Similar to the way Myspace used to be the social media outlet of choice for musicians, many young visual artists and creative types are using Tumblr as a platform for self-expression. Phace-Side, a blog that recently caught my eye, features intriguing drawings of notable people by 28-year-old Brooklyn-based costume designer and stylist Savannah Wyatt. “I used to make blind contour drawings of my friends for laughs, and I thought it would be funny to draw celebrities,” she says. The simple lines and bright colors juxtaposed with stark white paper call to mind the face charts used by makeup artists to plan and document a look. “I love the way that designers, like Marc Jacobs, use hair and makeup to get their stories across,” she adds. Above, five drawings Wyatt created exclusively for Style.com, inspired by her favorite hair and makeup statements from the Spring 2014 runways.
Whether you plan to walk, ride, or simply eat turkey tomorrow, we at Beauty Counter wish you the happiest of holidays. To serve as a reminder, we’ve devised a list of things to be thankful for:
We’ll be taking a two-day mini break to enjoy family and support the economy. We hope you do the same. See you Monday—same time, same place.
“I remember one of the first times I used a curling iron—it was on my friend and neighbor. The [barrel] got tangled in her hair and I had to unplug it very fast. I [eventually] had to chop a piece off to remove it.”
Lucky for the rest of us, a bump in the road at the tender age of 12 didn’t prevent Philippon from pursuing his passion for the craft. Perfecting his skills on the naive girls in his neighborhood in the small town of Oyonnax, France, would eventually blossom into a successful backstage and editorial career. It would also score him a gig with Bumble and Bumble—helping to develop some of the brand’s best sellers like Sumowax and tinted Hair Powders. When asked how his friend responded post-curling iron snafu, he said, “I think she was 8 or 9, so it was fun for her.” Somehow, I don’t think most models would be as understanding.
Above, a photo of Philippon (far right) from his childhood. To read the rest of his backstory, check out this month’s Beautiful Lives.
Out of every Oscars race emerges a new star that captivates both Hollywood and the fashion world in equal measure. This year’s newly minted It girl is Lupita Nyong’o, the 30-year-old Kenyan beauty who is expected to score a supporting actress nomination for her standout performance as Patsey in Twelve Years A Slave (she appears on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter today with the likes of Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, and Oprah). It’s not just her sartorial choices that are garnering her lavish praise—the lipstick she wears on the red carpet has also become somewhat of a signature during her short time in the spotlight. Unlike other actresses who mostly go back and forth between nudes and reds, Nyong’o constantly switches it up.
Her makeup artist, Nick Barose, takes a cue from the bright, colorful shades of the seventies—sharing all his reference pictures with the starlet. “When I was growing up in Thailand, I loved flipping through my mom’s old fashion magazines. Makeup used to be so colorful and brave,” Barose says. A vintage Scavullo photo of Iman sparked the orange hue Nyong’o sported at the Hollywood Film Awards in October, an Escada ad from the eighties was his motivation for the purple metallic mouth she wore to the recent AMPAS Governors Awards, and Carol la Brie’s Vogue Italia cover was the jumping-off point for the violet lips and eyes that couldn’t be missed on the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of her latest film. Barose also borrows ideas from his favorite beauty icons. For example, Billie Holiday was the inspiration for the “not-too-in-your-face” red lip look the actress wore to the Toronto Film Festival in September, Diana Ross influenced the glossy, flesh-toned pout seen at the Sacai dinner, and at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Nyong’o flaunted brown lipstick flecked with gold like a nineties Lauryn Hill. Our only question is what can’t she pull off…or rather, slick on?
On Lupita, above, clockwise from left: Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Wild Ginger, MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Midnight Mambo, Dior DiorAddict Gloss in Cygne Noir with Sisley Ombre Glow Eyeshadow in Gold dabbed on center of lips, Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Monique, NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, and Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Rick Lipstick in Margaux.
We gave you the first look from behind the scenes at Victoria’s Secret, and now we’re offering you yet another sneak peek (and not in snippet form as you’ve likely seen posted all over Instagram) before the bedazzled bras and toned bodies make their official television debut on December 10. In order to avoid creating an army of Angels, hair pro Orlando Pita kept each model’s length as is to “show individual style,” but created those signature bed-heady, glossy waves that are core to the VS woman. Makeup artist Dick Page’s mission was simple: “Not get in the way.” He put it quite simply, saying that when you book a room filled with beautiful girls, the best thing to do is not mess with a good thing. And wings aside, one of the things that sets this show apart from a more traditional runway is that there’s life and animation strutting down the catwalk. “A lot of fashion shows are very straight, dour, and serious, and this is kind of a celebration,” added Page. Brush up on your no-pants dance and prepare to party.