August 30 2014

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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Kate Lee


Beauty Nostalgia is a 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: Kate Lee, Chanel celebrity makeup artist.

The Product: “My most memorable beauty moment happened in about 1984. I was in my early teens, loved makeup, and spent most of my time transforming myself and my friends into mini versions of Toyah Willcox, Boy George, and Siouxsie Sioux. I remember saving my birthday money to buy a Boots No. 17 lipstick called Twilight Teaser. The color itself was a very pale pink lilac, but once you put it on your lips, it was an intense space-age purple. The overall effect had an element of ‘death pallor,’ since it had a way of draining all the color from your face. At the time, this appealed to my gothic/punk sensibilities, so I used it on my lips, mixed with black liner on my eyes, and sometimes in stripes in my hair! [It was a] good all-around multiuse product! I still own one very dry tube of my beloved Twilight Teaser. It’s hidden in my makeup vault, along with other obsolete products that I dream, one day, I will re-create.”

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