Beauty Buzz: Mindy Kaling Opts for Ombré, Andrew Gallimore Gears Up for NARS, and Estée Lauder Loves Lisa Perry

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Mindy Kaling has gone bronde, and we can’t get enough of it! The comedienne debuted a fresh ombré at the Fox All-Stars party over the weekend, sharing the first snap on Instagram with the caption, “I’m blonde now guys, deal with it. @clarisshair & @kateydenno getting me ready for my new life as a R&B singer.” While many believe the lighter locks are extensions, the look would be still be an awesome (more permanent) option for the spring and summer. [People]

NARS has a new makeup maestro across the pond: Andrew Gallimore. The makeup mad scientist will serve as the brand’s new U.K. ambassador, featuring the covetable color cosmetics in his editorials and events. Frederique Lampert, Nars’ regional executive director for Europe, said Gallimore’s “affinity for bold, boundary-pushing artistry marries beautifully with the philosophies that François Nars established…20 years ago, which we still embrace today.” [WWD]

Lisa Perry’s partnering up with Estée Lauder to deliver an extra pop of color. The pop art designer fashioned a series of cosmetic cases to pair with a curated collection of makeup, skincare, and fragrance samples that will be available with a purchase of $75 or more. The makeup bags will hit Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom just in time for spring, starting on January 14, March 24, and April 14, respectively. What a vibrant start to spring! [W]

Bold blush might not be en vogue now, but cheek coloring has goes back centuries. Ancient Egyptians rubbed ground ochre on their cheeks to help accentuate their eyes while Brits in the 1820s wore a mixture of safflower, red sandalwood, Brazil wood, and carmine to color their complexion. Even in the Victorian Age, ladies stained their cheeks with beet juice to snag that signature flush – the more you know! [Into the Gloss]

L’Oréal Paris wants to know: are you the next big makeup artist? The brand is launching its first global contest to find the best of the to score a one year contract with the global beauty giant and work on shoots, share video tutorials, create red carpet look for the Cannes International Film Festival, and even help product development to craft the big beauty innovation. Makeup mavens can enter by uploading a three-minute “Get the Look” clip to TheBrushContest.com before February 15 when a panel of beauty experts from the best in the industry will whittle it down to the 50 videos that fans can vote on. 12 winners will emerge in March – one from every country – will go through beauty bootcamp to learn more about the brand before the grand prize winner is announced on May 1. Good luck, kittens! [Ad Week]