t quite what you would like it to be. Enter YSL Beauty’s latest creation – Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain – which combines the best of both worlds. It’s glossy without being sticky, and long-wearing without being drying.

The Best of Both Worlds
And the real magic of it, says YSL Beauty creative director Tom Pecheux, is that you can build up the colour intensity easily. “It is luminous and can be more or less intense according to how you apply it,” he explains. One subtle coat gives your lips a light hint of colour, or you can glide on two or three layers for a full-colour look that won’t dry out lips. Pecheux says that another point of difference for the revolutionary new lip colour is that it’s incredibly hassle-free to apply.

While he often has to use a lip brush for application with other lipsticks, he says that because this formulation is watery, it doesn’t take much precision to apply – and he loves the applicator. “It works really well with the formula, scooping it up and placing it just where you need it, somehow giving  a voluptuous finish to the lips even though the texture is so watery.”

Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain
Renowned fashion photographer David Sims shot the campaign for the Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain – which is being fronted by model-slash-musician Staz Lindes and Big Little Lies actress Zoë Kravitz. “I wanted the girls’ lips to complement their skin tones, but also complement each other,” Pecheux says. “Staz is pale-skinned with blonde hair and I wanted something bright, but lighter than the colour I used on Zoë – which was more of an intense red.”

And of course, it wouldn’t be a YSL Beauty campaign without their signature smoky eye. “I did a little bit of a smoky eye on each girl, kept it to the upper lids,” explains Pecheux. “But I kept the skin looking very glowy and transparent.” He calls the finished look pretty but polished. “The stain is more than just a leftover of colour – it’s a polished finish.” Pecheux admits that narrowing down the collection to just a limited number of shades was quite difficult.

Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain

“When it comes to creating lipsticks and powerful colours, it can be very challenging,” he says. “Particularly at the end of the process when the table is full of lab samples, your wrists and arms are covered in swatches, and you have to edit down a collection  to just 16 shades.” Rather than creating a single make-up look that suits one trend, Pecheux says he aims for a palette when creating colours. “[As] I have been working in an industry that embraces beautiful women from all around the world, when I create a colour collection I think of every woman – every skin tone, every colour – and I am always hoping  they will like them as much as I do.”

As for the shade that is just perfect for the season ahead, Pecheux says if he had to pick just one, it would be In Berry Deep. “I love a nude lip in general. Even though it won’t be nude on everyone, I would choose In Berry Deep … it works on all skin tones.”

The new YSL Beauty Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain ($69) is available now from department stores and pharmacies.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alexa Chung

She’s written a book, modelled, hosted a TV show and has her own fashion line. We take a look at five things you probably don’t already know about Alexa Chung.

She Suffers from Endometriosis

Earlier this year, Chung revealed via Instagram that she suffers from endometriosis. Chung wrote: “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member, but here I am. #endometriosisclub #partytime#woohoo #lifelongmembership#sorryifyouhaveittooitsucks#endometriosisawareness” Endometriosis is thought to affect around one in 10 women of childbearing age.

Fans and friends rallied around Chung posting their support. “Same,” replied actress and singer Lou Doillon. One fan commented on the post that Chung is “by far our most stylish member.”  

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I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member, but here I am. #endometriosisclub #partytime #woohoo #lifelongmembership #sorryifyouhaveittooitsucks #endometriosisawareness

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Her Signature Cut is Thanks to One Man

Alexa’s famous haircut, which has been called Don’t Care Good Hair, is down to one hairstylist that she has remained very loyal too. “I only see George [Northwood],” Chung told Vogue in an interview.

“I might need to go to couple’s therapy with that,” she jested. “I did try and see other people, we were in an open relationship for a while because we were doing long distance, but it didn’t really work out for me cut-wise. I don’t mind seeing other people style-wise, but cut-wise I’ve had too many a dodgy thing done to it to trust again,” Chung added.

She’s Co-Hosting a new Netflix Show with Tan France

Very soon Alexa will be teaming up with Tan France, the resident fashion guru on Netflix’s Queer Eye. The show, titled Next in Fashion, will run across 10 episodes and will feature 18 aspiring fashion designers who will be competing in a series of fashion challenges and activities. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the challenges will involve “a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.

And while it might just sound like a Project Runway rehash, the 18 designers that will be on the show will have already worked with major brands and celebs.

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Co-hosts Tan France and Alexa Chung.

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There’s Not Much She Can’t do Where Fashion is Concerned

She’s a fixture on the front row when fashion week rolls around and she’s even won awards for her style over the year – at the British Fashion Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Chung scooped up the British Style Award as voted by the public.

Chung has also collaborated with a handful of fashion brands including AG Jeans and most recently Barbour; and she even has a Mulberry handbag that’s named after her.

In 2017 the fashionista launched her eponymous fashion line, Alexachung.

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She Was Once a Magician’s Assistant

Back in 2012, as part of Stella McCartney’s London Fashion Week show, Alexa volunteered to be levitated, hypnotised and even sawed in half by Dutch illusionist Hans Klok. Apparently she was a stand-in for Kate Moss who was supposed to have the role of magician’s assistant for the show. 

Alexa Chung is one the cover of the new issue of MiNDFOOD STYLE. Pick up an issue to find out how the fashionista discovered her own style. And click here to find out more about what’s inside the issue. 


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