Sometimes 'noir' means 'red'


November 25, 2001|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

Movie makeup artist Julie Hewett (whose film credits include Oceans 11, Pearl Harbor, American Beauty and Heathers) launched her first cosmetic line this month: Noir, a collection of lipsticks covering the whole range of reds.

"Some women have a tough time finding the right shade of red lipstick to match their skin tone and hair color," says Hewett, who identifies the red mouth as one of the hot trends of the year. "Noir offers five different shades of red. There's a color for every woman, no matter her complexion, age or style."

Sin Noir is a burgundy red good for all skin tones; Rouge Noir is the classic true red of the glamour era; Coco Noir is a versatile tawny red; Femme Noir is a blue-red right for blondes and brunettes with pale to ivory skin; and Belle Noir is a coral red meant for redheads and olive-skinned brunettes.

The lipsticks are available for $18 online at Tracy Ullman's eclectic fashion and beauty site,, and by calling 800-761-6647.

Metal mouth made cool

The trend in braces for grown-ups may be leaning toward the clear and invisible, but for kids, braces are becoming forms of self expression. New brackets from WildWires ( /wildwires / 3595.asp) come in heart and star shapes or 24-karat gold, and retainers are now available with all sorts of designs, including sports-team logos; red, white and blue sparkles; palm trees; and even your own pictures. Seems being a brace face is now the cool thing to be.

For information, contact your orthodontist.

-- T. B.

Cosmetics help charities

You can bid on beauty through Dec. 6 on as part of the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation's annual charity auction. More than 100 packages and trips have been donated, including a fashion makeover by Phillip Bloch (whose clients include Salma Hayek and Halle Berry), a makeup makeover by Sonia Kashuk (who collaborated on Cindy Crawford's Basic Face: A Makeup Workbook), and various spa getaways, skin-care baskets and fragrance gift bags. Last year's auction raised more than $100,000 for CEW, the nonprofit organization of about 1,400 beauty executives, and was distributed to charities focused on helping women. -- T. B.

Buy the kit, be a somebody

Zirh personal products for men (worn by teen idols Carson Daly and Jason Priestley, among others) are making their big-screen debut next month in Joe Somebody, a comedy starring Tim Allen as an everyman who tries to transform himself into a somebody using a bathroom full of Zirh goods. Taking full advantage of the publicity possibilities, Zirh has created a Joe Somebody grooming kit, which comes with a razor, set of clippers, mirror and a nail file in a manly brushed aluminum case.

The kit is free with any $50 purchase at Bloomingdale's or online at Dec. 1 through Jan. 15. -- T. B.

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