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The Midas Touch

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The beauty establishment’s obsession with 3-D makeup has eased up a bit since the Spring 2012 shows, when everything from sequins and crystals to precise paper cutouts were glued onto models’ lids to create a textural take on more classic modes of liner and shadow. But face accoutrements are a time-honored tradition that still rear their reflective heads every now and again, their latest cameo coming via next month’s Vogue China. Yadim, the rising star who has become Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s trusted makeup artist backstage at Kenzo, gave Tao Okamoto the paillette treatment in the latest issue of the glossy, using different-sized gold circles to trace a beautiful design around Okamoto’s eyes, down her nose bridge, and across her forehead. There’s something very Givenchy Couture Fall 2009 about it, although the matte ruby lipstick and garnet nails, courtesy of Elisa Ferri (Marc’s favorite manicurist), add a hint of holiday wearability to the whole thing. Thanksgiving dinner appropriate, it is not; but don’t rule it out if you’re in the market for a showstopping New Year’s Eve look.

Photo: Lachlan Bailey for Vogue China, December 2012

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