- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

About face

“I never viewed makeup as political,” Trish McEvoy tells Green and Glover. “I viewed it as just having everyone want to look their best.”

That doesn’t stop the luxury cosmetics guru from doling out beauty advice to Washington’s most powerful women and labeling makeup as “power.”

Ms. McEvoy’s Trish’s Power of Makeup Class will be held Friday and Saturday at Nordstrom at Tysons Corner, where Trish McEvoy artists will be on hand to teach the beauty-challenged how to apply their makeup.

Even though we doubt power players such as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will be able to make the class, Ms. McEvoy tells us there’s one basic staple they should not leave home without, despite its political association with swine. Yep, you guessed it. Lipstick.

“In the political arena, you’re running all day, morning to night, so long wear is extremely important without drying out your lip area,” she explains. “You want to begin with a neutral anchor of lip color that is long-wearing.”

She says her lip pencils in Barely There, nude or Model’s Choice would work for all of our female pols because, after all, “No matter how crazy the day, if you can’t get to touching up, you’ll still look finished.”

We have visions of Mrs. Clinton on the speaker phone, compact in hand, lining her lips while negotiating with the North Koreans.

Who says beauty isn’t powerful?

Simone says

The foundations of the recorded music industry may be trembling, but you’d never know it from talking to Erika Forster, vocalist for the indie electro-pop darlings of Au Revoir Simone.

The band was in the District on Saturday performing at the Rock N Roll Hotel. G2 caught up with them beforehand at the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce reception at L2, where they were easy to spot in their signature vintage frocks, which have been featured in French Vogue.

“The fact people downloaded our album before it was out and got it for free was kind of great for us on tour because we showed up and everybody already knew all the words to the songs, and it made us all really happy,” Miss Forster said. “I think when people really care about you as an artist and want to help your band keep going, they show their support, whether that means buying the album when you come on tour or buying your T-shirts or just spreading the word to their friends. We have really amazing, devoted fans, and they really care about us, and they really help us out.”

To contact Stephanie Green and Elizabeth Glover, e-mail undercover@washingtontimes.com.

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