September 2 2014

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Throwback Thursday: Work of Art


Tatiana Patriz by Michel Comte, Elle FR-cropThrowback Thursday is a column 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 Moment: Painterly Makeup

The Model: Tatjana Patitz

The Motivation: The no-makeup makeup trend may have ruled the majority of runways this season, but we can always rely on Chanel (and Peter Philips, in particular) to bring us something spectacular. Matching the impressive set—an art gallery full of double-C art—came bright brushstrokes swatched across eyes. Philips said he was inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s creations (both flanking the runways and worn by models), but the above shot from a 1985 edition of French Elle could very well have been pinned to his mood board, too.

Photo: Michel Comte for French Elle, 1985; courtesy of

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