Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Linda Hay
Beauty Nostalgia is a new weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Linda Hay, celebrity makeup artist.
The Product: “When I started doing makeup back in 1983, most people were still into winged eye liner with loads of powder and technically applied foundation—it was very drag queen-y. Then Peter Lindbergh and Stephane Marais started showing another look where the girls were disheveled and greasy. On a shoot, it wasn’t a problem for the models to rub their eyes and have a black smear, even. The look was so beautiful—it was completely new and very inspiring to me. I remember this journey to find the perfect product to create that sheen on the skin. Some makeup artists were using baby oil, but what worked best for me was Bain de Soleil Orange Gelee. It wasn’t meant to be a beauty product, but it gives this tanned, dewy glow to the skin. Hairstylists even used it in the hair. I would apply it straight to the skin, using my hands—since it’s tinted, it does get all over your clothes, but I didn’t care. It makes you look beautiful and smells great, just like the beach in 1984. I still keep the Bain de Soleil in my kit, but I eventually found NARS Body Glow. I went crazy for it. It has a gardenia base, and every time I smell it, I’m taken back to lathering it up and down on the girls—everyone from Linda Evangelista to Elle Macpherson to Christy to Naomi. It’s meant for the body, but I rub it on the face, too. It has such a fine consistency, not dirty or greasy, so it just deposits a small amount of color and shimmer. The skin really soaks it up, and it’s not uncomfortable to wear. François Nars really revolutionized what I was trying to achieve with skin, and I’ve kept a bottle of this oil in my kit now going on twenty years.”