August 20 2014

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Throwback Thursday: Liza With An “L” (For “Liner”)


Throwback Thursday is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Liza Minnelli

The Moment: Lower-Lash-Line Liner

The Motivation: As huge Arrested Development fans, we were more than a little excited when we heard that an entire new season of the cult-favorite show will be released on Netflix—all at once—on May 26, reuniting us with one of our favorite characters: the vertigo-afflicted Lucille 2, played by Liza Minnelli. It’s one of the legendary performer’s most memorable parts, next to her appearance in Bob Fosse’s 1972 film Cabaret, of course—and her decade-spanning role as an enduring beauty icon, as evidenced by this Steven Meisel-lensed shot circa 1990. It’s hard to know exactly where to begin with this picture, so we’ll just convey our excitement with a series of exclamations: those squared-off brows! That diffused, smoky cat-eye! The punky, black-rimmed lower lash line that’s reminiscent of Aaron de Mey’s “futuristic maharaja” homage backstage at Kenzo’s Fall show! Even if you haven’t jumped on board the Arrested Development bandwagon, you’ve gotta love this.

Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, 1990; Courtesy of

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