August 28 2014

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Throwback Thursday: Lash Out


Throwback Thursday offers the perfect opportunity to pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Malgosia Bela

The Moment: Double Lashes

The Motivation:With the Met Costume Institute Gala just four days away, it seems like the whole world’s gone punk crazy—which is why it pays to remember just what makes something, well, punk (click here for a refresher course from some of the movement’s enduring ambassadors). Beauty-wise, the term often conjures images of piercings, chopped-up, bleached-out locks, and a mess of black eyeliner, but leaving its legacy at that is almost missing the point, as far as we’re concerned. In matters of powders, pigments, and peroxide, punk is really about pushing the envelope—going against the grain to create something wholly individualistic that strays from the everyday. Case in point: nineties catwalk queen (and Alexander Wang Fall 2013 runway star) Malgosia Bela’s spiky double lashes in this 1992 Paris Vogue editorial. They’re not necessarily the face-painting fare you’d associate with a shiny black nun’s habit (although, to be honest, we’re not sure what is), but paired with a clean complexion that’s devoid of any trace of makeup, those four thick lashes become an unexpected focal point of the look—and definitely buck convention.

Photo: Mario Testino for Vogue Paris, 1992; Courtesy of

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