Brave New (and Beautiful) World

March 9th, 2016 |Posted by steven.yatsko


Olivia Jansing by Marcus Ohlsson & Andrew Logan by Philippe Vogelenzang

Beauty Papers is the two issue old publication with a predilection for all things beauty. That much can gathered from its title alone. But one look inside its sophomore release and it’s clear the brainchild of Maxine Leonard steers vehemently clear of any sort of prix fixe beauty others are serving. Beauty Papers is Maxine’s visual adage endeavoring to articulate a more modern language of makeup-ing. Inside is a cosmetic playground, the respective efforts of beauty veterans and photographers letting loose their explorative ideas of application, color and medium. We spoke to its editor in chief Maxine Leonard about the magazine and more, plus check out the preview of issue 1 “Plastics” below.

When did humor come into play for Beauty Papers or into your idea of beauty in general?
Humour like beauty is personal. Our approach is to hopefully inspire, the result in how this is viewed is left to the reader as to whether they sense or identify humour. I think it is emotive, however read. There is no beauty without emotion.

What was the most difficult part of conception for issue 1 (the second issue)?
Beauty Papers is at the start of its journey so we really don’t think in terms of ‘difficult’ because it is a very exciting time for us.

Why “Plastics”?
We chose ‘plastic’ because it defines the world we live in, and it has long been the byword for celebrity culture, the cult of plastic people-‘Fakeness’ is a look and lifestyle pursued by legions of women and men. And then there is the sheer joy of the material itself, the qualities of stretch, transformation and transparency. Plastic is defined by being easily shaped or moulded, which for us, is also a metaphor for how we change and mould ourselves to survive, fit in, and even succeed.

What were some conceptual guidelines and shoot dos and don’ts given out?
We explored the concept visually and culturally and created a collection of inspiration material that we shared with all our collaborators, they asked questions, observed and found their particular perspectives sometimes opening doors on less comfortable issues and ideas we encounter everyday. Plastic was the platform and from this dreams were created of exquisite fantastical extremes and contradictions. Without the dreams and dream makers where would we be? We have an open dialogue with all the artists that work with us but there are no do’s and don’ts. That is what is so exhilarating.

How has your own perspective of editorial beauty changed and what was missing that made you want to start the magazine?
On this journey there have been several occasions that have changed my perspective and made me reevaluate my approach. I interviewed Christiaan for issue 0 and the meeting was timely. He told me I would make mistakes and that it was never about agenda, it was about friends working together. I interviewed Serge Lutens and he told me not to lower my flag. Most importantly I met Valerie who restored my faith and reignited my belief and passion. Beauty Papers is about artists working together and inspiring each other. It is about community and creation, something we felt was lacking.

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Heather Kemesky by Liz Collins (Camilla Lowther Management) | Stylist Way Perry | Hair Samantha Hillerby (Streeters London) | Makeup Maxine Leonard (Jed Root) | Manicurist Jenny Longworth (Camilla Lowther Management) | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Leila Goldkuhl by Paola Kudacki (Camilla Lowther Management) | Stylist Akari Endo-Gaut (New York: FRANK REPS NY, Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA) | Hair Kevin Ryan (Art + Commerce) | Makeup Mathias van Hooff (Management + Artists) | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Harleth Kuusik by Amy Troost | Hair Holli Smith | Casting Beth Dubin


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Anabel Krasnotsvetova by Julia Noni (Chris Boals Artists CBA) | Stylist Vittoria Cerciello (New York: FRANK REPS NY, Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA) | Hair Franco Gobbi (Streeters New York) | Makeup Violette (Management + Artists) | Manicurist Eri Handa | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Briley Jones by Ben Hassett (Management + Artists) | Stylist Anna Trevelyan (Camilla Lowther Management) | Hair Peter Gray (Home Agency) | Makeup Isamaya Ffrench (Streeters London) | Manicurist Martha Fekete (Bryan Bantry)


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Sofia Fanego byPaul Maffi | Stylist Paul Sinclaire (Katy Barker) | Hair Tomo Kono | Manicurist Jin Soon Choi (Jed Root)


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Olivia Jansing by Marcus Ohlsson (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management, Stockholm: LUNDLUND) | Stylist Michelle Cameron (New York: FRANK REPS NY, Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA) | Hair Rita Marmor (Streeters New York) | Makeup Benjamin Puckey (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management) | Manicurist Honey (Exposure NY) | Casting Shelley Durkan (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )


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Harmony Boucher by David Oldham | Hair Raphael Salley (Streeters London) | Makeup Janeen Witherspoon | Manicurist Imarni (Saint Luke Artist Management)


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Harper’s Bazaar Takes On Bold Color

November 23rd, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Colors are superbly vivid in the latest visual offering from Ben Hassett for Harper’s Bazaar. Bold fashion and beauty looks are curated around red-haired stunner, Briley Jones for maximum impact and high voltage elegance. Printed creations from Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Proenza Schouler frame this beauty story focusing on great skin. Beauty team Tamara Mcnaughton and Ayami Nishimura highlight the visage of Briley with dewy skin and a crimson pout to match her copper locks.

See more of the story below.

Photographer – Ben Hassett | Fashion Editor – Anna Trevelyan (Camilla Lowther Management) | Hair – Tamara Mcnaughton (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Makeup – Ayami Nishimura | Nails – Naomi Yasuda (Streeters New York)

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A Beauty Fantasy

May 9th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

No one does makeup quite like Pat McGrath and beauty’s most visionary talent creates an array of boundary pushing looks in Ben Hassett‘s thrilling W Magazine story. Taking her bold runway makeup for Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Givenchy up a notch McGrath creates a trio of eye-catching looks filled with color, texture and the buoyant sense of drama that has come to define McGrath’s work. Guinevere Van Seenus, Jenna KleinDaiane Conterato, Svetlana Zakharova, Sonya Gorelova and Carly Moore are transformed by McGrath’s makeup and Panos Yiapanis‘ sumptuous styling.

View the story in full on Ben Hassett.com

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Color Theory

December 12th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Ben Hassett and makeup artist Marla Belt take color to the maximum in Vogue Germany with a vivid story that puts the power of makeup on full display. With illustrator Tony Viramontes’ work serving as the inspiration and Holly Rose Emery and Jenna Earle posing up a storm, the story has a fun cartoonish feel and a kinetic energy.

See the full story on Ben Hassett.com 

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First Look : Interview Germany

April 17th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Interview Germany‘s latest issue is a bold mix of chic stories from top tier talent. With newly appointed, International Fashion Director, Julia von Boehm joining fashion director, Klaus Stockhausen for the first time the May issue represents something of a turning point for the publication. From the start you know you’re in for something different; two covers grab your attention, one featuring iconic German actress, Katja Riemann and the other starring top model Cara Delevingne as a doe-eyed vamp. Inside the magazine is dominated by imagery with attitude – the content that runs the gamut from sexy – Ben Hassett‘s avant-garde beauty story starring Marie Piovesan is sure to quicken your pulse, to simply captivating, Sebastian Faena shoots Magda Laguinge like we’ve never seen her before.  Casting by Samuel Ellis Scheinman.

Don’t take our word for it – get a first look inside the brand new issue of Interview Germany.

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Ph. Peter Lindbergh | Model – Cara Delevingne

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Ph. Ben Hassett | Model – Marie Piovesan | Hair – Akki Shirakawa | Makeup – Yadim

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Ph. Sebastian Faena | Styling – Julia von Boehm | Model – Magda Laguinge | Hair – Shay Ashual | Makeup – Jeanine Lobell

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Ph. Charlotte Wales | Styling – Clare Byrne | Models – Dauphine Mckee and Muriel Beal | Hair – Wesley O’Meara | Makeup – Justine Purdue

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Ph. Olaf Wipperfürth | Styling – Klaus Stockhausen | Star – Katja Riemann |

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Tati Times Two

June 28th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Fresh off the heels of her Valentino campaign, Tati Cotliar debuts in two new editorials that put her talent for posing to good use. First up Ben Hassett‘s workout themed story for Vogue Germany, which focuses on sporty clothes shot in black and white. 10 Magazine takes Tati in a completely different direction, with a cool couture feature by Andrea Spotorno, that takes Tati all over Paris. Which story do you prefer?


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Carnal Knowledge

September 25th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

Sex appeal is more than a look – it’s a state of mind. Magdalena Frackowiak, understands this intuitively and it’s what makes her a truly great model. In October’s Vogue Paris, Magdalena displays the exquisite finery of the most elegant jewelry while showing her own considerable blessings.

Magdalena Frackowiak by Ben Hassett for Vogue Paris October 2008 | Images courtesy of Elite Paris

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