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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

Flashback Friday: Banding Together

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kim-rennebergFlashback 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: Kim Renneberg

The Moment: Pastel Wigs and Graphic Headbands

The Motivation: There are a number of things about this shot that caught our eye: for starters, the lush lashes (a huge trend for Fall 2014) and a supermarché backdrop (à la Chanel’s jaw-dropping set). But perhaps the most striking similarity to this season’s catwalks are Renneberg’s pale strands and thick headband—a duo we saw at Marc Jacobs’ show in New York just a few short weeks ago. The only difference: Where the stretchy accessory contrasts the nearly white wig in this nineties editorial, the current way to wear it is more tone on tone.

Photo: ‘90s, courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: At Long Lash

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willyFlashback 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: Willy van Rooy

The Moment: Full Fringe

The Motivation: With the rise of Kardashian and Ko., faux lashes have lost a little of their Old Hollywood appeal. And admittedly, we’ve never been that adept at gluing on fake fringe. This season, however, we may just have to step up our skills. Makeup artists are lashing out on the reg—from Pat McGrath at Gucci and Versace to Lucia Pieroni at Rochas. In lieu of reality TV, however, we plan to look at the runways and shots like this British Vogue image for beauty inspiration. The photo was captured in 1967, but judging by what’s trending on the Fall 2014 catwalks, we doubt anyone would bat an eyelash if we said this was snapped in the past few weeks.

Photo: David Bailey for Vogue U.K., 1967; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: Shine On

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chrystelleFlashback 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: Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin

The Moment: Glitter, glitter everywhere

The Motivation: With incredibly dreary weather descending upon New York (hello, Polar Vortex), it was with a very happy heart that we noticed an uplifting trend developing on the NYFW catwalks. Glitter, in all its glory, was popping up everywhere, from Altuzarra’s greenish-gold lids to Rodarte’s shimmering lips. This shot of Saint Louis Augustin from a 1997 issue of British Vogue is just another example of how sparkles (combined with a David Bowie-esque slash) can make a serious beauty statement.

Photo: British Vogue; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: Piercing Gaze

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The moment: Chic Hardware

The motivation: As we shift toward a beauty landscape that celebrates individualism, edgy looks like androgynous hairstyles, wild lipstick shades, and designer grills hardly raise an eyebrow anymore. But the statement at the Christian Dior Fall 2001 runway show was delightfully shocking, even by today’s standards. Models wore multiple studs and hoops through their lips, septums, and other unexpected spots on their faces. The bold accessories were paired with colorful hairpieces and graphic makeup. Designers continue to experiment with punk rock jewelry, like the ear cuffs at Fendi and the knuckle rings at Chanel Couture—and they’re even letting models keep in their own adornments while they work. One chic example: Katlin Aas’ cluster of earrings in the Helmut Lang Pre-Fall lookbook. Her piercings were a nice contrast to the classic colors and silhouettes in the line. With fashion month in full swing, we can’t wait to see what rebellious touches will be in demand come fall.