Beauty Buzz: Estée Lauder Loves Frédéric Malle, Jessica Simpson’s Little Makeup Maven, and The Bold Brow Boom


Estée Lauder has just check off another big brand off of its shopping list: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. It looks like the beauty conglomerate is upping its game by looking to nurture hi-end, artisanal fragrance brands after it recently snapped up Le Labo. As explained by Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer of Lauder, “Malle’s uncompromising dedication to pure perfumery has established him as the most sought-after collaborator by the world’s most talented perfumers. He has created a true luxury brand that augments our portfolio of prestige beauty products.” [WWD]

Watch out, North West; you’re not the only celebrity tot who loves her mom’s vanity! Jessica Simpson shared a few snaps of her daughter Maxwell as she started swiping and swatching lip gloss from her walk-in closet. “I need to move my lip gloss drawer! My favorites always get taken by this 2yr old!” she captioned the snap of the little beauty guru in the making. We suggest a play date with North, Maxwell, and our Kindergarten Critic! [InStyle]

Bold brows have been a big trend for the past few seasons, creating a significant boom in the industry. According to an analysis by NPD, U.S. sales in the prestige eyebrow market has doubled since 2011, reaching $143 million. Given the youthful appeal of bold brows, the style has seen a big draw from all age groups with brands and shops like Anastasia Beverly Hills Benefits, RevitaLash, and Striiike providing different formulas and services to get the look. As brow artist Kristie Streicher explained, “At first people would look at me like I had two heads when I said they couldn’t touch their brows for six weeks, but about two years ago the market started to catch up. Thank Cara Delevingne.” [WWD]

While J. Crew has dipped its proverbial toe into the beauty pool with fragrance, one of its own is plotting a true takeover. The brand’s long-time makeup artist and hairstylist Troi Ollivierre is launching an eponymous collection of six lip colors, including two exclusively available at J. Crew. The luxe lippies will provide moisturizing, high-impact pigment without any weight to provide a bold but clean look. “It’s really about the beauty of the girl coming through,” he said. [GlamBlush]

Our bookshelves are lined with beauty bibles, but there’s a new tome that’s sure to change the game. Kenneth Willardt’s The Beauty Book packs 15 years worth of epic editorials and ads from our favorite brands, but it doesn’t stop there. If you download the accompanying app and hold it over certain pages, they become animated, making for a more immersive experience. We see a trip to the nearest bookstore in our future! [The Cut]