From runway eye candy to red carpet decadence, it’s hard to think of a Tom Ford ready-to-wear collection that hasn’t been met with gasps, applause, and a mad rush to the shopping register. No wonder the fashion genius has just begun his tenure as the new chairman of the CFDA. His highly sought-after beauty line is met with equal fervor. Elegant and sophisticated, the line spans categories from makeup and skincare to men’s grooming and, of course, an enticing range of fragrances.
“Makeup is the most potent way for a woman to transform herself,” says Ford. “It is how she achieves true glamour and makes a fashion statement with her face.” Dramatic lips are a signature of the label, and for good reason: “The perfect lip color is the ultimate accessory,” Ford says. “It defines mood and reveals intention without words.” Our favorite? Best Revenge Lip Color Matte, a rich red with a velvety finish (though, if you’re in a more demure state of mind, the brand’s Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked is also an office winner). Complementing the bold lip palette, the brand’s Soleil line includes foundations and bronzers that give the skin a warm glow. Ford describes it as “sun-kissed skin with a hint of color that has a powerful simplicity and is effortlessly stunning.”
But before there’s makeup, there’s skincare, something Ford strongly believes is the foundation to a gorgeous face. “My approach to the architecture of the face is quite simple—flawless skin followed by symmetric definition,” he says. The brand’s Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich Moisturizer is created from a proprietary formula that hydrates and deeply nourishes the skin, resulting in a smooth, lustrous surface.
Ford’s focus on quality skin treatments extends to his hugely successful men’s line, with streamlined products that serve multiple functions. “Tom Ford for Men is based on my own personal grooming regimen,” he explains. “It’s born from my deep conviction that fine grooming doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. It should be simple, straightforward, and intuitive.” Two to try: the label’s Skin Revitalizing Concentrate, which hydrates the face while also soothing areas irritated by shaving, and the Intensive Purifying Mud Mask, which deeply cleans the skin, drawing out dirt, oil, and other toxins.
Saving the best for last, Tom Ford’s range of intoxicating fragrances pairs notes of amber, tobacco, leather, and rose with cinnamon, saffron, and cypress (to name a few), resulting in scents alluring and mysterious. The brand’s coveted Private Blend collection is a must-try. “Private Blend is my own personal scent laboratory, where I create special, original fragrances unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making,” Ford says.
Head over to Barneys store locations or order online to get yours today.