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April 21 2014

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Flashback Friday: The Eyes Have It

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Flashback Friday is a 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: Christy Turlington

The Moment: Bejeweled Lids

The Motivation: At first glance this may not appear to be a beauty shot, but look a little closer and you’ll be sure to spot Christy Turlington’s sparkling lash lines. Much has been placed on lids in the past: neon stickers at Atelier Versace; gold string at Dries Van Noten; neoprene at Fendi; lace, pearls, and jumbo glitter at Chanel. And Fall 2014 was no different. Makeup maestro Pat McGrath created incredibly beautiful “mothlike” lashes and brows at Alexander McQueen with hand-cut feathers, and used liquid latex instead of standard shadow at Dior. And seeing as eyes are the windows to the soul, why not add some extreme embellishment to attract even more attention?

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, 1990; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: Art-spiration

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denis-pielFlashback Friday is a 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 Moment: Painterly Eyes

The Motivation: Makeup pro Peter Philips used lids as his canvas at Chanel’s Spring 2014 show, swathing them with bold flashes of color via cakes of theatrical paint. (The swatches had to be strong so that the crowd at the Grand Palais could see models’ eyes from the last row of the stadium-style seating.) This image from an eighties editorial, however, offers a softer version of Philips’ modern-day approach. Powder shadows appear to be the formula employed here, lending a more delicate finish. Should you be feeling bold enough to DIY (perhaps make it your look for this weekend’s Coachella festivities), be sure to base with a primer so that the pigment stands out…and stays in place during your dance party.

Photo: Denis Piel for Vogue US, 1983; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: We Got the Beat

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Tyen-cropFlashback Friday is a 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 Moment: Supersize Headphones

The Motivation: Take a ride on any New York City subway and you’re guaranteed to notice at least half of the strap-hanging population wearing DJ-style headphones, from Beats by Dre to the ever-popular gold Frends styles—while inconspicuous earbuds seem to be going the way of the Walkman. Even Karl Lagerfeld jumped on the bandwagon at Chanel, where models sported quilted versions while perusing the shelves at the supermarché. The issue, however (for the ladies, at least), becomes how to style your strands whilst wearing said accessory. We’re looking to this late eighties image for inspiration, taking beauty cues from the model’s on-trend pixie cut styled to sleek perfection and her skull-hugging headphones. Time to turn up the music.

Photo: Tyren for ELLE U.S., 1987, courtesy of periodicult.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: A Nineties Case for Blue Eyeshadow

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laura-ponteFlashback Fridays is a 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: Laura Ponte

The Moment: Baby Blues

The Motivation: There’s nothing new about blue eyeshadow, but what can be surprising is the way in which it is applied. At Dior’s Fall 2014 show in Paris a few weeks ago, we watched as makeup artist Pat McGrath swathed latex paint in a cerulean shade across models’ lids. The idea was fresh, supercool, and, quite frankly, a stroke of genius. We imagine McGrath might have been inspired by an image similar to this one from a nineties issue of Elle Germany, but her ability to look at a trend that took off in the eighties and add an interesting, high-tech twist is a perfect example of a pro taking inspiration from the past while still looking toward the future.

Photo: Friedemann Hauss for Elle Germany, 1990, courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: Fading Back Into the Beauty Sphere

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Michaela Bercu-cropFlashback Friday is a 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: Michaela Bercu

The Moment: Ombré Hair Color

The Motivation: Let’s admit the obvious: We all want Jared Leto’s hair. Now that we’ve established this understanding, let’s talk about ombré—the reason we’re all head-over-heels for his perfectly tousled, shoulder-grazing locks. The look was growing in popularity for years (with Gisele Bündchen at the helm of that sun-kissed color ship), but the trend seemed to wane on the runway in favor of solid hues (like the muted tones seen at Prada for Spring 2014). But with Leto leading the charge, we’re ready to return to strands that transition from dark to light—as seen in this image of Michaela Bercu from the nineties. The best part: We won’t have to worry about spending time in the salon getting our roots touched up once the warm weather finally hits.

Photo: Courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com