Makeover maestro Carson Kressley surveyed the audience of roughly 200 who turned out for “The Makeup Date” at Bloomingdale’s White Plains on a pleasant Sunday morning.
“Only one man,” he notes. “That’s all right. We can share.”
And with that, makeup enthusiasts were off to a rollicking start as Kressley — Emmy Award-winning star of Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” Lifetime’s “How to Look Good Naked” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” — guided attendees through everything from Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip, her newest lipstick collection, to Thairapy, offering the latest tools for hair and new to Bloomingdale’s.
Through it all, the cosmetic lines’ representatives served as foils for Kressley’s quick quips. When the Dior rep suggested flashing the audience — with Dior Skin Flash, a light skin perfector — Kressley replied, “I thought that only happened on the parking deck.”
He was serious, however, about the latest trends in makeup — neutral palettes, contouring and brow emphasis — and about the way women neglect themselves, which he talked to WAG about briefly after the show.
“Really, does any woman take time for herself? They’re concentrated on their families.”
But as women juggle career and home, he says, they should take a 20-minute beauty break, if only to try on a new lipstick. And just as they have a health checkup every year, they should have a beauty checkup to get in touch with their appearance.
Kressley — whose new book is due from St. Martin’s Press in November — is active in such philanthropic causes as The Human Rights Campaign and AIDS WALK. He founded the first scholarship for LGBT youth in his hometown of Allentown, Pa. This is not surprising for the man whose accomplishments include the children’s book “You’re Different and That’s Super,” promoting tolerance of diversity.
But what may surprise you is that this trustee of The American Saddlebred Museum shows American Saddlebred horses — a passion whose luminaries have included Clark Gable, Joe Louis, Will Rogers and William Shatner.
So when he’s not dispensing style advice, he’s seated in style astride a horse known for its own.